Small Home Office Solutions

Location, location, location…

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Whether you are self-employed, frequently work from home, or are a student, finding a place to work in a small space can be tricky.

  • It needs to be easily accessible, able to contain your work or study necessities and relatively private, depending on the situation.
  • You’d also need access to an electrical outlet in order to plug in a task light and cords for computer and printer, etc.

The little office in this picture is about as simple as it gets if you happen to have a staircase niche where you are able to tuck a small desk and chair.

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Small Outdoor Living Spaces

Side Yard Garden

Clever Side Yard Garden on Pinterest

One of the most clever ways to maximize living in a small space is to add outdoor living wherever possible.  If you have a deck or patio area, you’re all set to jazz up your small outdoor living space!

Decorating an outdoor space is lots of fun and very rewarding. And it can be accomplished on any budget…small budget or “the sky’s the limit”.

I moved to my townhouse in Minnesota in February when there was snow up to my waist.  I had a tiny private patio and I couldn’t wait to sit outside on a warm summer day with a glass of wine or iced tea.

I had months to browse the internet for ideas. Pinterest is my favorite place to find unique solutions to most decor dilemmas, including outdoor living spaces.  Here are a few of my favorites!

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Holiday Ideas for Small Spaces

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Get ready for holiday fun, food, and festivities!

Can you believe it? Summer is a thing of the past and fall is in full swing.

Next thing you know it’ll be Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and there will be Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkeys, parties, gifts, school concerts, and more.

Holiday Decorating Tips for 2018

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Best Organizers For a Small Garage

Take Back Your Garage!

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Today, we’re talking about the best organizers you can use for any garage but especially for a small garage.

How would you like to pull into your garage and be able to retrieve packages from the trunk or back seat and not have to walk sideways to get to the door of the house?  Been there…done that!

Well, it can all happen if you just designate one weekend – maybe even one day – to getting out there and make it happen!

(Updated1/31/2019)

Do you need to declutter?

First things first, of course. If you’ve got a garage full of clutter the first thing you need to do is sort it all out.

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Bar Carts are Still Hot!

Call me old fashioned bar cartBar Carts – A Classy Idea for Home Decor

We’ve discussed the importance of multi-purpose furnishings for small spaces. There are multitudes of multi-purpose pieces but one of the hottest is the bar cart!

Bar carts/serving carts are perfect for almost every room in your home.

Obviously, the bar cart is meant to be..well, a bar cart!

It’ll add a classy touch to your dining or living area. Terrific when you’re entertaining. It’s super easy to move wherever the party is happening.

Even better, it’s excellent storage…especially if cupboard space is lacking.

Here are eight excellent ways to use a bar cart in your home.

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Wabi-Sabi Decorating in 2018

What is Wabi-Sabi?

wabi sabi quoteWabi-sabi is a Japanese decorating trend that’s hugely popular, right now. It celebrates imperfection, authenticity, and a lived-in feeling.

It’s not to be confused with the Danish design philosophy of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah) which is all about coziness…warm blankets, comfort food, things like that.

And it’s not to be confused with the Swedish philosophy of Lagom (pronounced Lar-gom) which is all about minimalism.

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Best Small Kitchen Appliances-Part I

Storage Space Saver #1 – Power Air Fryer

(This is the first in a series of space-saving appliances and gadgets that I’ll be trying from time to time.)

I have a new favorite small appliance. It’s my new Power Air Fryer!  (An affiliate link)

Here’s the scoop. I was visiting my daughter and her family this past July and they had one of these Power Air Fryers.

Mostly, they prepared frozen fast food items…French fries, Tater Tots, egg rolls…you get the idea.

It was fast and kept the kitchen cool. No oven required. The kids loved it. Even nine-year-old Kate mastered this appliance. They could have a hot snack at the drop of a hat. I was impressed!

Great for snacks but…

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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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The Best Gadgets for Small Kitchens in 2019

Space Savers for Small Kitchens

Photo of Kitchen Gadgets

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

There are all kinds of space saving utensils, gadgets, pots & pans, tools, etc. to save space in kitchens. These suggestions are my favorites.

If the gadgets or tools you use in your small kitchen are multipurpose, that’s a bonus.

For example, my cast iron skillets…I love them.  I actually have three different sizes. They’re perfect for the stovetop because the heat is conducted evenly throughout the skillet. Plus, they’re easily moved into the oven.

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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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