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Home Improvement Hacks: How Improving Your Lodging Improves Your Life

Home Improvement Hacks: How Improving Your Lodging Improves Your Life

“If you don’t impact your surroundings, your surroundings will impact you.”

Have you heard this quote before? Ever thought about it?

If your mind isn’t occupied with reaching a goal or solving a problem on a daily basis, the chances are that you’re in a rut. Being in this state, you start being an embodiment of your surroundings. In this state, you don’t think, you are bored all the time, you lack energy. If you’re in a rut, you’re not going forward — or even worse, you’re degrading. An empty mind will try to get some info from the surroundings to prevent dullness and plain boredom.

When you think about it, it makes sense.

Our homes indeed are a center point of our lives. They are both a primal need and the primary source of comfort. But really, the impact of our surroundings on the quality of our lives is so immense, and it can’t get anymore personal than our home. Our daily lives and jobs are stressful enough, and living this way for years can have a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing. At the end of the day, we need to have a place that we gladly go back to.

If you lack energy, enthusiasm, creativity, or productivity, altering your home and improving it may change your life in a way that you couldn’t imagine. Just start doing something about it.

This is your little corner in the world, so you should organize and optimize it according to your needs and desires. The question is, what can you do?

Paint your rooms

Decorating your room should be something that you do from time to time. Not all of us are the same, and different people prefer different colors. You should, of course, pick ones that suit you and your personality. But keep in mind to combine the colors carefully so it all looks good in the end.

Selecting the right color combination for your home is probably one of the most exciting things to experience when it comes to working on your interior. Colors can influence your perception of room sizes, as well as the size and shape of your furnishings. After you read a few important details about colors that we have prepared, you will be ready for painting.

First things first, it’s important to know that every color has a value that affects your subconscious. Before you select one, think about how some colors make you feel, here’s a short guide:

Red

It’s been confirmed that the color red can raise your blood pressure, breathing speed, and heart rate.

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Red room

    If you want to use this color in home decoration, we would advise you to use it in your bedroom, where you spend fewer waking hours.

    Blue

    This color does the opposite of red. It will lower your blood pressure, as well as slow down your breathing and normalize it.

    Blue

      The best place to use this color is in your living room or a room where you spend most of your waking hours.

      Yellow

      This color resembles the sun, and therefore can make us feel happier. This is an excellent choice for a dining room, kitchen, or even bathroom.

      Yellow

        You can apply this color in every room where uplifting and energizing is needed. Also, use it in your halls to create a friendly and welcoming feeling.

        Green

        Green is considered to be the most pleasant color for the human eye. One of the most-used color combinations for living spaces is green along with blue and yellow.

        Green

          Having these colors in your home, from the bedroom to the bathroom, will help to improve your mood and even your health.

          Once you know the impact of colors on your psyche, we hope that you have a good foundation for choosing the best colors for you and your home.

          Improve your bathroom

          Painting the walls is not the only thing`that you can do to optimize your bathroom for ultimate health benefits. If you don’t spend a lot of time in your bathroom, then you should replace your bathtub with a shower cabin. By doing this, your bathing time can be decreased by 50%. However, if you enjoy sit baths, stick with the bathtub. Also, putting a few house plants in there would be an excellent idea. Since bathrooms are usually not big, having some plants will help you breathe easier after you steam up the small room with hot water.

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            Germs and bacteria are your worst enemies in this room and should be taken care of. Mold around the tub is the first sign of a neglected bathroom. Next, shower curtains can be toxic to your body if you’re using non-nylon ones. Clean faucets, not too many chemicals for cleaning, and chlorine in the water will all affect your mood and your health.

            The design of your bathroom elements is another point to focus on. Use your favorite colors or a light blue/white combination. A big, well-lit mirror is a must. The bathroom is the place to get creative if you don’t have much space. Multi-functional, useful details that fit the overall tone will enhance the experience and contribute to your wellbeing.

            Upgrade your lighting

            When it comes to lighting, it’s best to consult an expert. Most people still have only one lightbulb per room, which results in low lighting and is taxing on the eyes. Today, we have bulbs that expend a lot less energy, so you can feel free to use more of them.

            Lightning can be a big reason behind a great mood or a bad mood. It affects us on a subconscious level as we perceive light as a source of emphasis and energy. A dark room is good for movie nights — that’s it. Humans are visual beings, and today’s interior designers make wonders with rooms just by changing the lighting.

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              A reason to seek assistance from an interior designer is that it’s not easy to put 3 or 4 lightbulbs in a room and make it look good. Professionals know the right spots to place the lighting so that you get the most amount of light and a pleasant atmosphere.

