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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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