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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 December 2, 2018

                          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                          Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                          The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                          The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                          Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                          Review Your Past Flow

                          Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                          Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                          Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                          Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                          Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                          Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                          Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                          We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                          Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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