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3 Top Tips for Transforming Your Kitchen

3 Top Tips for Transforming Your Kitchen

Transformation can take many forms, and the result does not always realise the dream we visualised. Fortunately, preventing your kitchen transformation from turning into a nightmare whether aesthetically or financially, is easy, provided you observe a few simple tips and tricks, and here are 3 of the top ones worth taking ahead of calling in the kitchen fitters or getting handy with that hammer.

1. Redesign: Make a Kitchen that Works for You

The best way to truly transform a kitchen is of course to call upon an expert designer or design team. There is a massive difference between calling on the help of a kitchen fitter and calling on the expertise of a kitchen designer or design team. To put it plainly, a designer or design team will not only create a new kitchen to replace an old, outdated or shabby looking one, but take the time, make the effort and go to the length of transforming an entire kitchen space into one that doesn’t just meet your needs but exceeds them. Therefore, to truly transform your kitchen, seek the assistance of a designer.

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2. Renovate: Make an Existing Kitchen Work for You

Provided your kitchen is equipped with the bare necessities – we’re talking working white goods, a sink and fitted counter tops and cupboards / storage, it is entirely possible to make your kitchen work for you and do so without ripping the whole room out and beginning from scratch. It might be hard to believe, but tackle key issues such as lighting and you’ll have successfully transformed any kitchen.

The trick is to remember that whilst pendant lighting used over islands and tables and the addition of under cabinet LEDS to add some sparkle are both great ideas, simply dressing your window(s) well is often sufficient to brighten up a dull or dark kitchen. Further, because dressing a window is a necessary expenditure and additional lighting isn’t, it is worth doing so properly.

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Hence, invest in blinds or shadings to create a stylish, unobtrusive look and to inject some additional vibrancy opt for a bold or block colour blind or shading. Unfussy, contemporary and the best means of controlling the amount of natural light within a kitchen, swapping out old curtains or nets for blinds is an instant transformation.

Meanwhile, for more inspiration, ideas and to learn about some brilliantly thrifty, retro and truly illuminating  ways to transform any kitchen into an exciting and fun space in which to cook, eat or simply make a brew, you can continue your reading via the This Old House website.

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3. Reimagine: Make Your Kitchen the Heart of Your Home

Kitchens are particularly tricky and often end up also being a particularly costly room to transform. This is due to two major reasons. Firstly, kitchens are rooms which require expensive and often less than lovely looking gadgets and goods – namely ‘white goods’. Secondly, most kitchens in 2016 are of the ‘fitted’ variety. Hence, there is little to no scope of rejigging the furniture should you get bored or find the existing layout is not ideal for you and your family. Fortunately, there are ways of working around these two sizable issues which can transform a kitchen from a space entered out of necessity into the heart of a family house.

To begin with, free yourself from the idea that just because the cabinets and appliances perhaps are fixed into place this means your sense of style must too be reigned in. Whilst it is true that kitchens are best kept clutter free for health and safety reasons, this needn’t mean cooking in a sterile environment or one scrubbed free of personality.

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To see proof of this and just how an ordinary kitchen can be turned into an extraordinary space, visit the Pinterest website and view their online gallery of extraordinary kitchens. With literally thousands of designs as well as DIY ideas on how to go about creating million dollar looks, even those working to the tightest budgets are likely to find a way, or numerous ways, to transform their kitchen in 2016.

Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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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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