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How You Can Start Decluttering Your Home

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How You Can Start Decluttering Your Home

As we approach winter and the festive period, you may be wondering exactly what you could be doing in your home that can have a positive impact on your life. Aside from getting excited about what is to come, you can make some big improvements in your home. Decluttering and clearing away mess, then organizing the chaos can help you to feel happier and more content in your home. So what can you do to get started? Here are some of the things to think about:

Find a solution for the things you want to keep:

One of the biggest issues we can find when it comes to our homes is feeling like we have no choice but to get rid of some of the things we want to keep, because our homes just can’t house them right now. Maybe pieces of furniture or other big items like baby and kids beds. Something you may want for the future, but have no need for now. Decluttering doesn’t always mean selling, donating, or disposing of things, it can mean storing correctly. Using a secure self storage facility could be a great option to consider. Meaning you can store items you want for one day, such as when family dynamics change or you have a bigger property.

Start with five minutes a day:

Often, it is the small things that can start to drive you crazy when it comes to decluttering your home, so you may want to not overwhelm yourself when you start the journey. This is when just using five minutes a day can start to make a big difference. Grab a bag and walk around your home for five minutes, getting rid of bits of rubbish, odd items, and clutter. Then go through it and decide whether it needs to be disposed of or not. This method is great for cleaning papers and other recyclable items. Helping you to have a clearer space to work with.

Seek out inspiration:

If you are struggling, then you may want to seek out some inspiration online or through visual videos and programs. This is when The Home Edit, the Marie Kondo TV series on Netflix, or following the account on social media could be great sources of inspiration. There are some simple things that you can do to store items better such as using canisters in cupboards or folding clothes in a specific way. The inspiration could help you to come up with ways to store the items in your home more effectively.

Focus on one room at a time:

If it feels like you have a lot to go through, then focus on one room at a time. You can then dedicate the time you have to going through drawers, decluttering items, and storing them differently or more effectively. The one room at a time method gives you a focus and once it is done it can be a huge motivation to carry on with the next project.

Get to decluttering more effectively with the tips above! Happy cleaning!

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Solutions For Having Too Much Stuff

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Solutions For Having Too Much Stuff

We’ve all been there. Somehow, over the years, you’ve accumulated piles upon piles of stuff, and now you don’t know what to do with it. The stuff could be work-related (think heaps of documents, bits of equipment you never know if you might need, old materials, even backlogged products you’ve yet to sell) or personal.

What are you meant to do with those homework files from twenty years ago, the hundreds of drawings and old toys your kids used to play with, all those films you watch once in a blue moon? Getting rid of all of this stuff can be difficult, both psychologically and practically, but luckily there are some solutions that can help you move on with the old:

Sorting and Organizing:

If you don’t want to throw everything (or anything!) away, some simple organization can help clear your space. First, sort all of the mess into clear piles. You might even find that one of these piles becomes items you can throw away – it’ll be easier to see with it all separated out. The piles can be sorted by many different categories; age, how often you use something, the type of object it is. Once this is done, put each pile into a separate box and stack them neatly, or find other places to store them. This organization can clear space and create order without forcing you to get rid of all your stuff – a perfect solution!

Storage Solutions:

Sometimes, you simply might not have enough space even after sorting and organizing everything. In this case, if you’re still unable to make great inroads by using the trash, it’s worth looking at external storage solutions. These come in many shapes and sizes, from storage trailers, to garage-sized units, to entire warehouses. Renting storage is an amazing solution if you’re running a business that requires surplus stock, and also personally if you’re moving house and need temporary storage for a while.

Having A Clear Away:

Finally, we come to it. The best solution for having too much stuff is simply to get rid of it, and yet this is easier said than done. Many personal items can hold sentimental value and letting go can be harder than it sounds – yet often, after the initial separation, you may never think of it again! It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. To help yourself let go, you can use a tidying method like the famous Marie Kondo.

Getting Help:

If you’re struggling to clear all of your stuff (and who doesn’t), it’s time to get help. Having another person in the room, a friend or a partner, is a great way to force yourself into making decisions. They are there to tell you when you’re being overly sentimental, and to grieve with you over the little items you’ll miss, but really don’t deserve to be taking up space any longer. Getting help doesn’t mean hiring a demolition company, it just means finding a friendly (but stern!) voice to keep you company while you make your decisions.

