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How to Survive In a Big City: The Ultimate Design for a Tiny Apartment

How to Survive In a Big City: The Ultimate Design for a Tiny Apartment

Beginnings can be quite difficult, and starting a life in a big city isn’t simple at all. Naturally, affording a nice place often isn’t an option, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create one, even if it’s the tiniest apartment in the world. The only thing that matters is that you’re willing to build a home for yourself, that one place where you can be who you truly are – everything else (like enough money or time) will eventually turn out better than you’d ever imagined. If you go through the next seven designer tricks for tiny apartments, I’m sure you’ll be able to find at least few of them which are perfectly appropriate for that space you live in

1. How Much Space Do You Really Need? Think Minimalist!

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    When you think about how your dream home would look like, I’m sure you don’t imagine a 140 square feet apartment. The fact is most people want to achieve a certain wealth and social status that would allow them to enjoy luxury, but that’s not something you actually need. An extraordinarily talented architect from Poland, Szymon Hanczar, managed to turn his tiny apartment into a gorgeous home for singles.

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    “To be honest, ask yourself what you really need, how much time do you spend at home, what do you expect from this space? You don’t have to pay a lot for the big flat, when you really love (and) enjoy the city life, and you spend 2/3 of the day out” – said Hanczar.

    Obviously, the secret is in adapting the space you have at your disposal according to your needs

    2. Strive Towards Bright & Light

    Dark colors are heavy, and they make a space look smaller and more crowded than it really is. All large surfaces of your place need to be in bright shades, unless you want to feel smothered. You don’t have to go with the pure white – there are many different solutions, so I’m sure you’ll find that bright shade that makes you feel comfortable. Have in mind that light in general makes a place seem larger, so allow your windows to bring in as much of it as they can. Also, you should place a large mirror across your windows – it’ll reflect light and make your tiny apartment look even bigger. The best of all – this trick doesn’t take practically any room and it’s quite effective.

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    3. Floating & Hanging Storage Solutions
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      Dealing with storage room when you live in a tiny apartment is probably the most challenging thing – spacious closets are only reserved for apartments with large square footage, so having one isn’t really a practical option. This is when you need to turn to alternative solutions and use the upper part of your walls and the ceiling to fit everything in. You should consider installing various types of floating shelves and cabinets made out of light or see-through materials. Another quite smart solution is having a clothing rack hung to the ceiling – it looks pretty great and it’s really practical!

      4. Use Space Vertically, Not Only Horizontally

      If your tiny place has high ceilings, this is something you should definitely use as your advantage. There are many different ideas when it comes to what to do with the mezzanine, but probably the best one is to turn it into a bedroom – the fact that your apartment is tiny doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to a good night’s sleep, and this way you’ll be able to have a large bed without paying the price of not having enough room to move around. Hanczar says, “I decided to create a low corridor with a bathroom…and a kind of ‘bedroom’ on top of it.”

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        5. Scale it down a Bit

        There are certain measurements according to which furniture is normally made, and they are perfectly appropriate to an average human being. However, if you go with pieces of furniture specially made for smaller places, you’ll be able to make more room. Most people associate a lack of comfort with furniture that is scaled down, but this is just a misconception – nevertheless, you can always test all the different pieces before you purchase one. The smaller your furniture and the less space you have, the less you will need to clean up! Hanczar says, “I didn’t want a spacious apartment that would involve plenty of time to take care of…On the other hand, it was not my intention to give up comfort and functionality.”

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          6. Liven up Your Tiny Home

          We already mentioned that you should definitely find a way to have as much light and bright colors as you can, but you can always find a way to break that monotony if you consider it doesn’t match your personality. The perfect way to create a peaceful environment is to go with natural colors; the obvious solution here are plants. There are all shapes and sizes of light and beautiful planters you’ll be able to use, and you can even make it be useful if you plant fruits or vegetables, not just pretty. This is also quite doable if you pay close attention to ornaments, but try not to overdo it because you’ll only make your tiny apartment look crowded. By the way, consider focusing on pieces of art you can hang – this way you’ll save a lot of space and still be surrounded with food you grew on your own.

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          7. Don’t Settle for Less – Comfy Is Homey

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            “I didn’t want a spacious apartment that would involve plenty of time to take care of,” said Szymon Hanczar. “On the other hand — despite the small space — it was not my intention to give up comfort and functionality. So it was really a unique challenge.” This guy managed to make a loving home out of one average room. With the right amount of thought, you can take advantage of every available square foot.

            Most of the ideas I mentioned are pretty simple DIY projects or require a bit of pre-planning, and they won’t require a lot of money – you just need to take your time, figure out what is it that you need and focus on that!

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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