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How To Make Your Basement More Useful Than Just a Storage Space

How To Make Your Basement More Useful Than Just a Storage Space

Stuff that are less useful or even useless tend to always find their way to the basement thereby making it a dumping ground. The basement is simply a storage place for most people. Very few people are aware that the basement can serve several purposes just by renovating it.  People have started looking for ways to harness the usefulness of the basement and we will take you through different creative ways to utilize your basement.

  • Your basement can be used as a recreational centre for rest and relaxation for yourself and loved ones when basement renovation is done. You can make it a little merrier for the family by adding some furniture and setting up a flat screen television.
  • Your basement can serve as a gym for you and your family by renovating it and buying some gym equipment such as a treadmill, dumbbells and barbells. With these in place you can save the cost and time of going to the gym.
  • Your basement can also serve the purpose of a guest room for lodging guests. You have to make sure the room is well ventilated, put a bed, pillow and other bedroom furniture. Because of this, your guests will definitely enjoy their stay.

If you are looking for the best result when it comes to basement renovation in the shortest time possible, consult with a professional contractor today. Basement renovations can help you in many ways by using your basement properly, changing it into a more suitable area of the house. Basement renovations can be less expensive once you have a reliable company to help you manage the enhancement service. Then you can sit back and see your basement change into the basement of your dreams.

Benefits of Basement Renovation

Basement renovation can be compared to kitchen renovation because it require lots of materials and hard work and so it is a little more expensive than renovating other parts of the house. Ahead of your basement renovation plans, you need to access the basement for any kind of impairment. This is very necessary for some of the following reasons;

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  • It will aid in accelerating renovation procedures since impairments that would ordinarily slow down the work speed would have been taken care of already.
  • It will help you cut down on cost if you handle basement damages prior to the renovation because fixing damages during renovation is more costly.
  • Basement dampness can help breed mold, which is unsafe for your health.

In the case of a faulty foundation, this could be the greatest challenge and is usually costly, but a simple remedy is to alter the house slopes in order to stop water from forming against the basement walls.

The next step after correcting the problems stated above is basement redesigning. Interior designers are often employed to carry out the designing by a lot of companies. After inspection of the basement space by the interior designer, he or she chooses designs that best suits your needs.

Why Renovate Your Basement?

A lot of homes contain basements but many of them are yet to make complete use of this space. Many families utilize the basements as just stores while some others have minimum regards for them hence the basement has simply become a place where nobody would like to relate themselves with. Your basement can be put to proper use, so you need not disturb yourself thinking it is entirely useless. By renovating your basement, it can be changed from a room with no use to a bright and useful room. You can change that small room under your feet into a lovely, appealing area of your house.

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Independent research shows that a competitively priced basement finishing package would cost between $30-$35 per square foot when done by a reputable, professional basement finishing company. Basement renovation is a good investment; no wonder many home owners are conceiving the thought of embellishing their basement. Basement renovation has many advantages. It not only ameliorates the living space in your room but it could be designed to suit your taste. It will also help raise the total worth of your home.

Basement renovation design and style is different from one house owner to another. While some renovate the basement when building the house, some choose to finish it when they purchase a new home.

Some indications that your basement requires an upgrade are as follows;

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Leaks

Problems that require fixing is the major reason why many home owners choose to carry out basement renovations. Ignoring these factors can give rise to impairments in your home. You better take the chance of getting your basement renovated once it begins to leak to avoid future impairment of your properties.

Space

The best option to create additional space in the house is to renovate your basement, especially in the case where your living space is too small. Adding another room of any kind to your house will certainly give you a bit more elbowroom.

Increase the price value of your home

If you intend to raise the price value of your home, then renovating your basement may be the solution. Renovating your basement will raise the sale worth of your home. For this reason, many homeowners resolve to renovate their homes particularly when they intend to sell the property in the distant future.

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Increased revenue

Your yearly revenue can be raised by renovating your basement. You may be questioning how you can get extra income from renovating your basement.  The basement, after renovation has been completed, can be transformed into either an office space or even a rented apartment to bring in extra rental income.

Large family

No experience could be as great as having a family. However in some cases, as the family size keeps rising, we soon find out that the living space in the home has become too small to accommodate all family members and then comes the desire for extra space. This is when basement renovation comes in very handy since it is cheaper than having to move to a bigger home.

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How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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