Clean away your clutter and make your home (and headspace) much more clear! 🙂

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Avoid Moving Day Chaos With These Practical Tips

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Avoid Moving Day Chaos With These Practical Tips

Are you going to be moving soon? If so, you’re probably already dreading the big moving day. For some people, moving day can be incredibly stressful since it takes a lot of physical work and they might be concerned about some of their fragile possessions breaking while in transit. Depending on the distance between your old and new home, it can also take quite a lot of time, so it’s normal to be a little anxious. However, moving day shouldn’t feel like a chore. Instead, it should feel more like a celebration, a time to be happy because there are lots of new opportunities waiting for you on the other side.

So to help make things easier, we’ve put together some tips to help you avoid moving day chaos and enjoy the day for what it is: A new beginning.

Label every box:

Labeling boxes will ensure that you don’t lose anything in transit. You could either label them by number and then have a huge list of what those numbers mean or you could just label them with full proper descriptions if there’s enough space on the face of the box itself. There are lots of different ways to organize boxes, so just make sure you do something that can help you keep your items accounted for.

Keep in touch with movers:

Communication is the key to a successful move. Look for an affordable reliable moving company and then keep in touch with them throughout the entire moving process. This will ensure that they’re in the loop when you need to make changes and it will help you organize what things you should be moving first based on their size and weight. You should also communicate any access problems such as stairs, lifts, and other obstacles that might make it difficult for them to move something from your home to their truck or vice versa.

Be realistic about how much space you need:

Movers are going to have different vehicle options for different situations, so make sure you make a realistic estimate about how much space you need. If you’re unsure, you might be able to work this out with the mover before the big day arrives.

Consider this the perfect opportunity to declutter:

Moving day is usually a good time to declutter and get rid of unneeded items. Since you’ll be packing everything into boxes for the move, this can be a great opportunity to throw out anything that you no longer need. Be more mindful about how you pack your stuff and you’ll find that you can clear out a lot of unnecessary or old things.

Remember to have a little moving bag or suitcase:

Since all of your stuff is going to be in boxes, it’s going to be difficult to get any essential items you need. The first thing you should pack is a bag or suitcase that has all of your essential stuff in it, such as a change of clothes, toiletries, and work-related items. Think of it as packing a bag for a holiday or paying a visit to a distant relative. You’ll likely be using this bag for at least two days, especially considering that you need to unpack in your new home as well.

Make the most of your move with the tips above. Good luck!

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Can You Plan Home Improvements In Quarantine?

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Can You Plan Home Improvements In Quarantine?

Observing quarantine conditions means that we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home than usual lately. So it’s only natural that we begin to think about how we’d like to improve our homes, making them more suited to our lifestyles or individual tastes. In fact, planning a home improvement project is a brilliant way to pass the time in lock down. The work you plan can be quite simple, but sometimes small things make a big difference:

Declutter Your Space:

One of the simplest but most impactful things to do is to use the time in quarantine to have a major declutter. Being inside for a long time can make us feel cooped up, so creating more space by streamlining our possessions is a great remedy. Tackle those black holes of clutter like the basement, the loft, the cupboard under the stairs, and your closet. You can even look into techniques like the KonMari method if you want to find a new way to organize your belongings. Similarly, the current situation has made a lot of us think more about nature and how we can live more sustainable lifestyles – so if you want to look into becoming more minimalist, now might be a great time for it.

Tackle Essential Maintenance:

We all want our homes looking and performing at their best for when we are allowed to welcome friends and family round again. So the current downtime is a great chance to make sure all of those home maintenance jobs are in order. Simple things such as servicing your air conditioning system, repainting decking and patio furniture, power washing the exterior of your home and your drive, and adding some colorful planters are all simple things which can both improve the appearance of your home and stop small issues from turning into larger, costlier ones further down the line. It can be hard to find the time for these jobs when you’re going to work and have social commitments, so tick them off your to-do list now.

