Those who live in small apartments know all the troubles brought by lack of space. Actually, no matter how many people you live with or where you live, lack of space somehow always poses a problem. Organization of your living space can present different challenges, even if you have sufficient room. Cleaning up some of your things is one of the solutions, but there’s always stuff that you don’t want to part with. Here’s how you can add some smart storage solutions to your home and carve out some more space.

#1 Door Racks

Door racks are usually advertised as storages for makeup, shoes, bathroom supplies, and similar items. Forget about that and just give them whatever purpose you want. They are great for keeping cooking utensils, cleaning supplies, and even your child’s small toys or art supplies.


#2 Hanging Baskets

Hanging fruit baskets can be quite beneficial to your kitchen or small bathroom. The best thing is that they can easily be installed and removed. Whatever you want to take off your counters and declutter your space, you can stash it in these baskets.

#3 Bookcases

A large bookcase may be the most useful piece of furniture you could own. You can use it for books, logically, but you can use it to organize a lot of other items that you use every day – craft supplies, records and CDs, dishes, and even your kid’s toys. You can buy it new or get it cheap at a thrift shop. Add some bins, hooks, and baskets in the mix, and they’ll work perfectly for non-book things.

#4 Book Gutter

Grab some plastic rain gutters from all the roofing materials section, spray paint them, and hang them on the wall. A simple DIY book gutter project that would work well for books and other smaller items.

#5 Hooks

Now, finding a purpose for adhesive hooks in your home is not that hard of a job. You can find a thousand ways to utilize them around your apartment – hang clothes in your bedroom, jackets in the hallway, stowing pot covers on the kitchen cabinet doors, or even smaller flowerpots in your living-room.

#6 Corner Storage

Corner shelving nooks might be what you need, if you don’t like the industrial look. Visit your local home improvement store, go to the organization section, and grab some basic shelving brackets. You can spray paint them to match the interior design of the room you wish to put them in, because they usually come in plain white color. For storing lighter items and saving some money, purchase narrow boards for top shelves.


#7 Laundry Dresser

If keeping your clothes off the floor is a problem, than a laundry dresser can be a stylish and smart solution. You can buy one or take a DIY laundry dresser project into your own hands. On the other hand, if you don’t have that many clothes or you’re working on a minimalist wardrobe, you can use it to organize various belongings from office supplies to kitchen gadgets.

#8 Clothing Rack

If your apartment is so small that it hardly has any closets, get yourself a good garment rack. You can make it yourself which might cost you a bit more than simply buying one at Ikea, but you’ll get more flexibility since you’ll be able to customize the design.

#9 Custom Shelving

There are so many great DIY shelving projects to find. Plywood boards and pipes can be configured in any way to please your function and aesthetic needs. Find flanges, connections, and pipes for the shelving framework at the plumbing section of your local hardware store. Next, find some boards or have them cut in the lumber section.

#10 Mobile Storage

If you own so much things that they simply can’t be stored in your small apartment, the best solution is a mobile storage unit. These mobile storage containers are well protected, keeping your belongings safe. You load it with your items and pack them properly. After that, your unit is then transported to a warehouse, where you can access your things at any time.

Don’t lament over not having space to keep everything you need, but make more room yourself. Use these 10 simple tricks to declutter your small apartment and enable yourself to “breathe more freely”.


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Home is where people feel the safest, but is that feeling based on reality or emotions? The number of hazards, dangers and accidents (fires, falls, electric breakdowns, burglaries…) that happen in one’s home can be overwhelming; so, when you think about it, that feeling of safety is a mere illusion. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. If you understand why and how some dangers lurk and what to do about them, you will be able to turn your home into a safe haven it should be. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your house secure for the entire family.


Preventing Home Accidents

Children are in the greatest danger when it comes to home accidents, and it is very important to protect them from terrible outcomes, which, in the best case scenario, include light injuries. Prevent the most frequent accidents by placing safety gates on the top and bottom of the stairs, putting window guards on the upper story windows, securing heavy furniture, choosing furniture with round edges, keeping the stairs well lit and replacing warn carpeting. To prevent accidental scalding, you should keep children away from the kitchen, fireplaces and heaters.

