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Easy Ways To Freshen Your Home This Winter

Easy Ways To Freshen Your Home This Winter

More people spend time indoors once the winter season begins to switch from warm to cooler temperatures. For those who want to maintain a comfortable setting, it’s important to have a tidy and fresh interior setting that is enjoyable to spend time in. To ensure that you freshen up the interior of your home during the season, there are a few important steps to take.

Purge the Home

Decluttering the home is one of the most effective ways to clean up the space and allows it to shine during the winter season. Purge each room of the home to remove excess junk and clutter that is taking up space. Consider throwing out products that haven’t been used in the last year by donating the items or hosting a yard sale. This will free up extra space in each room and closet for a more spacious interior setting.

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Use an Air Purifier

An air purifier is effective in removing dust, allergens, and pollution that may be present in the home and continue to circulate. You can improve the air quality with an air purifier for the most-used rooms of the home in order to breathe easier and reduce the affects of allergies that many residents suffer from.

You can also replace the air vent filters to improve the indoor air quality and prevent dust from circulating when the heater is turned throughout the season.

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Bring in Flowers and Plants

Allow your home to feel fresh by bringing in flowers and plants that can help to clean the air throughout the day. Consider using spider plants, magnolia, and anthurium flower blossoms, which are easy to keep alive during the winter season. This will brighten up the home and will allow a bit of greenery to be incorporated into the setting.The added color from the plants and flowers can also make for a cheery addition for bathrooms or bedrooms.

Deep Clean the Home

You can feel more comfortable spending time indoors during the winter season by deep cleaning the most-used areas on the property. Consider cleaning out the chimney before turning on the fire or scrubbing down the oven from spilled food that has accumulated throughout the year. You can also clean the grout, power wash the driveway, and steam clean the carpets to remove stains that have developed.

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Wash the Linens

Because we spend more time indoors in the winter, we also spend more time on our couches, wrapped up in blankets and in bed. This means we should be increasing our washing routines. Wash different linens that are used frequently in the home to brighten up the setting, allowing it to become cleaner. Decorative pillows on the couch and beds can be thrown in the washing machine, including curtains that are used for window treatments. You can also wash throw blankets and rugs to create a fresh environment.

Redecorate

You’ll want to spend more time in your home after you redecorate for the winter season to create an interior setting that matches the holidays and the cold weather. Consider using a couch cover that changes the color of your sofa, or pillow covers that have a winter theme. You can also add a new area rug or paint an accent wall to create a cozy interior setting that will transform the atmosphere.

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Rotating art to different rooms can also change up the style of the home and allow it to look different, which is easy to do in minutes. Temporary wall decals can also be added to a guest bathroom or a hallway to create a new style that looks modern and unique.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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