Repair or replace your roof:

Many homeowners often contemplate whether to repair or completely replace their roofs when remodeling their homes. If you are more budget-conscious it’s best to make small repairs to any damage you spot on your roof. This way, a minor repair can potentially be achieved during quarantine without the aid of experts. However, if you live in a much older home with larger damage to the roof, consider having your roofing replaced entirely. Bear in mind that sometimes, even minor issues may be an indication of a much bigger problem. If you’re not sure of the best way to proceed, there are many companies like Roof Doctors ready to identify and diagnose any concerning roofing issues that could cause damage to your home.

Switch Up The Layout:

If the layout of your home no longer suits your lifestyle, then it’s an ideal time to think about switching it up. Sometimes you can make a big difference just by repurposing items of furniture that you already have or moving them around your home. Or you could even repaint and replace handles to give an item a whole new look. In this way, you can often find better uses of your existing space, especially if combined with a declutter.

You may find that you need a more drastic change, one which involves handing over to construction staff to remove internal walls or add an extension. The project may have to wait until lock down conditions ease, but it’s definitely a good time to start sourcing quotes for the cost of the work and mapping out what you could do – home improvement boards on Pinterest are always great to get inspired and see what might be possible.

Add Textures:

Sometimes, it’s the small things that you do to a space that can make a big difference in how you see it. If you’re a little limited in the budget, then it’s worth looking at changing some of your soft furnishings, like a good rug, for example, that can sit in your living room or a throw styled nicely on your bed. These little touches can help give your space more character and can give it that refresh it needs whilst spending time in quarantine. You could also switch out your curtains or drapes for something different, whether it’s a new color or style. Drapery Rods Direct is a good place to start and can help add a burst of color to the room in general.

Use your extra time at home to remodel, declutter, and repair as you see fit!

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How To Plan A Stress Free Home Makeover

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How To Plan A Stress Free Home Makeover

Giving your home a makeover is an exciting task. From picking out paint colors to choosing your furnishings, the whole process of redesigning your home can be a lot of fun. The problem is, there are just so many different styles of interior design to choose from, so selecting the right one for your home can be a tough choice.

Without careful planning, a home makeover can become a stressful situation to be in. Taking on a project that is beyond your expertise can be overwhelming, as can committing to too much expense. A home redecorating project should be a positive process, rather than a stressful experience.

No one wants to spend money, time, and effort on a home redesign only to find that the results aren’t what they expected. To beat any expectation versus reality disappointment, it is a good idea to plan your project carefully:

Sort Out the Practicalities:

When you are trying to create the home of your dreams, it can be hard to focus on the practicalities. However, getting the practical side of your redecoration project sorted out leaves you free to concentrate on turning your dreams into reality. It is useful to calculate your budget right from the start, so you know exactly how much cash you have to play with. Without knowing how much you can afford to spend, you could find yourself running out of money before completing the project. This would leave you with a half-finished room, while you try to save more money to finish it.

As well as knowing how much you want to spend on your interior project, you need to work out a realistic timescale. This is particularly important if the room needs to be completed by a set deadline. For example, a baby’s nursery that you want to be completed before your little one arrives.

Identify Your Goals:

Once the practicalities are decided, it is time to think about what you want from the redesign. To identify what you want the room to do, you will need to think about what you currently like about it, and what you would like to change. This could be anything from making it look lighter and brighter or completely changing its use. These aims will provide you with a starting point for your design and something specific to work towards.

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So cool!

Pick Your Style:

Selecting the look of your new room is one of the best parts of the project. Think carefully about what you want the place to look like and then search for some inspiration to help you picture the look more clearly.

When choosing a style of interior design, it is useful to think about the overall vibe that you are trying to create. If you want to create a homely feel, then a rustic interior design look will enable you to incorporate some lovely textures for a timeless style. If you are after a boutique hotel type finish, then you will probably be looking for mirrored furniture and silk or plush velvet upholstery.

Prepare the Room:

To be able to redecorate, you are probably going to need to strip the room back to basics so that you have a blank canvas to work with. This means that a lot of items will need to be removed before you even get started. It is useful to declutter the room first. Decluttering will help you to get rid of all the items that you no longer want or need. It will also help you to free up more space in the room.

Once you have decluttered, you will need to move all of the furniture out of the room so that the decoration can begin. Try to plan your space so that you are able to store all these furniture items elsewhere in your home. Anything that can’t be moved will need to be covered so that it avoids any paint splashes or other damage.