Safeguarding Your Home from Fire

Home fires represent three quarters of all structure fires. This makes them an actual hazard you should keep in mind when taking care of your home safety. The most important thing to do is installing smoke alarms. You should also check your house for potential hazards that could start a fire, such as faulty electrical cords, portable heaters close to textiles, electrical wires beneath a carpet, and faulty kitchen appliances. Carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are useful additions to your home safety gear, so make sure you have more of them strategically placed in the house.


Protecting Your Home from Burglaries

Burglary is one of the most common crimes, but it is, in fact, very easy to prevent. Your family can be safe from such home intrusion and your stuff intact if you just take the necessary measures. When you are not home, you can fake that the house is not empty by using automatic light timers or leaving the TV on. Make the access to your home difficult, or even better impossible, by installing metal or solid core doors secured with deadbolt locks. According to a professional locksmith from Wentworth Point, you should always look for door locks with an ANSI grade 1 rating. Installing a surveillance system and alarms is also helpful.


Be Smart

Smart technologies have revolutionized many aspects of our lives, and home safety is no different. The cost of such updates is falling, so getting them seems as a reasonable idea. Some smartphone apps can be coordinated with some monitored home security systems that can instantly alert you if there is a problem inside (or around) your property. Other smart updates that can improve the security of your home are smart locks for exterior doors that allow you to unlock the home with a code, and even enable you to set the time so that certain people enter the house in certain time. Smart smoke alarms can notify you when there’s a problem, but they can also tell you where the problem is. Water leak sensors can alert you to a leak before it causes damage.

Keeping your house secure should be a priority, especially if you have children. Fortunately, this is much easier than one would think, and with the help of modern technology, a few useful tips and good habits, that feeling of safety we mentioned earlier will never again be an illusion.


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Minimalist, contemporary industrial, and Nordic décor may be in vogue, but there’s something infinitely charming about homes filled with color and pattern, isn’t there? If you want to infuse your nest with hues and prints galore, you should plan the makeover carefully and use expert design tricks to avoid haphazard décor looks. Short on inspiration and print mixing know-how? Here, help yourself to these tried and tested tips and decorate your nest with patterns like a pro home stylist.

Two or More Colors: Harmony and Contrast

Color experiments are the oldest – and the easiest – trick in an interior designer’s book when it comes to layering patterns. As a rule, color combinations involving more than three hues should be avoided, as tonal abundance may result in excess visual noise. If you want to stay on the safe and slick side of home design, you will first need to decide whether to draw on complementary, analogous, or triadic color scheme, and then you’ll need to pick the hues you’ll use consistently throughout your nest. A two-tone pattern such as black and white or white and navy blue will lay down the framework for the home décor, and you can add bright pops of a tertiary hue as an accent for an extra dose of aesthetic interest.

Tip the Scales: Experiment with Pattern Size

Pattern size is another aspect which can make or break your print mixing success. For best visual effects, pick the largest print first, as it will serve as the base for the overall décor. The rule of thumb when experimenting with different-size prints is to rely on combinations of dark or solid and neutral hues and simple patterns such as zebra print, vertical or horizontal stripes, trellis, or gingham. Such a pattern base will allow you to repeat the print throughout the room and display it on cushions, linens, carpets, accent walls, and other accessories to achieve a stylish and cohesive look. Color-blocking is the best way to break pattern scheme and you can achieve that by using some decorative wall clocks and create color-blocking look.

Say It with Style: Make Textiles Work for You

Another easy way to spice up your nest with pattern is to establish the target look using printed wallpapers first and then layer the prints with the help of furniture upholstery and decorative fabrics. For instance, black-and-white vertical stripes will look great if paired with elements with a monochromatic design or a similar print, such as zebra, ikat, herringbone, or chevron. If you’re not afraid of creative experiments with different patterns, you can try accessorizing with fabrics showcasing multiple geometric prints such polka dots, zigzags, plaids, and stripes, or breaking up the monotony of regular shapes with a pop of asymmetric patterns such as florals, animal prints, or tribal motifs.

