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Automobile Accents and Bumper Beautification

Automobile Accents and Bumper Beautification

Cars are one of the most expensive forms of property to maintain and repair, yet many owners are willing to splurge on their cars in a heartbeat. Some people treat their car as their “baby,” giving it names and taking it to weekly car washes and even grooming sessions.

Your car cleaning routine should be more than just a scrub-down with some soap and water and interior vacuuming. If your car has been serving you for years and constantly going the distance, the least you can do is go the extra mile for it every once in a while. Professional decorating and cleaning doesn’t have to be costly.

Here are some car detailing ideas and DIYs you can do from the comfort of your own garage with minimum expenditures.

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Cheerier Interiors

Car seat covers protect your seats from rips, wear and tear, and stains. When you buy your first car, adding seat covers is usually optional. A majority of first-time buyers are torn between protecting their leather seats and flaunting them.

    Rather than availing themselves of the initial package offered by the car dealer, buyers usually skip the seat cover add-on. Keep in mind that leather seats will feel uncomfortable on both warm and cold days. Once the “new car” euphoria dies down, you may need to scramble to protect your car’s upholstery with customized seat covers. It’s possible to save money by only covering the seats that are used most, like the front seats. Choose firm and comfortable seat covers that won’t inconvenience you on long trips.

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    Another way to bring more color to your car’s interior is by adding LED lights and moulding trim along your dashboard and along the seats. Crafty and creative individuals even go as far as adding monogrammed items, such as car mats, reupholstered door panels, and visors.

        Whether you want to set a theme for your car interior, like a certain color or bringing on the bling, there are designs for you. Some even go as far as wrapping their steering wheels with faux fur covers. This isn’t advisable for those whose hands are sensitive and ticklish, because the change may affect the way they drive.

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        For families with kids who want minimal maintenance but maximum cleanliness, shoe organizers hung behind the seats will keep the kids’ toys and necessities organized.

        Exterior Flair

        There will always be car owners who simply aren’t satisfied with their state’s official license plate design. Manipulate your plate design however you want, but ensure that it doesn’t break any regulations regarding car registration or identity. Vehicle owners can pay extra to have their choice of words, phrases or numbers on their plates. The modified plates are also known as personalized or “vanity plates.” There’s also the option of encasing your license plate in a frame.

        If you want to add interest to your car’s exterior, make sure your stickers don’t block your view. Combined with some rain or bad weather, stickers will make your view of the road even more obstructed. This could possibly cause a road accident.

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        In addition to the usual engine and technical maintenance, we all have the right to tweak our car’s appearance according to our preferences.

        Whether or not you indulge in personalizing your car, make sure you keep everything organized and clean. No matter how spotless your car looks, there will always be something worth fixing. Enhance the beauty, safety and comfort of your car with these interior and exterior décor ideas.

        Road trips are already fun on their own. Make your car a more relaxed space for your family and passengers with these tweaks, decorations and updates.

        Not a fan of stickers, moldings and trinkets? No one’s stopping you from upgrading luxuriously to cause some heads to turn.  Your money has to go somewhere, right?

        Featured photo credit: Gratisography via Pexels.com via pexels.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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