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From clogged toilets to a lack of ample shower time, there’s always an issue of too many people and too little bathrooms in a home. Most people will agree that one bathroom isn’t enough in a home. Yet, while you’re on the hunt for a home, should you decide to just settle for a single bathroom or keep hunting for a house with more bathrooms? There is always the additional option of putting in another bathroom as well, although this can be costly.
In today’s fast-paced world, we have new bathroom needs that make us look at properties differently. Different cultures are also accustomed to varying standards of bathrooms and home building, and find it a normalcy to have only one bathroom. Also, once upon a time, it was feasible for everyone to have people take their turn in the bathroom-even in America. As the family unit shifted and everyone in the house became accustomed to living on the same exact schedules, it became more necessary to have an extra bathroom.
Age Of A Home
While you can survive with one bathroom, the biggest message one bathroom in a home sends is that it’s an older property. That may be the underlying factor that steers people away from one bathroom homes. Many realtors even warn of the difficulties in selling a one bathroom home. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. There’s some things that you should consider when you’re searching for a home and are concerned about the number of bathrooms.
How Many Bathrooms Will You Actually Use?
If you’re a bachelor, living on your own, you may not need more than one full bathroom in a home. For comfort reasons, you could consider places with an additional half-bath, but it may not be necessary. If you’re planning on co-living with your in-laws or friends, you’ll definitely need to consider your need for multiple private baths high.
If you can afford the upfront cost, it could be well worth it to put a second bathroom into a one bathroom home. It will add a lot of value to the home once it is sold again and your family will have more privacy and space. Not to mention that your home will be more attractive to buyers once the time to sell does come.
Homes with extra bathrooms are truly seen as a luxury. Have you ever seen celebrity homes advertised that have more bathrooms than there are bedrooms? There’s probably little reason for that other than the luxury factor. Ultimately, your home search will be a bit harder when you seek out multiple bathrooms. However, if this will increase you and your family’s comfort, the time spent searching is definitely worth it! When you’re on the house hunt, the number and type of bathrooms are just one of many things that you’ll need to consider.
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It’s true. Some friends are closer than relatives. Friends support you while you’re navigating through your life’s toughest challenges. They’re the people you invite to your birthday parties, graduations, baby showers, holiday celebrations and weddings. You’d be hard pressed to think of a lot of times when your best friends weren’t either present or among the first people that you called and told about the experiences. So, it’s not surprising that a friend has asked if they can move in with you. But, how should you respond?
Get real with yourself before you let a friend move into your house
State laws govern how long someone must live with you before they are considered to be a legal resident. One thing that can cause someone to be viewed as a legal resident at your house is whether or not the person receives personal mail at your address. Check with your local government before you tell a friend that it’s okay for her to move in with you.
Ask your friend about his sleeping habits. If your friend works from home, find out what his work hours are? For example, does your friend start working at five o’clock in the morning or does your friend stay in bed until noon?
If your friend played music loudly during your younger years, factor that into your decision. You may have changed and now turn your music down. But, that doesn’t mean that your friend listens to her music at a reasonable volume.
Think back to how your friend behaved around pets. This is a must if you have pets. Your friend moving into your house may not work if your friend is afraid of the type of pet that you have. For example, some people are afraid of dogs. Other people are afraid of cats, perceiving cats to be too mysterious.
Deciding to let a friend move into your house might not be a good idea
Discuss your friend moving into your house with your children. If a lot of time has passed since you last spent an extended period of time with your friend in person, hang out with your friend around children. Observe how your friend responds to children, especially when children are upset or impatient.
It goes without saying that you need to discuss your friend moving into your home with your spouse before you give your friend the green light. Let your spouse express her views about the move free of pressure. Don’t try to sell your spouse on the move. After all, your spouse could raise important issues about your friend moving into your home that you hadn’t thought about.
If a friend moves in with you, it could change your entire relationship with that friend. You’ll learn about each other’s habits, including your cleanliness, sleeping and work habits. You’ll also gain insight into each other’s hidden, personal struggles.In a way, it’s similar to getting married. Think about the pros and cons associated with living with someone before you give your friend a set of keys to your house. It could save your friendship.
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Staying in shape during the winter time isn’t easy. Colder weather means less time spent walking outdoors, jogging, or riding a bicycle. The days grow shorter and we get tired earlier when to sun is already on its way down as we leave work at night. All of these things combine to make it difficult to maintain fitness during the winter months.
Luckily, we live in a time when we have access to several great fitness resources right from our own home. In this article, we’ll cover some important tips to keep you moving this winter.
Skip the expensive machinery
As many fitness practitioners will tell you (except the the ones selling them on TV), most “home gym” systems are overpriced, difficult to move, take up a ton of room, and will probably turn into a hanger for your laundry after a few months.
Instead of spending a ton of money on exercise machines, go out and buy a good roll-up exercise or yoga mat and a couple weights.
The internet is your trainer and motivator
Many of us who buy gym memberships do so thinking that paying for something monthly will motivate us to use it. It’s easy to slip out of your schedule, however, and find yourself paying for a service you don’t use. Gyms that charge low monthly membership fees often have hefty cancellation fees. These gyms sign so many people up and then depend on them not to come every day, otherwise they would be extremely overcrowded.
Save your money, and try out various free routines on YouTube. There are videos in several different areas of fitness including yoga, pilates, dance, strengthening and cardio workouts, or even hula hooping.
Don’t let impossible ideals ruin your good time
Fitness should be fun and rewarding. If you want to stick to it, choose an activity that you enjoy and don’t dread doing every day. If you can’t think of a physical activity you actually enjoy (trust me, I’m with you), then make your exercise something you look forward to by listening to your favorite podcasts while you do them.
So much of our consumer culture depends striving for an impossible to reach body standard. It can be hard for us to ignore, since women and men alike are taught these standards from birth. But to have the best results from your exercise, it should come from a place of pride and enjoyment in yourself and your body, not shame.
Make it social
If you aren’t great at holding yourself accountable (you aren’t alone) or just have more fun doing activities with others, making your routine a social act is a great way to make it a more rewarding and worthwhile experience. You can get your significant other, children, or even a rambunctious dog involved in staying active through the winter.