              Take care of air humidity

              Air dryness can cause some troubles, especially for people who have problems with their sinuses. When the air that you breathe is too dry, your mucus won’t flow properly, and therefore your sinuses won’t drain as well as they should.

              Humidity can be dangerous as well – it can be the reason for those “mysterious” headaches that come without reason. Developing mold and fungus can stimulate our allergy receptors, resulting in a developing allergy which can worsen quality of life significantly. During the hot months of the year, humidity can be very unpleasant. Both low and high humidity can make your life miserable without you even knowing it or looking for a solution.

                An air humidifier is the perfect solution for your lodging. It will maintain the proper levels of humidity and remove all the potential threats to your health. The main reason to get one of these devices is the health of your respiratory organs and overall health. In order to get the best air humidifier, you need to inspect the different models and types in detail. Look for the perfect coverage and power, while following up with functions and advanced modes as well.

                Get yourself a robot vacuum cleaner

                If you are working five days a week and don’t have much time to clean your house, the weekend is surely not the time when you want to do this. Cleaning can be a huge problem, but it’s necessary to maintain your hygiene and health. Having someone to help you with these duties is more than welcome, and here’s an interesting idea: get a robot vacuum cleaner.

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                These robotic devices rely on GPS mapping to clean your house and they are built to cover as much area of the house as possible. Areas under furniture often contain a lot of dust and spider webs, simply because people don’t clean under them a lot. Robotic cleaners like this are able to go under furniture and wipe everything clean.

                Robot Vacuum cleaner

                  The best thing about these vacuum cleaners is that they’re easy to set up and prepare for vacuuming. Once they are done, all you have to do is put them back in their place. The only flaw is that they can’t go up and down the stairs. But hey, once it’s done cleaning one floor, you need only a few seconds to move it to another. If you feel that you could benefit from one of these devices, research robot vacuum cleaner buying tips to get the best bang for your buck.

                  Improve your yard

                  What makes a perfect yard? A swimming pool, a wooden table, and comfy chairs? Sure it sounds good, but adding a few plants could greatly benefit your health and sanity. Plants like English ivy, bamboo palm, peace lily, and lady palm can help you relax and provide you with shade to lay in.

                  Work on your court yard

                    Nothing’s better than a perfectly trimmed, organized yard. By working on your yard, you’ll have a sanctuary to escape to while feeling stressed. To have the perfect yard, you’ll need some tools.

                    Yardcare tools:

                    • Lawn Mower – a fundamental tool for maintaining the perfect lawn. Here’s more on which lawn mower to buy.
                    • Garden Rake and Lawn-and-Leaf Rake – for handling leaves, soil, and grass. You can get them anywhere.
                    • Grape Hoe – for more demanding work.
                    • Pruning and Lopping Shears – to handle stubborn and problematic 1-1/2-inch-thick branches.
                    • Trowel – efficient for digging holes while planting seeds.
                    • Air Blower – for general cleaning and clearing. Here’s more info on getting the best air blower.
                    • Chainsaw – wood cutting, bigger works, and making wider cuts are impossible without this tool. Here’s more info on getting the best chainsaw.
                    • Pole Saw – branches high from the ground will be much more reachable with a 12-foot pole mini-chainsaw. A very practical and useful tool. Here’s how to choose the best pole saw for your yard.
                    • String Trimmer – a finer cutting along lawn edges is much more efficient with a string trimmer. Here’s how to choose a perfect string trimmer.

                    A lot of tools may be required depending on your yard — it all depends on the yard size and the complexity. The above-mentioned tools make for a well-equipped setup, which can get you ready for every possible situation that you might have. Along the way, you’ll start to love your yard more and more. It will become “your place.”

                    Let more daylight into your living room

                    The psychological benefits of a proper amount of the natural light are more than positive. By using daylight, you will save money on your energy bills. When it comes to health, sunlight can reduce production of some bacteria and dangerous microorganisms that could infest your house.

                    Sunlight in room

                      Besides being a natural disinfectant, it can also boost your white blood cell counts, help you sleep better overnight, raise your energy, and much more.

                      On a psychological level, bringing more sunlight into your room brings more enthusiasm and endorphins into your system. Humans are made to enjoy light, so try to have it as much of it as possible. If possible, broaden your windows. It will enhance your life significantly.

