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12 Ingenious Multi-Use & Space-Saving Products for Your Home

12 Ingenious Multi-Use & Space-Saving Products for Your Home

When buying new products for the home we often overlook where we’ll put them once we’ve brought them home. Many times we end up storing things away in a garage, the back of a cupboard or drawer or even under the stairs. The problem with this is, when they’re out of sight, they’re out of mind. Then we forget where we’ve put something and by habit we buy it again, resulting in even more space being taken up.

However, more and more products are being designed in a way that will help save us space at home. I’ve searched around and found 12 items that are absolutely great for saving us space!

1. Strainer meets cutting board

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    This is definitely something I need in my life! This ingenious invention allows you to chop up your vegetables, fruits, lettuce and anything else without damaging your counter top, then in one easy step it becomes a strainer so you can wash your food straight away and then transfer it straight to your plate or bowl. Save some space in your cupboard with this 2-in-1 strainer board. It takes up hardly any room and its flat design makes storage easy!

    2. Speaker Light Bulb

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      This cool looking speaker doubles up as a light bulb. Save space in any room of your house and benefit from this speaker that will generate sound to the entire room. It’d make a great Christmas present or just treat yourself.

      3. All in one kitchen doohickey

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        A lemon juicer, a spice grater, an egg masher, a cheese greater, a lid opener, an egg yolk separator, a measuring cup and a funnel all in a wine shaped bottle. This quirky design has compacted 8 kitchen tools into one easy to store product.

        4. Wall mounted ironing board

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          This ironing board is absolutely ideal if you haven’t got a lot of space or storage space in your bedroom or bathroom. Not only is it an ironing board but it’s a cupboard too so you’re given even more room and it will also blend in perfectly with its mirror door.  

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          5. Magnetic ironing mat

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            This simple idea is so effective and will not only save you space but time too! Put this mat on top of your washer or dryer in your laundry room and you can iron your clothes as soon as they’re ready. With this product there’s no need for an ironing board, this mat is as effective, much smaller and easy to move and store!

            6. Roll up dish drying rack

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              This product will not only help you save space but it can create it too! Extend your drying space with this convenient drying rack and then once you’re done just simply roll it up and put it away. The roll up feature means you can easily store it anywhere and just take it out when you need it.  

              7. Space Saving Hangers

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                If, like me, you have an ever expanding range of clothing but a wardrobe that stays the same size these space saving hangers will allow to you fit much more into your wardrobe. No more doubling up clothes on one hanger or packing your wardrobe so full you can’t find anything.

                8. Measuring cup

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                  This product is so simple but it is extremely useful when cooking. I always struggle with teaspoon and tablespoon measurements. This small and convenient size cup will help save you time in the kitchen and won’t take up space either.  

                  9. Vertical free standing shoe rack

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                    This modern-style shoe rack is perfect for any area of the home: bedroom, living room, inside the front or back door. The vertical design means it takes up much less room than most other standard shoe racks and works perfectly for all styles of shoe. I personally love the overall design too!

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                    10. Fold-away treadmill

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                      That’s right! There is such a thing as a foldaway treadmill. This treadmill is absolutely ideal for anyone starting off creating an at home gym or workout space. With its clever design you can take it out when you need it and when you’re done you can just pack it away. Storing it is simple because of its compact shape. No need to section of part of your room or have it sitting in a corner or in your garage ‘out of the way’. Buy one and start working out at home today!

                      11. Library Chair

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                        This great-looking chair doubles up as a book shelf storage space. The creative design means there’s no more need for those massive book shelves, you won’t have books scattered all around the house or in drawers and cupboards, where they shouldn’t be. This reading station will save you space in your house, help you manage your books and also give you a place to read them.

                        12. The Auto-Expanding/Contracting Hose

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                          This smart invention would make a great gift for your dad! It’s designed in such a way that when you turn the water on, it expands in length and width, then when you shut the water off it will contract in size. Not only will this save you time as you won’t have to reel your hose out and in but it will also save you space when storing. It’s compact enough to place on a shelf or in a cupboard or you could just hang it up on your wall.

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                          Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                          The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                          1. Understand Yourself Better

                          Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                          Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                          2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                          I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                          Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                          3. Become Aware of What Matters

                          As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                          You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                          4. Boost Creativity

                          The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                          When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                          You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                          5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                          A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                          Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                          6. Process Life Experiences

                          When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                          Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                          7. Stress Relief

                          In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                          Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                          8. Provide Direction

                          Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                          One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                          9. Solve Problems

                          Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                          Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                          When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                          10. Find Relief From Fighting

                          Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                          Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                          11. Find Meaning in Life

                          Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                          12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                          Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                          13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                          When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                          14. Let the Past Go

                          I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                          15. Allow Freedom

                          Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                          16. Enhance Your Career

                          Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                          Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                          17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                          All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                          18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                          No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                          We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                          Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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