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How To Make A Small Home Feel Huge

How To Make A Small Home Feel Huge

Small space tricks go a long way in making a small house feel huge. Most space tricks are simple and don’t require a great deal of time or effort. In most cases, the illusion is cast by a simple rearrangement of storage. Also, one key is to make double use of space. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a storage trunk or the use of walls for vertical storage space.

Smaller homes are gaining in popularity, as people want to lower their carbon footprint. A small home is certainly one way to accomplish this. Another reason for the rise in the popularity in small homes is most certainly cost. Young people can no longer afford the astronomical cost of buying a new home with lost of space, hence the rise in small home popularity.

1. Create A Focal Point

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    A focal point gives the eye something to be drawn toward. These wire racks in a small kitchen is a real attention getter. Plus, the focal point does double duty as a storage space for spices, kitchen sponges, and so much more.

    2. Wrap Around Book Shelves

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      Wrap around book shelves are perfect for a small office space. These are built right into the wall, affording a great deal of space in the room. Counter space also abound in an office set up such as this. There is plenty of leg room and as you can see drawers are tucked away nicely below the counters.

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      3. Converted Office

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        This crib has been placed where an office desk used to sit. The built in shelves tuck away baby’s things neatly and efficiently. There is even room for a rocker or a comfy chair for mom or dad to comfort baby at night or during the day.

        4. Hang Pots And Pans

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          Hanging pots and pans from the ceiling has become quite popular. Use a ceiling pot rack to get pots and pans out of cabinets and hanging from the ceiling. Also note the built in spice rack above the stove to free up counter or cabinet space.

          5. Raised Bed Platform

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            This couple steals the show by using a raised bed platform in the set up of their home. The idea certainly makes use of otherwise wasted ceiling space.

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            6. Continuous Counter Tops

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              Space is created both above and below with a pattern of continuous counter tops. This office was created in an unused hallway.

              7. Small Space Bathroom

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                This small space is really opened up with clean lines. The pedestal sink along with the floor to ceiling shower design instantly creates an open space.

                8. Floor To Ceiling Curtains

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                  Hanging curtains from floor to ceiling is a favorite small space trick for designers. This illusion makes the room seem taller and adds space to the mind’s eye.

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                  9. Similar Color Palette

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                    Varying hues of the same color incredibly enlarges a room. The use of furniture that does not exactly match in color, also draws the eye and makes the room seem larger.

                    10. Large Scale Prints

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                      Large scale prints add to a room through acting as windows to another world. The effect is that of windows to the outside which help along the illusion of a larger room.

                      11. Hang A Hammock

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                        Hang a hammock in a corner to create a cozy reading space. A hammock really hits the spot for relaxing and reading. Put it in an out of the way corner and enjoy.

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                        12. Use Light Paint

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                          Use light shades instead of darker hues to open up the room. The room will appear more luminous and full of light creating a space that seems larger than it really is.

                          13. Double The Functionality Of Furniture

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                            This is my personal favorite. Use ottomans or a chest for a coffee table to make furniture do double duty.

                            14. Use Mirrors

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                              The use of mirrors can enlarge any room. Put a floor mirror in the corner or create a focus wall with five or six different sized mirrors.

                              15. Deck Out The Ceilings

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                                Add a sweet looking chandelier to draw the eye upwards in small spaces. Don’t forget to paint the ceiling in a lighter hue as well.

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                                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                1. Exercise Daily

                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                • Eat more veggies
                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                  6. Start Slow

                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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