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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 September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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