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13 Ways To Make Your Room Without A Closet Work

13 Ways To Make Your Room Without A Closet Work

We’ve all been there. You rent an apartment, maybe a studio, that is less than ideal but perfect on the budget. Unfortunately, sometimes that apartment has a bedroom without a closet. Don’t be discouraged! There are many ways that will keep your place organized and looking like it’s straight out of “Better Home And Gardens” magazine.

1. Buy An Armoire, Chifferobe, or Dresser

Dresser

    This is an obvious and simple solution to the problem room without a closet. Head to a thrift store, a resell shop or a big box store and find something that fits the space and your taste. If you can’t stand the thought of having your clothes out on display for the world (read: your friends) to see, this route is your best option.

    2. Make Or Buy A Clothes Rack

    clothes rack

      Clothes racks are a wonderful thing to have in your room without a closet. Whether it’s one you’ve made (there are so many tutorials for doing this on the internet) or simply one you’ve bought, clothes racks are a great asset to a room without a closet.

      You can go all out and create more space by adding a shelf on the bottom. This serves as a great way to display your shoes and give them a place at the same time. Or you can go all out and get one with multiple hanging levels. The options are endless. It all depends on what works for you and what you need.

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      As an added bonus, these things have become pretty trendy lately. Talk about a win win.

      3. Create A Wall Hung Organizer

      Hanging Clothes Rack

        This may sound pretty daunting if you’re not exactly the “do it yourself” type, but it doesn’t have to be. Create a hanging clothes rack pretty much anywhere in your apartment and or room. It’s as simple hanging two strong ropes or chain down from your ceiling and using them to hold a pole in place. Clothes rack not quite your thing? Just hang a chain along the wall and hook your clothes hangers into the chain. Viola! You not only saved space, but now your beautiful pieces of clothing double as art. Do you have a lot of scarves? Try hanging a curtain rod on your wall and drape them along it. Now you can enjoy your beautiful scarves any season!

        4. Raise Your Bed

        Ikea Bed Riser

          A simple, classic trick to adding more space to your bedroom. Bed risers can be bought in many places and for different heights. Buy some storage containers and store your out-of-season clothes, shoes or anything else you may not have a spot for under your bed.

          5. Or Better Yet – Loft Your Bed

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          lofted bed

            By lofting your bed, you open up a lot more floor space to get creative with. You can use that space to create a closet, an office space or anything really. You can build your own or you can buy one, but just make sure you give yourself enough room to sit up in your bed!

            6. Create A Faux Headboard With Your Clothes

            clothes rack headboard

              It may not be the best Feng Shui, but it is definitely an in interesting look. If it’s too much for you to see your clothes all the time, just hang some fabric across and disguise your wardrobe.

              7. Build Your Own Shelves

              Crate Shelves

                Whether it’s vintage crates, wooden boxes or just a simple plank of wood, building your own shelves creates a lot of additional space. Hanging or stacked, they’re a great spot to place pants, shoes, books – whatever your heart desires. Paint them in accent colors to add a little fun pop to your wall, or paint them in the same color of your wall to make them a little more seamless.

                8. Hit Up The Antique Market And Get Yourself A Trunk

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                wicker trunk

                  A decorative bench or a trunk add for a touch of flair to your room and a lot of storage. A great place to keep your out-of-season clothes or shoes. You could also use shoe boxes and turn it into a smaller, makeshift dresser.

                  9. Get A Room… Separator

                  room divider

                    A folding screen adds a lot to a room without a closet. By dividing the room and providing a disguise to your wardrobe, they create the feeling of having a closet while helping to prevent the mess, often hidden behind closet doors, from being seen.

                    10. Re-purpose A Ladder

                    ladder

                      Granted, this would work best for children’s clothing, but it will create a unique look either way. Use a wooden ladder and hang clothes, scarves, or belts off the rungs or use it as a way to cover…

                      11. Build Your Own Shelves

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                      shelves

                        Hang some shelves on various levels to display odds and ends, create a home for your shoes or simply a place for you to put your pants. You could even go so far as to install your own clothing rod under the shelves and create a custom sized closet. You can get as advanced or as elementary as you want! Display your clothes (and craftsmanship) proudly or…

                        12. Cover It Up

                        Curtain Closet Cover

                          Not everyone feels their wardrobe and personal items should be on display, so if after following a step above you feel a little exposed – cover your closet. It’s as easy as getting fabric! Just pick up some curtains and rods or make a cabana. With a little bit of sweat, your wardrobe will have a place to call its own.

                          13. Did You Luck Out With A Nook? Great! Use It!

                          closet

                            If you were lucky enough to find a place with a small nook in the room, use it to your advantage. Use any of the ideas above and create the closet of your dreams.

                            Featured photo credit: Eliot’s Room/Amy Gizienski via flickr.com

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                            Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                            Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                            Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                            Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                            I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                            This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                            What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                            As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                            While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                            The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                            Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                            Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                            The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                            It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                            My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                            You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                            Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                            1. Drink Plenty of Water

                            Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                            2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                            The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                            3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                            One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                            4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                            The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                            To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                            5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                            While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                            Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                            You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                            How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                            Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                            This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                            Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                            Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                            The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                            Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                            Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                            One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                            This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                            Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                            Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                            Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                            Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                            How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                            The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                            While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                            Can I Work out While Fasting?

                            Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                            The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                            Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                            Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                            First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                            Is Fasting Safe?

                            As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                            I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                            Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                            As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                            I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                            For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                            Conclusion

                            Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                            If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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