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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 Is it fairly old and outdated looking?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 July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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