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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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                            8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                            8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

                            Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

                            “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

                            While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

                            Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

                            1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

                            The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

                            Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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                            The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

                            2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

                            According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

                            Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

                            Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

                            3. You could suffer from excess weight

                            When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

                            Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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                            If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

                            Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

                            4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

                            Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

                            The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

                            5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

                            I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

                            Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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                            A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

                            6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

                            Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

                            When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

                            Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

                            At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

                            7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

                            Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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                            Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

                            8. You could end up eating more processed food

                            Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

                            Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

                            That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

                            The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

                            On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

                             

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