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7 Simple Actions to Turn your House into a Dream Home

7 Simple Actions to Turn your House into a Dream Home

Your home is your personal space and the atmosphere of the house has a lot of effect on the mood of the person. It is important to pay attention to the interior designing of your house. If your house is well organized and well-designed then it will have a good impression on your day. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your house look great and to turn it into your dream home.

Here are some tips that will help in improving the look of your place and make it more inviting.

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1. Making Small Rooms Look Spacious

If you have small rooms, they do not have to look congested. You can make them look spacious by being a little smart. One way of making small rooms look spacious is to use light colors. Paint the walls with light paint because dark colors make the room look smaller. Having large windows is also a good move for making the place look spacious. You can put mirrors on the walls because it will create an optical illusion which will make the place look bigger.

2. Do Not Ignore Insulation

If you want to make your house eco-friendly and green then you should never ignore the insulation. It is an excellent way of making your house energy efficient. Good quality insulation will help in lowering the electricity bills. The heating and cooling system are huge contributors when it comes to the energy bills. You should make sure that there are no leaks around doors, windows or attic doors. You should be careful not to lose the heat because it will increase the energy bills.

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3. Using Maintainable Building Materials

If you respect your environment and want to do something good for it then you should look for ways which will help in making your home green. One way of doing that is using sustainable materials. It is better to use materials which are environmentally friendly. Make sure that all the parts of the house such as cabinets, counters, roofing should be insulated with material which is not harmful to the environment. You can also make use of recycled glass, bamboo, hardwood floor refinishing, recycled plastic etc.

4. Bluetooth LED Bulbs

Technology has brought us so many amazing things and has made our lives so much easier. One of the excellent additions you can make to your house is LED Bluetooth light bulbs. These bulbs are easy to switch on and off by using just an app. You do not have to make the blinded walk back to bed after switching off the lights. You can switch them off while being in bed.

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5. Being Smart and Mixing Things up

You can make your house look beautiful by mixing different things. There is no harm in combining antiquities with modern pieces. You can mix different patterns and textures. The decoration of the house is a reflection of your personality. You can decorate the house with different paintings or even use woodwick candles to create the required level of aroma. You can put two totally different and opposite things next to each other and they will look good together. 

There is no rule that you cannot put expensive things with the cheap ones. You can use rugs and pillows with different patterns and colors. Woodwick candles especially give more fragrance and further enhance the aroma and beauty of the home as they come in different scents.

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6. Using Area Rugs

If you want to create some warmth or texture to the house then you do that by adding area rugs. The rugs are a good option for adding personality to the living space. They also make the place look comfortable. They are not just for decoration they are pretty functional as well. There is an extensive range of variety to choose from.

7. Make your House Smart

You can make your house much more comfortable by adding smart technologies. You can add security to the house by adding smart security systems like alarms and surveillance cameras. You can add programmable thermostat which will help in making the energy consumption more efficient.

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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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