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Stretching Your Home Decorating Dollar With Simple Changes

Stretching Your Home Decorating Dollar With Simple Changes

Budget is among the first things I check before redecorating, and let’s be honest, it can affect some of my design choices! However, having a well-decorated home can be affordable with just a few changes.

Make the most of your home decorating budget with these amazing, yet affordable, tips.

Move things around

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moving furniture

    Rearranging furniture gives your room an instant update. Moving your furniture around brings a fresh perspective to your space, and the best thing about it is it doesn’t cost a thing!

    Match your accessories with the season

    seasonal accessories

      Another quick and easy way to update your décor is to match your accessories with the season. Change up your pillow covers, throws, duvets, and decorative knickknacks to instantly rejuvenate your space.

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      Rearrange your ornaments

      For your mantels and ledges, rearrange and combine decorative trinkets of different sizes (such as picture frames) to give the space a makeover. Also, leave a small space between your groupings to make your mantel look more spacious.

      Pumpkin

        When thinking up design accents for your home, you can always take advantage of the beauty of each season. Maximize the different colors of the season when considering the decorative pieces you’ll be using.

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        Lighting makes a whole lot of difference

        natural light

          Something as simple as lighting can change the way a room looks. During the day, keep the curtains open to let the daylight in. This quick change brightens up the room and makes it look more spacious. You can also replace your blinds with fresh curtains to create a welcoming atmosphere for your family and guests.

          Arrange a trade

          If you have home décor items that are still in good condition, but you’re tired of them, you can set up a trading system with your friends. Your girlfriends may have amazing pieces that you can trade for your own. You can even make your trading a monthly event!

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          Sales are your friends

          flea market

            Visit your favorite thrift stores and garage sales to pick up some new home décor items for a small amount. You’ll find lovely second-hand items in thrift shops and garage sales that will fit in your home.

            You can have gorgeous home décor without breaking the bank! Let these quick and fun decorating tips bring a fresh look to your home!

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            Last Updated on December 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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