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10 Great Budget Home Decor Ideas for the Summer

10 Great Budget Home Decor Ideas for the Summer

Redecorating the house is one of those great little life joys. Sure, it can be time consuming, physically challenging and mentally exhausting at times, but it doesn’t have to be too expensive. The best part of it is that all your hard work really pays off in a big way after everything is done.

Summer is the perfect time to make some big changes to your interior and freshen up your home, and if you have a little bit of creativity, it’s possible to do some very nice things with limited resources.

1. Use plenty of fresh flowers

Fresh flowers in home

    Summer is all about the celebration of life. The focus should be on vibrant colors and floral arrangements. Think about giving your home a green touch by adding lots of fresh flowers.

    Vertical gardens are a neat idea if you have the know-how and the time, but there are also plenty of simple ideas that can look great.

    2. Shop around for colorful trinkets

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    Decorative trinkets

      Interesting and engaging home decorations don’t have to be overly expensive. You can hit the flea markets, yard sales, Etsy or local stores, and look for cute and original little decorations. Even random small trinkets can come in handy, as you can combine them and create some unique pieces.

      3. Get some wallpaper with natural prints

      Floral print wallpaper

        A paint job is a good low-cost way to liven up your interior. However, it can take some skill to really go crazy with different patterns and designs, and you can get much quicker results using wallpaper.

        Wallpaper is making a comeback, and there are a lot of appealing natural prints that you can use in combination with flowers and light colors.

        4. Hang motivational quotes on the wall

        Motivational poster

          Everyone needs a bit of a pick-me-up from time to time, and the walls of a home can always use some added flair, so why not kill two birds with one stone and put up a few motivational posters?

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          A cool image and some plain text with a nice frame can make a big difference in terms of atmosphere. You can use these for any room of the house, and it’s easy to switch the quotes every month to focus on specific topics like love, motivation and hope.

          5. Design your own decorative pillow cases

          DIY decorative pillow

            Custom pillow designs are an excellent finishing touch for any home design project – no one else will have the same pillows, and you can make them fit in very well with the rest of the décor and the general theme you were going for. There is a wide range of pillowcase projects you can try, everything from simple and elegant beginner stuff to some elaborate creations.

            6. Put up lighter see-through curtains

            White dining room

              You need to let in some light and brighten up the home. Light see-through curtains will allow plenty of natural light to get through, but they will also add an air of elegance, and they’ll keep the mosquitos out as well.

              7. Go for a romantic feel with homemade scented candles

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              DIY candles

                Candles have several great benefits – they provide lighting that is perfect for romance or kicking back and doing some musing with a glass of wine. They save you some money on electricity, and scented ones can really help calm you down.

                Making your own candles won’t take up much of your time, and you can go wild with the different colors and aromas.

                8. Spice up your glassware

                Classy glassware

                  Most households end up accumulating quite a few glassware items over the years. Bottles, mason jars, and vine glasses can all be used in creative ways around the house, but you can also just spent a few hours adding a few decorative touches to them.

                  9. Create an exotic centerpiece for your kitchen table

                  Centerpiece

                    Using some cheap glass items like candlesticks and bowls, and a few crafting materials, you can create a beautiful faux mercury glass vase. Spend some time on choosing the right floral bouquet to compliment your living room or dining room area, and you will have a breathtaking centerpiece for a very reasonable price.

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                    10. Set up an outdoor dining area

                    Outdoor dining area

                      While bringing the garden into your home is a good idea, you’ll have tons of fun if you create a small outdoor dining area.

                      You can set up different seating arrangements in your garden, or just have a private little area where you can relax, read a book and have breakfast. It’s always good to spend some more time out in the fresh air, and this small modification will give you an excellent excuse to do just that.

                      With these simple and creative home décor projects, you’ll be able to really liven things up for the summer, without burning a big hole through your wallet. Try out different things, and don’t be afraid to experiment and come up with some unique ideas.

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                      Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                      If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                      1. Create a Daily Plan

                      Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                      2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                      Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                      3. Use a Calendar

                      Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                      I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                      Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                      4. Use an Organizer

                      An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                      These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                      5. Know Your Deadlines

                      When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                      But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                      6. Learn to Say “No”

                      Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                      Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                      7. Target to Be Early

                      When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                      For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                      Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                      8. Time Box Your Activities

                      This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                      You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                      9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                      Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                      10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                      Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                      You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                      11. Focus

                      Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                      Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                      Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                      12. Block out Distractions

                      What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                      I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                      When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                      Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                      13. Track Your Time Spent

                      When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                      You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                      14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                      You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                      Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                      15. Prioritize

                      Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                      Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      16. Delegate

                      If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                      When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                      17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                      For related work, batch them together.

                      For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                      1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                      2. coaching
                      3. workshop development
                      4. business development
                      5. administrative

                      I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                      18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                      What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                      One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                      While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                      19. Cut off When You Need To

                      The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                      Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                      20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                      Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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