When you first move into your home, you probably got your living room decorated and arranged just the way you wanted it. But, as the years passed, your space likely became cluttered, and now you’re stuck with a living room that isn’t stylish or comfortable.
If you have come to the realization that you need to free up space in your living room, but you have no idea where to start, these five ideas are a great place to begin.
Choose Couches and Chairs with Legs
It’s true that large, puffy, overstuffed couches and chairs with reclining footstools are comfortable, but they sure do take up a lot of space. At least they look like they take up a lot of space!
Many traditional couches, and even some chairs, are enclosed on the bottom, giving the piece of furniture a large appearance. If your furniture seems to be overwhelming your space, consider couches and chairs with legs.
Couches and chairs with exposed legs give the appearance of taking up less space than other furniture styles, even if they’re the same size. You can even get a chaise sofa that enables you to lay back and relax without having to rely on a bulky recliner!
Decorate with Foldaway Furniture
There are a lot of furniture pieces that are nice to have. End tables can really come in handy for snacks and drinks when you’re sitting down to watch a movie, while a buffet table can be extremely useful when you have guests over for a dinner party. The trouble is, they can take up a lot of space when they aren’t in use.
Instead, consider decorating with foldaway furniture. Some end tables can be folded flat against the couch when not in use, while folding buffet tables can be stored in the garage. You can find desks that fold away into hanging portraits, and of course folding chairs can be stored in a closet.
Hang the TV on the Wall
It is a lot easier to put your TV on a TV stand and call it a day. It’s also a great way to provide your space with extra storage. Many TV stands accommodate movies, CDs, and other items.
Unfortunately, TV stands also take up a lot of room.
If you want to free up space, you should definitely look into mounting your flat screen TV to the wall. Just make sure you look up how to do it properly. You don’t want your television crashing to the floor in the middle of the night!
Don’t feel comfortable hanging your TV on the wall? Consider replacing your bulky TV stand with something much smaller. A stand with a glass top is also a great way to make your space feel bigger.
Baskets are an amazing way to organize a space. When used for storage, they can free up space in your home and make your space feel larger.
A few ideas for using baskets in your home include:
- Hang baskets on the wall to hold magazines and books
- Place baskets underneath coffee tables and end tables
- Use a basket to organize throw pillows and blankets
- Place a basket on the floor to organize children’s toys
- Clean up clutter on shelves by placing items in baskets
Wicker baskets, and baskets that are made out of natural materials, are popular, but they aren’t your only choice. Wire baskets are great in modern and industrial spaces. Plus, they can make your space look larger when they are empty!
Make Time to Tidy up Every Day
There are a few things you should do every single day inside your home to keep it clean, like wipe the kitchen countertops and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, but you should also add picking up the living room to your list of daily chores.
If you spend just a few minutes every day putting books, stray pieces of paper, and other items where they belong, your living room won’t have a chance to get cluttered in the first place. It also saves you from spending a Saturday afternoon tidying up when you’d rather be doing something else!
You shouldn’t throw your hands up in the air in frustration if your living room is feeling a little cramped. There are plenty of things you can do to take back your space. Whether you want to update your furniture or you’re looking for storage solutions, there’s something on this list for everyone!
Jose Verdugo: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 3
Sabrina E. Morrissey, Credit: Facebook
Just released, Wendy Williams’ guardian has been accused of a scheme to rob her client in a $30 million lawsuit while controlling Wendy Williams’ finances and countless others. The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that Wendy’s guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, her firm Morrissey & Morrissey LLP, and about 10 other attorneys have been named as defendants in another lawsuit.
If you remember from yesterday’s story these are the same individuals that were and are involved in Errol Rapports mother’s case and Libra Max with her father the artist Peter Max.
The case Morrissey and the attorneys are accused in, is for Jose Verdugo, who had won $5.5 million in a personal injury claim. For more than a decade, the defendants imprisoned Verdugo in a humiliating and oppressive guardianship by manipulating and serially deceiving him, as well as New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. The fraudulently-based attorney and guardian fees, plundered Verdugo’s multi-million dollar personal injury recovery.
Your Inner Dialogue: Positive Affirmations for Addiction Recovery
Positive affirmations are of help to many people working to recover from an addiction. The uplifting messages, when repeated regularly, train the brain to think positively. They focus on the present and future, providing motivation and inspiration to continue on the road to recovery.
How Affirmations Work
The brain is a malleable organ. Affirmations help take advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity by repeating positive messages about ourselves or our goals. Each time we verbalise the affirmation, that statement fires along certain neural pathways in support of the affirmed idea or belief. Repeated over and over, affirmations strengthen those supportive pathways until, with enough repetition, the affirmation becomes the default outlook programmed into our brains. As a result, drug rehab programs in texas often make affirmations a priority.
