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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 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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Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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