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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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