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8 Easy Tips for Buying Bedroom Furniture

8 Easy Tips for Buying Bedroom Furniture

Whether you’re moving into a new home or you’re giving your current place a much-needed makeover, buying new furniture can be an exciting – yet scary – part of the process. Furniture is typically the focal point of a home, and it’s also what gets the most use. This is all doubly true in the bedroom. Don’t stress! Here are 8 things to consider when buying bedroom furniture.

Get Some Inspiration

You may be feeling like you’re not sure where exactly to start. It’s true that there are tons of places you can look for ideas for your bedroom. Flip through a few home decoration magazines to see if anything catches your eye. If you’re more of a computer person, check out interior design blogs and social media such as Pinterest. You’ll have a lot of concepts to work from in no time.

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Go Beyond the Basics

The one necessity of the bedroom is its namesake: the bed. However, there are so many more options beyond that. Can you see your bedroom having chairs? What about a desk? You may want a bedside table, at least. At this point, as you start tying your bedroom ideas together, think not only about style, but also about function. What furniture will you be able to include within your daily ritual?

Shop Within the Context of a Theme

Some people like a little chaos in their home, while others need a little more order. Now is the time to decide if you want the furniture you buy to follow a design theme. Maybe you lean toward more sleek and minimal furniture, or perhaps you prefer something a little more homey and comforting. Contemplating what style of furniture you want now may save you from the headache of having mismatched furniture down the line.

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Measure Twice, Buy Once

Before you make any purchases, check and double-check that your larger furniture will fit in your room. Yes, you’ll need to bust out the tape measure, but that’s a small price to pay for the security of knowing everything will fit. After all, how much would you hate to have spent time and money on picking out the perfect piece of furniture, only to not have it fit the way you thought it would?

Is There Anything You Can Repurpose?

There might be a chance that you don’t need to spring for brand-new furniture, especially if you’re planning on replacing what you already have. Maybe there are some items you own that could use a fresh coat of paint to spruce them up. Alternatively, you can look at marketplaces for used furniture that needs a little extra love. Doing so could save you a bit of money and be a fun weekend task.

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Decide What Company You’ll Buy Through

If you’ve decided that you’re going to go with some new furniture, you’ll also need to figure out who you’ll be buying furniture from. As this furniture-buying guide from DIY Tips suggests, you could reach out to smaller specialty furniture makers, but there’s a chance that this will be more expensive than going with a bigger-box company such as IKEA. Unless there’s something very specific that you can’t find in a big store, there’s no reason to spend extra money for a similar product.

Make the Best Use of the Room With Good Placement

No matter your ambitions, you’ll always have to work within the limits of your room’s layout, taking into account windows, wall lengths, and ceiling heights. While your options may be a little limited, getting new furniture is the perfect opportunity to play around with how you want to arrange your room.

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No Need to Go All-Out Right Away

It’s easy to get hyped up on the idea of giving your room a complete makeover, but in reality, you may not have the funds to see your plans to fruition. Rather than settling for less, you could consider gradually working your way up to the dream room. Perhaps you can set aside money every week for a “new room fund,” which you can come back to periodically as you work on your room.

Conclusion

Your bedroom will be what you make it, and the furniture will play a major part of that. The process of buying new furniture may be a pain now, but if you work at it, it’ll be worth it in the end. Who knows, maybe your room will be someone else’s inspiration some day!

Featured photo credit: Tips for Buying Bedroom Furniture via google.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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