Great Solutions for Small Space Living

This conversation about living in small spaces was sponsored by Pottery Barn.  Great Solutions for Small Space Living

tips for small space living Great Solutions for Small Space Living

When you are living in small spaces, like a dorm room or an apartment with many roommates, you need to invest in pieces that can do double duty. Storage is usually at a premium, and you have to be sure that your furniture pieces are in the right scale. Here are some tips to make the most of your small spaces. We’ll be using pieces from Pottery Barn’s PB Teen line to demonstrate the tips for small space living.

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Spring Cleaning with the BISSELL CleanView Vacuum

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Spring is a time of renewal.  The winter cold fades away, the trees start leafing out, and before you know it, there’s flowers and baby animals everywhere you look.  Doesn’t your home deserve some of this rejuvenation?   I’m starting with spring cleaning and the BISSELL CleanView Vacuum

I thought that my current vacuum was doing a good job.  Sure, every once in a while I’d have to stop, untangle stuff, and then get back to work, but that was no biggie.  I probably shouldn’t have vacuumed over all that stringy stuff anyway.  But, it seemed to clean up the dirt and debris with no real issues. 

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How to Deal with Clutter

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Clutter.  How does it happen?  It seem like one day, you’re perfectly fine, and the next thing you know, it feels like you’re being overtaken by all this stuff.  Where did it come from?  And more importantly, how do you get rid of it? Here are some easy ways to deal with the clutter that may be overtaking your home and your life.

Get rid of a few things every day.  I was reading an article that said if you got rid of 10 items every day, in a year, you’d get rid of 3650 items.  I mean, it makes sense, right?  And that sounds totally doable!  I think I could get rid of 10 items a day.  You could sell them, throw them away, donate them to charity, or anything you want!

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Living Green with The Honest Company

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It seems like everywhere you turn, people are talking about being eco friendly, or green.  This item claims to be eco friendly because it was made locally, or this one’s fair trade, so we should buy that.  Or this cleaner has natural ingredients, so that’s better for us to use in our home.  Truth be told, it can all be a little mind boggling. 

This process occurs with every single item that we come in contact with.  Recently, my local grocery store started adding signs on items that were made in semi-local plants, claiming that if you purchased those, that you were buying local.  Unfortunately, that’s not really what “buying local” means, either.  But they wanted to capitalize on the buzz surrounding it.

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4th of July Crafts

Here are some great patriotic or 4th of July crafts. Many would be great all summer long, or even year-round!

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I love this sign!  I think it would look great year-round in a shabby-chic or country decor home.


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How cute are these?  Easy to do, cheap, and you could really change them up for any holiday.

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Around the House Home Office Giveaway Event #noisegirls

AroundTheHouse Around the House Home Office Giveaway Event #noisegirls

Around the House: For the Home Office

Blackberries, Vizardz, and Vtech phones, oh my!  Haven't you always wanted an awesome home office?  Now you have your chance to win one!

From now through July 16th, you have the chance to enter to win over $3,500 in prizes in the Noise Girls Around the House Giveaway event! The For the Home Office package is valued at over $675! It includes prizes from the following amazing sponsors:

You can check out the Noise Girls reviews to see how the products worked for us!

To enter for your chance to win, visit the Noise Girls Around the House: For the Home Office Prize Package page!  Or, enter in the Rafflecopter after the jump! 

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LightAir Ionflow 50 Signature Air Purifier Review

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Sweden is known for being the homeland for lots of awesome things.  Ikea.  Ace of Bass.  Abba.  Peter Forsberg.  A certain blogger named Greta.  And now, we can add the  LightAir Ionflow 50 Signature Air Purifier to that list. 

I moved to an apartment about 15 months ago, after many years of living in houses on fairly large lots or acreage.  While I knew there would be some major adjustments to make, I was for the most part prepared.  Prepared for increased noise, someone smooshing the mirrors on my car, and the incidental dings from parking close to one another.  What I was not prepared for was the smells and odors. 

For the most part, it’s not that bad.  However, one of the things that I really can’t stand is cigarette smoke.   It’s repulsive and just grosses me out.  I’m sure part of that comes from having crunchy granola parents, and the fact that smoking is just not as prevalent on the West coast as it is in the Midwest.  So, I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when it started filtering into my new home from my new neighbors. 

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The Noisiest Neighbor #CleverDoOver #spon

We all have those moments in life.  You know what moments I’m talking about.  The ones where we thing we’re doing the right thing,.  It’s only in retrospect that we realize “OMG!  What was I thinking?!?!” 

I’ve had a few of those moments in my relatively young life.  I’m not sure if it’s because I choose to live life, rather than thinking things through. Because it sure seems like I think things through.  Hemming and hawing, weighing pros and cons.  Sometimes I even make a list before I jump into any decisions.  Perhaps I think “Oh, what’s the worst that could happen?”  Then I find out the bad could be so much worse than I had originally thought!


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If I thought I was going to stay here, I would buy this house!

One recent example is the apartment I moved into last year.  Now, it’s not the greatest apartment in the world, but it’s not terrible.  It’s fairly modern – especially in this area, where it seems everything was built in the 1950s or 1960s and never maintained.  I mean, we have double-paned windows and good insulation, forced air heat and central air conditioning.  Those are HUGE things in this area. 

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