Pattern Mixing No-Nos: Mistakes to Avoid

Excess of color, texture, or pattern is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when renovating your home. Too many colors in a single room will result in an eye-sore rather than interest, so try to keep the tonal variety within reason. Three colors per room are sufficient, but you can use black or white as a quaternary hue if you really must. Also, try to avoid pattern combinations starring more than two geometrics and more than three colors as this will render an awkward, hastily put-together atmosphere to your living area. As for polka dots, you can use the print as a neutral as it’ll liven up the décor with aesthetic contrast without adding visual bulk to the space.


Layering prints isn’t as tough as it sounds: it takes a bit of creativity, equal doses of hue, pattern, and texture, and basic knowledge of interior design principles. If you’re looking to overhaul your space any time soon, follow the tips listed above and you’ll be surprised just how easy it is to take your home’s visual game from dull to drop-dead gorgeous with the help of original pattern mixes. Good luck!

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Taking care of outdoor plumbing is as important as taking care of indoor. However this often gets overlooked for a variety of reasons. It may seem too complicated and less skilled homeowners don’t dare to try. Also these repairs only need to be done once or twice a year so it’s easier to put off the work. It’s wrong to do so. If not maintained correctly outdoor plumbing can cause real problems and affect the home budget in a real way. There are also environmentalist concerns to have in mind, because problems with outdoor faucets can waste a lot of water. Here’s what you need to know.

Cleaning the sprinklers

The sprinklers should be cleaned every spring before the first use. Start by turning on the shut-off valve and letting the water run for a while. Turn off the valve to see which one stops last. The one that does is clogged. Remove the sprayer from the sprinkler head and let the water flush out the debris. Repeat the process until all the sprinklers are clean.

Leaky faucet

There are two ways to fix a leaky faucet, depending on where the leak is coming from. If the leak comes from the handle, try tightening a packing nut, using a wrench. If this doesn’t work you’ll need to replace the faucet valve stem assembly. Turn off the water first. Then turn on the faucet to drain the remaining water. Remove the handle. Find the packing nut behind the handle and turn it counter-clockwise until it slides of. Take out the washer and buy the same one in a local store. Then replace it and repeat the process in reverse. If the leak comes from the spout there is no need for step one (tightening the packing nut).

Sewer line

Maintaining a sewer line is easy and it’s something you should do yourself on a regular basis, but if there’s something wrong with your sewer pipes, don’t try to fix the problem on your own, but call the professional. It’s serious work, which might require a permit from the local authorities, so don’t take any chances. The drains are inspected with a camera and blockage is removed with high pressure water jets, we learn from Sydney's pipe relining pros. The liner is then inserted into the pipes and inflated to take the shape of the pipes and feel in the cracks. The best thing you can do is to try to prevent the cracking before it happens.

Ponds

Clean the pond bottom regularly, even if it means draining it couple of times. Find and patch leaks every spring. Change the pumps and the filters once a year. Make sure you monitor the water level of your pond during the hot summer months. If you have water-fill valve inside the skimmer, this won’t be necessary, because it’s done automatically. At the same time, this means there’s one extra valve to check – but it can cost you a lot of water if it’s leaking, so don’t be lazy and do it.

Preparing for winter

Winter is the most dangerous time of the year from the plumbing perspective, so make sure you take all the precautions and don’t allow for any cracks or busted pipes. Invest a bit in the right isolation materials (such as foam or fiberglass). Another option (a bit more expensive, but permanent) is getting a frost-free hose bibs. Empty your pool or pond and add the chemicals to prevent algae from growing and you’re all set.

When it comes to outdoor plumbing it’s best to do little repairs by yourself and to do them regularly. This means you won’t need big repairs as often. However, when you need them – call the professional just to be on the safe side.

