Urban Apartments: How To Do More With Less

Location, location, location…many people are willing to sacrifice space for location. Urban living can be great, everything is within reach, from entertainment to restaurants to close commute to the office. Smaller living can help us focus on what is really important. Instead of having an overabundance of material things, we can focus on relationships and experiences. 

For the things that we do need, there are many storage solutions. Utilizing space that normally goes unused, is a great way to start. Using storage bins under the bed can be a place to store sheets, towels, and extra clothes. A free standing rod can be a place to hang more formal clothes that we don’t need that often. 

Another way to make the most of your space is to “go vertical” installing extra shelves in the kitchen for things you don’t need to access that often. Or for things you do need to get to on a regular basis, just get a step stool. 

Also using your furniture for multiple purposes. For example, you may not need a desk and a table, you can eat and work on the same surface. Over the bedroom door is a great place to install hooks, these hooks can be used for clothing. It is also a great place to hang an over the door mirror or shoe organizer. On the back of the bathroom door, you can install more hooks or rods, to be used for towels. 

Some furniture is convertible in nature, such as a futon that can be used as a couch or a bed. This can be used for everyday or for guests, depending on your individual needs. Some beds lift up for storage or have built-in drawers. A closet organizer is an inexpensive option to make the most of your closet space. 

Going digital can also help you have less “stuff.” Taking pictures of receipts and storing them in a file in your computer, or downloading digital books instead of buying and storing a book, also you can save recipes on your phone or computer instead of a written recipe. 
As we talked about before dual purpose is the way to go, a storage ottoman can be a place to keep shoes or clothing, or a cube organizer with bins can store a multitude of things and have a surface to display decorations. 

Bunk beds or a daybed (with a pull out trundle) can be a way to maximize floor space and is a great option if you have children. In the bedroom, side tables with drawers are a great option to store things. If you don’t have much room in the bathroom, you can put a shelf above the toilet, or a space-saving vanity for storage. 

Tables with leaves or that fold up are also a great option, for saving space. Some people choose to forgo the kitchen table and opt for a coffee table that has a top that lifts up for eating. 

A bench with storage can also be a good option, a bench can be used for seating at a table or in the living room. There are many options and benefits to living smaller.


Considerations For your First Tattoo

Hello everyone, today we will talk about some of the things you may want to consider when you are in the market for your first tattoo. Before you choose to finally go for it and get your first tattoo you may be nervous. I know I was when I was considering my first one. There are some things you can keep in mind to make this experience and end result turn out just the way you want them to. One thing that most people worry about when they go to get their first tattoo is is it going to hurt. This is a good question and the answer lies in the middle of what is your pain threshold and where is the tattoo placement on your body.

The next thing to keep in mind is what are you planning on getting and why. It is very important to keep in mind that tattoos are permanent. With this in mind, you want to get something that you are okay with being on your body for the rest of your life. You can have them removed by having a procedure done. However, this procedure is both expensive and quite painful. From what most say if the tattoo gun is going to go over a place where the bone is close to the surface of the skin this will hurt more than somewhere that is more muscular.

The design is something you can choose to either personalize or to find one that is already created you like. When it comes to what you get you are going to have so much to choose from. I suggest getting something that either symbolizes something or means something to you. This makes for a more thoughtful process but you may be happy with the outcome when you take these things into consideration.

Before you go through with whatever you have in mind for your first tattoo you may want to purchase some aftercare products. Once you get a tattoo it is very important to take good care of it. Some of the things you will need is something to clean the tattoo with. I suggest antibacterial soap. You will also need a product to moisturize the tattoo. Using these two things together will ensure that you have a low risk of infection and that the visual of the tattoo will be high quality once healed.

Keeping all of the tips and things we talked about in this article will help you to make a more educated decision on what you may want to do regarding your first tattoo. We always want the best outcome from something as expensive as a tattoo may be so these tips can give you the tools to have the best results. There are many online resources out there to help you find both services offering tattoos as well as designs and things to help you plan what you would like to get. We hope you enjoyed this article and it will help to send you in the right direction for your first tattoo.