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Home Organizing Endeavours: Five Excellent Reasons to Get Rid of Your Stuff

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“Eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside and focus on the things that you can control with how you sort of go about and take care of your business. That is something that is ongoing, and it can never change.” –Nick Saban

 

On the surface, purging your homes from things you no longer need, want or use might seem like a daunting endeavour.

“What if I am going to need it someday?”

“But Aunt Mary gave it to me, why should I throw it away?”

“What is the purpose of throwing it away? I have enough storage space as it is”

These are just some of the reasons that tend to hold back homeowners from getting rid of their unwanted and unusable items. Some of the reasons for your resistance in eliminating these items would either stem from sentimentality, nostalgia or you just want to have it around to see if you will eventually need it in the future. But the truth is, you are just clinging on to junk and if you do not get rid of them anytime soon, then you will likely end up in a living space so cramped and stifling that it would incite feelings of anxiety whenever you come home. More importantly, your insistence in keeping these things will keep you from having better things solely because you no longer have enough space to store them. In this regard, clearing the clutter and organizing your homes should be an annual practice—an annual habit if you may. However, if you find yourself being unable to start or lacking the right motivation to do it, this article might just help you get things going. Perhaps revisiting the reasons for decluttering and organizing your home might help you kick start your goal into having a better organized and cleaner home.

In any case, whether you are living in a unit in Ardia Vermosa or elsewhere, here are some of the excellent reasons why you should definitely declutter your homes:

 

Enjoy more free time

Having a clutter-free home will inevitably lead to significantly less cleaning time. After al, you would no longer need to organize the items day after day just so you can clean the area beneath them or the area they are stored in. More importantly, living with less stuff makes it a lot easier to find items when you need it which means less time is wasted looking for items you might have misplaced. Having fewer household belongings would ultimately make your home better and more manageable to clean.

 

Spend less money

A clutter-free space means having no worries about where to store your belongings. In general, it redounds to a significantly lower monthly expense as you would not have to worry about buying more organizing tools, storage containers and the like just to have somewhere to put all of those extra items. When you are conscious about maintaining a clutter-free home, you may even potentially spend less on your home—especially when you decide that you do not need all the extra space after clearing the clutter.

 

Feel more calm

A cluttered living space can feel overwhelmingly confusing. As times, it can even be stifling and suffocating insomuch that it becomes almost unbearable to be there. However, a room with less stuff will feel warm, inviting and serene. More importantly, it gives you room to breathe and so much more. Overstuffing homes would only invite stressful emotions and anxiety. So ensure that your surfaces are devoid of stuff and clear it from material goods. Give yourself the gift of being calm and serene.

 

Always have something to wear

Having an overstuffed closet can lead you to being indecisive about your daily ensembles. While you have a wider array in clothing selection, there is a likely chance you would not be able to see them all as you have kept and stuffed them in the drawers and corners of your closet. In this regard, you are left with the paradox of having a full closet without having to wear. With this in mind, you ought to start purging your closet from clothes that no longer serve you well. This includes clothes that no longer fit you, old clothes and clothes you have not even worn in the past year. In this way, you would be able to see your clothing selections better. Paring down your wardrobe and filling it only with the things you love will make you look forward to dressing up each morning instead of dreading it.

 

Get better sleep

Having way too much going on in a room distracts you from getting any decent sleep. More importantly, sleeping in a cluttered room leads to stressful mornings. Clear your bedroom from all the unwanted items it currently has to help you get some quality shut-eye. After all, your home should be a safe haven where you can clear your mind from worries and stress. if it is in a perpetual state of disarray, there is a likely chance that it is only going to heighten and aggravate your negative feelings instead of nullifying it.

 

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Better Homes: Four Home Organization Resolutions to Usher 2019 with a Bang

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“Being organized is not about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it is about living the way you want to live, but better.”-Andrew Mellen

 

Benjamin Franklin once said that for every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. This is because any aspect on your life that is organized—whether it may be your life itself or your home—will effectively allow you to streamline your activities and tasks in such a way that you would be able to expedite them.

