Storage, Storage, and More Storage: Elegant Solutions to the Problem

bedroom ideasIt is the eternal problem that all architects encounter, whether they are designing residential buildings, such as apartments and houses, or industrial ones such as office suites or factories – how to incorporate sufficient storage facilities so that contemporary needs are satisfied. In many cases the architects don’t succeed entirely, and it takes an interior design plan and some clever ideas to make sure that homes and offices are fit for purpose when it comes to storage. If you are searching for solutions to make the most of your home storage, here are a few trade secrets that may just help you succeed. 

Space limitations of modern homes

You might have noticed already that room sizes in contemporary apartments and houses seem to be shrinking year on year, while overall floor area in new residential buildings is doing the same. This is a trend that is both frustrating and difficult for many people as inevitably it means that built-in storage areas are also contracting. Families, in particular, suffer in these circumstances because with young children or teens in the household there is just so much more stuff to find a place for. 

Clever answers

In a kitchen/dining area you could build in two storage cabinets either side of a window – say about 20 to 24 inches deep – and install a cushioned window seat or banquette between them. This would provide an ideal bench seat for when you’re eating and, with a hinged lid, the seat could also operate like an ottoman and provide even more storage.

In an apartment, when a living area has to double as a bedroom, you can cleverly divide the spaces using freestanding closets with sliding doors that face the bedroom – these become your wardrobes. You can then cover the back of the closets with fabric to enhance the design features of your living space or display your favorite wall artworks. 

Bedroom secrets

Children’s bedrooms can be a nightmare and besides instilling some good habits, such as putting away one toy before taking out the next, it’s important to make it easy for kids to tidy their things away. Opt for low-level toy boxes and drawers – under-bed storage can be useful here – and child-sized wardrobes for clothes they use frequently. A high level shelf is a great place to store things that are not often used – try color-coded boxes so that you can easily find winter clothes, hats and boots when summer comes to an end. 

For adults, storage solutions for the bedroom can also be flexible, and using internal compartments in wardrobes and chests of drawers will help you stay organized so that you can find what you need quickly and easily.

Making the most of space means taking a critical look at what you’ve got and working out the best ways to make use of every corner and alcove, not forgetting the spaces above doors and below stairs and beds. Making the most of your home storage opportunities is both straightforward and extremely satisfying.

How to Get Started Spread Betting

spread bettingAre you now interested on how to get started in spread betting? You can do this by following 3 very easy steps.

First, you have to open a spread betting account. There are lots of companies that offer spread betting and it’s best to do your research and gather reviews to find out which one suits you best. Afterwards, you can sign up and fill out an application form in that particular company and you need to be verified. They will contact you in case they need further information from you.

Second, you must fund your spread betting account. Once your account is open, there is a minimum initial deposit. This will depend on the company how much they require for you to have deposited into the account. You will need to transfer funds into the account to start trading and possibly, there is a minimum amount to deposit into after that. You can always consult the company you have signed up for if you have any questions or concerns on handling your account.

Third, you can start spread betting! Some companies offer an easy, single trading platform wherein you can spread and bet at the same time. You just need to choose whether to spread bet or trade, pick out your markets and then start off trading. Others also offer live feeds, streaming charts and offer trade 24 hours a day.

There is one catch though. Generally, spread betting is available in Canada, Australia and EU countries. You will need to check on tax regulations in your own country if you wish to endeavor in spread betting. Also, a lot of companies are unable to offer accounts to individuals in the USA since it is outlawed or deemed illegal. Congress and former President George W. Bush has passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 and it has effectively banned spread betting since it has been categorized as as a form of illegal online gambling. This is only a form of speculation but there are also other reasons why spread betting is considered illegal.

It actually does not favor the various market exchanges in the United States.

The bottom line here is, spread betting has been centered on it being classified as a form of online gambling therefore deeming it illegal in the US. There are a number of other reasons involved, such as indicative leverage exposure, lack of tax implications and current limitations on exchanges which are likely to result in reducing its likelihood of deregulation should online gambling laws be relaxed in the future.

How to Save Money with Coupon Codes

couponsA lot of people nowadays are looking for great deals on items especially if they are trying to cut costs. Most of them also watch out for seasonal sales on stores so that they can save more money. However, is it still possible to get discounts even if the store is not on sale?

Coupons can be found mostly on the Sunday paper, weekly circular, or on selected magazines and online. You might have seen the reality TV shows that tackled couponing to the extreme but we will not go into that. These are just simple ways on how you can save money either when you go grocery shopping or when you make your next purchase online. Anyone can do it but you have to make sure to check out a few things first.

There are many of websites that offer coupon codes. You can check out coupon codes from Discountrue coupon databases, compare prices, store names, holiday deals, and see how much of a discount you can get on items for you to get the best deals based on the budget you have.

How to Save Money with Coupon Codes

Some retailers will allow you to use more than one coupon or one code on the same offer. For example, you can get a 10% discount off coupon with a free shipping code or you can use a promotional code with a sale or clearance to maximize out the deal.

Always check the expiration date. Stores reserve the right to expire coupon codes earlier than usual and there could be no notice at all. This happens because of the increased demand or limited stock supplies. If you really want to buy that item that you’re interested in, it’s better to purchase it quickly or it might not be there on the next day. You can also call store managers to check the validity of the promotion codes.

Accumulate more purchases to increase code savings. If you buy more, let’s say combine your shopping and purchase multiple items from the same retailer, you can benefit from the discount or you can have a friend or family member join you in the purchase so that you won’t miss out on the savings.

Never, ever pay for codes! This is a sign that the website might be a scam or untrustworthy. There are lots of promotional coupon codes online that doesn’t require you to sign up or pay for accessing codes. Better watch out for this. Coupons were made to save you money and shouldn’t cost you a single dime!

If you are shopping online, don’t miss out the promo box. Search every inch of your computer screen to find that box. The discount needs to be applied to your total BEFORE you make the purchase. Don’t skip out on this or you will miss out on a ton of savings. A discount will never appear after you bought the item.

Research. Some retailers go beyond Google. Some of them are on Facebook, Twitter or on other social media platforms. If you want, you can also have instant updates on the latest promos and exclusive codes emailed to you so that you can be in the loop of the latest discounts.

Look out for shipping fees. It’s possible that one retailer doesn’t offer free shipping at the moment. It’s best to search around for the brand that has the best offer.

Keep an eye out for the competition. You can save money this way by comparing prices with competitor stores and the same goes for online shopping. This way, you can compare brands that offer the same or similar products thus getting the best value on your purchase.

Now that you have the secrets for using coupon codes, you will definitely get the best deals out there.

Happy shopping!

Friday Faves: Happy no NFL week ladies!


Happy Friday.  Am I the only one who is glad there is no NFL Football this weekend?  For the first time since September I will finally get a chance to spend a Sunday with BF and I’m excited.  Until next weekend that is when it’s time for the Superbowl.  It’s OK!  If you’re husband or boyfriend is obsessed with sports like mine is I’m sure you’re like me and you’re happy to have whatever time you can with him.  Right?

Enjoy your weekend.  Here are some great posts from our friends across the web:

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Surviving and Thriving – An Explanation of millennials and money

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