How to Make the Most of your Small Space

Whether you’re living in a dorm room, studio, or really small apartment, you probably don’t have a great lot of room. It can be even more complicated when you are sharing a space with someone else. I’ve got some tips that can help make your place seem more of your own while giving everything you need a home.

Never Underestimate the Power of a Dollar Store
My local store has oodles of plastic containers of all shapes and sizes. This not only saves me an incredible amount of time usually spent scouring every corner for a certain cardi or the jewelry pièce de résistance, but also saves me money that could have been spent on extravagant storage pieces claiming to save x amount of space. Because it’s so inexpensive, it’s not a heartbreak or a dent in your savings to get rid of when you need to move.

Vanity

Use every inch you’ve got.
There’s no reason a cabinet should have empty space. Find creative ways to stack items. I’ve used locker shelves waaay past high school. (They might be my best investment.) I’ve used them to stack my shoes in my closet, doubling my shoe space. They’re currently in use as extra shelving in my kitchen and giving me more space on my makeshift vanity.

Find ways to hide what you need, but don’t want to see.
Because I travel a lot, I have a lot of luggage. I use it as storage for clothes that don’t fit the season, or simply to hold all of my other travel bags. Although maybe not the most “grown-up” thing, the bed risers I have give me plenty of space to store these things and put them out of the way. For other “unsightlies,” I’ve found that the spaces between tv stands or bookshelves and the wall are perfect places to store items. For large shelves, bigger books can hide items placed behind them.

Shelves

Think vertically.
If you’re in a dorm, loft the bed. It provides excellent space for desks, dressers, couches. Back in the day, I’ve used the best posts to dry laundry or store a sweatshirt or two. Opt for tall skinny shelves rather than stubby wide tables or shelves. Place items you use most frequently at eye level. Items you use once in a blue moon belong on the tippy top. Make sure you have something stable to stand on if you need a boost to get to the top of your shelving unit.

If you live in a rented space that isn’t brand spanking new, there’s sure to be a fair share of holes in the wall. Try to avoid creating new holes by using the same ones that are already placed there. I tried to use as many of the leftover nails and photo hooks left in the wall as I could without relocating them. For my place, metallic flower accents were placed in the old tack holes. For multiple or bigger marks on a wall, large pieces of artwork or tapestries can cover spots while adding color to the room.

Studio Space

Do you have any tips for saving space for your home or apartment? Comment below and let us know!

Jack-O-Lantern Inspiration and Tips

Make the most of your Jack-O-Lanterns this Halloween with Pumpkin Masters Kits. Pumpkin Masters has a variety of decorating kits fit for every skill level. This brand’s supplies are geared towards children, jack-o-lantern novices, and the veterans of the art. I received four kits and two lights to test out and tell readers about.

Carving saws are not meant to last forever or even for more than a few jack-o-lanterns. If you plan on having a carving party, invest in multiple saws as well as kitchen knives to make sure there are not only enough for everyone, but that you have replacements for when they inevitably break.

Kid carving kit

The Kids Carving Kit includes a saw with an easy grip handle and a different type of blade to reduce injuries. It should be held like a pencil and perpendicular to the pumpkins surface to resist breaking.

The Kids Carving Kit incorporates simple designs and easy to use tools. Children can trace their chosen design with a crayon on the pumpkin’s outer shell. Before their creation is ready for lighting up, children can choose from four pairs of eyes to add mystique to their jack-o-lantern.

If you’re ashamed of your ability to carve out a triangle shaped piece out of an orange gourd, the Decorating Punches Pumpkin Tool Kit is made for you! A book of patterns included in the kit provides easy designs to transfer to a pumpkin’s surface.

Holey pumpkin

 A Yayoi Kusama inspired masterpiece in the works.

Align the punch tool with the design and push through the surface. The two different punch tool s minimize the time it takes to cut through the shell manually and guarantees a clean shape. The punch tools allow for two different sized circles or petal shapes.

The traditional Pumpkin Carving Kit includes saws, a drill, a scooper, and a pounce wheel. The pounce wheel transfers patterns by rolling across the lines of the design and creating impressions on the pumpkin’s shell. The included patterns indicate how challenging the designs as well as how to properly carve out the design to prevent breaking.

Prolong the life of your pumpkin handiwork with a carved design. There is no need to carve out any insides, so don’t expect any pumpkin seeds from this creation.

The Surface Carving Kit includes twelve patterns and three interchangeable tips for so many possibilities. Depending on the design you select and the time you carve, your pumpkin can double as fall decorations. I chose a pretty leaf pattern, which will not become irrelevant come November 1st.

jack-o-lantern

I received two LED Xtreme Strobe Flashing lights. These are the coolest pumpkin lights I’ve seen! I wish I had them as a kid. The flashing lights add a spooky flair or a dance party vibe depending on what design they are lighting up.

The Xtreme Strobe Flashing LED Lights are safer than candles and are easy to transfer to different pumpkins. (My group of carvers tried them in a few different lanterns to check out how they turned out.) No need to worry about running back to the store – batteries are included so they are ready to go as soon as they are out of the packaging!

jack-o-lanterns

Happy Carving!

Don’t forget to take pictures of your jack-o-lantern! Pumpkin Masters hosts an easy to enter Pumpkin Carving Contest. Find rules and how to enter here.

What’s an Eye Hole?

Now that the summer is winding down, you may not be spending your time outside from sunup to sundown. Why ruin your hair-do by constantly flipping your sunglasses from your eyes to the top of your head? An innovative new product saves the day (and your coiff!) with a stylish new accessory.

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