In this regard, homeowners ought to make some home organization resolutions for the New Year to get rid of the clutter, clean up and organize their homes. As a result, the prospect of being welcomed home to a spruced up pad would be so much brighter for the next 365 days. With this in mind, we ought not to waste any more time and get started on that home resolution list—especially as the brand new year is still in its inception. Unfortunately, humans as we are, resolutions tend to be a little challenging to maintain after a significant time has passed. Much like your resolve to commit to a daily workout, your New Year resolutions in keeping a spotless and clutter-free home can potentially get waylaid by random bouts of lethargy (or just general laziness on your part).

To prevent this from occurring, remind yourself why you started in the first place. There may be more to life that constantly having to clean and organize your homes but remember that your life would be so much easier if you maintained one. With an organized home—whether that may be a residential flat or a condominium in Pasig, you can expect less stress and more comfort. Now, is that not what you would want to welcome you home every single day for the entire year? In any case, strengthen your resolve and tap into that New Year motivation, kick your cleaning habits into gear and commit to making these home organization resolutions not only for the New Year, but for the entire year.

 

Put everything in its place

There is a saying that everything has a place and that there is a place for everything. However, when it comes to organized homes, only the former sentiment should apply. Every single household item should have its designated place and it is your responsibility to ensure that they are appropriately utilized. A home cannot truly be organized if household objects are in disarray or do not have homes. Designate a spot for everything and commit to keeping it there. If you find your homes lacking in storage space, then commit to expanding it by investing on storage items that help you keep everything away from sight (and from adding to the clutter).

 

Stick to the 90/90 rule

To ensure that your home does not become a magnet for clutter, stick by the 90/90 rule as popularized by minimalists. In sum, the rule’s premise is to throw out anything that you have not used in ninety days and do not see yourself using for the next ninety. If you wish, you might even adjust your time limit (either shorten or lengthen it). Just stick to a timeline that is realistic to you and stick to it. This rule would help you mitigate the possibility of holding on to things that you no longer need (and might never need again). More importantly, any decision that takes the guesswork out of the equation is easily made than those that need deeper contemplation. In any case, if you think this is going to be a hard rule to abide by, just trust us when we say that if you have not used it in a significant amount of time, you are probably not going to miss it when you throw it out.

 

Remember: “One in, one out”

This rule basically means that if something new comes to your home, it should be to replace something and not to add to the clutter. For optimum effect, universally apply this rule to all of your things—from your clothes to your kitchen cutlery and gadgets. Do not hold on to anything if you are buying anything new. If you cannot see yourself letting go of some old stuff you have, then you should not be buying anything new. Similarly, you should encourage your kids to donate toys they no longer want and clothes they have outgrown. Kids can quickly outgrow their clothes which would prompt you to new ones. In this regard, discard the old items and give them away as holding on to them would only be counterintuitive to your endeavor.

 

Make a commitment

A literal “clean slate” promise if you may. Even if it takes extra effort on your part (such as going to bed twenty minutes later than usual), make it a point to spruce up the house every single day before you wrap up the night. Do not procrastinate and wait until the morning to do it as that is how you end up with a disorganized home. It might prove to be a slog, but it can be rewarding. More importantly, the more you do it, the better you will be at cleaning which would effectively reduce the cleaning time you require each night. By cleaning up each day, you can start each morning fresh without a deficit in organization and cleanliness.

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Aesthetic Spaces: Three Ways to Make Your House Feel Like Home

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“A home is not just a roof over our heads. A home is a place where we feel loved and where we love others. It is a place we belong. Love is what makes a home, not the contents inside the house or the number on the door. It is the people waiting for us across the threshold, the people who will take us in their arms after a sad day and kiss us good night and good morning every single day for the rest of our lives”-Hermann Hesse

After months upon months of saving for a home, you can finally breathe easy when you have finally settled in.

However, before you let the dazzle of having a new home cloud your eyes, you need to make the extra effort of making your new place truly a home you can call your own. Once the excitement of a new home dies down, the boxes all unpacked and everything else stocked and placed in their proper areas, your new place would still nonetheless feel impersonal and just a tad bit lacking. This is understandable as after all, you are still in the new phase of settling in to your new home. Unfortunately, while this sense of feeling of newness is not entirely bad, it precludes you from feeling a genuine sense of comfort—something which you should adequately and immediately address.