Carefully planning your home makeover will make life a lot easier. The whole process will be far less challenging if you know exactly what you want to achieve and how you are going to make it a reality!

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How To Prepare For The Sale Of Your Home

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How To Prepare For The Sale Of Your Home

Selling your house is an exciting time, but it can also be quite stressful with all of the things you need to plan for and take care of – especially if you’ve never done it before. To make the process easier on you, in this post we’re going to share with you some of our top tips on how to prepare for selling your house:

Pick a good estate agent:

The very first step when it comes to selling your house is to ensure that you have a good estate agent who will be there to make the process as easy as possible and help you with any questions you have or any issues that arise throughout. Although there’s no foolproof system for finding an estate agent who does a good job and who you can trust, a good way to go about it is by asking for recommendations from friends and family who have sold or bought through a specific agent and then contacting them. Another option is by doing a search online in your local area, for example, for an agent with good reviews and see what you can come up with.

Carry out repairs:

Once you’re starting to prepare the house to get ready to sell and conduct viewings, then it’s going to be a good idea to start carrying out the repairs that have been getting put off and that really need done. This will also give a much better impression with the new potential owners, so it’s a good idea from an investment point of view. Whether it’s repairing floors, fixing a leaky pipe, installing a new Tsurumi submersible pump, or even fixing the roof, get these things done before you even start conducting viewings.

Have your paperwork ready:

Selling a house is a big task that involves a lot of paperwork, so making sure that you have everything ready on this front is very important and will make your life so much easier – especially if you’re looking for a faster sale or need things done in a certain way. You can speak to your bank and estate agent as well as your lawyer about the kinds of paperwork you need in order to get everything organized, but it’s definitely a good idea to do this as early as possible so that everything can run smoothly and you’re not rushing around trying to gather things that you don’t have.

Make sure everything is well presented:

If you want to sell your house, then you want to entice potential buyers and they’re not going to be interested in buying from you if your house is a mess, the garden looks like a jungle, and it looks like nothing has been taken care of since you moved in. Make sure that the place and the surrounding areas are clean, tidy, and free from clutter and, in some cases, it could even help you raise the value of the place a little before you sell it, which is never a bad thing!

Use the tips above to ensure that your sale goes smoothly and happy moving!

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Happy Tails Thrift Shop

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Happy Tails Thrift Shop

Hello! Recently, a really cool thrift shop opened up right down the road from me. It is called Happy Tails and all of the proceeds are given to the Akron Humane Society. My mom enjoys volunteering there on the weekends and I love taking my clients there to shop around and find some good deals. And, I found some good deals too! This past month, I got a four drawer filing cabinet (Which I’ve wanted for forever.) and a pair of retro sunglasses for just under eleven bucks. Check it out:

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I am so incredibly happy with my purchases and it’s even better that the money goes to helping our local animals in need. I asked for a filing cabinet for Christmas and, sadly, did not find one under the tree. And, while scoping post holiday sales, a two drawer cabinet was still around forty dollars. I got twice that for ten bucks!

I love the old school locker feel of my new cabinets and I had a blast organizing all of my paperwork in accordion folders so that I no longer have to lug huge binders from home to home. I was able to clear away a ton of clutter to house in my new cabinet and I even left a drawer for my mom to store all of her paperwork in, too. My filing cabinet makes me feel like an adulting champion and there is nothing better than that.

My new sunnies that I got for fifty cents was also a huge success from Happy Tails and I’ve worn them every day since I got them. Within the past year, seventy-five percent of the sunglasses that I’ve owned for years have broke. And, while I’m shopping at Target or TJMaxx, I just can’t justify spending twelve to fifteen bucks on a pair of shades. But, fifty scents for these mini framed, mint green beauties was something that I could definitely swing! I’ve wanted a pair like this for forever, and the funky color makes them unique and so totally fun!

Thrifting can bring tons of amazing steals and when your spendings go to a good cause, it makes it that much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to go shop at Happy Tails again soon. 😀

What is the best thing you’ve found at a thrift store? What are some ways that you shop smart? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

What Can You Do To Make Your Home Look New?

