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“Home is where the heart is,” along with all the other belongings you’ve acquired over your stretch of time here on earth. There are two things that are rarely in abundance, time and space! There is little to nothing we can do to alter or stop time but there are effective living tips that alleviate the headaches and stress associated with having little to no space in the place you call home. Before jumping to the conclusion that it is time to move into a larger apartment, consider these inventive space-freeing tips.
From Storage Room to Living Room
A living room is generally the public area of any home. If you decide to entertain or have company, the living room is the space where, well, actual space is required. A way to alleviate the exasperation of small or cramped living quarters is to efficiently decorate and accessorize the area. Storage ottoman sets are advantageous, creating both an elegant look with multifaceted purpose, acting as both seating and storage apparatuses. Likewise coffee tables with converting capabilities (pull-up top surfaces or shelved bottom levels) double as convenient storage areas and elevated living room writing and working spaces. Bookcases are also a must when trying to create an air of sophistication and an efficiently designed living space. Bookcases provide areas for displaying mementos and accomplishments as well as shelving for books and magazines. Decorating the room with appropriately placed mini shelves creates spaces for pictures, movies and CD’s eliminating the need for bookcases, coffee and end tables if the area does not permit them. The use of flat screen televisions opposed to bulkier tube televisions and taking advantage of their wall-mounting capabilities eliminate the use of colossal entertainment systems and TV stands, which take up a lot of space.
No Room in the Bedroom
Bedrooms are usually the hardest room to accommodate in reference to spacing. When you combine smaller apartment sized rooms with large furniture, catering to house decorating, the result is a really tight sleeping space. A full sized bed, nightstand and dresser may leave little to no space for any additional items such as a TV stand, desk, vanity or additional seating. Choosing an item such as a Captain’s Bed with under-the-bed storage drawers and bookcase type headboards, adds extra storage in the primary bedroom fixture, the bed. Under the bed storage abilities eliminates the need for a dresser or can provide additional storage to compensate for a lack of closet space.
Bathroom’s Need Space Too
Bathrooms in even the most lavish of houses are generally the smallest room in a home. A way to create more space in a bathroom is by using over the toilet racks, corner shower caddies and over the showerhead caddies. Each of these space saving items will provide much needed shelving which acts as both a space creating components and decorative elements. Spruce up the space under the bathroom sink with baskets that also keep you organized.
All in all, creativity is the key. There are diverse furniture types to explore that exude elegance and are constructed with efficiency in mind. Freeing up living space through the use of multi-purposeful furniture will prove to create a larger more organized living space.
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Last updated 8 days ago
With spring slowly approaching, there is one thing on everyone’s plush, winterized, midsection-concerned minds, getting fit and in shape for warmer weather, summer clothing and more fun in the sun activities. The downfall to this revelation is the when, where and how of working out with less than optimal outside conditions, lack of room in your home to really get down and a non-existent desire to spend money on joining a gym.
Fret not. There are ways to squeeze in general routines that accommodate your space, schedule, financial, and bodily needs. The first thing to do is determine what you want to achieve out of a work out. Some want the perfect body; others want to feel healthier; and others are in pretty good shape but would like to tone specific areas of their body. Regardless of your situation, you should find a strategic balance in your workout routine; i.e., do not focus on hours of pushups hoping for an overall toned body. The best option is to look for a resistance-training regimen that will work your legs, arms, shoulders and chest. You will also want to make sure your regimen integrates abdominal exercises that inadvertently work your upper and lower back areas. There are ways to optimize your workout by focusing on calisthenics (squats, pull-ups, chin-ups, etc.) and isometric movements using just your bodyweight. You can optimize these types of workouts by utilizing dumbbells and elastic bands.
Now that there is an idea of what to look for, the central focus should be which specific exercise moves and routines work best. Calisthenics consists of rhythmical movements such as bending, twisting, jumping, kicking, and swinging, whereby body weight is used for resistance. When performed energetically, calisthenics benefit both muscular and cardiovascular fitness. Calisthenics also improves psychomotor skills such as coordination, balance, and agility. If you have limited space (small apartments, dormitories, small workout rooms, etc.), isometrics are the best option. Isometrics are exercises and workouts accomplished in static positions, rather than through a range of motion, which allows for an ideal workout in a single position.
There are several variations of isometric workout movements. Plank Bridging involves lying in the push up position with your elbows under your chest. With the weight of your body relying on your forearm, tighten your core and hold this position for 10 seconds. The isometric push-up is a simple push-up with a pause in-between pushing up and coming down. Isometric Shoulder Raises involves the use of dumbbells. With a dumbbell in each hand, raise both arms up until they are parallel to the ground holding this position for 10 seconds. Dumbbells are interchangable with anything that is easy to grasp and has a desired weight or density such as a large can of beans, a book, etc. These isometric routines are very easy for beginners and do not require a lot of space or a need for a gym or special equipment.
All in all, hope is not lost. For every living situation there is a way to combat the ails of working out and getting fit. Whether you lack space in your apartment, time in your schedule or finances for a gym membership, the perfect workout regimen is out there. It’s just a matter of finding what works for you, creating a plan and being consistent.