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8 Creative Home Projects You Didn’t Know You Could Do-It-Yourself

8 Creative Home Projects You Didn’t Know You Could Do-It-Yourself

Decorating and organizing your home can be pretty expensive. With lots of materials to buy and people to hire, home improvement can dent your savings.  However, did you know that there are innovative ways to decorate and organize your home without spending too much?

Yes, with materials you already have and without getting the services of other people, you can decorate your home according to what you want. Here are some suggestions for DIY home projects to help you create your dream home.

1. Lighting Fixtures

A good lighting will give your home more warmth and space. This is why most homeowners consider lighting fixtures essential. For instance, around 55% of homeowners consider lighting (specifically skylights) desirable and essential in their homes. However, according to HomeAdvisor, installing lighting fixtures would cost around $150 to $872. That’s pretty harsh on the budget.

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DIY Pendant Lights
    Credit: Sherry Nothingam (decoist.com)

    Instead of breaking the bank to install new lighting fixtures, why don’t you just enhance what you already have? You can start a DIY pendant lights project, which can enhance can transform your old lighting into attractive lighting fixtures. You don’t need to buy materials when doing this project. Look around your home and re-purpose materials you no longer need – like empty plastic bottles, strings, and scrap tin cans. You are ready to light up your home already, and you didn’t even know it.

    2. Shelving Units

    Whether you are living in an apartment or a house, at some point, space will be an issue. There will come a point when you just have too many things to fit in your home. A DIY shelving unit will give you more space and at the same time give your home a cooler ambiance.

    DIY shelves
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      Materials for your DIY shelves can be found at your local home improvement store. You will need wooden boards, pipes of different sizes, bolts, an assembly diagram, and building tools. Follow these steps and you will have an extra space to organize your stuff.

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      3. 3D Wall Decorations

      DIY 3D Wall art
        Credit: le FabShop (instructables.com)

        3D wall decorations provide your home with a contemporary look. It is not as difficult as it looks to have a 3D wall decoration for your home. While searching online, I found these safari-themed 3D designs. You can download and print them out to help you create and assemble the design. All you need is 3mm or 6mm cardboard and double-face tape or nail to attach for decoration on the wall.

        4. Storage Bins

        DIY Storage Solutions
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          Let’s face it, those tiny clutters in your desks can sometimes be frustrating. You can minimize the clutter in your room and organize your stuff by using empty containers of disinfectant wipes. Use these DIY hanging bins in your room to hold all of your little hair accessories, pens, and craft materials in your desk. You can also hang them in your bathroom or anywhere you think they are suited to be.

          5. Large Storage Systems

          Are you tired of seeing those cardboard boxes everywhere? As a homeowner, cardboard boxes will always come in handy in storing seasonal home decorations, clothing, and bedding. However, these cardboard boxes can also be an eyesore when there is no place for you store them. One good idea to get rid of these eyesores is to make use of dead spaces.

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          DIY Sliding Storage System
            Credit: DIY experts (familyhandyman.com)

            This step-by-step DIY sliding storage system will help you organize stuff in dead spaces and avoid stacking cardboard boxes in one corner for your house. You will need a few runs to your local home centers for materials like plywood, carriages, and screws. Follow the instructions carefully and in no time, you will have a sliding storage system to keep large items tucked away.

            6. Magnetic Kitchen Rack

            Are you looking for a way to organize your kitchen tools and at the same time keep easy access to them whenever you need them? How about using some of your magnets to make a kitchen rack.

            DIY Sliding Storage System
              Credit: tzny (instructables.com)

              By using powerful magnets from hard drives or other unused tools, you can create a DIY magnetic rack for your kitchen utensils. For example, check out this magnetic knife rack using hard drive magnets. However, when doing this DIY, make sure you place it on a safe area where children can’t reach it. You may also want to place a catch basket or container below so whenever the magnet loses its grip, no one will get hurt.

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              7. DIY Stairs Decorations

              DIY staircase
                Credit: realsimple.com

                If you want to add a bit of playfulness to your house, you don’t need to makeover your whole place. A simple tweak in your staircase will do the trick. With a little bit of creativity, you can design your staircase as anything you want. You can create a changeable chalkboard, waves of wallpapers, or a mosaic mirror which will help set a fun mood in your room.

                8. Mini Indoor Garden

                If you want to add a more natural look to your home, you can create a mini indoor garden to decorate your room. Using used tin cans and wooden pegs, you can create creative flower pots to place small indoor plants in. Then you can display it on the dining room table.

                DIY mini garden
                  Credit: topdreamer.com

                  Another interesting DIY for containers and old, worn out things is to create an improvised mini indoor dish garden. Old containers like your dusty piano case can be used to create a dish garden.

                  Furthermore…

                  Make use of online technology and search for other DIY home projects to try creating for your home. There are still plenty of them online. Always remember that in achieving your dream home, sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and resourcefulness.

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                  Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                  There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                  One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                  In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                  Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                  1. Cat Camel Stretch

                  Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                  Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                  Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                  Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                  2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                  This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                  Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                  The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                  Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                  Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                  3. Jumping Jacks

                  Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                  Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                  4. Abductor Side Lifts

                  Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                  Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                  5. Balancing Table Pose

                  This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                  Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                    6. Leg Squats

                    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                    7. Push Ups

                    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                    8. Bicycle Crunches

                    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                    9. Lunges

                    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                    10. Bicep Curls

                    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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