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8 Ideas to Modernize Your Living Room

8 Ideas to Modernize Your Living Room

Have you taken a look around your living room lately? Is it fairly old and outdated looking? It’s time to bring your room from the stone age to modern times. Here are a few ideas to help modernize your living room.

Add More Windows

Most modern houses have several windows in the living room to allow natural light to pour in. Install several new windows in your living room to add more life to the room instead of making it feel old and stuffy. This also gives you a chance to update all the window treatments in the room. Not only does an increase in natural light make the room feel alive, it can also help cut back on energy costs thanks to not needing to turn on the lights or heat (if it’s winter) during the daytime.

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Install Floating Shelves

Modern rooms are all about streamlining everything, and sometimes that means things can come off the ground. Whether it’s a floating bookshelf or a floating bookcase, it’s fairly easy to make fixtures raised off of the ground. This not only frees the floor from any clutter, but it gives your home a unique look. If you decide to store artwork on the shelves, make sure it’s silver or white — any calm color should do, really.

Get New Furniture

One of the most expensive parts about updating the room is getting furniture to match. You’ll definitely have to either sell or toss everything out and find brand new furniture. Get a couch to optimize your home’s seating and a nice recliner so you can relax in your remodeled living room. You’ll want a coffee table to match, and because we’re going with a modern style, make sure it has a reflective surface with storage space underneath.

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In this instance, “new” could also mean new to you. Check out local wholesalers and yard sales to find gently used furniture for your room. New furniture can quickly add up, so buying used or at wholesale prices might be an ideal tactic when furnishing your living room.

Add Art

Have your walls been feeling a little bare lately? The solution is simple: add some art. There’s no art that can be recommended here because everyone has different artistic tastes. It could be a sculpture; it could be a couple of different pictures designed to complement one another; it could be three-panel art; or it could be a colorful design that you made yourself. Art adds a personal splash of design to whatever room you put it in.

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Hang a Clock

It’s been said that fashion goes out of style and eventually comes back around. Well, with the way technology is advancing, physical clocks kind of went out of style and were replaced by clocks on computers, watches, and cell phones. Things are coming full circle once again, and wall clocks are in style again. Grab a simple, minimalistic clock to add to your wall — preferably one that’s silent.

Place Mirrors on the Wall

Mirrors are a great idea for any space because they really open up the room. The more stylish, the better. It can be a conversation piece for those who visit. Mirrors are very easy to run across second-hand, so check local thrift shops and grab a large, stylish mirror for fairly cheap.

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Turn Your Living Room Into an Office

With so many people telecommuting these days, it only makes sense to have your office at home. If you install a few tiny shelves, or even a floating cabinet, you can add items that you need to it and a desk and chair underneath. This will give you your own workspace if you work from home or frequently telecommute. Thanks to the shelves or cabinet floating on the wall, it doesn’t take up much room, so you can add it to the corner of the room to use space efficiently.

Minimize the TV

So now that you’ve got the room all set up, what are you going to do with the TV? Send it to the corner of the room, if you can. It’ll stay out of the way of the design of your room, but it’s still in a very watchable location. If it’s a realistic option, mount it on the wall. That way, you’ll get it off of the floor entirely.

There are many things you can do to bring your living room out of the stone age, but these are just a few suggestions. Have you ever remodeled a room? If so, what did you do?

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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