While you might think you can hold off decorating and personalizing your homes until such time that you can fully settle into your new home, remember that there is a marked difference between living in a place that you simply rely on for provisions and living in a place that evokes a genuine feeling of belongingness and the true comfort of home. Without it, you will hardly feel like your home is cozy which is why, regardless of where your home is or whether it is a condominium in BGC or a flat elsewhere, it is imperative to make a conscious effort in a cultivating a sense of warmth and personality in it. In any case, here are some of the few things you can do to help foster a space where you can truly belong:

 

Display art

Hanging paintings is one of the creative avenues to showcase your sophisticated taste in art. Everyone has largely different tastes in art and more often than not, some aspects of your personality and character can be dissected through your choices in them. Apart from enhancing the aesthetic appeal of any place, hanged art is an avenue for reducing stress and promoting happiness. After all, it has been shown that people tend to get a big boost of pleasure from looking at things that we consider to be beautiful. Hanging art in your homes would help you inject a bit of your personality and interests in a space insomuch that bits of you can be seen from the art hanged.

 

Spruce it up

Any space should first and foremost be clean before it can be beautiful. After all, any hint of disorder, dirt and disorganization would detract a space’s overall appeal—regardless of how beautiful and strategic you have placed your furnishings, décor items and art. Also, you should take note that a place can never be comfortable if it is not primarily clean. In this regard, make a conscious effort to spruce up every now and then. After all, you would feel so much better when you are climbing into freshly washed sheets and getting inside a clean room.

 

Showcase items that remind you of the home you grew up in

Majority of us regard our childhood homes as the epitome of what a real home genuinely is. This is particularly true for individuals who had happy childhoods and regarded their homes as sanctuaries where they feel loved and safe all the time. While you can never fully recreate that same feeling in your new home, you can always incorporate items in it that would remind you of the home you once grew up in. It can be old and discarded furniture which you can give its own place of honor in your new home or a few dated but classic board games. If you are feeling extra nostalgic, you might try and inject a few items from your childhood bedroom into your new bedroom—just be sure that you and your partner are on the same page on this one. Select a few things from your old home that would cultivate a sense of childhood warmth in you and try to incorporate them into your new space. In this regard, you would always have that a tangible feeling of home with you—no matter where you are living today.

 

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How To Create a Healthy Grocery List on a Budget

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A comprehensive grocery list should cover everything. It must have the items you need for carbs, sources of protein, greens, and condiments. Unfortunately, healthy sources of food can be expensive especially when you shop at selected organic stores and groceries. Thus, it can be a challenge to stick to a healthy lifestyle when you think of the costs that come with it.

But, it should not deter you from choosing to live healthily. There are plenty of ways on how you can tick off all the items from your healthy grocery shopping list without overspending. But first, you have to identify the things you need to buy. The list below is your guide to find out what food goes into your basket during your shopping trips.

1. Bread

You should go for “whole wheat” or those made of “whole grain.” These should appear first in the list of ingredients. The whole grain bread you choose should at least have three to four grams of fiber.

2. Meat

Your list should include skinless chicken or turkey breasts. As much as possible, avoid red meat. If you need minced beef, go for ground chicken or turkey. If you have to buy red meat, you should go for lean cuts. Also, you can ask for grass-fed beef. You can find these in organic market Manila or stores that specialize in organic food.

3. Seafood

It’s best to purchase and consume fresh seafood. You can cook up a lot of flavorful dishes when you incorporate seafood into your healthy grocery list. Add a variety of fishes like salmon, mackerel, halibut, and trout as an alternative protein source.

4. Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice are also forms of carbs. You should pick brown rice and whole wheat or whole grain pasta. You need to load up with fiber to help your digestion.

5. Oils, sauces, salad dressing and condiments

You can select different types of sauces, salad dressing, and condiments but you should avoid those loaded with sugar, sodium, and preservatives. Select those that are plant-based and are made of all-natural ingredients. Also, you should replace regular ones with their light versions or those with fat-free labels. If you want to limit your sugar and sodium intake, then make sauces and dressing at home. That way, you keep track of what’s in them.

6. Cereals and breakfast food

Pick up breakfast cereals and bars that are high in fiber and low on sugar. You should always prioritize multigrain or whole grain options. If you want to add flavor in your bowl, you can add berries, dried fruit, and nuts.

7. Soups and canned goods

Instead of reaching for meatloaf or other ready to serve meals, you should pick up tuna or salmon in water. Diced or whole peeled tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene. Other than these, you should get cans of beans. Black, kidney, or soybeans are healthy sources of protein.

