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Home Organisation Tips For Busy Parents

When we started having kids, I realised it was much more difficult to keep our home organised with young children running around than it was when there were only two adults in the house. Our normal routines just didn't work well anymore, and the clutter and chaos seemed to be increasing by the day. We had to change how we organised our home by streamlining our belongings, altering our daily routine and developing new habits. In time we learned some quick and efficient ways to keep the key areas in our home clutter-free. I started this blog to share our experiences of transforming our home and pass on our tips for organising your home when you have young children to look after.

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You live in a one-story house that is tacked in between apartment complexes. Every time you open your window, all you see is the next building's wall, the unwanted sneak peaks of your neighbour's apartment through their window and the frequent view of neighbourhood cats using your side yard as their occasional litter box. So, you keep the blinds down and the curtains drawn in. Sounds familiar? While you don't have the option of a gorgeous view, it's time to take control over your perspective. With a little creativity, you can mask unappealing views, boost your home's privacy and at the same time let the light in!

Conceal with a fabric privacy screen

A fabric privacy screen provides a quick and easy fix to your bad view and the occasional probing between you and your neighbour. You can easily find a privacy screen you like that is pleasant to look at, since they are made from various fabrics to suit different needs. You can customise your privacy screen to include any design.

Conceal with a living screen

Although a living screen requires time and space, installing a bamboo screen is a stylish way of concealing your bad view. Bamboo is well known for its beauty, screening capabilities and ability to thrive in narrow spaces with minimal lighting conditions.

Use stained glass window décor

Stained glass works great for covering up a poor view without compromising on lighting. You can get custom stained-glass designs which you can hang or lean in your window. Traditionally styled stained glass will definitely add a little character to your view.

Patterned curtains or textured sheer curtains

Patterned or textured curtains can really work well in obscuring a hated view. Sheer curtains will block out much view while at the same time allowing light into your home. You can also use patterned café curtains to distract from the unpleasant view from the other side of your window. What's not to love about classic cropped window treatments that allow light without sacrificing privacy?

Conceal with indoor plants  

Indoor plants will make a bad view less visible by serving as a pleasant distraction. By hanging a few pots of healthy plants in front of your window, the view beyond will slowly fade away once those graceful orchids start to bloom.

Distract by hanging a mirror

A mirror serves as a great distraction since it deflects attention from a bad view by creating an optical illusion. Hang a mirror beside your window, and angle it to reflect a group of flowers or a beautiful painting.