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Does your home look or feel small? Maybe the reason is not the size of the room, but the way the furniture is arranged; or, perhaps you have a lot of clutter lying around. Sometimes, the best solution is to try and maximize your living space by using well known space-saving techniques. For those of you wondering what to do, here are a few way in which you can maximize your home space while staying on a budget.

Stairs into Drawers

Looking for a place to put all those extra shoes and sneakers, or a place to pack your flops for the next summer? Instead of buying a new storage commode, turn your stairs into drawers. This design has been very helpful lately, for it helped a lot of people organize their shoes. If you are a parent, you know how happy you will be when your child stops yelling “where are my shoes?” It is a simple solution to a big problem.


Window blinds folding as a rack

Not a very contemporary thing, but having a folding rack serving as a window blind is more than just practical. Never again will you have to carry that old rack around the house or have to walk around it while the wardrobe is drying. This is a low cost design , which can be installed on your windows in less than 30 minutes. The rack serves as a blind and provides you with a nice shade from the Sun, and serves as a drying rack at the same time. It is a great way to earn some extra space around the house.

Get a hollow chair

If you have all those little things lying around, whether those are your child’s toys or CDs and books, why not simply pack them inside your hollow sofa? Especially designed to provide additional storage space ,hollow sofa is still very comfortable to sit in, and has all the attributes of a regular soft, plus an additional storage inside of it. These sofas are sturdy, so you won’t have to worry about them breaking.

Mount the TV

One thing that requires a lot of space is the TV. Depending on the size of your TV, you might have to buy a significant and sturdy commode to place it on. But, what if you can simply attach it to the wall and solve all your problems? By doing so, you will gain tons of additional space, and it will make the room look and feel bigger. Wall mounts are becoming trendy, so if you haven’t got one already, it is about time you go shopping for one. If you are looking to buy the best TV wall mount in Sydney, you will have to do a thorough research. There are plenty of excellent stores selling the good stuff, and your job is not to buy the first one you see. Instead, look around and see if you can score a great deal. But, since Christmas is just around the corner, finding great offers shouldn’t be a problem.

Sofa bed

If you are looking to utilize the full living room space, the best way to do it is by purchasing a few of those sofa beds. During the day, they function as regular sofas, but during the night or if you have guests over, they serve as sleeping beds. Sofas take little to no space in your living room, and getting all that extra living space will definitely make your house look, and feel bigger.

These are some of the most effective ways of increasing utilizing your home’s potential. Simply be creative, and do whatever you can to de-clutter and increase your living space.

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The way you choose to set up your workspace will greatly influence its productivity, regardless of whether you’re working from home or putting an office together. Further in the text, you’ll find some workspace logistics ideas that will help you perfectly equip your workspace.

Basics

Although there are many things that should be fitted into an office, depending on the type of work you do, there are some items that are almost unavoidable to be seen in a vast majority of workspaces. This basic hardware might seem obvious, but rest assured that the majority of these are very easy to neglect.

  • Work-in-progress basket, where you’ll put everything regarding your current project
  • Standing wire racks for file folders, which supports the work-in-progress basket
  • In-basket, or top basket
  • Out-basket
  • Computer and all the necessary components
  • Printer; and make sure that it is within your arm’s reach
  • Phone with an answering machine, for obvious reasons
  • Filing cabinets, which should also be with reach
  • Empty file folders
  • Capture/communication tools, which include things such as: writing pad, tape, stapler, pen holders, post-its, scissors, paper clips, stamps, etc.

Organizing Furniture

There is a reason for most office desks being arranged in a manner where a person sitting at it is facing the office door – turning one’s back towards it is not only bad Feng Shui, but also makes one feel uncomfortable.

