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Decorate Rental Homes Without Upsetting Your Landlord

Decorate Rental Homes Without Upsetting Your Landlord

Renting a home or apartment differs from home ownership in various ways. A home purchase ensures homeowners decorate the home any way they desire. The buyer paid for it, and they are in charge of decorating. Renters, or tenants, don’t receive such freedom. They can decorate the home or apartment but it typically must be in non-permanent ways because they must answer to the property owner. The property owner, or landlord, has complete control over the home’s appearance. They expect this appearance to remain the same upon moving in and after moving out. A lease contract outlines what renters can and cannot do while living on their property.

Here are some tips on how to decorate your rental without upsetting your landlord or breaking your lease agreement.

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Decorate frugally

Renters should never go overboard on rental decoration. Therefore, the best solution is purchasing used furniture at secondhand stores. Search thrift stores, consignment shops, flea markets, and garage sales for great finds and unique items at fantastic prices. Purchase what you need. An upholstered item will require professional cleaning before it enters the home. Alternatively, renters craving new furniture pieces should spend money on liquidation and going-out-of-business sales. Those specials are up to 75 percent off. In these ways, renters can bring new decor in the rental space for a low price.

Buy storage

As you journey secondhand stores, search for standalone storage items. These pieces should create supplemental space for homes that lack it. If necessary, paint or spray paint the standalone piece to match the decor. For renters willing to assemble storage, shop at Walmart or IKEA for new and inexpensive storage solutions. Multi-purpose furniture is welcome as it serves more than one function. Storage solutions that utilize your space will hang over a door or slide under a bed. Closet organizing solutions are welcome too; make sure the storage solution is removable in case sudden situations occur.

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Buy fabric

Fabric stores contain various designs and colors at an inexpensive price. Fabric hides unsightly designs and shelves; it can pull the room decor and colors together. Purchase fabric to wrap around or cover furniture, chairs, pillows, and accessories. Let fabric act as a rug on floors and substitute for the landlord’s window curtains or blinds. Additionally, the fabric can decorate back shelves of storage spaces for a fun finish.

Survive on accessories

Accessories are a renter’s best friend. It is the main ingredient to transforming the space into your oasis. Along with the transformation, accessories are the focal point in a room filled with imperfections. Great accessories to add include rugs, plants, vases, lamps, wall art, mirrors, and centerpieces.

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Brighten up my day

Light can brighten up a dark, depressing space with warm and welcoming feelings. Homes with insufficient lighting need table lamps and floor lamps to assist. Natural sunshine from windows works wonders too, so open up the curtains to let the sun in!

Paint the walls

If the property owner allows wall painting (accent wall, trim, crown molding, etc.), jump at the chance. Paint is the simplest way to transform the rental into your home. If the landlord has a color selection, choose the one closest to your home decor. If the renter gets to choose, select white. Most landlords appreciate white walls over polarizing colors like red, blue, and green.

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Wall hanging solutions

Renters who add decor on the wall may or may not have permission to puncture walls. In that case, use 3M command and Washi tape instead. 3M Command offers hooks and strips for renters to hang items on the wall without damaging the wall itself. Washi tape is Japanese reusable masking tape that leaves no residue, stretches, chipping, and marks behind. It comes in various colors and designs.

Renters who don’t obey the lease agreement will create contention with the landlord. The property owner may enforce a fine, keep the deposit, or terminate the lease. If decorating isn’t in the lease, ask your landlord for permission first. Use your lease as an outline, but these tips should help you make your rental your own while remaining on peaceful terms with your landlord.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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