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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 March 25, 2020

                            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                            How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                            When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                            So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                            1. Exercise

                            It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                            2. Drink in Moderation

                            I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                            3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                            Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                            4. Watch Less Television

                            A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                            Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                            5. Eat Less Red Meat

                            Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                            If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                            6. Don’t Smoke

                            This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                            7. Socialize

                            Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                            8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                            Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                            9. Be Optimistic

                            Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                            10. Own a Pet

                            Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                            11. Drink Coffee

                            Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                            12. Eat Less

                            Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                            13. Meditate

                            Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                            Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                            14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                            Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                            15. Laugh Often

                            Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                            16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                            Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                            17. Cook Your Own Food

                            When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                            Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                            18. Eat Mushrooms

                            Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                            19. Floss

                            Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                            20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                            Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                            Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                            21. Have Sex

                            Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                            Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

                            Reference

                            [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                            [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                            [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                            [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                            [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                            [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                            [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                            [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                            [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                            [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                            [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                            [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                            [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                            [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                            [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                            [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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