When it comes to the furniture, you should definitely have a comfortable sofa somewhere to be used for thought gathering. Additionally, two comfy armchairs across from your desk chair will go a long way in providing a welcoming feeling for both your clients and your employees. Most importantly, however, a comfortable desk chair is a definitive must, even if you have to spend $500 – it’s going to be worth it; you will be spending the most of your office time in the thing, after all.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Having a bunch of useless stuff piling up within your office is not only counter-productive, but also frustrating in general. Now, everyone’s a bit of a hoarder on the inside – storing items that we don’t really need. However, the office is no place for hoarding – in order to maximize your productivity, your mind needs to be clear and in order to achieve this, your work stuff needs to be in order.

So, how to approach decluttering? It’s simple; go through every single item and think about when’s the last time you’ve used it; if it’s been years, or you simply can’t remember, away with it! Clutter is exactly what makes organizing items tedious and difficult – the less stuff there is, the easier will the sorting be.

Think about What You Need

Although we have already mentioned some common office items, it’s time to address those that are profession-specific. Now, we can’t simply describe every single profession out there, so you’re pretty much on your own here. We will mention, however, that there are many stores that offer unique office supplies, which are profession-specific and will provide you with exactly what you may need. Think useful gadgets, specific filing cabinets, etc.

Keep it Clean

Once you’ve got the place set up, the fresh new sense of a perfect, untouched office will prevent you from ever thinking about turning into a slob again. Well, at least until the stuff gets dirty. This is why it’s so important that you clean up after yourself in the end of each every workday and that you hire cleaning services to make sure that everything remains sparkly.

With the right mindset and some proper research, you can come up with an excellent workspace. Now, all you have to do is take care of it; clean it up regularly and not leave a mess behind you!

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In an ideal world, every single room in our house would be big enough to fit anything that crosses our minds. However, this doesn’t mean that having a small bathroom restricts your creativity. On contrary, it is exactly because of it that you will have a chance to fully express your resourcefulness and ingenuity. All in all, here are some ideas that are meant to help you decorate your small bathroom and unlock its full potential.


Angled Shower

When coming up with a layout of your small bathroom, you need to keep in mind that every inch counts. A perfect example on how you can save some extra space in your bathroom is by installing angled shower instead of a regular one. Rectangular, pentagonal or even circular shower require much less space than a standard, square-shaped one. Sure, some people may fear that this means sacrificing too much comfort, but most of these angular showers give you plenty of room for maneuvering. After all, shower is all about practicality so why not help it serve this purpose once more.


Tub in the Shower

Now, this particular idea may not be best suited for those with small bathrooms, but those with medium-sized ones can already enjoy it. Namely, one of the greatest dilemmas when constructing a bathroom is the question of whether to put a tub or a shower inside. Those with large bathrooms sometimes go with both, but now there is a solution even for those without an abundance of space. According to experts behind bathroom renovations company from Sydney more and more people decide to put a tub inside of a shower area. This way, they can have their cake and eat it too.


Vanity Niches and Wall Cabinets

A lot of people speak against vanities in small bathrooms since they believe it consumes too much space. Still, when taken into consideration how much storage space an average vanity offers, they are forced to reconsider. An average vanity usually has many drawers and compartments in which you can stash everything you need. Furthermore, if the vanity has niches it becomes even more efficient. This allows you to stack your towels, cosmetics and even medicine. On the other hand, this shouldn’t be the only reason why it is smart to go with vanity. For those still not convinced, going with cabinet can be an acceptable alternative for wall storing.


Using Racks

Speaking of using wall surfaces as storage, you cannot go wrong with racks and holders. Sure, every bathroom has a tower holder or two, but why stop there. You can always purchase a hair dryer with a wall attachable holster. This also goes for most bathroom appliances. Of course, people with enough space in their bathroom may not have to think about this, but the rest are not that fortunate. An owner of a small bathroom needs to use every inch of free surface so why not start with the walls.


