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Elegant Solutions for When Your Home is Losing the Battle For Space

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You love your home… but it would be great if there were just a little more of it. Of course, you understand that space comes at a premium, and if you want to be able to live in a highly desirable location like yours, every inch of available space is worth paying for. Still, making the most of your space is tricky when you only have so much to go around. Even a relatively simple decision like buying a new sofa can lead to repeat trips to the shop, measuring, trial, error and rethinking the entire topography of your living room to accommodate your new chaise. 

 

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Nonetheless, the importance of empty space in the home cannot be overestimated. It is your most powerful weapon in the battle against clutter and all the negative psychological effects that come with it. If you feel as though your home is losing the battle for space here are some elegant solutions to help you find more…

Get in touch with an architect

While we’ll mostly be looking at making the most of your available space, an architect can literally help you to create more usable space, with elegant solutions like a Side Return Extension. Not only can this add more space, it can also help to increase the amount of natural light coming into your home. This in turn can help your living space look brighter and more spacious.

 

Invest in smarter storage

If your kitchen countertops are piled high with ingredients, groceries and cooking utensils, it can make something as simple as making a plate of beans on toast feel like a chore. Invest in storage solutions that allow you to store more in your available space while also providing quicker and easier access. Whether for your kitchen or your wardrobes, it’s a great way of keeping essential belongings from impinging on your living space. 

 

Make better use of available vertical space

We tend to neglect the space that’s either above or below eye level, but this can also help to improve the availability of walking and living space without contributing to the problem of clutter or diminishing the flow of a room. 

Whether you’re investing in taller bookshelves, displaying more wall art vertically or using more ottomans and footlockers to take advantage of storage space below eye level, there are lots of ways in which you can maximise your vertical space to give you more room in which to live, relax and play. 

 

Rethink the layout of your furniture

And finally… Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to gut your home and clear out all its furniture to make it look and feel more spacious. In fact, furniture can even help it to look more spacious. It’s simply a matter of where and how you display it. Try to hug the walls with furniture, but don’t be afraid to let are wall shine through here and then. Make sure that there is walking space around large items to ensure that they help the room to retain its sense of flow.

What do you think of these elegant solutions for when your home is losing the battle for space?

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Giveaway – Win a Photo Book with Motif

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I am all about preserving memories, which is why I love taking photos so much. Time goes by so quickly, so freezing time in photos is one thing I love doing. I came across the Motif App on the App Store earlier this year and it is such a great app for preserving memories through photo books, calendars and cards. I have a few photo books from Motif and they are such great quality. Which is why I was super thrilled when Motif offered to give 1 of my lucky winners a 100% discount off any photo book.

 

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Here is a bit more about the lovely brand Motif

Our advanced technology selects only the best shots – even the best smiles – and presents them in a perfect layout. Seamless integration with Photos on macOS makes it easy to edit the final product, but you now have a massive head start. We curate colours, themes, fonts, layouts, intelligent resizing tools and much more for you. Your final product looks truly professional with so much less time and effort on your part.

 

I am seriously loving this app. It is super easy to upload pictures and edit a photo book on the app. It took me a couple of minutes to get my new phonebook ready filled with pictures of just me for a change. You can get photo books in soft or hard cover. The prices start from £11.99 for softcover sizes and £34.99 for hardcover sizes.

If you like to take part in this giveaway to win a photo book of your choice with Motif, here are the rules you need to follow –

Giveaway Rules
  1. Follow Fashion and Style Police on Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Retweet this post.
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what sort of photos you like to capture. Please include  your Twitter name as well in the comments.

The giveaway will run for 3 weeks. It ends 2 January 2020 at 11pm. The winner will be randomly selected and the 100% discount code will be emailed directly to the winner by Motif. The selected winner will have 48 hours to get back in touch or risk losing the prize. This giveaway is open to 18 years and above US and UK residents only.

Goodluck everyone!

Self employment – Charge what you deserve

I have been self employed for about 6 years now and I have seen it all. The clients that never pay up until you chase them and those that wait until the very last day to pay. I have seen clients that want all for nothing. They are happy to pay you peanuts and keep all the profits for themselves. Earning money as a self employed person is hard work. Don’t believe the stories that tell you it is easy to earn a living from home because it is far from easy. Trust me, I have 6 plus years worth of experience to know that being a self employed person, running your own business from home is hard. Which is why you should charge what you deserve.

 

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My reason for doing this

I found myself working from home full-time after my twins were born. Going back to my old job was not an option. I hated it and the commute and income won’t be worth the hassle at all, so I ended up focusing on making money online. It worked! I started earning a full time living wage from this blog and my freelance jobs (mainly copywriting and blogger outreach). It wasn’t easy. I had to work every free hour I got and I hardly slept all those years, but the money started coming in.

It got easier as the twins got older and started pre school and now primary school. I have more free time to focus on my hustle and even throw in studying for a whole new degree. However, the journey has been a rollercoaster ride and has taught me a lot. What kept me going all these years was my “why”. To be a happy self employed person, you have to have a “why” because you will need to remember the reason when the days get tough.

 

Which is why I charge what I deserve

I love what I do and the opportunities it brings are too numerous to mention but I also have my own fair share of dealing with people who don’t want to pay the right amount for what they want. A really funny email came in yesterday and it was the lowest fee I have ever been offered and it make me giggle. Obviously I didn’t bother replying but I am pleased with how far I have come because on a good day I would have been fuming at the audacity of the email.

My rates are my rates. I charge what I deserve and I don’t apologise for it. I believe there is value in my work and I would now let anyone take advantage of me by accepting low fees just because that is what they are willing to pay. The first rule when it comes to self employment or running your business is to charge what you deserve. There is enough to go around for everyone if people stop being greedy and I believe to unblock the flow of abundance, we need to charge the right amount of money. There will always be people who will happily pay your rates once you are comfortable asking for it.

 

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When it comes to self employment, the pros outweigh the cons massively for me. Which is why I am still doing what I do full-time for now. It is great to be able to work from home. I won’t charge that for anything now. Are you self employed? Do you feel you charge what you deserve? Do drop your comments in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading, sharing, commenting and liking. Have a good one.

 

 

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