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4 Tips on How to Give Your Home an Easy Extreme Makeover

4 Tips on How to Give Your Home an Easy Extreme Makeover

Summer is near, and this year, it will start on June 20 exactly at 6:34 p.m. EDT. At that time, the Sun will officially reach its northernmost point of the equator. Now that you have learned something fun, we need to start talking about what summer actually means.

It means hot weather, the longest vacation, and probably a nice, relaxing trip for the most of you. For some of us, who do not plan on visiting anything exotic, our home will be our sanctuary, which makes this the perfect time of giving your home an easy (and affordable) makeover.

Why should you care about this, you might ask? Well, your home represents you, it is your calling card, and not to mention that it can greatly influence how relaxed you feel, how well you can rest and how much fun you can have.

The matter of colors is always brought up and, as you probably know, certain colors are much more suited for particular rooms, while some colors and types of lighting should be strictly avoided. Clearing up all the necessary stuff should also be on the top of your list, as a clean home will also clear you mind, you will find important stuff more easily, and you will always be ready for an unexpected visit.

So, how can you give your home a much-needed makeover? We’ll start with some basics, room by room, and you can decide what suits your needs and desires. We’ll also give you some ideas that can greatly improve your life.

Bedroom: The Palace of Peace

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    Hey, bedrooms are not important, right? Well, how important is the room we spend one third of our lives in? We only sleep there, and most people neglect their bedrooms when thinking about home makeovers. This can be extremely fun, as you can start with something simple – you might need a new set of comforter covers that can accentuate your personality.

    Maybe you want to go for a gentle, universal blue. Or you might want something red that goes with your walls? In any case, when selecting a palette for this most personal space in your home, select something with soothing colors. Neutral colors are good and suit most people, so beige is always good.

    Being a little more adventurous, green is also nice – it can be both warm and cold at the same time and, with some warm lighting, it can create a perfect space for you to rest. If you don’t have a headboard, make sure to get one – it is a simple piece of decorated wood you can use to lean your pillow against, and it can look any way you want.

    Don’t forget to remove all the excess stuff you have laying around. Place a few mounted shelves to place all the books and mementoes you have (you can find them in almost any store such as Ikea). Make sure to have at least two lamps inside your room – do not go for something too bright; it should create an atmosphere of peace and give enough light for you to be able to read.

    Give away your unused clothes to a Red Cross organization, and free up some storage space – you will be doing a good deed and your home a favor. Install some matching window blinds; those plastic ones are extremely cheap and come in many colors. Make a picture of before and after, and you’ll see how much you really like all the changes you’ve made.

    Living Room: Active and Elegant

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      Your living room can probably be one of the most diverse rooms inside your house. You can mix and match patterns and colors of all kinds whatever you want. Living rooms are usually the go to place when you have visitors, when you are spending time with your family – and it implies a certain activity. That is why its colors can also be active, and make you awake and alert.

      Going with bold and bright colors is always a good choice. Soft pink can be an excellent choice, but make sure to add a few pillows that will give you some contrast. If you are looking for something more sophisticated and elegant, you can go for white – you can never miss with this color, but it can be extremely pet and child unfriendly, so watch out. Even taupe colors can give you a lot of ideas of how to decorate your living room.

      Wooden elements are always welcome in any living room, and a wooden coffee table can be an excellent solution that will go with any color. You can even have wooden beams installed that are purely decorative, and it will give you a rustic feel. Once again, you need to declutter your space, and remove anything you do not actively use.

      Hide away all the extension cords and cables, gather them together with cable ties, or lock them together with cable clips. Make sure to make straight lines when placing cables, since it will make a natural flow that looks much better. Add a few floor lamps that can be turned on to create a softer atmosphere, especially at night when you’re watching movies.

      A few well-positioned bowls can gather all the small trinkets like keys and stray batteries in one place. This will clean up most of your shelves where you can place a few framed pictures and books.

      Kitchen and Dining Room: Stimulating and Sophisticated

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        Most kitchens are combined with dining spaces, and it creates a modern kitchen that anyone can recognize. Kitchen makeovers can be extremely expensive, so you will first need to determine what it is that you want, how much you want to pay for it, and what can be achieved with the space you have at your disposal. A much cheaper solution is to add a few nice light fixtures that will add light and look nice.

        In most kitchens, it is best to have natural white light – it will allow you to see the real color of all ingredients – warmer lighting may mask some unwanted colors, especially in meat. Even adding a nice and practical spice racks can be a good idea, if you want you can make one yourself. It doesn’t have to be breathtaking, it just needs to add your own touch here.

        Add a few pots of flowers, or some spice herbs such as parsley, basil, or even mint. They are extremely easy to grow, they can add a fresh flavor whenever you need it, and it can immensely improve how your kitchen looks. Adding smart details like well-placed hooks can make your life easier, so you can hang your pans on the wall. Once again, this will be extremely practical and it will look perfectly rustic.

        Kitchen and dining spaces require warm colors, such as reds and yellows – they are believed to stimulate the appetite, not to mention that these are colors that can make kitchen elements pop. Even a simple white can energize a room, but it will require, as always, much more maintenance. Even though green is not the warmest color, if you choose shades such as mint or apple green, you can pair it well with some wooden elements in your kitchen.

        Bathrooms: Private but Inviting

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          The bathroom is another place where we spend an astounding amount of time. We do not go to our bathroom only to do our “business”, but also to take a relaxing shower, have some us time, and in general, take our mind off of all the problems. The first, and most important thing is to replace your faucets if you have a leaky one. This will not only save you a lot of money, but it will give you a new, more modern look.

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          Low-flow shower heads create a spread out water spray, which uses smaller amounts of water, but looks way cooler. Giving your bathroom a repaint with a glossy finish that will not only prevent mildew from developing, but it can give your old bathroom a new look. You can do that yourself, without having to pay for a pro painter; you can buy a starters kit at any DIY shop.

          If you have a small bathroom, mirrors can help give it a more spacious look, white lights can help accentuate colder colors, and it will help you when cleaning up, or putting on some makeup, if you’re a girl, or a shaving kit, if you’re a boy. It is always a good suggestion to go for white – while other colors will make your bathroom pop more, white is easy to clean up, and it gives the impression of a bigger space.

          Once you’re at it, make sure to replace floor mats, buy new soap holders and think about buying waterproof speakers. Why shouldn’t you listen to some music when you’re taking a bath?

          Whatever you decide, your home makeover is about how you feel and what you want your home to look like. If you want something modern, and ultra-elegant – go for it! Some designs are a bit more expensive, but you can surely find some cool solutions on Pinterest. Rustic and calming look is also back, and it is hotter than ever – it will give you a warm, family look. Just make sure to do some proper research before you decide on anything, but remember – your creativity is the only limit. Good luck!

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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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          Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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