Tips and Tricks to Maximize a Limited Living Room Space

When you’ve just moved into your own HDB flat in Singapore, you want to make sure that you have as much space as you can to make it inviting. But when your space has its own challenges and limits, it’s time to think of creative solutions to make the most out of your space.

Here are five helpful tips and tricks that are sure to give you more space for your small living room area:

  1. Open the windows

The first step to making any area in your home feel spacious is by opening the windows and letting as much natural light in as possible. Using light curtains to let the air will not just let the air in more easily, but will also make the area feel more open and spacious. It also makes the living room area feel cooler, which can even save you from using electricity during summer.

  • Use small furniture

Because using large furniture will make your limited space both look and feel even more limited, you want to use smaller furniture that’s low and close to the ground to maximize the amount of space that you already have. This is where you may want to ditch the oversized sofa and invest in furniture that’s both streamlined and multi-purpose.

For instance, ottomans and stools can serve both as seats and as small tables, benches with hidden storage compartments can be used in lieu of chairs, and instead of a standard oversized sofa, a foldable sofa bed can take its place in the living room.

  • Draw attention to the ceiling

When the floor space is limited, take advantage of the available ceiling space instead. This serves to clear both the floor and draw attention to the ceiling, which can give the illusion that the living room appears more spacious than it actually is.

  • Use your layout to your advantage

Arrange your furniture to create separate zones in your living room. This way, not only do you make better use of space, but you also make it easier to figure out the different uses of specific areas in your living room.

  • Express yourself

Feel free to decorate your home with anything you want!

Just because your living space is small doesn’t mean that you have to keep everything at a bare minimum (unless that’s your style). In fact, it’s important that you make your home feel like your home as much as possible. When you do choose decor, be sure to consider if that will actually make you smile when you come home after a long day of work.

Are You Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet?

Whether you’ve decided to stop eating meat or that you’re simply too busy to prepare food yourself, there are a lot of reasons why you need protein in your diet – the most important of which is that it contains vital amino acids that are needed for building cells.

A shortage of available protein means that your body will start to ration out what’s left in your body, which may lead to these signs that you’re not getting enough in your system:  

1. You experience food cravings.

The constant need for snacking in between meals is the body’s way of trying to compensate for a low-protein diet. Since protein evens out blood sugar levels, it’s important to eat a 1:1 ratio of protein and carbohydrates (which break down into starches and sugars).

2. There are problems with your hair and/or nails.

Frequent hair fall may not be the cause of dandruff. In fact, it may be caused by not having enough protein needed to keep making new cells.

Another clear sign that you’re not getting enough in your diet is if you start to see ridges in your nails, or if they start peeling (especially if you don’t bite them).

3. You recover from injuries more slowly.

Rebuilding new cells and tissues requires protein, and less protein in the system means less material for the body to make into new cells to replace the ones lost. Without enough of it to make other cells with, you recover from injuries more slowly.

4. You’re getting sick regularly.

Protein is also needed to make the immune cells that fight off disease, but because you’re not getting enough protein, there’s also less to make immune cells with.

This means that you’re not making enough immune cells to replace the ones that die or are used up. Because there are less immune cells to fight off foreign cells, you’re more likely to get sick and take longer to recover.  

5. You can’t focus enough on your work.

Because protein helps to regulate blood sugar, the lack of the former means more fluctuations of the latter. The result is short bursts of mental energy (from the temporary spikes of blood sugar), followed by prolonged periods of a foggy brain throughout the day.

If you’ve experienced these symptoms following a schedule that hasn’t left you much room for a proper diet, then you might be experiencing a protein deficiency, and you need more in your diet.

Luckily, protein is easily available in a lot of forms, from meat and eggs, to dairy products, to even fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The nearest hawker center can be even a great way for you to get temporary fix of protein until you have the time to prepare your own healthy food.

Reasons Why Your Light bulbs Burn Out Early

Light bulbs can work for a long time with an average of nine hundred hours when switched on. For compact fluorescent bulbs, this can last even longer and save you a lot of time and money.

However, when you end up replacing them more than you should, there may be a few reasons why:

  1. High voltage

Bulbs usually burn much brighter and faster when the voltage is too high for their limits, and the best way to know for sure is by testing it with a voltage tester.

If the test reveals that the voltage is higher than 125 volts, which is the standard in most homes, be sure to have a licensed electrician take a look at the problem for a professional solution.

You can also prevent these problems by checking the labels for both your light bulbs and your fixtures.

  • Depressed socket tabs

The small metal tab in the socket is what’s responsible for delivering the actual current. If the socket gets pushed down, it may not touch the bulb at all.

You can actually solve this by unbending the tab yourself. Unplug or disconnect the main power source from the socket and bend it back up by about an eighth of an inch.

  • Too much fixture vibration

A good example of this is usually seen in ceiling fans, where the lightbulbs – more specifically, the filament inside – can sway when the fan is switched on, especially when the ceiling fan isn’t installed properly.

