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5 Great Projects to Liven Up a Boring Home in No Time

5 Great Projects to Liven Up a Boring Home in No Time

Homes need constant refreshments and updates, and in many cases making the right decision can be tough. You as a homeowner have probably thought about ways to liven up your home. Making small improvements to your home will make it more enjoyable to live in, give it a fresher look, and also if you at any time decide to sell it, will increase its value.

But, people tend to get scared when it comes to home projects, they are afraid that they do not have enough knowledge and the right skills to do it themselves. There are some projects that require contractors and there are others you can do by yourself with a little bit of elbow grease, basic skills and a tiny budget.

So, instead of engaging in some big renovation projects your home might not even need, you should always opt for small projects that will make a big change. Here are some great projects that will help you achieve a new and better atmosphere and liven up that boring home of yours in no time.

1. Green It Up

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    The most refreshing things that you can have in your home are plants. Not only do they look amazing and bring the soft natural colors inside, they also filter your air and provide you with fresher and cleaner air every day. You can go big and place potted plants in the corners of your rooms, or go small and create your own indoor garden.

    Take several plants, arrange them inside of a terrarium and then decorate with small marbles, rocks and sand to bring some fun into your boring home. Perhaps the best plants for this decoration are air plants, because they are both cute decorations and great air filters. If you are busy, or not really in the mood to grow plants, you can opt for cacti or even faux plants that look beautiful and, the best part, last forever.

    2. Refresh the Bathroom

    Refreshing the bathroom is always a good idea, because let’s face it, we spend a lot of our time in there. There are many small projects you can begin with, like creating a stackable plate organizer to declutter your bathroom or mount mason jars above the sink for all your little trinkets.

    But, if you are a little more skilled, you can update your bath fixtures like changing the faucet, installing a new showerhead or even retile the bathroom with some of the most common types of bathroom flooring options. Installing new, modern tiles can instantly refresh the whole bathroom and give it a brand new look, and not the mention how much the value of your entire home will rise.

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    3. DIY Racks to Hold Your Precious Possessions

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      If you are getting tired of misplacing your keys, purses, scarves, jackets and other small items you need on a daily basis, we think that now is the right time to roll up your sleeves and start crafting. Racks are very simple and easy to make, the tools you are going to need are probably lying somewhere around your home, and the rest you can pick up at the nearest hardware store.

      You will need a couple of wooden planks, a hammer, nails and decoration of your desire. Go to your hallway, nail a plank into the wall and install some hooks for your jackets. Take some paint to decorate it and you have your own practical jacket rack.

      Next to your front door you can hang a small magnetic rack for your keys and a couple wooden ones for your purses and bags. While you are in this crafting mode, you can also build yourself a wine rack. To achieve that minimalistic look, build a simple wooden wine rack to display your best wine and give your kitchen a touch of elegance.

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      4. A Fresh Coat of Paint

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        Perhaps the cheapest way to liven up your boring home in no time is to slap a new coat of paint. Scuffs, scratches and dents on the walls not only give an old and worn out look, but they also lower the value of your home.

        You can easily fill any dents and holes yourself with spackle and after that use your paint rollers. Not only will a fresh coat of paint give your home a complete facelift, it will also look like it’s brand new.

        5. Fill Up a Wall in Your Living Room

        Like the name itself suggests, the living room needs to offer comfy living and be lively. But, if your walls are blank and in pure white, there is no way to fully enjoy the comfort of this room. This is the right time to dust off your boxes filled with family photos and frame some of the memories from the past. For instance, you can frame your kid’s art or your own personal achievements you have accomplished as a kid.

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        You can even gather some posters of your favorite movies and shows to bring your living room to life. Organize these frames above your TV, the couch or even a fireplace to create an entertainment corner. This is where you can think outside the box and show off your creativity in displaying some of your best memories. You can even frame old money, old postcards, inspirational quotes, or whatever else comes to mind.

        As you have probably noticed while reading this article, your home can receive a whole new vibe without you having to spend a fortune. We will let you in on a little secret, everything is in the details, and this is why you need to try out some of the projects above to liven up your boring home. You can turn these projects into a fun “family and friends” time, which will result in a much livelier and cozier home.

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        Last Updated on September 16, 2019

        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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