Sink Skirt

A lot of people like the idea of hanging sink, but refuse to go with it simply because it gives less storage than some other options. Luckily, there is a simple and inexpensive DIY solution to this particular problem. All you need to do is ‘dress up’ your sink in a cloth that hangs all the way down to the floor and suddenly you get a hidden storage compartment for your bathroom. This can be made from something as common as an old bedsheet. Underneath, you can place whatever you want, without the fear that it will somehow disturb the rest of the bathroom.


Stacked Baskets

Finally, a fact that you have placed a basket on your bathroom floor doesn’t mean that you should forget about that particular spot. Namely, some people have come up with the idea to stack these baskets. The way this works is quite simple. First, they get the largest basket they have and place it on the bottom, then they take the smaller one and place it on top of it. This way, they create a pyramid like structure, which can add to your bathroom’s appeal if all the baskets are in the same style (wicker baskets for example). However, you need to keep in mind that you shouldn’t place the item you often need or use in the bottom-most basket since it may be quite difficult for you to retrieve it later on.


Conclusion

Where there is a will there is always a way and the smaller the bathroom, the greater the challenge. You see, the lack of space is a physical dimension which can never restrain something so abstract as artistic inspiration or pure decoration talent.


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Having a well designed patio can really help your business. Some say that it can boost the revenue by as much as 30 percent, but that’s not the whole point. The patio changes the ambiance of your restaurant. Depending on how you design it, it can make your restaurant seem more romantic, more family friendly or more adventurous. So, don’t think about it as a matter of putting a few tables outside – anyone can do that (in fact they can’t, it may take a license from the city –investigate this further before you start).


One important note

There’s one thing that often gets overlooked when the restaurants decides to expand its patio is the effect the change will have on the workflow. Extra amount of tables may require more waiters and more work for the chefs. It’s also a matter of getting the patio connected to the rest of the place. It’s best if there is a direct access to the kitchen so the waiters don’t have to go through the dining room.

Cock outside

For some reason there is a certain trill in watching your food prepared in front of you. It sets a lively atmosphere and keeps the guests entertained. Add a grill or an outdoor pizza oven to your patio. Just remember this will mean you have to get an extra chef. This kind of set up usually goes well with a rustic furniture design. The grill will probably be made out of brick so you can continue with that aesthetic. Wood furniture would go best with it, just add a lot of dark colored cushions to keep the patio comfortable.

Prepare for bad weather

When the weather is nice patio is a valuable addition to you restaurant, but as soon as it starts to rain it becomes useless. Prepare for this eventuality beforehand, get commercial shade sails from Shade Sails in Sydney, If you want to go beyond this you can add fans for the summer and outdoor patio heaters which will let you use the space for much longer during the year. Shades can be used for more than just rain protection. They can set the ambiance and the mood for your entire patio. Match the furniture and lighting to create an intimate and peaceful atmosphere.

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The holiday season is coming, which means that the shopping season is about to start. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing gifts or taking advantage of some holiday discounts, you should get your shopping list ready for the upcoming shopping euphoria. However, the question is – Black Friday or Cyber Monday? In order to make the most out of the holiday deals, you need to know what’s out there, when you should act and which holiday will pay off more.

Cyber Monday

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to elbow their way through the crowd, Cyber Monday is the perfect shopping opportunity for you. Before filling in your online shopping carts, make sure to inform yourself about the available discounts. Cyber Monday sales start early in some shops, therefore, you need keep up-to-date with the news from the shopping world, so as to avoid missing out some great offers. The greatest advantage of online shopping is that it’s fast and accessible at any time during the day, which means that you don’t have to wake up early in order to purchase everything you’ve planed. Your shopping list should include items such as clothes, toys, shoes and beauty products, since these products are usually on sale on Cyber Monday. Make sure to start your shopping on time, since many popular products can run out of stock in the middle of the holiday rush. However, you must take into consideration the fact that if you shop online, you won’t be able to see the product before it’s delivered to you, which is one of the greatest disadvantages of online shopping.

