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20 Creative Decorating Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

20 Creative Decorating Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

1. Embroidery Laundry Hamper

Embroidery Laundry Hamper

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    Try this fun decorating idea if you need to save space. All you need is an old pillowcase, a drill, hook and screws, embroidery hoop and some ribbon!

    2. Sweater Pillow

    Sweater Pillow

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      These beautiful sweater pillows are made using an old sweater, fabric, and foam for the middle. Quick to make, and perfect to add some color to your bedroom or living room.

      3. Create Over-sized Letters Using Paper Mache

      Create Giant Letters From Paper Mache

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        Personalize any room in your house with this amazing decorating idea. Create your own giant letters using paper mache and silver or gold metallic spray.

        4. Fabric In Frames

        Fabric In Frames

          This decorating idea is a great way to brighten up your walls without spending too much money. Cut up your old, patterned blankets and simply insert into picture frames. For an extra quirky effect, use different sized frames.

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          5. Homemade Cork Mat

          Homemade Cork Mat

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            Try this cool decorating idea to add some life to your kitchen. Simply cut up old cork bottle tops, arrange them into a pattern you like, and glue the pieces together. You can even use red wine stained corks to add color and depth to your mat.

            6. Branch Jewelry Hanger

            Branch Jewelry Hanger

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              This beautiful decorating idea is simple to make and totally free.

              7. Geometric Wall Hanging

              Geometric Wall Hanging

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                Use an old sheet, a tub of paint and a cardboard cut out to create wall hangings for your home. Try a multicolored version for a child’s bedroom!

                8. Branch Bed Post

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                Branch Bed Post

                  Add a unique twist to your bedroom using this cool decorating idea. Simply superglue the branches to each corner of your bed, then using string, tie the fairylights to the top of each branch.

                  9. Crate Chairs

                  Crate Chairs

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                    Try your hand at making crate chairs to add a relaxed feel to any room in your house. Staple or glue plywood to the top of the crate, and then create your own cushion on top of the wood!

                    10. Hide Plugs With A Picture

                    Hide Plugs With A Picture

                      Hide unsightly plugs and thermostats by buying a cheap picture and adding hinges. You can still access everything easily, but with a much more enjoyable view.

                      11. String Art Heart

                      String Art Heart

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                        Make yourself a simple, pretty string heart for any room in your house. For a more unique look, make a few hearts using different colored thread.

                        12. DIY Shoebox Shelves

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                        DIY Shoebox Shelves

                          Shoe boxes can be used in lots of ways to help add life to your home. This colorful design uses shoe boxes, spray paint and decorative paper to creative unique storage spaces.

                          13. Fairy-lights And A Canvas

                          Fairylights And A Canvas

                            This cool decorating idea is super simple to make. Simply cut a design you love into a blank canvas, then place your fairy-lights behind the canvas.

                            14. Photograph Clock

                            Photograph Clock

                              To create this stunning clock idea, buy a minimalistic clock without numbers, and use your favorite photographs to mark the time.

                              15. Blanket Ladder

                              Blanket Ladder

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                                Make use of an old blanket with this easy decorating idea. This is the easiest and quickest way to freshen up your bedroom!

                                16. Wood Coat Rack

                                Wood Coat Rack

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                                  Use a plant of wood, nails and branches to make this eye-catching wooden coat rack.

                                  17. Tea-light Fireplace

                                  Tea-light Fireplace

                                    Add warmth to your living room with this DIY project. Simply cut small holes into driftwood, and put tea-lights inside. All you have to do is light the candles, and there you have it – instant coziness!

                                    18. Dixie Cup Garland

                                    Dixie Cup Garland

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                                      This cute decorating idea is perfect for nurseries, weddings, parties, and your bedroom. Use pale hues to create a calming effect, or brighter colors if you want to make a statement!

                                      19. Natural Element Decor

                                      Natural Element Decor

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                                        Bring the seasons inside with this thrifty decorating idea. From nuts, to seeds, to branches, add a unique and cheap seasonal twist to any room in your home.

                                        20. Fairy-lights And Photographs

                                        Fairylights and Photographs

                                          Highlight your favorite memories (literally!) using photographs, clips and fairy-lights. Alternatively try clipping up mementos, such as gig tickets or pages from your favorite book.

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                                          Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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