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4 Elements That Can Make Your Home Spacious Again.

4 Elements That Can Make Your Home Spacious Again.

Decades ago the world used to be the home for approximately 1 billion inhabitants, now we have 6 times the amount it once was. Deaths and births is an everyday ordeal in many parts of the world, while one community decreases another increases. This has led to competition for space and maximizing a space.

While having a home is considered a huge luxury and a great accomplishment, we are constantly having our own battles with space. We aren’t sure on how we can maximize our space and create an ambiance which is welcoming and spacious.

How can you use your space to its maximum potential? Can you make any home transform into a picture for a magazine cover? All these questions have lead us this article, where you can find out how your space can be turned from a drag into a fantasy.

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1. Use The Right Colors

Personally, I recall, the first time I moved into my own apartment; I had a pretty small loft where I had to incorporate my bedroom , dressing, dining and office together. I cracked my head and got myself in a rut trying to figure out how to maximize my space.

Stumbling upon a magazine I realized the one way to make my tiny loft seem like a huge mansion is to choose the right colors to accentuate my space. Off white tones, light green, soft blue and yellow have proven to create wonders in a small space. Painting my loft with off-white tones and shading the trimming in an even lighter color, made my space look larger then it supposed to.

This gave me the motivation to get up in the morning and continue on working, as well as enjoy a good night sleep. Space well maximized is a place that creates productivity as well as peace.

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2. Choose The Right Type Of Doors

We have all seen English movies where the doors are embroidered with amazing architecture as well as made with the finest wood. From Japanese traditions all the way to European heritage, history has exhibited their power and growth through their design and architecture. Doors have played a crucial part in that too.

One of the great hacks that I’ve found out is to incorporate Bi-folding doors in one’s living space. Bi-folding doors are doors that have either two folds or a singular fold. These doors extend when needed and you can easily extend the spaces in your house due to the fact that you aren’t building an extra wall to accommodate a door. Unlike the French doors or the Patio doors, the bi-fold doors consume less space as well as come with an exquisite and intricate design.

On the other hand in this modern world, a multi-purpose home is something to be proud of. If you’re able to extend your space from a small office to a party venue, then you can definitely impress your friends.

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3. Make Use Of The Mirror Elements

If you grew up in an Asian household, you would find mirrors in various corners of the house. It’s used to ward off evil and it’s sometimes used to attract good luck. Hence if you walked into any Asian house you will feel this odd sense of spaciousness and calmness. It’s accentuated by the brightness of their home and the warmth of their color palettes.

How do mirrors create an illusion of space? The reflecting properties of mirrors don’t only reflect what’s in front of you but also reflect the space hence extending it to twice the actual space. Mirrors also reflect light and these elements together create a cohesive yet elegant space for you to function.

A bright and spacious place doesn’t only give you the comfort of a new home but also keeps your mind healthy and your life productive.

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4. Choose The Right Type of Windows

No home is complete without the right type of windows. Windows create the illusion of space as it allows natural light in. Sunlight usually gives a home the ambiance of warmth and comfort. Therefore a home with no windows creates chaos and negativity.

Usually, homes with larger windows create a wider space area, however, depending on the rooms the windows should be catered to them. Bedrooms should have a wider window to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to penetrate the room, giving you the boost you need to wake up.

In the living room, vertical windows help create a welcome and homely room. How you arrange the windows is up to you, however, consulting an interior designer would help you navigate through designing your home.

In Conclusion.

Any space can be made spacious with the right tools. Find out what your home needs and gets to it.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

“Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

“The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

“The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

    Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

    1. Build a Memory Palace

      What is it?

      The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

      How to use it?

      Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

      “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

      Example

      An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

      • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
      • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
      • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
      • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
      • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

      You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

      2. Mnemonic

        What is it?

        A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

        How to use it?

        Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

        Example

        I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

        I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

        Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

        Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

        Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

        Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

        C

        J

        H

        D

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        P

        Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

        Cubs

        Just

        Hate

        Doing

        Push-ups

        Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

        3. Mnemonic Peg System

          What is it?

          According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

          How to use it?

          The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

          Example

          Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

          0 = hero

          1 = gun

          2 = shoe

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          3 = tree

          4 = door

          5 = hive

          6 = sticks

          7 = heaven

          8 = gate

          9 = line

          Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

          4. Chunking

            What is it?

            Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

            How to use it?

            In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

            Example

            Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

            Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

            081127882

            Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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            081 – 127 – 882

            Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

            “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

            5. Transfer of Learning

              What is it?

              Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

              “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

              How to use it?

              There are two specific ways to use it:

              1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
              2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

              Example

              I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

              Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

              The Bottom Line

              The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

              We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

              Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

              “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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              Featured photo credit: Nong Vang via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
              [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
              [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
              [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
              [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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