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10 Unique Home Decorating Tips that are Easy on Your Wallet

10 Unique Home Decorating Tips that are Easy on Your Wallet

Home is not just a place; it is much more than that. The place where we spend our childhood, adulthood, and yes, the older years of our life. Not only to us, but our friends and relatives, it is a place with which many wonderful memories are associated. No doubt you want your home to be the best.

Decorating your home can sometimes be beyond your means. So here are 10 unique home decorating tips that are easy on your wallet.

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    1. Give your home comfort and elegance with Pillows.

    Pillows are the best supporters for your back when you want to watch a movie or have those late night conversations. Always use large, overstuffed pillows that can provide more elegance as well as comfort. You can even use throw pillows of different shapes and sizes to give your old room a new look. Remember to choose the right color pillows that complement your room.

    2. Have an awesome entry.

    The look of your home should catch the eyes of visitors as soon as they enter. The entrance wall of your home or rooms can be decorated with a bold wallpaper, which would be quite attractive. You can have a decorative key box in the foyer, or a beautiful nameplate for your house would also be charming. Try to maximize your foyer space.

    3. Accent lighting can bring change.

    You can use accent lighting to highlight your decor. For the kid’s room, which is often turned into a party hall, try some different colored lights. Good lighting will give your room more vibrant look.

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    4. Make home decor items from everyday materials.

    Many common materials can be used to create beautiful decorations. Believe me! They have a more appealing look to the guests than those expensive items bought from the market. These days, many good art and craft-related videos are available free on the web – you could even learn how to use the waste materials to generate the best decorations. One of the ways to decorate your home using such materials is to create a lamp using balloon and old wool.

    5. Showcase your child’s achievements.

    Don’t let all those hard-earned trophies and medals go waste. Search for a suitable corner where you can showcase them and add more value to your house. This will not only decorate your home, but also boost your child’s moral.

    6. Focus on the room that is used most by guests.

    This can be helpful when you are planning a low budget makeover of your home. The maximum attention should be paid to the rooms where you entertain your guests. Try to maximize the space of this room by using appropriate furniture. You can also paint one of your walls with bold colors and then showcase all your decor on that wall.

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    7. Keep those wonderful areas clean and attractive.

    Generally, people don’t keep their laundry place clean enough. Get out of those light shades and use bright and vibrant colors. You can get a bunch of artificial or natural flowers in the market which will add more colors to this dull corner of your house.

    8. Accessorize the bathroom.

    A bathroom is a place that catches everyone’s attention. You can make this part of your home more attractive by choosing the right accessories. Accessories matching to your bathroom shade will certainly have a significant effect. Towels, rods, mats – all these are inexpensive items that you can add according to your bathroom theme.

    9. Paintings express it all.

    In today’s modern era, having a great picture on your room’s wall can add a lot to your class. Various modern art paintings are available in market at affordable prices. Choose the right ones according to your taste and display them there.

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    10. Housekeeping!

    All your efforts will go in vain if your home isn’t clean and doesn’t smell good. Clean your house often. Even the tiniest particle of the dust, if visible, can ruin all your efforts. Use a good room freshener that will make your home’s fragrance aromatic.

    Hope you liked these small budget tips. These tips are easy on your wallet, and will give your home a new look that your visitors will love.

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    Published on November 8, 2018

    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

    After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

    But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

    Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

    Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

    Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

    Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

    The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

    1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

    Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

    With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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    Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

    Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

    For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

    Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

    It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

    2. Set your own boundaries

    Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

    Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

    Here are some important traits to consider:

    • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
    • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
    • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

    These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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    3. Continuously invest in yourself

    Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

    You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

    Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

    Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

    Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

    It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

    4. Document the value you bring

    Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

    To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

    A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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    Here are some ideas:

    • joesmith.com
    • joeasmith.com
    • joesmithprojects.com

    Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

    During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

    5. Hide your salary requirements

    Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

    But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

    The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

    Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

    6. Do just enough research

    Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

    Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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    Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

    Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

    7. Get compensated by your value

    Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

    Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

    Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

    You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

    The bottom line

    You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

    You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

    Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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