You know what storage scarcity looks like in your house – overflowing closets and cupboards, and a garage you can’t park your car in. But even after you have committed to renting a storage unit, sometimes there is a scarcity of the right sized units. If you have your heart set on a 5’ x 5’ unit, for instance, and can’t find any in the storage facility near you, there are some strategies you can employ to solve this problem. Continue reading
If you are an empty-nester gleefully considering all the possible uses for your son or daughter’s old bedroom, here’s a great one: the walk-in closet of your dreams.
It sounds extravagant, but there are many advantages to this idea.
- It can be done on a small budget.
- There is natural light and ventilation available in a spare bedroom not normally available in a closet.
- With careful planning, the room can still function as a “guest room” for the visiting son or daughter by putting in a day bed that can also double as a lounge for your dressing room.
- It doesn’t have to be permanent, there are many free-standing options which would allow you to turn it back into a bedroom with very little effort.
There are a number of emerging studies that suggest that urbanization is actually good for the environment. The theory goes that by condensing a large population into a smaller geographic area, you save more natural open space from being destroyed. Also at play are economies of size: with smaller spaces to heat, cool, and light, electricity use per capita in urban areas is actually lower than in suburban or rural areas. Those who study this also say there are fewer carbon emissions per person in an urban area where many people are using public transportation, rather than suburban areas where there is often one person per automobile. Continue reading