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5 Ways to Refresh Your Home

5 Ways to Refresh Your Home

Creating the Home of Your Dreams Without a Major Renovation

Maybe you purchased your home a few years ago and it was your dream house. Everything was perfect and exactly how you liked it. But now your furnishings seem a little faded and the paint on your walls doesn’t quite give the vibe you were going for. Or maybe your home never started as your dream home and you’re determined to start on your fixer upper but aren’t sure how to update the space. No matter what scenario you’re in, there are quality investments you can make to refresh your home.

Upgrade your flooring

There’s nothing worse than staring year after year at flooring you feel lukewarm about. Updating your flooring is a great way to make a dramatic impact without tearing down walls and adding skylights. Even if real hardwoods aren’t in your budget, you can create the same look with laminate flooring. Create the luxury you deserve with flooring that epitomizes your taste and style. Even if you decide to only change the flooring in your powder room, you’re sure to appreciate the update it has on the rest of your home.

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Refresh your walls with paint

Quality paint can be a little pricey, but it’s imperative to make sure you purchase the best quality you can afford, particularly for areas such as the bathroom that have moisture problems. Aside from the cost of the paint itself, you should also calculate the amount of time it will take you to paint the space because time is our most valuable resource. If you think painting an entire room would take too much time away from your everyday enjoyment, consider painting only one wall as an accent, saving time and money.

Update lighting fixtures

Casting away the shadows and mixing up the lighting in your house can easily transform a space. Your room might feel dark and gloomy and could easily be spiced up with new lamps or even curtains that let more light in. Or, if you still have one of those brass chandeliers popular in the 90s, consider installing a newer style and add retro appeal with a few Edison light bulbs. You’ll be surprised what difference the right light can make.

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Hire professional cleaners

While having a regular maid might be a pipe dream, you can experience the bliss of having someone else clean your home until it’s spotless by using a one-time cleaning service to come revive your home back to just-moved-in luster. While an all-over clean might be out of your budget, you can have specialists come turn your carpets from brown back to the original beige or have window washers remove the grime that builds up overtime. The time you save will be well worth the expense.

Declutter and Donate

Whether or not you believe in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, decluttering can go a long way in revitalizing your home and give it more of a movie set appearance. By going through your items, you’ll get a better idea of what items you have and see if there are any you might have forgotten about. From there you can rearrange the items and potentially give the room a whole new look. As an added bonus, you can donate whatever you don’t want to others who might be looking for the perfect piece to tie their room together.

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Creating the home of your dreams doesn’t require contractors, saw dust, and sledgehammers. Instead, focus on small changes that can create the most impact and fall in love with your house all over again. After all, you don’t want to let go of the home that’s brought you so many happy memories just because the linoleum is the wrong color.

Featured photo credit: Armstrong Flooring via armstrong.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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