Sometimes affordable living is small living. Many homes give up wonderful amenities such as back yards, closet space, etc.Some people love it some people hate it. Either way, below is a list of ways to maximize your small living space.
1. Financial advantages
Maybe you are downsizing because all the kids grew up. Maybe you are just starting out and need something small. There are financial gains to smaller living. The average person spends about 30% of each paycheck on housing. By embracing smaller, less expensive spaces it may offer financial freedom for travelling or earlier retirement.
2. Prioritize your belongings
Living in a smaller home means if it doesn’t fit, it can’t stay. If you haven’t used something or even thought about it in a 6 month period or even a year it’s probably time to let it go. Prioritizing belongings may even bring you a little extra joy knowing you can help someone else by selling or donating items. Allow yourself leeway for sentimental items. If it means that much to you hold one to it. Even consider creating something useful out of old items; for example, turning your favorite old t-shirts that you love but never wear anymore and turn them into a quilt.
3. Get creative with storage
You can create hidden storage by creating drawers under your bed to create more space for storage. Even elevating your bed to put a desk or another useful area is a great way of creating extra space when it’s very limited. Decorate your room with jewelry or scarfs that not only accent your room but also allow you to see what you have in plain sight without having to search in a box or closet for it.
4. Factor in the furniture
Multifunctional furniture is key in small spaces. Nightstands or tables with drawers add more storage space into the home. Appliances can be multifunctional as well. Make a game or challenge out of it. Even if you have a home with plenty of space you may not have enough room for everything you own. With less stuff to worry about, because you managed to place everything neatly away in your amazing storage space ideas, you may find yourself feeling freer and happier!
Conserving water isn’t only good for the environment; it’s also great for your pockets! Here are some helpful reminders that will help you save water, for a more extensive list you can visit this sit for 100 tips.
- Turn off the faucet –You can save 12 to 18 liters of water just by turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth! An individual person can waste 684 gallons of water in the course of a year just from brushing their teeth. Think about all the times the water is running when shaving, washing dishes, etc. It can save a lot over time.
- 5 minute showers – 150 gallons of water a month could be saved by reducing showers by a minute to two.
- Reduce laundry – Reusing clothes and towels and waiting to run the washer when you have a full load will save.
- Collect water – If you have plants, when you rinse your fruits and vegetables you can collect the water to use water to feed your plants instead of wasting it down the drain.
- Only flush for #2 – Flushing an older toilet can use as much as 20 liters to flush every time it’s flushed. New toilets use about 5 liters per flush.
In 2003, “The Lord of the Rings” won the Oscar for best movie, Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” was the best-selling song, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders to win the Super Bowl. Thirty year fixed-rate mortgages were 6 1/4%.
In 1993, it was “Schindler’s List” taking down the Oscar and Mariah Carey selling the most with “Dream Lover.” And local fans turned away from the TV as the Cowboys topped the Bills in the Super Bowl. Thirty year fixed-rate mortgages were 7%.
In 1983, the Oscar went to “Terms of Endearment,” “Every Breath You Take, ” by the Police, was the best-selling song. And, it was happy times here as the Redskins beat the Dolphins in the Super Bowl. Thirty year fixed -rate mortgages, which had touched 18% in 1980′ were now down to a relatively palatable 13 7/8%. Whoa!
So, where are we now in 2013? We’ll have to wait to know who garnered the movie, music, and football awards. However, the one thing we do know is that today’s interest rates are spectacular compared to the past. If you’re interested in buying your first home or moving up to something new, become part of what will eventually be listed as being the best time to buy in history!!
What’s one of the greatest free resources you have in your neighborhood? You neighbors. They may be your watchdogs for your home when you’re away on vacation or at work. You wouldn’t want to start off on the wrong foot. Plus when your kids lose their toys and balls over the fence every weekend, you want to be sure they’ll get them back in working condition without fear. So here are a few ways you can introduce yourself and make friends with your neighbors. Continue reading
You did everything you could to protect your furniture and you even put one of those annoying flimsy plastic drop cloths on the floor. But the kids and pets came in and stepped right in the paint tray. Now they’re tracking foot and paw prints throughout the house! Well now what? Continue reading
We talk a lot about moving here on this blog. It’s a more efficient way for us to help YOU. Typically when you’re moving you’ve known about it for at least 2 weeks. If you have less notice than that then we’re really sorry, but you shouldn’t be reading this blog – you should be packing and moving! Those of you with enough notice should start doing these things to better prepare for your actual move. Continue reading
There’s more to moving out than just moving your belongings to a new home. You also have to clean things – especially if it’s a rental. Gather your scrub brush, bleach, and broom and use this checklist to be sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned and moved out. We’ve organized this checklist by room to help you stay organized. We’re just so nice! Continue reading
Whether you’ve just moved in or you’ve lived there for 25 years; whether you’re renting or you own these are skills everyone should possess. We’re starting a new series! Every Tuesday look out for the latest skill that YOU should know. These tips could possibly save you money on locksmiths, plumbers, and any other type of handyman. This week we’re going to show you how to make a lightbulb last longer. Continue reading