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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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          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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          • (1) Research
          • (2) Deciding the topic
          • (3) Creating the outline
          • (4) Drafting the content
          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
          • (6) Revision
          • (7) etc.

          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

          2. Change Your Environment

          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

          6. Get a Buddy

          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

          Reality check:

          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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