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November 28, 2018

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How to Save Space in a Small Home

November 28, 2018

You can live in a 300 square metre house and yet feel crowded. Equally, you can live in a 60 square metre flat and feel that its spacious and airy. The future of housing, with the population rising and more people sharing rooms and homes, requires a smarter use of space. Improperly furnishing your place, neglecting to consider space maximisation in a small house, will mean youre living a cramped life needlessly. Instead, make absolutely sure that youre extracting value from every square inch of space in your home by following the tips outlined below.

Paint Smart

The feel of a space differs significantly depending on how you paint the walls – and the feeling of the colours you work with. Some colours create a warm feel while others are cold, and the general idea is to use colours that feel spacious, such as white, instead of colours that actually make the room feel smaller. Dark rooms can feel gloomy and uninviting – lighter rooms feel breathable, airy and expansive in comparison.

Furnish Smart

Furniture pieces are more than just functional, in the sense that their purpose is not just to provide you with a level surface on which to eat, or a seat in which to sit. Nowadays furniture is designed to have more flexibility and adaptability built in, which means modern furniture might be the right option if youre trying to save space.

An excellent example of space-saving furniture are wall beds – not only adaptable in saving space, but they provide a sense of modernity, and they can allow for different settings within the same small living space. Other tips for smart furnishing include:

  • Arranging things appropriately. Generally speaking, you need to avoid stacking furniture in the middle of the room, which makes the space feel crowded. Have the smallest and lowest furniture in the centre of the room in order to accentuate the space around it.
  • Get rid of boring or useless furniture pieces, and instead make sure that anything thats rarely used in your home is either providing visual relief from the clutter or is an integral ornament to your home. If its not, it should go.
  • Do not forget that you have a 3D space. Use the vertical depth of your home wisely to store more and spread your belongings throughout your space. An easy example of this is floor-to-ceiling shelving. Having more surface area to work with means youll have the ability to arrange places for your small items, making them easier to find.

Be Experimental

You have to be a designer to know exactly how things should look in your home – but youre nonetheless encouraged to just experiment with your space. Its a fun activity to spend some time moving things around, seeing what the outcome is when item A is swapped with item B, and so on. Rearranging the furniture in your house will help you see your space differently, opening up holes in the space you own that you didnt know existed before.

See cramped or small abodes as a challenge and not a defeat, and work to make the very most of your conditions with the tips provided above.

Lifestyle

How to Cope With a Mental Health Condition

November 28, 2018

Mental health problems affect ever-increasing numbers of people across the country, causing distress, misery, and lost productivity on a massive scale. Sadly many people don’t seek help for their mental health problems until they become severe, which means that recovery takes longer and is more problematic. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, it’s difficult to cope with on many levels, but there are ways you can help yourself to recover from your illness and return to leading a happy, fulfilling life.

The complications of mental illness

Having a mental health condition has added complications compared to a physical illness. Firstly, there are no outward signs of mental illness, at least not until you become very severely afflicted. That means people you meet and friends and family might not realize how sick you are, and to add to the problem, a lot of people still find it hard to be honest about mental health issues, so they don’t tell people they’re unwell.

You might find that because people don’t know there’s anything wrong, they won’t understand if you seem out of sorts, don’t want to talk, or you become irritable or angry. They may just assume you’re having a bad day, or they may even take offense and think you don’t like them anymore. The only way to avoid this problem is to be open about your illness. You don’t have to give any more details than you feel comfortable with, but unless people know you’re unwell, they won’t be able to understand your behavior.

The nature of mental illness

Another problem with mental health disorders is that because your brain is the organ that’s ailing, in many respects your thought processes aren’t working in the way they usually would. For example, if you have depression, you’re likely to view yourself and your abilities in a very poor light, being unduly self-critical and often convinced that not only do people not like you but that you are essentially unworthy of their regard. Managing these thoughts when you’re ill is a real challenge, which is why it’s so important to make sure you have a good support network in place, with both professional help, plus support from those close to you, to aid your recovery.

Another common problem for people with mental health problems is substance abuse. When you’re unhappy or your thinking is disordered, you may think the answer lays in a bottle of vodka, or a narcotic high. Although these substances might provide a form of temporary relief from the misery of mental health problems, in the long run, they make the situation worse. Therefore, if you’ve started taking these substances when you have a mental health disorder, you should find out about rehabilitation centers that specialize in helping people with both mental health problems and substance abuse issues, such as benzo withdrawal treatment.

It’s never easy to live with poor mental health, and it can feel almost impossible to help yourself get better at times. Just remember that’s the illness making you think that way, and you genuinely can get better.