8 Common Shipping Container Conversions

photo credit One of the more exciting applications of green architecture and design in recent decades has been the re-purposing of those ubiquitous shipping containers that arrive in mass quantities at every port in the world. Abandoned containers have long been occupied by squatters around … [Read more...]

How to Put Your Patio To Good Use This Fall

Just because the warm weather is giving way to cooler temperatures does not mean that your patio has to sit idly as the months pass. In fact, fall is a great time to take advantage of the outdoor space. There are several ways you can enjoy your backyard living area. Here are a few of our favorite … [Read more...]

Why You Should Have a Humidifier in Your Baby’s Nursery

photo credit When expectant parents are setting up the new nursery, they tend to pick out every detail with extreme care. Researching bassinet safety standards, asking for recommendations on rocking chairs and finding a dresser that will last well into the child’s teen years. There’s one item … [Read more...]

9 Benefits of Downsizing Your Life

When we consider the benefits of downsizing, we need to go far beyond the idea that “downsizing” refers primarily to moving into smaller living quarters. Downsizing should include leading a more simple life in all facets, from scheduling to eating to acquiring. Once we focus on the totality of … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Increase Dishwasher Efficiency & Save Money

Who doesn't want to save on energy bills every month? Saving on bills does not have to be a tour-de-force effort. In fact, it can be as easy as using a few simple tips to make your dishwasher more efficient. Often, people assume that saving resources has to be difficult and expensive. It might be … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Live a More Minimalistic Lifestyle

Once you have made the decision to live a more minimalistic lifestyle, you may be wondering how you can practically live out your new commitment? For the purposes of this article, minimalism will be defined as “removing clutter of all types from your life.” The primary focus is to get rid of what … [Read more...]

10 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator

Your home refrigerator is one of the most important elements in keeping you and your family healthy. When your fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and drinks are stored in the proper location in your fridge, not only will you have longer lasting food, but you'll also get better tasting meals to help … [Read more...]

6 Ways An Extra Freezer Can Save You Time & Money

Economic inflation is causing the price of food to skyrocket and families are looking for ways to reduce their monthly expenses in order to maintain the quality of life they have become accustomed to. One way that consumers can combat the ever-rising cost of food prices is to invest in an extra … [Read more...]

Dryer Maintenance Tips: How to Clean & Care for Your Unit

Having your dryer fail on you can be a huge nuisance. You’ll either need to take your big bucket of dirty clothes to the nearest Laundromat or hang all your clothes up somewhere to dry once they’ve gone through the washing machine. You probably wouldn’t find either of these options to be … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent

Not only is learning the difference between dish soap and dishwasher detergent important for your dishes, it’s also important for your dishwasher. If you’ve ever used dish soap in the dishwasher, then you’ve probably already learned one key difference in the two. If you’re lucky enough to not have … [Read more...]

8 Tips & Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Small Bathroom

Comfortable, easy-to-use bathrooms offer sufficient storage space, but in a small bathroom, space is often at a premium. However with a little maneuvering and planning, you can squeeze out much-needed room. Here’s how: 1. Capitalize on shelving Shelving is your best friend in a small bathroom, … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Squeeze an Office Into Your Small Living Space

In need of a home office, but short on space? With a little creativity, it’s possible to carve out a quiet location to take care of business even when it seems like every square inch of your home is in use. Try these tactics for creating a workspace in your small home: 1. Clean Out Your … [Read more...]

10 Storage Solutions for Your Small Space

INSIDE To start, go through each room in your house and look for hollow items and spaces. Do you see potential for storage inside anything? Here are a few examples: 1. Interior Wall Storage The space between studs is often a perfect spot to add thin, built-in cabinets like a medicine … [Read more...]

6 Feng Shui Tips For Small Living Spaces

Is it difficult to relax in your small home or apartment? Are you having a hard time getting to sleep? How about your energy levels, do you feel drained while inside your small living space? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your living space might be out of sync. When this happens, … [Read more...]

How to Install a Gas or Electric Dryer

Instead of automatically calling a professional to install your new dryer for you, why not try installing it yourself? Not only is self-installation a cheaper option, but it's also pretty simple to do, even for the non-DIY'ers. While the installation instructions for electric and gas dryers are … [Read more...]

Tiny House Basics: How to Join the Small House Movement

Improving the lives of people who choose to live in less space is one of the primary goals of Compact Appliance. The tiny house movement epitomizes why our company exists. This growing core of society elects to enjoy a simpler life. Many participants actively rebuff the grandiose lifestyles beamed … [Read more...]

5 Food Storage Tips for Your Freezer

The grocery bill is generally one of the largest expenses that any home has to manage, so it is very important to ensure that your grocery dollar goes as far as possible, and that you do not let food go to waste. Clearly, one of the best ways to do this is by properly utilizing your freezer to keep … [Read more...]

4 Popular Types of Fireplaces for Small Living Spaces

It’s rare that you find a fireplace in an apartment, condo or similar living space. And even if you do, it’s usually located on the top floor for venting purposes, which may be ideal for some but is certainly not the case for all. Those that wish to have the warmth and ambiance that only a fire can … [Read more...]