Affordable Home Upgrades Anyone Can Do

While we’d all love to live in a grand and comfortable home, it’s definitely not something that everyone is able to afford. Bills need to be paid, after all, and you have other expenses to keep up with as well – so how are you going to be able to afford the kind of home you’ve been looking for without having to wait for too long?

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Luckily, there are a few sure ways to make the dream happen a bit faster. You’ll just have to do it yourself, that’s all, and be prepared to pull your sleeves up to do some work. Here is a handful of excellent DIYs that can both improve your home and your lifestyle a bit faster.

Go for crown moulding

This simple task is always a DIY winner as it makes your room look elegant and professional without much time and energy at all. Before you get started on your projects, it’s a good idea to invest in a no-contact measurement system as it will help you to make the renovations a bit more precise.

Use a polystyrene foam in hard plastic so that you’re able to get the corners right without too much frustration, by the way, and this one shouldn’t take you more than a short weekend to get through.

Think about the light

If you’d like to make a massive difference to the way your home looks and feels without having to pay up too much, you should look towards the light. Those who are experts at interior design tend to say that light is like jewellery because it adds the finishing touches to a room; just like a beautiful necklace can do to you.

Besides from focusing on making the light bathe your room in a soft and calming colour, you can change the light fixture to something dazzling and unexpected. It goes without saying that a chandelier can seriously lift a room from average to pristine, but you don’t have to spend much to achieve the look.

Opt for something unusual and eye-catching that gives your room a bit more personality than a regular old fixture.

Upgrade your kitchen cabinets

Another easy way to get a brand new look in your home without putting in too much effort is to simply change out your kitchen cabinets. You could build them yourself too, by the way, if you’re crafty like that; just make sure that you have a decent bench for woodwork as well as some pipe clamps and you’ll be good to go.

In case you’re not up for a complete cabinet renovation project, you can always give the ones you currently have a fresh coat of paint for a brand new look.

Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to cost too much, after all, and as long as you have a good guide to follow, it won’t really require too much energy either.

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Making Your Work Mornings That Bit More Bearable

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Some people manage to leap out of bed in the morning in a great mood, they’re naturally more energised at this time of day and waking up is no real issue to them. Aren’t they annoying? For us mere mortals, mornings are far more of a struggle. If you’re finding yourself snoozing your alarm over and over and generally feel rubbish however, then something needs to change. You might not ever love mornings but they can be far easier to deal with if you follow these tips.

Get enough sleep the night before

It goes without saying that without enough sleep, your morning (and your day in general) is going to be pretty miserable. No one likes the sound of the alarm clock when they wake up, but when you’ve had a solid sleep it’s far easier to drag yourself out of bed. Make this a priority and your life will genuinely improve. You’ll be much more alert, in a better mood and even things like controlling your appetite will be easier. This is because without enough sleep, our hunger hormones are thrown out of whack.

Organise your work stuff ahead of time

Leaving everything until the morning is never a good idea. When you wake up and are already pressed for time, the last thing you need is to be running around like a headless chicken and panicking because you can’t find the things you need. Before going to bed, pack up your lunch and your work stuff, and get your clothes ready. Lay out everything you need on a chair in your bedroom so you can get up and get changed without any messing around. Having a shower before bed will save you a few minutes in the morning too.

Eat breakfast

It’s easy to forfeit breakfast for a little extra sleep in the morning, but making the time to eat can most definitely help you to get your day off to a good start. A bowl of cereal with chopped fruit, a smoothie made up with yoghurt or some wholemeal toast all wouldn’t take long to make in the morning. You’ll feel more alert and it can give you an energy boost when you need it most.

Find the best method of transport to work

For some people, public transport will be the best way to get to work. If you work in a busy city for example, the traffic will be bad but trains, buses and trams will be very good and run regularly. However, for others, driving will be the best option. Maybe your work is a little out of the city centre, or is far from where you live. Perhaps your work hours involve you getting there before or after rush hour. If so, then getting your own vehicle could be the best way to go. You can find used cars that won’t break the bank and would be ideal for getting you from A to B.

Use your commute to be productive

Get your morning off to a good start by using your commute to be productive. If you’re on public transport you could answer emails or tick off smaller items from your to-do list to get ahead for the day. If you’re driving, you could listen to an inspirational podcast on your way to get you in the best frame of mind.

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