Best Vacuum Cleaner for a Small Home

The Best Small Home Vacuum Cleaner (A Review)

I’ve had this Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum cleaner for about a year and this baby has never disappointed!

All of the following points (from the description on Amazon) are why I love this vacuum:

  • Lift-Away. Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter. Traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
  • Powerful and lightweight. Portable and versatile at only 12.5 lbs
  • Brushroll Shutoff. Deep carpet and gentle bare floor cleaning.
  • Swivel Steering. Excellent control for maneuvering around furniture.
  • The product comes with Wide Pet Upholstery tool, does not have pet power brush

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Best Plants for Small Spaces

The Benefits of Live Plants

Indoors or out, plants are healthy and beautiful additions to all homes but especially small spaces.

Why?

Well, the health benefits are probably the biggest reasons. Plants can purify the air, increase humidity, release oxygen, and reduce levels of carbon dioxide.

Personally, just having live plants in my home makes me happy and relaxed. You’ve all heard that talking to plants is good for them. Well, I believe that.

Did you know…?

Pretty convincing, wouldn’t you say?

Plants are a fabulous way to add visual beauty and warmth to a home.

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Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Furniture = Smart Storage = Smart Decorating

It’s true! It doesn’t matter one whit what size room you’re furnishing but it’s especially smart when your space is small.

It’s all about Smart Storage

In the living room, bedroom, study…

  • Small chests make great side tables in the bedroom or living room.
  • A small chest is a good place to store books, magazines, and that remote control that’s forever getting lost.
  • Place a small chest by your front door, hang a mirror over it, add a small lamp and you’ve created an attractive and useful entryway.
  • A basket for mail could sit on top.
  • Mittens, hats, keys, maps, etc. can be stashed in the drawers for use when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.

In the Kitchen…

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Best Wall-Mounted Desks

Best Wall-Mounted Desks

Photo of a desk

Photo courtesy of photographer wu yi on Unsplash

Space Saving Wall Mounted Desks

(Updated 1/9/2019)

More and more people are starting businesses and side-hustles or opting to work from home (at least part of the time).

When you live and work in a small space it’s important to be able to concentrate on the tasks at hand without sacrificing comfort.

That means you’ll want a workspace that’s big enough for all the tools you need to accomplish your daily goals, small enough to fit in a small room or corner, and comfortable enough to ensure that you’ll work without feeling cramped.

That’s a tall order! Wall-mounted desks are brilliant space-saving options.  If you prefer a standing desk, there are many that can be hung on a wall. I’ve found 4 styles of wall-mounted desks that should be just what you’re looking for.

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Clever Uses for Shower Caddies

What can you do with shower caddies besides holding soap and shampoo?

(Updated 1/9/2019)

Some time ago I donated two perfectly good shower caddies that I didn’t need since I’ve replaced the showers in both bathrooms and there are shelves integrated into the walls.

Now I see that House Beautiful.com has posted nine clever uses for shower caddies that are pure genius. Wish I’d noticed this before donating mine.

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A Small Bungalow Perfectly Restored

A Small California Bungalow

Here’s a fabulous article from Houzz about a homeowner in Long Beach, California who truly made the most of his small 1919 bungalow.  Gotta hand it to those clever Californians…they do know how to make the most of what they’ve got!

You can view the slideshow by using the arrows on the pictures or click on THIS LINK and it’ll open a new page.

 

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Checklist for Moving Into a Small Space

San Francisco Painted Ladies

San Francisco Painted Ladies

Are you moving to a smaller home? There are a few things to consider when you are moving into a small space whether or not you’re moving from a larger home or one that’s about the same size.

(Updated 1/1/2019)

And let me say that all small spaces are not alike.  There are so many variables to consider.

  • Floor plans, for example, might be about the same size but totally different in layout.
  • It makes a difference where the windows and doors are located and whether or not it’s a loft space, open concept or separate rooms.
  • Are there stairs? If there are, will you be able to move large pieces of furniture in and out of the space?

Checklist – 9 things you need to consider on your home search for a smaller space.

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How to Get More Space Without Moving

More space in the same space!

Window sillThis doesn’t seem to make sense but follow along and you’ll see that it actually does!

If moving just isn’t possible for whatever reason, you will surely find ways to get more space without moving in this wonderful slideshow from Houzz.

There may be features that you cannot change that you’ll have to live with.  For example, in the kitchen, you might just have to learn to live with what’s there, after all.

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Review: A Bookcase for Small Spaces

Threshold Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase

Target Bookcase

Threshold Carson Bookcase

  • Website URL: www.target.com
  • List Price: $119.99 plus 5% discount if you use your Red Card)
  • Dimensions: 72″ H x 30.6″ W x 13.6″ D
  • Shelf Capacity: 75 lbs. (Total Capacity: 375 lbs.)
  • Available in 5 Colors: Chestnut, Midtone Cherry, Espresso, Ebony, White
  • Care: Wipe clean with a dry cloth
  • Assembly Required
  • Reviews: 4.6 Stars (See My Review Below)

Before I moved to Arizona, I owned a townhouse in Minnesota about half the size of the lake home that I sold. In a previous post, The Challenge of Small Spaces, you will see that downsizing was a huge challenge for me.

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The Best Small Space Decorating Books

The Best Small Space Decorating Books

canstockphoto0133890Give me a stack of decorating books or decorating magazines and I’m one happy lady.  (Same with cookbooks…I read cookbooks like novels.)

This isn’t to say that looking for ideas online isn’t a great way to go, of course…it’s fast and easy and there’s a myriad of choices.

It’s simply that when I relax at the end of a busy day with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, I will most often reach for one of my favorite decorating books!

And each time I look through them I almost always see something new or in a different perspective. I might be looking at window treatments or rugs or wall decor…so that’s what my eyes will focus on.

Here are three of the best:
Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home

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