This is because the vibration can jiggle the filament in the bulb, and can easily decrease its lifespan. To correct this problem, consider a rough-service bulb, which has heavy-duty filaments that allow the bulb to withstand being moved too much.

  • Flickering/overheated bulb

Loose bulbs can flicker when they’re switched on for two reasons: either because it’s loose in the socket, or because of a loose wire. This can cause them to burn out earlier than their average lifespan.

To avoid this, disconnect the main power source and check the fixture for any signs of wear and tear or corrosion. If you happen to see any, be sure to replace the fixture.

When to Call an Electrician: When something strange starts to happen with your light fixtures, don’t wait. Be sure to call an electrician if you see major problems, such as trips and electrical arcs that could pose a huge electrical hazard for your home.

While they may be expensive at first, it’s better to leave it in the hands of a professional to make sure that your home’s electrical circuit is safe and up-to-date.

4 Common Mistakes You Can Make When Repairing Your Plumbing

Whether it’s to save money or just to tinker around the house, many people prefer doing their own plumbing works and repairs by themselves. However, without proper training and tools, homeowners can make a lot of common mistakes with results that can be really expensive to fix.

Be sure to keep in mind these pitfalls and avoid them when taking care of your home:

1. Using drain cleaner liberally

Drain cleaners may seem like a miracle product that can clear your pipes by pouring just a few cups into an open drain. However, that same reason is why you should be extremely careful– not only will they dissolve the clog in your drain, but they will also corrode and dissolve the pipes themselves.

In fact, your pipes will be much better off when you use a plumbing auger or a drain snake instead, as these devices can easily unclog without the use of chemicals. If you’re not a fan of using tools, try sprinkling baking soda and vinegar instead, and flush with hot water.

2. Not turning off the water

This should be the first step you need to take for any water-related project, whether you’re trying to do your own plumbing or call a plumber to have it looked at or fixed.

Knowing your home’s plumbing is especially crucial, since not turning off the water can lead to a terrible mess or a small household flood. If you can’t find the local shutoff valve, switch your water off at the mains.

3. Connecting metal pipes

The reason why galvanized and copper pipes are not supposed to touch each other is because they corrode much faster if they do. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of this and continue to repair the former using the latter, or vice versa.

If you have to repair galvanized pipes using copper ones, be sure to use a special joint called a dielectric union. This is a ta type of joint  that uses a plastic sleeve and a rubber washer to connect the two types of materials without having them actually touch each other.

4. Not having the proper training

Although there are certain types of plumbing work that homeowners can do on their own, there are also other types of plumbing work that need a license or at least insurance beforehand.

It can also be difficult to tell if a project is beyond your skill level, and since doing DIY work on extensive home improvement projects without the right knowledge can cost a lot of money in the future, it’s usually better to leave these types of projects to a professional plumber.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

What Type of Holiday You Should Go For?

There are so many types of vacations and trips that it can be hard sometimes to decide what you really want to go for. This is especially relevant for those who haven’t really travelled a lot. Here, we will enumerate some holiday types that anyone who wish to take a break can consider.

Safari Trip

Safari trips are best when you’re headed to Africa. It is also a great vacation for travelers who loves animals and looking for a nature-based holiday. For African vacations, go and see animals like elephants, zebras, lions and giraffes

Packaged Trips

This type of trip is probably the easiest you can get. Packaged trips are great for families, since they often include everything, from flights, commutes, accommodation and even the entire trip’s itinerary. This means that once you are booked, all you need to ensure is to get yourself to the airport on time. It is, basically, what people call the stress-free vacation as your travel agent will be the one to organize everything for you.

Music Festivals

During the summer season, countries host various music festivals, which often span three to five days and offer excellent line-up of music and performances by great personalities in the music and entertainment industry. At many of these festivals, you can camp on the venue of the event, which adds an even more fun experience to your trip. Some of the most popular and most visited festivals in the world are Coachella, Tomorrowland and Glastonbury.

Backpacking

Backpacking tends to be the most popular type of trip for people travelling to places for longer periods of time and who are booking new trips as they go. These travelers are often on a tight budget in order to travel for as long as they can and would prefer to stay in hostels rather than in hotels.

Cruising

Cruising provides an opportunity to visit numerous places in a single trip. The cruise ship will dock during the day, allowing you to go off board and explore the place. You will then have to jump back on board in the evening to head to another place. Cruise ships, however, tend to be luxurious and expensive. But given the experience, it is worth every penny.

Exotic Retreats

When you’re in desperate need of a break from your busy and hectic life, sometimes an exotic retreat is the perfect holiday you need. Go to a destination that lets you relax, laze around and rejuvenate. These trips are perfect for newlyweds where you can simply have the best time of your life without thinking of anyone or anything but yourselves.

Holiday trips are always fun and allows you to take a break from your everyday life. Each type of trip offers a different kind of experience, so choose which one appeals according to the kind of relaxation you want to achieve during your vacation.

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