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What Can You Do To Make Your Home Look New?

We all have a habit of craving new things once something breaks or starts to feel old. If your phone stops working, then it might make sense to buy a new one rather than pay for a costly repair, but can the same be said for an old home? Unless your household’s foundations are entirely demolished, then there’s no need to start from scratch. Making your home look brand new is just about making a few small changes to spruce up the appearance. And, most importantly, you need to make sure you maintain your home so that its aesthetic remains “new” for years or decades to come. What can you do to make your home look new? Read on and you might get some inspiration:

Give your home a deep clean:

You might vacuum the floor on occasion and remember to scrub down the kitchen surfaces after cooking, but your home still doesn’t look clean. That’s because cleanliness requires thorough and regular work. And it’s about reducing messiness as much as it is a matter of maintaining spotless and hygienic surfaces. You need to give your home a deep clean in order to get it back to scratch. Start by getting rid of all of the possessions you’ve been hoarding but no longer want; strip your home down to the essential possessions and open up the potential space that you’ve been wasting. A contemporary and modern “minimalistic” home requires you to be strict enough to get rid of the things you no longer need.

In terms of cleanliness and hygiene, you need to keep on top of a regular routine in order to ensure that your house looks good on a permanent basis (Rather than the one day a week or a month that you vacuum!). For example, you might not think much of the odd crumb lying on the dining room floor, but this can attract insects and other pests. You might want to look into an exterminator service to help you get rid of pests if your house has attracted critters. But if you keep on top of cleaning your home, then you won’t have to worry about bugs popping up. Plus, the aesthetic of your house looks newer and fresher when it’s kept clean. That’s the goal, right?

Let there be light:

Nothing makes a home’s interior look fresh and new quite like brightening it up. And it’s very simple to invite light into your home with a few small changes. Repainting walls white is a good start. Not only will a fresh coat of paint make your home look new, but the color of white naturally reflects light so this will certainly brighten up rooms in your house. Obviously, if you’ve decluttered your home well, then the spaciousness of each room will help to let light flow more freely. Cleaner window panes can help; muggy windows will limit the amount of light pouring into your house. Even mirrors can help to make a room feel larger, brighter, and more open.

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Love that lamp!

Go for the timeless feel:

If you want your home to not only look new but look new permanently, then you need to opt for a timeless feel. The best way to do this is to avoid trends and find ways to improve your home’s aesthetic in a way that looks objectively good (Or as close to “objectively” good as humanly possible!). What can you do to make your home look new in this regard? Think of all of the outdated aspects of your home. Patterned wallpaper, for example, can look tacky and dated rather quickly; painting is a better option. And it’s the same story with carpeting. You should look into getting wooden flooring for that classic aesthetic and then add some rugs to retain that homely feeling.

With the holidays fast approaching, try freshening up your home before your guests arrive!

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Bright Ideas To Spruce Up A Gloomy Home

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Bright Ideas To Spruce Up A Gloomy Home

When summer is put behind us, it’s tempting to revert to dark, deep colors. Mustard yellows and soft browns are autumnal and reflect the changing leaves outside. However, if one goes too far with a deep color palette, a gloomy home can be created, which is somewhat depressing. Remember that the sun sets far earlier and that there is less sunlight during the autumn and winter months. Exploiting light to combat this is never as important as it is now and in the months to come.

Don’t fret, though, because sprucing up a gloomy house is by no means impossible. In fact, with the following tips, it’s pretty easy!

Paint It White:

The Rolling Stones are a fan of painting things black, but they’re rock stars and allowed to be miserable. The average person can’t pull off their attitude without a guitar in hand. So, as a rule, it’s better to use white when brightening up a home. The reason for this is the sheen. All paint is glossy, yet white has an extra shine, which gives it an added edge. Even lighter colors can’t compete because they are softer and not as bright. It’s okay to use non-autumnal colors. Use white as the foundation, and then you can accessorize the rest of the house with darker tones.

Glass Paneled Doors:

Removing blockages from the windows and using power light bulbs are simple fixes. Still, the light may not travel well from one room to another. The reason, quite simply, is the blockages within the rooms. Doors are a prime example because they are big and bulky. As soon as the light hits the wood or PVC, it will bounce elsewhere. With panels, the rays will travel straight through unimpeded and into the next area of the house. The doors don’t have to be paneled from head to toe because it’s overkill. Just install them halfway up the wood for excellent results.

