Making Moves: Five Small Space Living Tips

500sqft is not a large space at all.  For one person it’s enough but how does one declutter their lives so their new space isn’t a claustrophobic mess?  Here are a few helpful things that I have been doing and plan to continue when I move in.

  1. Declutter prior to moving in
    When you’re getting ready to move look at your stuff.  Really look at it and decide what you need and what you don’t.  The perfect place to start your closet and bedroom, two places that are use to having old things take up space.  Think about if you can live without that old sweater or if you can part ways with it and give it away.  If it hasn’t been worn in years then it probably won’t be worn in years to come.  
  2. Be sure everything has its own home
    When you first move in everything will have its place, as it should.  Be sure to stick with this and take the extra time each day to organize.  If everything has it’s own home then your space will look cozy and not crazy.
  3. KEEP IT CLEAN
    Dirty homes are not happy homes and small dirty spaces are even more depressing.  Small spaces are easy to clean but they are also quicker to become dirty.  Get a schedule and stick to it, get that dirt early on.  You never know when company is coming over and you don’t want to be embarrassed by your mess.
  4. Make sure almost everything doubles as something else
    This is especially important when it comes to storage.  You have extra space under your bed? GOOD go buy bins to keep winter clothes in during the summer, or clean supplies.  In small spaces storage is not always the best so anytime you can get more organized take advantage of.  Simple ideas like a dresser used as a bed side table will go a long way.
  5. Spend time away from your home
    You may have created the perfect space (snaps to you) but you still need to get out.  Spending time away from your home will allow for you to avoid cabin fever.  There are plenty of free places you can go and just spend time away from your home.  Public parks, and coffee shops are my favorite.   

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Skin Saving Bath Tips

I am a very strong supporter of sitting in the bath every night to relax!  It is something I love and something I do for myself.
Currently my skin has taken a turn for the worst.  I am covered in small dry patches that will not stop itching.  I went to urgent care and was given a prescription that did not work.  Just yesterday I went to the dermatologist and was told I have Pityriasis Rosa, which is a virus I contracted airborne.  It will go away in about 8-10 week but until then I was given a cream.  This cream was not enough to sooth my skin.  Below are my best tips and tricks for taking a soothing bath!

You Will Need:
A bath filled with warm water (Be sure not to make it too hot or it will irritate the skin)
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 spoon full of coconut oil

Instructions:
Place all the ingredients in the bath while it is filling up.  The coconut oil may need some assistance in melting since it is in solid form.  Just take it in your hand and help it melt.
Sit in the bath for a long as you would like!
While in the bath take the water and massage your skin to help the oil sink in.
Once you are ready to leave the bath, grab a clean towl and be sure to pat yourself dry.  If you rub then you will be rubbing off the oils that are now on your skin.
I suggest you do this right before you sleep.  Be sure to sleep in clothes so you do not transfer the oil onto your bed.
* Be careful the tub will be very slippery! 

Clean Up:
The oil will collect at the bottom of your tub.
Grab disk soap and drizzle it over the oil and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Take a brush and lightly scrub the tub.
Rise the tub!

I hope this helps you like this helped me!  For additional moisture put coconut oil on your skin after you get out of the bath.