Black Friday

On the other hand, if you enjoy the experience and the thrill of shopping in-store, you shouldn’t miss Black Friday and its holiday discounts. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find great offers online, as well. Your traditional shopping can be complemented with the online purchasing, which offers you greater possibilities for finding bargains. Black Friday is an excellent opportunity for purchasing electronic items such as computers, smartphones, TVs, and video games. Since winter is coming, you have to be prepared for the cold days – if you’re using firewood for heating, you should consider buying the necessary tools and devices, such as log splitters, since you’ll probably be able to find them at a lower price. You should see what’s on the market prior to making a purchase, so check out the log splitter reviews to find out which one will meet your needs. As it was already mentioned, shopping on Black Monday doesn’t exclude the possibility of online shopping, therefore, you should keep in mind that some stores open their online sales season at midnight, which is a great opportunity for finding products you need before they are sold out. However, you should keep in mind the advantages of shopping in-store – no delivery fees, no late deliveries, trying out a product before buying it, etc.

Additional Tips

In order to save some money on holiday shopping, make sure to make informed choices. The best way to do this is by following your favorite shops on social media, so that you don’t miss any special offers and discounts. If you have put some money aside for these purposes, don’t end up spending more than you have, but stay within the limits of your budget. Finally, if you’re planning to shop in-store, take working hours into consideration – don’t show up too late, since the products you need might be sold out by the time you arrive.

Holiday shopping can be an exciting experience, especially if you’re one of those people who love buying holiday gifts. However, make sure to be informed in order to take advantage of all special offers and discounts, which will help you save some money.


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If your bedroom interior started feeling a bit boring and lifeless, you can give it a small makeover through colorful or lively details and décor, simply by changing your plain bedding. Sometimes it’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for in retail, which is why getting crafty is a good idea. Making new things out of the old ones or buying fabric and starting from scratch – the possibilities are endless!

Give your bed a colorful twist

Ever considered dyeing your sheets? Cotton, linen, and polyester are the best materials when it comes to receiving dye. When choosing a color, keep in mind that the starting color of your sheets influences the ending result. You can use a color removal afore if you want nice and clean results. You can easily dye your sheets and pillow cases in your washing machine: there are specifically designed dyes for this type of color application. Wet the sheets before placing them in the machine and add a pre-dissolved dye. Sheets need to soak in dye for at least half an hour, so make sure to choose the right washing cycle. Afterward, choose a rinse program until the water runs clear. To clean up, empty the machine, set the washing cycle of hot water, add detergent and 1 cup of chlorine bleach.

MAKING OMBRE SHEETS

If you like to experiment a bit, consider making ombre sheets: lovely subtle color transitions that slowly fade make a real eye-catching detail, giving you a visually soft watercolor-effect. You can use only cotton fabrics. Before you start, make sure you pre-wash your bedding so that the color application is evened out and optimal. Wet the fabric so it’s damp, but it doesn’t drip water everywhere. Fold it so you can manage it easier. Depending on the size of your sheets, you’ll need about 3 or 5 gallons of dye and two different shades. Place the first color into a large container and dip the fabric into the highest height (the lightest color on your sheets) and leave it soaked for about 20 minutes. Pull the fabric out of the container and start with the next section (the darker color) and leave it for another 20 minutes. Add the second color into a container and finish up dyeing the rest of the fabric. You can incorporate this ombre technique to other parts of your home, too.

GET BUSY SEWING

With retail giving you a limited choice when it comes to patterns and sizes, it’s time to take things into your own hands. Buy any fabric you want and make your own fitted sheet. Start by measuring your mattress and adding a bit of extra width and length (e.g. 10 cm): that’s the part that goes underneath your mattress. Cut your fabric into a rectangle shape and discard squares from each corner (squares are the size of your extra 10 cm you’ve added). Sew the two edges together. Afterward, fold about 2 cm of the fabric all around the edges. Iron and pin it, and stitch close following the edges, but leave an opening in order to thread the elastic. Attach the end of it with a safety pin and then thread it through. Stitch the ends together or tie a secure knot – and you’re done!

Have fun, get crafty, and experiment!

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