Make It Fun:

You didn’t think to brighten up a home was all about light, did you? No, the right light settings are crucial but not the end of the line. To make a house less gloomy, it needs to be a place that you enjoy. Whether it’s relaxing or bright and poppy, there should be a stylish and practical nature throughout the property. Relaxing is easy, so let’s focus on having fun. If there is space, turn an empty bedroom into a games room. The best billiard tables can provide you with hours of entertainment. Make sure you get a mini fridge and an awesome speaker system, too! Finally, make sure that the house is accessible. Nothing is more annoying than struggling to move in your own home. Clear away the clutter and the boxes and watch the space and light flow better than ever.

Keep It The Same:

The above are useful tips if a gloomy house is a problem. But what if you love your house the way it is?! Keep everything the same if your home looks perfect. For one thing, it should be a reflection of your family’s likes and dislikes. Secondly, some people are winter people, as in they love this time of year. In that case, embrace the dark afternoons and freezing cold temperatures! Pull a Mick Jagger and Paint It Black and light some candles for a spooky chic atmosphere. Go all out, because nothing is cooler than a house that is completely and utterly you.

A murky home is not always doom and gloom. But if you do want to brighten things up, follow the above steps and let the sunshine in!

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Tiny Living: 3 Home Hacks To Maximize Your Space

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Tiny Living: 3 Home Hacks To Maximize Your Space

There is something genuinely cozy about living in a small apartment – particularly if you live alone! The silence of a big house and its constant shrieks and sighs can’t compare with the snug as a bug in a rug feeling of knowing what’s going on in each and every room; having only one of them makes it a lot more manageable.

Small living can also be frustrating, crowded, and downright messy sometimes, but let’s try not to focus on that! Here are a couple of helpful tips on how to keep it neat and cozy at all times, so that you don’t have to dream about greener pastures quite yet:

#1 Store Things Higher Up:

The more you have on your floor, the more cluttered it will look. You need the little floor space you have, and the apartment will look so much bigger when you manage to keep it as open as possible. Think about those lofted bedroom sets we used to love as children and make use of the same principle. By elevating your sleeping area the same way, you’ll be able to use the floor underneath to create a small dining space, for example, or a reading corner. Maximizing every aspect of space in your small living quarters will increase the overall functionality of your tiny but well loved one bedroom apartment.

#2 Clear Out The Clutter:

Clear away anything that can be stored neatly away somewhere and forgotten about. That countryside kitchen style with all of your utensils and mugs on display isn’t really suitable for tiny apartments, although the look in itself is quite charming. Choose a few knick knacks and place them in the spotlight – the rest needs to go elsewhere.

Pack away all of your summer clothes from your wardrobe, for example, to make room for all of your cold weather layers, and buy a good shoe cabinet so that your snowy boots won’t make a mess of the floor. A cabinet provides you with more surface space, by the way, so you can place some of your ornaments on it if you’ve run out of options and do not have enough shoes to fill it completely. (I would never have that problem!!)

#3 Consider Matryoshkas:

If you want to live in your little home for a long while, it’s a good idea to invest in furniture that is purposely designed to make small living a lot easier. They might cost a bit extra, but you’ll literally be able to buy an all-in-one furniture set that extends into a bed, bookshelf, corner couch, dining table, and even a wardrobe – all of this from one single piece of furniture.

Seems too good to be true? Check it out for yourself and weep tears of joy at the thought of all of the space that you’ll finally be able to use. The same principle is found in simpler versions, as well, in case you don’t need a full dining area and a bed at the same time; opt for a couch that folds into a bed instead and you’ve already saved yourself some space.

Also consider using blinds rather than curtains for your windows to avoid wearing your tiny space down with heavy fabrics and choose glass rather than wood when looking at coffee tables. Light and airy are key terms when you want to maximize your living space and this mindset should extend to all of your pieces of decor.

That studio apartment won’t seem so bad after all once all of the clutter is gone and you’re able to breathe again – it’s at least super quick to clean, if nothing else! 😀

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