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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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