Creating Effective Affirmations
Telling yourself “I no longer crave drugs” likely rings hollow in early recovery. More realistic affirmations like “If a craving comes, I can get through it” set reasonable expectations. Over time, as these affirmations prove true, they can lay the groundwork for more ambitious statements. By starting small with positive, solution-focused affirmations, we can start retraining our brains with helpful messaging. Repeated regularly, effective affirmations help cement the attitudes and behaviours that allow people in recovery to cope with challenges and continue healing.
Integrating Affirmations into Daily Life
To fully benefit from affirmations, they must be put into consistent practice. Simply thinking about them from time to time is not enough for real change. Affirmations should become ingrained into one’s daily routine.
Ways to effectively integrate affirmations include:
Writing Them Down
Writing affirmations by hand helps imprint them into the mind. Keep a running list of affirmations to review regularly. Also, keep individual affirmations in multiple places, such as on sticky notes around the home, the car dashboard, and more. These little reminders help facilitate the repetition of positive phrases throughout the day.
Reciting Them Out Loud
Vocalising the affirmations is powerful too, engaging more of the brain through auditory pathways. Set reminders to repeat affirmations out loud at certain times, such as morning and evening. Doing them in front of a mirror can also help increase effectiveness. Making Them Digital
Digital applications provide another way to practise daily affirmations. Apps will send daily reminders to view inspiring quotes and phrases. Some affirmation apps allow users to select or create their affirmations as well. Viewing these positive messages right on a frequently-checked device helps reinforce them.
Affirmations Take Practice
Keep in mind that integrating affirmations into one’s mindset requires consistency and practice. At first, the concepts expressed may feel silly or untrue. However, with routine use, their effects become cumulatively powerful in supporting continued recovery. Affirmations lay the groundwork for emotional and spiritual growth that sustains people through challenges on their journey.
Affirmations are a simple yet powerful technique that can lead to profound changes for those in addiction recovery. By overriding negative thought patterns and activating motivation centres of the brain, affirmations promote personal growth and healthy decision-making. When consistently integrated into one’s daily routine through written, vocal, and digital practice, affirmations retrain the mind to be more supportive of recovery goals. Maintaining focus each day on positive visions of self-worth, forgiveness, strength, and hope builds the emotional resilience needed for the lifelong journey of recovery. Though challenging at first, committing to regular affirmations lays the groundwork for lasting transformation one phrase at a time.
What’s Best for Diamond Rings – Gold or Sterling Silver?
Diamond rings are the very embodiment of grace and cherished remembrance. However, selecting the most suitable metal – either gold or sterling silver – to match these precious stones may not be a walk in the park because of several variables. Each metal has its unique attributes and considerations. To settle this matter, let us talk about what gold and sterling silver offer when it comes to diamond rings for women.
The Classic Elegance of Gold
For quite some time now, gold has remained an unrivaled favorite in the world of diamond rings. Its inherent enchantment makes it a natural choice.
Durability and Patina
Gold is naturally soft but usually alloyed with metals such as copper, silver, or zinc in order to increase its resilience. This results in differing karat counts in gold jewelry, whereby 14k and 18k are commonly used for diamond rings because they offer a balance between long-lastingness and quantity of gold. With time, gold develops a rich patina, which many owners find attractive.
Gold comes in yellow, white, and rose options, each with special appeal. Yellow gold adds warmth while providing brilliant contrast against the crisp brilliance of a diamond. On the other hand, white gold plated with rhodium improves the sparkle of diamonds, making them appear larger, whereas rose gold brings out the charm of a piece.
Gold has a luxury that comes with a higher price compared to sterling silver. Nevertheless, gold diamond rings can be a good investment, considering their durability, lifetime value, and inherent worth.
Sterling Silver: The Modern Muse
Despite gold’s dominance, sterling silver has trumped gold as an option for those who want understated elegance when it comes to diamond rings.
The modern, sleek look of sterling silver makes it such a good match with diamonds. It glimmers beneath the shine of the diamond stones and gives them life through its bright, cool undertone. This attribute makes it perfect for people who prefer contemporary jewelry designs.
92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% of other metals (most commonly copper) forms a very tough sterling silver alloy that can withstand everyday use. Sometimes, though, when subjected to air and moisture, sterling silver may react by changing color, but this does not mean that it cannot be cleaned or polished back into its former glory.
For budget-conscious jewelry fans, sterling silver is a relatively low-cost alternative that lets them own beautiful diamond rings without breaking the bank.
Choosing Between Gold and Sterling Silver
The right metal for your diamond ring ultimately depends on personal preferences, budget, and how much work you are ready to put into its maintenance. For example, if you have classic taste and don’t mind splurging some money on gold, invest in gold diamond rings.
