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6 Ways To Upgrade Your Home

6 Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Are you ready to give your home a new look or makeover? A few simple changes can give your home a new feel and make it more welcoming for your family and guests. Here are a few easy ways to add flair and comfort to your home.

1. Add Recessed Lighting

Installing recessed lighting is one of the easiest ways to make your home appear modern and luxurious. It also allows you to illuminate your house in a minimalistic way without the usual clutter and cords associated with lamps and light bulbs.

Recessed lighting can also be used to focus on a particular area of the room such as painting, a work of art, or  the dining table. It can can also be utilized to give the impression of a larger space.

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2. Remodel Your Kitchen

The kitchen is an area where families tend to congregate and spend lots of time in. It’s easy to transform the entire look of your kitchen by refacing your cabinets and reinstalling cabinet handles. A paint job can also transform your kitchen from drab to fab.

Upgrading the faucet and lighting fixtures can also give your kitchen a fresh appearance.

Another way to make your kitchen look brand new is to upgrade appliances and ensuring they match in color.

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3. Pick The Right Rug

A beautiful rug can be the centerpice of your living room, adding warmth and style. The color and pattern of the rug should be cohesive with your living room’s color scheme, and furniture placement should be planned with the rug in mind.

Choose a simple single color rug if you have a busy living space with lots of patterns and colors. If you chose a busy or patterned rug you may want to pick it first and then pick your remaining accessories and furniture.

A rug’s texture is very important when it comes to accentuating your living space. Interior decorators recommend choosing a texture that will contrast with your existing furniture. For example, a fluffy rug wil look really great with a streamlined, sleek sofa.

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4. Fix Uneven Furniture

Rickety and wobbly furniture can be distracting and uncomfortable for guests, despite the fact that it’s not immediately visible to the eye. Although it can’t be seen, it definitely can be felt. The most common reason for wobbly furniture is uneven furniture legs or an uneven floor.

Place the piece of furniture on a completely flat surface in order to determine if it’s the furniture’s legs or the floor that’s responsible for the unevenness. If it’s still wobbly on a flat surface you’ll know the legs are the culprit.

One of the most effective ways of fixing wobbly furniture is by installing adjustable feet, which can be used to raise a single leg in order to match the others. Another option is placing a shim under the uneven leg.

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5. Paint The Walls

Painting the walls in a room can instantly give your living space (and mood) a boost. Softer colors can be used to create a calming space while bright colors energize. If you’re not sure what color to pick, start off by experimenting on an accent wall or small area first. Rugs and artwork can be used as inspiration when picking a color.

6. Install Crown Molding

One of the fastest ways to add value to your home is by installing crown molding. It can make your home feel more upscale and look well-constructed. Crown molding draws attention to the ceiling and draws the eye upward, giving the room a larger appearance. Crown molding looks best in traditional homes and can look out of place if you have an ultra-modern minimalistic home. If you’re using heavy molding or have curved walls it’s probably best to hire a professional.

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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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