                      Make your bed every morning

                      Even though it may sound silly, this makes all the difference in the world. It is proven that establishing a habit of making your bed each morning will make you more productive during the day. Just think about it like this: you wake up in the morning, make your bed, and after turning around, you notice a pile of laundry in your bedroom. Now you will be motivated to move it to the hamper. Once you do that, you might see some laundry already inside, which will make you start your load.

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                      That is how the chain of motivation starts — from smaller to gradually bigger tasks during your day. If you are in a rush, you might not have time to make your bed perfectly. Just tossing the covers up will make it look good, and this will still give you motivation for upcoming tasks.

                      Don’t be a hoarder

                      Many of us have a drawer or a closet filled with stuff that needs sorting. For some people, it’s memorabilia from their youth, for others, it’s old magazines, and there are some that will even save old yogurt containers. Always take out your trash on time, and throw out the things that you do not need as soon as possible. If they can be used again, donate them.

                      Don't be a hoarder

                        How can collecting old stuff can be bad for you? More things will attract more dust and harm your breathing, but it can also lead to depression. Also, it endangers your house because even a small spark can set everything ablaze — especially if you have a bunch of old papers. If you notice symptoms of hoarding with yourself or your loved ones, we advise you to get some medical help.

                        Take care of dust

                        House dust is one of the biggest causes of allergies today. To minimize the problems dust can produce, besides vacuuming, you should pay attention to places that you can’t reach with the vacuum cleaner.

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                          For example, windows, under the lamp, behind the TV, under the desk, and so on. If you breathe in a lot of dust, your nose cannot filter it all, and some particles will end up in the lungs. After a while, these dust particles will stack up and have a negative impact on your health. You should clean your home every two or three days to keep it dust-free.

                          Doesn’t sound too complicated, right? There is no real reason for you not to start working on your ideal home today. Satisfaction and the fulfilling feeling of accomplishment will accompany you along every step of your home-improving journey. Some tasks are harder than others, but the fruits of your labor will be there for you to enjoy in the long term.

                          When you make your personal paradise a reality, your life changes

                          Picture this: you are home from work, you lay on your comfy couch and sink into the cozy atmosphere of your living room. There is not a thing that bothers you, and you are peaceful beyond words.

                          The best thing of all is that you made it happen.

                          You are the one who is responsible for these positive changes. Seeing how much joy you got just from fixing up your home might inspire you to make the same effort in other areas of your life that need some work.

                          A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. It’s a cliché, but it is legitimate. Stop wishing and start doing, because to truly live means to be in action.

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                          35 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2020 Updated)

                          35 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2020 Updated)

                          Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                          There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                          Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                          It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 35 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                          For Getting Things Done

                          1. OmniFocus

                          This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                          Download it here.

                            2. Forest

                            Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                            Download it here.

                              3. Things

                              Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                              Download it here.

                                 

                                 

                                4. Any.Do

                                A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                Download it here.

                                  5. PocketLife Calendar

                                  This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                  Download it here.

                                    6. Asana

                                    We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                    , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                    Download it here.

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                                      7. ToDoist

                                      This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                      Download it here.

                                         

                                         

                                        8. Calendars 5

                                        This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track, and complete your to-dos.

                                        Download it here.

                                          9. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                          A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                          Download it here.

                                            10. Due

                                            A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                            Download it here.

                                              11. Checkmark 2

                                              I use this app

                                              for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                              Download it here.

                                                12. TeuxDeux

                                                Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — TeuxDeux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then TeuxDeux will be right up your alley.

                                                Download it here.

                                                   

                                                   

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                                                  13. Nirvana

                                                  For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    14. Priorities

                                                    An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      For Building Habits

                                                      15. Productive

                                                      With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day, and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        16. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                        You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          17. Streaks

                                                          This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            18. Remember The Milk

                                                            Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              19. Day One Journal

                                                              When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                For Files Organization

                                                                20. Evernote

                                                                Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote is an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                  21. Pocket

                                                                  You can save an article, video, or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    22. Sync.Me

                                                                    This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      23. Droplr

                                                                      One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        24. Dropbox

                                                                        Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive on your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                           

                                                                          For Working Smarter

                                                                          25. Captio

                                                                          A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            26. Drafts

                                                                            A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things, and more.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              27. NoteShelf 2

                                                                              This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                28. Doodle

                                                                                This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

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                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  29. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                  I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    30. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                    A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      31. GoodReader

                                                                                      This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        32. LogMeIn

                                                                                        Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          For Improving Security

                                                                                          33. 1Password

                                                                                          There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            34. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                            You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                            All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass auto-fills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              35. Truecaller

                                                                                              Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers, and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

                                                                                                Featured photo credit: William Hook via unsplash.com

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