Maximize Your Bedroom Space with These Easy Tricks

Your bedroom is your private sanctuary and the room where you sleep after a hard day’s grind. The problem is if you don’t have enough space after putting the bed in, and your other things are cluttering up the bedroom. You may not be comfortable and your sleep will suffer as a result.

Keep the Room Organized

You are the only person who knows how to organize the things in the bedroom. Take a look at how you arranged the things in your closet, tables, and drawers. Use boxes and trays to organize stuff that can be placed under tables or under the bed. Space means having a neat room.

Invest in Simple Decorations

If you’re going to have your bedroom repainted, don’t use bright colors because these portray a sense of smaller spaces. Likewise don’t use dark decorations especially on the walls. Use calm colors for bedrooms. Use mirrors with unique or art-like frames for more creative looks. Position the mirrors in such a way that it conveys more space. For lighting, nothing beats natural lighting during the day so don’t use very thick curtains for the windows. Use tall bedside lamps.

Maximize Shelves

Don’t just stack books on shelves. You can use shelves for a lot of things like storing your gadgets, notebooks, accessories, and collections. In place of shelves you can hang baskets that are easily reached by hand.

The Space Under the Bed

There will always be a little space under the bed unless your bed is designed to really hug the floor. You can store luggage, bins, and irregularly shaped items under the bed for easier access later.

Regularly De-clutter

Once a week, clean out your bedroom to de-clutter what you don’t need and to rearrange things neatly and orderly. If you need to, throw out or give away stuff that you know you don’t need or will never use again. You can also donate the stuff to charity if they can still be used or can be reused by a friend who will benefit from it.

Having a small bedroom doesn’t mean it won’t appear neat, clean, and even spacious. With the proper cleaning out, storage ideas, having a strong sense of organization, you might surprise yourself and your spouse how you will make the room look. Just maximize every little space and avoid cluttering. You might want to also try some double-faced furniture.

To Hold, to Hoard, or to Throw? The Problems of Saving versus Trashing

We all do the occasional spring cleaning or general cleaning in our home. However, there comes a time when we face the quandary of whether to throw something out or save it for later, in case the said item can come in useful again. As you continue cleaning you even come upon sentimental items or old gifts that you’re in doubt of throwing out. If you’re faced with throwing it out or saving it for later, ask yourself these questions:

Have you used it last year or this year?

With everything from clothes to kitchen items, ask if you’ve really used it this year or even last year. If you continue to hold on to it without using it for purely sentimental reasons, ask yourself if the sentimental reason is still worth holding on to. However, if the item has been unused for some time and is just stuffed in a box in a corner, perhaps it’s time to get rid of it. If you think you might use the item in the future, but the chance of really using it is less than 50%, get rid of it.

Maybe you have more than one of the same item

You really don’t need two or more of the same item like glasses, coffee table covers, or chess boards. Throw them out, give them away, or you can find a donation place for charity. Contact your friends who might have need for them.

Will the kids appreciate the sentimentality?

Ask yourself, for anything that you don’t throw out and decide to keep for sentimental reasons or for old memories, will your children appreciate these things or will they just find old junk that needs to be thrown out? Because of this, go through old photos, jewelry boxes, and other old items carefully and prioritize only the family heirlooms and history.

Remember the rule of trash: If it’s broken, throw it out

Some things that are broken may be mended or repaired. However, if it can’t, it’s better off being thrown in the trash. If you can collect enough of your junk, you can bring it to the junk yard where it can be weighed and you get back a little money. Be honest with yourself even with sentimental items because once anything is broken, damaged, or stained and can’t be used or repaired anymore, its better off being chucked into the trash.

Creating a Practical Open Kitchen for Better Home Improvement

The open kitchen is more popular than ever, but with a twist. It’s now designed to accommodate meals, parties, work, studying, and multiple cooking. Here are some practical tips in creating a truly social kitchen.

Open up the space with care

Be judicious about how many barriers you eliminate. Too many pathways moving through the space will lead to chaos. Using half-walls or arched openings can create a sense of openness while maintaining traffic flow. It’s also important to visually integrate the kitchen with the rest of the home. The latest iteration of the open kitchen sees it as an ‘interior design’ feature within a larger living/dining space. Color can be a great connector. Repeat a hue from the living room in your choice of artwork on the kitchen walls, for example, or the color of your countertop appliances.

Create activity areas

Establishing zones will help organize the space, especially in multi-cook kitchens. The layout should steer children away from the main work triangle, formed by the refrigerator, range, dishwasher and sink. Put a beverage and snack station toward the public-facing edge of the kitchen. That helps keep kids and guests away from the hot stove and sharp knives. The station might take the shape of a wet bar with a wine chiller. Or the emphasis could be on coffee and snacks, with a coffeemaker, a cabinet for cups and mugs, and a refrigerator drawer for milk and juice boxes.

Contain the mess

Some homeowners resist an open kitchen because they don’t want guests staring at messy pots and pans. But there are ways around the dilemma. In the kitchen, a peripheral cleanup zone, with sink, dishwasher, and expansive landing area for dirty dishes, helps keep the mess off to the side during meals or parties; a second island prep sink serves the main work triangle. Another strategy is to add a raised bar to the “public” side of a kitchen island. That will give guests a place to perch during meal prep, and homeowners can hide the mess from view once dinner is under way. An island bar also provides seating during casual meals.

Add an island

A central counter will give people a place to sit while you’re preparing the meal. Just don’t let it clog traffic. There should be 42 to 48 inches of clearance on all sides.

Built-in charging stations

For many people the kitchen is where their electronic devices are located. Charging stations can be tucked into a cabinet or drawer that’s fitted with docks and electrical outlets. If you need to charge only a couple of devices, electrical manufacturers make electrical outlets with built-in USB ports that can be installed in a kitchen backsplash, letting you power your smart phone while running the blender or stand mixer.

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