How About a Bathtub in Your Drawer?

I have this habit of checking out YouTube for home improvement, design and decorating ideas every now and then. I am particularly interested when these are focused on small spaces.  Particularly because my hubby and I don’t have a very large house ourselves — just one that exactly meets our needs 🙂  And unlike him, I am used to living in very small spaces ever since I went away to university. After all, a bigger space had always meant then (and even now), a bigger rent as well.

Now, here is a video about a small apartment that really interested (or should I say) amazed me. Maybe it’s not yours but it’s my first time to see how she has made it possible to have a bathtub even in her limited space. I say hurray to creativity indeed 🙂 Check out her tiny but cozy place and her bathtub (!) in the video below.

Clever Ways to Maximise Your Storage Space

Your home is a sanctuary and respite from a busy life. When you reach a critical mass of stuff, it can stop your life flowing freely. Stepping over junk, losing papers, and not being able to find gadgets will slow down the most organized of people. This is where the adage A place for everything; and everything in its place comes into play. Shelving, rack installations, office filing solutions; all this hardware can be utilised. However, wise choices of furniture can also help maximize storage space.

Check out companies such as Elbowroom, which moved into home storage solutions after starting out with a focus on industrial storage in 1973. This innovator has taken its framework and robust materials from the corporate world and applied them to the home.

Here are some other tips on clever ways to maximise storage throughout your home:

Your home’s entrance

Regardless of how small your place is, it has an entrance. By placing a chair or stool, hanging hooks and a small hat cupboard in it, you have the basic components to stop clutter piling up through the next stop-off in your home. People can sit down, take off their shoes, hang up their jackets and put their hats away.

Your living area

Lots of storage space in the living area means all those much-used items can be put away, creating a clearer and cleaner look. For example, ottomans with space to put snuggly winter blankets for the kids; under-unit shelves to stash video controls, cane boxes for toys or magazines. Placing two or three wall shelves can add an elegant display-based storage solution for photo frames and books.

Your kitchen

What a difference a well-organised kitchen makes to daily meal preparation. First, the pantry. Narrow shelves of 30cm are ideal, any deeper and food tends to get lost and forgotten, just ensure there are plenty of them. Try installing wall brackets to hold microwaves, while extra wall-shelves can double as stylish features and herb racks. Lots of little dedicated spaces are needed for foods, recipe books, cooking utensils, bowls, glasses and plastics if your kitchen is going to function well.

Your laundry

This critical room is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. It makes a fundamental difference as to how easily your clothes get washed and cleaned. The ideal laundry has a wall-hung drier and a washing machine, a cupboard for detergents and the like, a sink, and space to fold clothes. A clever idea is to wall mount shelves for laundry baskets: unsorted washing can be stashed here, as can baskets for individual family members. A good system with shelving and the right containers will pay for itself in valuable time.

Your home office

These days we are seeing home offices used for a crossover of kids’ craft, homework and bill paying as well as the actual running of businesses. So many functions; so little space. A great idea is to have dedicated spaces or boxes or drawers for these different purposes. Half a cupboard for craft; half for office supplies. Two filing drawers devoted to the business, one to house bills.

Whatever your needs or whatever is not fitting into your current space, there are storage solutions on hand. All it takes is a little creativity, a bit of thinking and voila, your life becomes smoother.

Do you have any handy home storage tips to share?

Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping well can make an immense difference to your life, leaving you happier and healthier. Unfortunately, for many Australians, a good night’s sleep is a lot more complicated than closing your eyes and drifting off. Though it can sometimes feel like sleeping pills are the only option left to those of us who struggle with sleep, there are a number of natural solutions that you should try before making that trip to the chemist or doctor.

The Right Mattress Makes a World of Difference

If your sleeping problems arise due to discomfort, partner movements or lack of support, trading in your mattress could be the first step to more peaceful nights. When looking to upgrade their mattress Brisbane residents often choose latex because the material is known for responding to any movements you make to provide ultimate comfort and support. The ideal mattress is also one that won’t react to your partner changing position, meaning they can toss and turn as much as they like without it affecting you at all. Upgrading your mattress can be the quickest and often most effective way to improve your sleep.

A Stable Routine and Allowing a Natural Shut Down

For people who have difficulty falling asleep, training yourself into a routine is an important step in improving your sleeping patterns. Try going to bed at the same time every night, without exception. Although, at first, this might not seem to make any difference (e.g. you may find yourself lying awake for some time), your body will gradually become familiar with recognising that time as the signal to sleep and dozing off will become more natural. It also helps to maintain a consistent waking up time, even if that means shorter sleeps than you would like in the beginning.

Many people complain that they are unable to ‘shut down’ at the end of the day. A good way to reduce this problem is to ensure that your day includes enough physical and mental exertion to make sure you really need the sleep at night. For example, people with office jobs can try to do an hour of exercise each day to exhaust their body, while people with jobs that don’t require too much mental activity can play brain training games to make sure their mind will be too exhausted to keep them awake at night with useless thoughts.

Another crucial aspect of allowing your body and mind to naturally shut down for sleep is watching what you eat and drink before going to bed. It’s a good idea, from about 5.00pm onwards, to avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks like soda and coffee. The same rule should be applied to foods as well – a small dessert is fine, but too much sugar will make it more difficult to fall asleep.

Don’t let your digital connectivity invade your sleeping hours.

Disconnect, Then Power Off

Smartphones, tablets and being online 24/7 are all part of our digital culture. And while these things are great and very useful at times, they can also be detrimental to sleep. Too many of us make the mistake of letting our connectivity invade our sleeping time, whether it be via work or social media. By posting updates and doing other things on our devices while in bed, we tell our brains that our bed is a place for doing things, rather than relaxing and resting. Try implementing a ‘no devices in bed’ policy to help you prevent your work and social media from interfering with your Z’s.

Everybody wants to sleep well, because when we get a good sleep, we feel better the next day. If you want to improve your sleep without relying on medication, try some of the above natural strategies and see if you can get to sleep sooner and sleep more comfortably.