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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 January 17, 2019

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

            More Resources About Mindfulness

            Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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