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How to Make a Small Apartment Guest Friendly

How to Make a Small Apartment Guest Friendly

I love the holiday season. Getting together, warm evenings in the home snuggling with your loved one with a glass of hot beverage, and family. Nothing else unites us as holidays do.

When you live in a small apartment, one of the biggest challenges is to make room for visitors and to ensure their comfortable stay at your place. When your loved ones are going to be coming to visit you (it is holiday season after all), you will need to get savvy with storage and especially with sleeping options. At first, you may think that your tiny apartment won’t be able to accommodate guests, but think again!

There are a variety of small ways to make sure your guests feel like they’re home, even though you don’t have that much space to share. Hosting guests in a small apartment can be fun and exciting, however, making them feel comfy when sharing your home requires certain preparations. Here are a few tips for hosting your guests and avoiding the troubles of a small apartment or a studio.

Clean and reorganize your space

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    Given the limited space, it is expected of you to maximize and put every inch of it in practical use. Regardless of how your apartment looks and how you live, it is best to clean and reorganize your apartment prior to the guest’s arrival.

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    If bedding is not clean or has not been used in a while, make sure you wash them along with the extra blankets and pillows before guests use them. Those should be easily reachable if needed.

    Pay attention to any type of miscellaneous repairs that you have been delaying for some time and take care of it before it’s too late–clean the carpets, unclog drains and fix small holes and scratches in the walls. It is that big excuse you’ve been waiting for to do, so make the best use of it.

    It is also important that your space is free of clutter just in time for the gathering. All the unnecessary pieces and items should be kept inside storage bins and cabinets, and all the needed essentials in the bathroom should be organized with enough space for guest’s cosmetics to be placed. Don’t forget the fresh towels in the bathroom to make your guests feel like they’ve always had their special place in your home. It’s the details that count.

    Make sure there is enough space in your closet for their wardrobe, shoes, other luggage, bags and suitcases to put away for the time they are spending at your place. If you want to go even further, you could acquire a foldable suitcase stand to give them a place to put their stuff in a more organized way. Preparing an extra chair is also a smart idea; even if you do not have a spare one, there are options such as extra stools, ottomans, and even floor pillows should be useful and comfy enough for your guest’s convenience.

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    Sleeping and eating

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      Every owner of a small apartment knows the basic rule: to make the apartment functional, use every part of it. Because of this, you will very rarely find unnecessary furniture in studio apartments. As much as this solution is practical, a problem arises when one of the guests wants to spend the night or when a greater number of people are found in the apartment at the same time.

      Are you familiar with the sentence: “Mi casa es su casa”? Inviting as it may sound, uttering these words could amount to a problem when your guest has no place to sleep. If you live in a studio apartment or you don’t have an extra bed, you can’t expect the guest to sleep on the floor or in an armchair. Also, it is seldom convenient to share a bed with your guest. Fortunately, there is a solution on how to avoid this unpleasant situation.

      Air mattresses are used specifically for such occasions. They are produced in different dimensions, so before you buy one, be sure to measure the area in which you want to put it and select the appropriate model. Depending on your needs, you can choose a mattress for one or two persons. Mattresses are practical because they take up little space (comes in a shoe-sized box) and internal or external pumps do all the work. You just have to decide whether you’re going to sleep on it or your guests.

      If you live alone or namely with one person, you don’t require an old-fashioned dining room table. However, when you have multiple guests, there is a problem because there are either not enough chairs or the table isn’t large enough. To avoid awkward situations, I wholeheartedly recommend buying bed/lap trays. They are more useful than you’d think and you will be able to sit together on the couch on which will surely be a place for everybody to enjoy a meal.

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      Guests first

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        To make their stay as convenient as it can be, make small concessions for your guests in order to show your hospitality.

        If you have a dog or cat, ask your parents or friends to stay with them while you have guests. Not only might guests be allergic to the hair or afraid of dogs, but imagine your small apartment full of people and your dog chasing her favorite toy or a cat occupying his favorite chair. Also, dogs require everyday walks. This can be inconvenient because you can’t leave the guests waiting. If you invite your guests to join you in walks, have in mind that not everybody is enthusiastic about the idea of standing next to your loved pet waiting for it to finish its physiological needs.

        Even though it might seem unusual, it is actually smart to create a timetable for the bathroom. You will avoid forming lines in front of the bathroom and you can keep any daily routines you might have. This, of course, refers to bathing, showering, brushing teeth, and all those things you do before going to bed. Agree to use the bathroom in the morning or evening, depending on your guest’s wishes.

        Be sure to follow the habits of your guests no matter how unusual they seem or how hard you can cope with them. If guests prefer to nap in the afternoon, use that time to complete any tasks you might have downtown (returning books to the library or paying the bills). If guests want to go to bed earlier than you’re used to, watch a movie on the laptop (remember your headphones) or read a book with a book light.

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        Simply be a true host all the way: turn off the lights that might bother them, mute the TV and be as quiet as you can so you don’t wake them up.

        It is all about the small things

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          Overnight guests are always a challenge whether you live in a small apartment, studio or a loft but that doesn’t mean it is time to panic. At first, all this may seem intimidating, but eventually you will realize that you are more than capable of transitioning your small home into a guest-friendly environment with just a bit of rearranging and organization.

          Ultimately, it all comes down to small things, and it is all about opening up your home, making your guests feel welcome and comfortable no matter how big or small your place is. Not only will your visitors appreciate your thoughtfulness, but the preparations you made will also reduce your unnecessary stress during the visit.

          So, don’t worry and let yourself enjoy that precious time when you get to share your home with others, and you will be more than glad you did it. See you at your place!

          Featured photo credit: Taras Kalapun via flickr.com

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          Last Updated on January 15, 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, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the 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

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