How to Make the Most Out of a Small Space

September 18th, 2013, Posted By Austin Housemates

Small-spaces

 

Organizing a small space can feel overwhelming when there’s not much room to work with. Especially if it’s your bedroom – a place meant for rest, relaxation, and de-cluttering your mind. However, a smaller space also has its benefits – less space to clean and usually a lower rent or mortgage. Making it feel comfortable can often be tricky – but not for long!

 

Here are 4 useful tips to make your peaceful abode feel like the spacious sanctuary that you deserve:

1) Keep only the necessities. Take a look around your room – do you see a few piles of clutter here and there, or perhaps covering the entire floor? It’s time to remove it. Clearing your floor of unnecessary objects can be hard, yet so valuable. Having a clear floor will open up the room and create the illusion of more space – not to mention allow you more room to move around, as well as more room for your roommates to hang out with you as well.

2) Take advantage of the space under your bed. This is a great place to store winter clothes in the summer and summer clothes in the winter, leaving you more room to use in your closet year-round. Grab a few clear plastic containers at The Container Store or Bed, Bath & Beyond that can slip right under your bed. Under the bed storage can also be a great option for shoes and suitcases.

3) Choose lighter colors. We don’t always have options for the paint in our bedroom if renting or staying somewhere temporarily, however we can control our decorations. Darker colors can make a room seem smaller – even cave-like. If you’re prone to blacks and browns, try those colors on your pillows or throw rugs and keep the lighter and brighter colors to your walls and the major focal points of the room.

4) Choose your furniture wisely and put it to work! One of the quickest ways to make a room look smaller is with big, clunky furniture. So, depending on the size of your room, choose 2-3 necessary key pieces such as a dresser, armoire, or desk. Then utilize each piece in more ways than one. For example: Your dresser can also become an entertainment center by placing your TV on top. If you choose not to have a TV, this space is also a great area for toiletries and/or makeup, books, and odds and ends. The more ways you can use your furniture, the more space you’ll clear up thereby making your room looking larger.

 

A small space can definitely be a challenge. But it’s important to know you can always organize and condense your room with these simple adjustments! Besides, having a small bedroom can be cozy, warm and inviting.

Try these 4 tips today to make your room feel unique and transformed into the larger space you desire, and share with your Austin Roommates as well!

How to Be Social in Your New City – Austin

September 18th, 2013, Posted By Austin Housemates

Austin

 

Moving to a new city can be exhilarating: new and fun things to do + see, fresh routines to be made, hidden favorites to be found, and tons of great possibilities to create new friendships throughout the city, like with your Austin Roommates, for example!

But moving to a brand new place like Austin can also be nerve-wracking and overwhelming for some – especially if you may not know a lot of people or have any friends or family close-by. There’s so much to do, discover, and enjoy you might have a tough time knowing where or how to start.

If that sounds like you, check these out:

5 Ways to Be Social in your New City of Austin:

1) Join meetup.com: a social website made specifically for getting people together to share, learn, or do something new. Meetups are happening around the world and are a fantastic way of meeting new people, getting acquainted with your city, and creating fun new friendships. Even if you’re shy or not much of a social person, meetup.com is guaranteed to have something to interest you. A plus: Membership is free! Have your roommates join you!

2) Join a gym. Active enthusiasts often thrive in groups! Check out places near your work or home to find like-minded people. Many people enjoy working out with friends and making it their social hour. If gyms aren’t your thing though, search for running/Frisbee/golf + more groups! You name it and Austin is sure to have it. This might be a great activity to do with your roommates so you can get to know each other better.

3) Start a book club. For the more introverted and reserved types who enjoy small potlucks and meet n’ greets, a book club can be a fun, low-key, and stress-free way to meet some people who share a similar interest with you. If you can’t find one on meetup.com, try Google – your new best friend at finding pretty much anything and everything Austin!

4) Check out activities on livingsocial.com and groupon.com. For an inexpensive time, try purchasing an event voucher from one of these websites. Livingsocial and Groupon are awesome ways at trying an activity for half the cost. See if you like it – there’s not much to lose! Activities like SUP, Work-Out Classes, Wine-Tasting Classes, Boating, Golfing, Ziplining + more can all be available at one time or another for half the cost. New outings can equal new socializing for a fraction of the regular cost. Sign up for the free emails so you can see what’s available right away!

5) Volunteer. There are a number of ways to get involved around Austin. If you have a special place in your heart for animals, children, or the elderly, offer your services a couple hours a week and find yourself with new friends and a great purpose! Volunteer Match can get you started: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search?l=Austin%2C+TX%2C+USA

 

Whether you’re new to the social scene, prefer intimate one-on-one gatherings, or thrive on group events, don’t worry – there is something for everyone in Austin. Pretty soon, you’ll be a social butterfly dispensing advice to the newbie Austinites!