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7 Tips to Make Your Home More Appealing to Visitors

7 Tips to Make Your Home More Appealing to Visitors

An inviting home will beckon visitors and will linger in their minds long after they have left. It will make their stay enjoyable and memorable, while helping them to feel at home. When your home becomes inviting to guests, it will also be more inviting to you – making it a happy place to be.

1. Use Colors to Pull Eyes Inward

Consider what the guest will see first in your space, and then pay close mind to designing the point that is farthest from that view. This could mean boldly painting the wall farthest in front of the front door, adding fun lighting or a piece of art, or really anything else that will catch attention. Having this type of feature will pull your guests into and through the time, to create the feeling that they would like to stay for a while and get to know your space.

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2. The Front Door Should Invite Guests In

This is your curb appeal, and don’t underestimate it. If your old mat is well used, opt for a new and bright welcome mat, and a cute sign by the door. On the inside, place a large green leafy plant by the door if you have the room. Bringing the outside in is an instant way to spread inviting vibes through the home.

3. Furniture Should Be Easy to Navigate

When you are alone in your home, you may not be averse to moving a chair in order to navigate around a table, but guests will feel uneasy in an area in which they are not sure how to traverse. This is a common theme in smaller homes. Navigating from the front door to the sitting area to the kitchen and to the bathroom should not be met with any hindrance. Rethink oversized furniture in a small space, your home should not double as an obstacle course.

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4. A Personalized Piece of Furniture

This is something to be done if most of your furniture has been purchased from a large retailer. Personalizing a piece of furniture will make your house feel more like a home. It will bring your personality into the room and will no doubt be a conversation piece for your guests, making them want to stay for a while.

5. Unique Design Details

A space that feels like you is full of small details that show your personality. Even small details will make the space feel full and sophisticated. Decorative concrete is a great DIY to personalize a space. It is durable, versatile, long lasting, and easy to maintain. Decorative concrete can be used in any space, so don’t feel limited to just the inside.

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6. Have an Inviting Smell

Inviting smells or neutral smells are the way to go – just don’t have any bad smells. Remove any obvious culprits like dirty laundry, rotting fruit, and the like. Dirty dishes and a garbage disposal are a few likely culprits as well. Don’t just cover the odors, remove them and then replace them with something like a fragrant plant or candle.

7. Keep a Tidy Bathroom

A bathroom should be clean, and it should smell good with a subtle air freshener. There should be plenty of toilet paper and a hand towel for guests to dry their hands. Plenty of soap should be available for the duration of the time guests will be around. There should also be a garbage can with a bag in it for any female sanitary items that need to be thrown away – a lot of single men overlook this detail and it can make for a quite uncomfortable lady friend.

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Having a home that is appealing to visitors will make you less anxious about having company, allowing you to relax and fully enjoy their presence. Your home doesn’t have to be sterile, it just needs to be inviting and have the small details needed to bring your guests in, both literally and figuratively.

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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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