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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
      Credit: bhg.com

      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
          Credit: housebeautiful.com

          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.

                  Featured photo credit: lifeofpix via lifeofpix.com

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                  Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                  Listen carefully:

                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                  1. Pray Daily

                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                  3. Smile Often

                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                  8. Go Exercise

                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                  The Bottom Line

                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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