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If you’re in a space with a small kitchen, you know that you face a lot of problems including not enough storage, minuscule amounts of prep space, and barely enough room for more than one person in the kitchen at a time. The layout of the room along with the design is what you must work with when you have a small kitchen. There are a few storage solutions that you can use to make your kitchen into a workable space.
Clear The Clutter
Do you have a lot of gadgets hanging around your kitchen that you aren’t using on a regular basis? If there’s no space to store them, perhaps you should consider getting rid of them. That ice cream maker that you may have thought was a good idea to purchase may sit unused, taking up space. You should store only the things you need, and get rid of any items that are just collecting dust.
Use An Armoire Or Other Shelving Unit
Small kitchens often lack cabinet space. You can use items like armories and bookshelves to give yourself more storage space. Whether you need to store dishes, food items, or pots and pans, these unusual items can help to provide you big amounts of storage. You can even add your own shelves to kitchen walls. All of these ideas provide inexpensive, yet practical solutions to your kitchen storage woes.
Find An Island
There are carts and other portable kitchen island units that exist to provide additional storage and prep space fro you. Many of these have fold-out counter space and drawers and cabinets. If you have some floor space in your small kitchen, this could be a great use of that space.
Hang Your Things
No matter how small your kitchen is, you have some room to hang things. You can use hooks in various places in the kitchen whether it’s on a wall or under a shelf. All of your utensils and pots and pans have the ability to hang up somewhere. Give yourself some more storage room and maximize the space that you do have in the kitchen. There are various designs that you can make use of to hang pots and pans using hooks, racks, or even a hanging shelf. Hang your utensils strategically so they are within reach of your cooking area.
Remember that you have a lot of space available over your head in most cases in a small kitchen. The more you can maximize vertical space, the better off you’ll be. You can place your least used items the highest up and work your way down.
With the right techniques, storage space doesn’t have to be a huge issue in a small kitchen.
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Thanks to advanced analytics tools, organizations and governments can now collect endless amounts of data about your online and offline behavior. They use this data to:
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Are you finding yourself spending more time at home these days? Are you looking for an exciting and productive way to spend your time? This could be an excellent opportunity for you to learn something new.
Many home buyers approach house hunting from the same angle as an employer searching for the ideal job candidate. It's almost like they have a split personality. On one hand, they're hoping that each prospect will be the one they ultimately choose. On the other hand, they're also looking for flaws and weaknesses -- reasons not to choose the house (or the job candidate) they're considering.
The solution to that dilemma for home sellers is simple... but not necessarily easy! Follow the advice of songwriter Johnny Mercer, who penned the lyrics to the 1944 hit song "Accentuate the Positive" (eliminate the negative)! Presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers not only helps attract more offers, but it also increases your chances of receiving your asking price -- assuming it's based on hard facts, such as recent sales data of other comparable homes in the neighborhood.
Getting It Right The First Time
An experienced real estate agent can be immensely helpful in determining a realistic listing price that will reflect your home's fair market value without being too high. (The last thing you want is for the price to scare away qualified prospects!) Although it's not an exact science, there is a methodology that helps make sure the listing price is reasonable and in the right ball park.
There are several challenges that homeowners face in staging their home for quick sale and determining the best price for all parties involved. In addition to the potential pitfall of allowing one's emotions to inflate a home's asking price, it's also difficult for the owner to view their home through the eyes of potential buyers. That's why professional advice can often make the difference between success and failure in real estate sales.
Being able to identify cost-effective ways to enhance the curb appeal and overall marketability of a house for sale can be difficult for someone who doesn't do it on a daily basis. A real estate professional with a trained eye can zero in on necessary changes, repairs, and cosmetic improvements that can accentuate the positive and eliminate -- or at least, downplay -- the negative!
If it's been a few years since your house or rooms have received a fresh coat of paint, then that might be one of the first improvements a real estate agent or home staging consultant recommends. To "cast as wide of a net" as possible, neutral paint colors typically have the broadest appeal to prospective home buyers. Fresh flowers -- both in hanging baskets and vases -- are an inexpensive way to add some color and appealing touches to the look and feel of your home. Doing your best to get rid of clutter, weeds, and objectionable odors in and around your home are other basic steps you can take to make a positive impression on potential buyers.
With each passing day, more advancement in technology hits the market. Innovations are springing up to simplify life in all areas of the home. Technology has always made home life easier for people from washing machines to take care of your laundry to dishwashers to clean your dishes. Now, new inventions have reached other areas in the home, and integration with your smartphone allows you to manage it from anywhere in the world. Take advantage of these smart new gadgets for your home.
Smart doorbells allow you to monitor people outside your door via video link. You can even have a conversation with visitors when you are not home. A smart doorbell is not expensive, and you can quickly install it — so long as your home was initially wired for a doorbell. You can even pair the smart doorbell with other technology in your home for extra security.
Smart locks provide additional security for your doors, especially entry points. They come designed with touchpads and lack a keyhole. A smart locks connection to your smartphone allows you to remotely unlock your door for visitors without sharing your personal passcode. Smart locks also allow you to create passcodes for different people that enter your home enabling you to know who comes in and when they gain entry.
Learning thermostats analyze the pattern of energy usage in your home and make adjustments automatically to fit your routine. Using a smart thermostat allows you to become more efficient in energy management. You can replace your old thermostat with smart ones, and some utilities even offer special programs to help you do so. Most smart thermostats limit the use of power when you are not at home and adjust the temperature to coincide with when you return.
Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A smart smoke detector functions like a traditional version in that an audible alert sounds when smoke is present. The benefit of smart smoke detectors is that their connection to your smartphone allows you to be notified of a fire emergency even while you are away from your residence. The same is true for carbon monoxide detectors alert which sense build-up of the deadly, odorless gas in your home. The remote notifications could help with timely intervention if pets or housemates are at present when carbon monoxide is detected.
Sometimes, having to clean your home by yourself is a lot of work. The robot vacuum has eliminated the stress and time required to vacuum your home. A robotic vacuum cleans your floors by making frequent trips around your home, sucking up dirt, crumbs, and debris lying on the floor. You can schedule them to work during the night or while you are out so that the work is done at a time that won’t interfere with your regular activities.
Most smart devices are energy efficient so they can help you save energy and money when you integrate them into your home. Many newer homes come wired for smart devices, so let your agent know if having a smart home is high on your list.