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Protecting Your Home: 3 Ways To Cover Your Windows for More Secured Living

Protecting Your Home: 3 Ways To Cover Your Windows for More Secured Living

Our home is the place where we feel most comfortable and secure. It’s where we associate the most with our parents, siblings and family pets. To this end, keeping it protected at all times, 24 hours a day, should always make our list of top priorities in life.

In today’s very dangerous times, everything in our lives can change in a split second when we neglect to protect a part of our home. Whether it’s the malfunctioning kitchen appliance, the broken lock, or even our dislocated windows, they should be given immediate assistance before accidents or crime-related mishaps occur.

Keeping our homes safe begins with ensuring our security. To that end, one should recognize the importance of maintaining a home with everything sealed with the correct safety measures. This includes making an effort to adjust to the varying changes we experience in life such as airborne diseases, burglary, theft, and other unwanted sources of headaches.

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Doors are the pathway where anyone makes an entry to our homes. They play a major role in keeping everything and everyone at ease when the sun sets down. Our windows, meanwhile, can be tricky. They are the entry ways for the sunlight to come in. Also, they come in glass and sometimes wooden surfaces which can be easily broken by a home invader or by a sexual offender. That’s why windows should be given an extra attention to make sure no one will attempt to enter our home uninvited.

If you’re thinking of marking you territory against unwanted crime seekers, you should consider fully-covering your windows to make sure they do not see the activities going on inside your space. By doing so, the level of your privacy will be heightened.

Check out the list below to give you some options appropriate for your own home:

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1. Curtains

This is probably one of the most widely-used cover ups for windows. While its primary feature is to give shade against strong rays of sunlight, covering up your windows with curtains can definitely provide more protection against outsiders. Not only do they help keep your life private, they are also excellent designing pieces for every part of your homes. Curtains come in different shades, color and textures that could complement the theme or motif of your living space.

For more privacy, you might also want to try cubicle curtains. These type of curtain come in two varieties: 1) standard disposable cubicle curtains with eyelets, 2) easy fit disposable cubicle curtains.

2. Blinds

These contemporary form of window covering come in different textures including: wood, faux wood, plastic, and vinyl among others. With easy to adjust features, blinds can be adjusted to your preferred angle for light and privacy purposes. They can be controlled with a cord that can be raised or lowered depending on your desired amount of visibility.

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Types of blinds:

  •       Vertical blinds
  •       Roller blinds
  •       Venetian blinds
  •       Wooden blinds
  •       Conservatory blinds
  •       Perfect fit blinds
  •       Roman blinds
  •       Panel blinds
  •       Pleated blinds
  •       Blackout blinds
  •       Picture blinds

For the more advanced types of blinds, you may also try:

  •       Remote control blinds – these high-tech kind of blinds allows you to control them via radio handsets/wall switch or even using your smartphones or tablets. Other manufacturers also offer them in different channels of power source including: battery operated, solar powers, 24 v and 230 v mains powered classes.
  •       Energy saving blinds – this come with a blind fabric feature which prevents heat to escape through the windows during winter, while also ensuring your rooms are cool during the summer season.

3. Insect Screens

If your home is always infested or surrounded with insects, choosing this type of window guard is perfect. Not only can it cover your window through a mesh, it also comes in door-size to protect your main entrance from annoying mosquitoes and flies.

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Choose from a wide-selection of insect screens:

  •       Mesh panel insect screens
  •       Roller insect screens
  •       Chain insect screens
  •       Mesh insect screens
  •       Hinged insect screens
  •       Framed insect screens
  •       Roller insect screens
  •       Sliding fly screens for doors
  •       Telescopic window fly screens
  •       Candy strip fly screens

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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