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5 Tips To Survive In Megalopolis

5 Tips To Survive In Megalopolis

Big cities – you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. All the best jobs, schools, shops, entertainment options and career possibilities are concentrated in them – but to live in a big city means being constantly exposed to traffic jams, polluted air, high prices, cramped living space, noise and other stress-inducing factors. If you let them get to you, all the upsides to living in a megalopolis will not save you from a nervous breakdown.

So what should you do to survive in such an environment?

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1. Learn to use space effectively

The price for renting in big cities is always sky-high, which means that your living space is most likely to be, to put it mildly, limited. In turn this means that if you want to keep your sanity intact you have to learn how to use the space you have as effectively as possible. Find ways to live without things that aren’t necessary, learn to perceive your flat in 3D, make use of shelves, keep things on top of fridges and cabinets and under beds and chairs and in general utilize the space you have strategically.

2. Learn to handle your stress

Whatever you may think (or have been taught to think), stress can always be traced to purely subjective sources. In other words, it doesn’t matter what happens to you, it is your attitude towards what is happening that matters. It is precisely the reason why some people are utterly unperturbed no matter what life throws their way while others go haywire at the drop of a hat. There are hundreds of methods on how to handle stress – take some time and do some research. It will pay off a hundredfold.

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3. Learn to manage your time

Big city life has a way of sucking out our time – which means that you have to learn how to keep and use what you can get, for time is your biggest asset. Some experts offer tips on time management, others believe in fancy gadgets and phone apps, still others think that you simply have to follow your common sense.

Many people budget their money, but only a few ever budget their time – although it is by far the most important of your assets. Keep track of it, notice where it is going, make sure that the majority of your time is used on things that actually matter. Appoint specific time for specific tasks and be sure to complete them as if your life depended on them – because it does.

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4. Learn to avoid traffic

Traffic jams are a plague that frays your nerves, gobbles up your time and breaks down your plans. No big city is free from them, no matter how hard municipal government tries to alleviate the problem. Just like with most things, it is no use complaining about the issue – if you want to minimize its effects on you make sure to do so yourself. Learn alternative routes. Try using them at different times of day. Use GPS devices. Swallow your pride and get out of car completely – use the subway or commute by bicycle – on a busy day it will be faster and certainly healthier.

5. Learn to live frugally

Big city life is expensive – yet there are always ways to decrease your expenses. Although you may hope to immediately find your dream job and be able to afford everything your want, it may be a better idea to prepare for all eventualities. A couple hundred extra bucks may come in handy irrespectively of how much you earn.

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Life in a big city has its pros and cons – hopefully these tips will help you make better use of the former and alleviate the latter!

Featured photo credit: Megalopolis – Tokyo/David Rodriguez Martin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 18, 2019

10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

1. Make the Windows Your Own

When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

2. Put up Some Art

If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

3. Improve the Aroma

A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

6. Improve Your Air Quality

One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

7. Fill it with Plants

Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

8. Change the Doorknobs

Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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10. Fresh Cut Flowers

You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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