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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 March 13, 2019

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                          3. Upgrade yourself

                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                          4. Talk to a friend.

                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                          8. Have a quick nap.

                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                          10. Find some competition.

                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                          11. Go exercise.

                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                          12. Take a good break.

                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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