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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 September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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