On the contrary, if you prefer fashion-forward styles or want to spend less on purchasing your engagement ring, buying sterling silver will be the right move.
The Final Take
Ultimately, the choice of metal is a function of how the ring resonates individually. More often than not, diamond rings represent love and commitment, and this has much more value. However, gold and sterling silver diamond rings would be excellent keepsakes for any jewelry box.
Considering their peculiarities and thinking about your style and financial resources will make it easier to decide which metal will make your diamond ring sparkle the most.
Errol Rappaport: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 2
Wendy Williams, Peter Max and Errol Rappaport’s mother guardian were all Sabrina Morrissey. Here is one of the horror stories.
New York fashion design team David and Frances Rappaport were married for seventy-two years. They had three sons—Michael, Errol, and Richard—and a spectacular penthouse apartment in a landmark building at 200 Central Park South. A few years before David died, the couple asked Errol to leave his publicist job in Los Angeles and return to New York to care for them. Errol, a Vietnam veteran and trained medic who wears fashionable designer eyeglasses and his graying hair in a ponytail, agreed to return. He moved into the sprawling twenty-fifth floor apartment where his parents had lived for more than four decades. At the pinnacle of their success, the elder Rappaport’s are said to have amassed a fortune of between $9 and $10 million, thanks to the popularity of David’s Italian knitwear line, and the elegant Frances’s famous silk blouses (marketed under the name Francesca of Damon) favored by celebrities like Lucille Ball, Princess Aga Khan, and Manhattan fashion icon Iris Apfel.
Soon the penthouse was listed for sale, and the guardian moved Frances Rappaport out of her cherished Manhattan home of forty-six years and into a small apartment miles away in Queens, New York. Errol, then in his early seventies, said he was left homeless after having exhausted his savings battling his older brother. At his age, he said, he had zero job prospects. “I have to take two different buses to get out to Queens just to visit with my mother, and right now I’m couch surfing with various friends.” Errol said.
He spoke to me in the courthouse hallway during a break in yet another guardianship-related proceeding he was summoned to attend in downtown Manhattan. This proceeding was called to take Errol to task for
Wendy Williams: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 1
“How did her health deteriorate so quickly, and why isn’t her only child allowed to be by her side?” These are questions being asked by Wendy Williams’ former attorney LaShawn Thomas. Williams, 59, was first placed under guardianship by her bank, Wells Fargo, but the conservatorship has since been moved to attorney Sabrina Morrissey.
Thomas alleges that she had been “threatened with physical and financial harm” if she speeks out about the care Wendy is receiving.
The Lifetime documentary, began shooting in August 2022, shortly after Wendy was forced to move back to New York for the guardianship. Although they allowed the documentary to be shot, Wendy’s guardians went to court two days before the scheduled showing dates, seeking to prohibit the network from airing Where is Wendy Williams? Why?
Wendy Williams is just one of an estimated 1.5 million to to 2 million active adult guardianship cases across the country. This is a massive industry, with guardians controlling an estimated $50 billion in assets and this is just the numbers they are telling us as the precise figures are not known as there is no government entity keeping track of citizens who lose the right to determine their own fate.
“Established in the late 1800s, the guardianship system was designed to assist the most vulnerable citizens: the elderly and the physically or intellectually disabled. While guardianship has been beneficial to many “wards of the court,” this little-understood process can be a judicial rollercoaster from which there is seldom an escape, and which often leads to financial devastation for the ward and their families. Each year, fifty billion dollars belonging to wards are placed under the control of court appointees, an obvious temptation to bad actors who are in a position to control these funds. As investigative journalist Diane Dimond discovers, the number of exploitive and abusive guardianship cases nationwide demands our urgent attention. This book also provides concrete steps that families can take to protect themselves, as guardianship can happen to any one of us at any time” states award-winning investigative journalist Diane Dimond, whose new book “We’re Here to Help: When Guardianship Goes Wrong” is currently making waves.
Guardianship/ Conservatorship harms some of the most vulnerable members of society with little if NO legal recourse. In South Florida, the GuardianshipProgram of Dade County sold at least a dozen homes of “incapacitated” people under their care to one Miami real estate company, Express Homes. These houses were often resold for hundreds of thousands dollars more than the purchase value.
This state-run system, is largely unregulated, ill-understood, and increasingly populated by financially motivated predators. Until recently it was a hush, hush problem until Britney Spears. Thanks to her case a person in the system lose all their civil rights in the process. Currently, there are an estimated 1.5 to 2 million Americans under court control, but precise figures are not known as no government entity keeps track of citizens who have lost the right to determine their own fate.
In these cases they go after people with money, people who live in rent controlled buildings or buildings the landlords want to tear down. Don’t believe me? I will give you cases in NYC that are going on right now.
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