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Some Storage Ideas For When Your Place is Just Too Small

In big cities, space is a premium, and the price you pay for that space is not small. That is what happens when you choose to live in a big city with limited space. The larger the home, the bigger the price-tag. However, sometimes we choose smaller spaces for other reasons and not just budget. Living in a small space can bring some challenges when it comes to organization. With limited space, one can sometimes have a hard time knowing where they can out their belongings.

Here are some condominium storage tips

  1. Take your walls seriously – You can save storage space by putting a few things on the wall. It could be a TV or a even bike. Having these things not taking up floor space can definitely help utilize the area better.
  2. Make intelligent use of the space on shelves – Optimize the shelves with baskets. They become drawers when there is less space. They also allow you to store more and hide things you don’t know what to do with.
  3. Make a bookshelf on the wall – This increases space for your books and you can also add decorative elements to the shelves to make it more personalized.
  4. Temporary solutions for a rental home – Adding shelves to a cupboard door could be one way to add space. The storage in the bathroom can be designed in this manner also.
  5. Re-use items – You can use a kitchen dish rack, color it in a different color or according to the room’s theme, and you can use it to hold mail, newspapers, and files without the need for a large filing cabinet.
  6.  Use a pegboard in the kitchen – Get creative. Store your kitchen pans and pots, and even cooking utensils on a pegboard. This is a great way to create more space in a small kitchen when cupboard space is limited.
  7. Use mason jars – Mason jars have become the rage now in the kitchen. Use them to store anything; just attach them underneath the cabinets. They look elegant and creative too.
  8. Great storage idea – Use the bed boxes to store your comforters, extra pillows, pillow cases, bed-sheets, etc. They stay hidden and save space in the closet/wardrobe.
  9. Closets – If there is a closet space you can use, you can use a small desk or table to create office space. It could free up space in the main area and keep it less cluttered looking. The more you put into a space the smaller the room will feel.
  10. Boxes -There are under bed boxes available too. These boxes fit under the bed, sofa and cabinets too. While it pays to go digital, if you are the type who simply doesn’t want to get rid of magazines, DVDs etc, use these boxes.
  11. De-clutter – When you think you have run out of space for an item, consider if the item really needs to be there. Do away with clothes you don’t wear or won’t wear in the next year. What about the extra shoes? Get rid of them and it will free some space that you can use.
  12. Hooks – Use hooks behind the doors to hang objects. Command hooks can be removed easily and there’s no need to create holes. This is important if you are renting. Hang coats, shoes, bags, hats, towels and anything else that you usually do inside a closet. It will free space in the closet and also make them easily available when you need them.

Not everyone has the luxury of living in a large apartment or house. When space is less, use them in a manner as to maximize their utility.  Use the above condo storage tips.

 

 

Life In A Condo

A lot of people when they start out, they look to condos as their first home. They are affordable, they don’t require outside maintenance (like mowing the lawn) and they give a sense of security knowing there are other people in the same building as you. There are many things that people enjoy about venturing out on their own and having the freedom that it brings. It is a big decision however, so you want to be sure that you will be happy in a condo. There are always pros and cons to most choices in life, and it is no different when one is choosing on where to live. So before you talk to a buyers agent check out our list of benefits and possible deterrents.

Condo Benefits

One of the biggest reasons people like condos is because they don’t have to worry about buying all the equipment needed to tend the outside work. Through the strata fees, the maintenance of the outside and the building itself are taken care of. When you are just starting out, the cost of yard tools is quite expensive, and as you grow older, you don’t always want to spend the time in maintaining a yard. So, it is convenient that the work is done for you and the cost is shared among all those who live there.

Another thing that draws people to condos is that they normally come with amenities. Lots of condos now a days have their own gym area, common gathering area (which can be used for larger gatherings), and maybe even a pool or sauna. Having these things right in the building makes it easy to enjoy a lot of luxury things that you may normally not have in a single dwelling home.

The price of condos vary a lot depending on the location, amenities and size of the condo. People in any price bracket are sure to find what they are looking for, for the price they are wanting. There are basic condos to high-end luxury condos. Most condos are built in a location that is close to shopping and public transportation which also helps make them a great choice for many.

Condo Deterrents

When buying a condo, you have to take into account the monthly strata fees. The fees will vary in amount depending on the condo. The more luxury features it has, the more the fees will be as those fees are what maintains these amenities. So, you do have to be sure you can afford these monthly fees. Repairs to the building also comes from these fees and if the repairs end up more than what is in the reserve fund, the condo residents will split the cost of the rest.

There are rules in a condo that have to be followed by all the residents. So, you will want to be sure you know of these rules and bylaws to be sure that you are able to follow them. There are noise restrictions (which is common sense as you are sharing the building with multiple other people) and they may not allow pets. There will also be assigned or limited parking to be sure you know about too. There may also be rules about window coverings and if you are allowed to have satellite dishes or not. So be sure you know what each building allows and doesn’t.

Other Condo Advice

What you should also think about when buying a condo is that you will want the right insurance. The fees that you pay into the condo doesn’t cover your belongings. So be sure to find the appropriate insurance for your new condo and your things so if there is damage that happens you are covered.

The last thing is to be sure you find out how utilities are paid. Are they included in the strata fees, are there certain ones included and others not, or are they all separate. As it is one whole building with different units, the chances are some of the utilities are included in the monthly fee, however, you will want to know for sure which ones are and which ones aren’t.

Can I Shorten The Length Of Venetian Blinds?

Sometimes when we purchase things, we end up with something that doesn’t quite fit right. One of those things may be the blinds we just bought. They were the right fit for the width, but maybe they are too long and so there is too much blind gathered at the bottom blocking the ability to fully enjoy the window. However, you are able to shorten the blind’s length so that it fits your window better.

Things you will need:

  • The too long blinds
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Chair or stool (to reach the top of the blinds)
  • Screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Pen and paper

 

First of all, you will want to be sure that you have the right measurements. It is important that you don’t take off too much and be left with blinds that are now too short. So, while the blinds are still up in the window let them down past the window, so you can determine how much excess there is. Count how many slats there are after the window ledge and write it down on your paper. Also, use the measuring tape and find the length of the window and write it down. This will help you to be sure of a more accurate length.

Next, you will need to remove the blinds. Be sure to exercise caution if you are using a chair or stool to reach the top of the blinds. Determine what type of screwdriver you need by looking at the screws. Once down, lay they blinds flat on the floor and unscrew the ends where the strings are. Undo the knot and begin to remove the excess slats. Be sure to look at the paper where you wrote how many you need to take off and then measure the blinds once those have been removed to be sure you didn’t take off too many or too little. Once you have the desired slats removed, reattach the base rail using the tweezers (if needed) to pull the strings back through. Cut any access string off and tie a knot at the end so that the base rail doesn’t fall off.

Lastly, re-install the blinds and test them to be sure that you reattached everything correctly and that the length is good. You will want to be sure that the adjusting cord isn’t pulled until you have everything leveled off or it may cause them to become crooked. Just put the bottom part of the blinds on the window ledge so you can determine that you tied off each string evenly. If you find that a string is too long, it is an easy fix to untie the know and knot it up further. If a string is too short, you may end up having to take the blinds down and remeasure everything so you don’t end up with crooked blinds. In the end, you can always call a professional like Cover Your Windows to help you with the shortening of your blinds.