8. Dairy, cheese, and eggs

If you need milk, you should get skimmed milk or low-fat ones. Soymilk is also a great alternative. You should also have some fat-free or low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, and other cheese types. Don’t forget to look for tofu before checking out the counter.

Fruits and vegetables are non-negotiables of a healthy grocery list. When picking up your produce, you should include different varieties of fruits and vegetables. Always look for those that are in season and locally available. They taste better and cost less than those imported from other regions.

If you have to get frozen food, you should take frozen fruits and vegetables. You can include the greens in soups, stews, and casseroles. Meanwhile, frozen fruits are great for making smoothies. You also shouldn’t deprive yourself of snacks and crackers. You should have nuts, dried fruit, whole grain crackers, and dark chocolate to curb your hunger or satisfy your cravings.

These are the grocery items you must include on your list if you wish to shift to a healthy lifestyle. You must be consistent in what you buy, so you don’t forget the items on your list. Though some of them can be pricey, it doesn’t mean you have to trade them for less healthy alternatives. The key is to make some lifestyle changes to stick to your budget.

Here are some of the changes worth noting:

1. Eat at home

Try not to order takeout or dine at a restaurant whenever you feel hungry. Choose to use your groceries to prepare a healthy meal instead of eating fast food loaded with grease.

2. Prepare meals beforehand

Take the guesswork out of preparing meals. You can dedicate a day to lay out your groceries and make your meals for the week. That way, you have healthy, delicious meals in an instant.

3. Keep your leftovers

Don’t waste your groceries. Keep your leftovers in the fridge. You can use them to whip up something new whenever you feel like trying out an interesting recipe.

4. Get everything you need in one go

Try not to have multiple grocery trips. You’ll only end up taking items you don’t need. As much as possible, go to the grocery once a week to stock up on the essentials.

Making lifestyle changes of shopping for healthy food isn’t as hard as you think. All you need is patience and a bit conscience to pick your cooking over fast food orders. When you learn to eat healthily, you end up with a strong body and a full pocket. Those things won’t be far from reality when you help yourself actively work on achieving them.

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Aesthetic Homes: Four Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes You Might be Making

 

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“Kitchens should be designed around what is truly important—fun, food and life.”-Daniel Boulud

Kitchen (kich-uhn) – noun: a gathering place for friends and family and a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love

 

The kitchen has always been thought to be the heart of the home. It is that one definitive place that brings families together in the form of sharing a meal.

In this regard, many might consider the kitchen as solely the most important place in the home. However, as the kitchen sees more activity than the rest of the areas in your home (and consequently more foot traffic as well), its wear and tear would be rapid. Similarly, it would also more susceptible to disrepair than any of the other parts of your home—especially if it sees regular heavy usage. In this regard, many homeowners would be constrained to renovating their kitchens for either of these reasons: To accommodate more appliances, have it function optimally through various kitchen repairs or to address a space and storage issue.

If you are anything like most homeowners, the prospect of a kitchen renovation would often bring a myriad of kitchen upgrade ideas and scenarios to your head. Unfortunately, while all of these are great, albeit a little farfetched at times, some of them can be impractical and can fall beyond your budget—particularly the ones that were inspired by Pinterest. In conceptualizing a kitchen renovation, know that a realistic approach works best for this endeavor. Not only would this mitigate the likelihood of frustrations stemmed from unmet expectations, but it would also reduce the possibility of you straying away from your projected budget. As a homeowner with dreams of a kitchen renovation in the horizon, whether that may be a unit condominium in Pasig or elsewhere, it is best to be aware of the common mistakes are in order to avoid them.
Below is a list of what these kitchen upgrade mistakes are to better aid you in your efforts of creating a better and more functional scullery:

1.) Designing without considering your work style

The only way you can optimally function in the kitchen is if it is designed around your work style. You can do as many upgrades and renovations as you wish and it would all be for naught if it takes too much effort to use or would not meet your functional needs. In this regard, your kitchen sections must be divided according to the way you use it. Keep in mind that the three areas that see the most work are the stove, fridge, and sink which means they should be near to each other without being too close that they would result in overcrowding when all three are being used.

2.) Not considering appliance sizes first

Before you get carried away with your fantasies of having a granite countertop style, make sure that it would fit the kind of appliances you need first. Before you plan on a kitchen overhaul, it is best to start selecting the appropriate appliances that would fall within your budget first. From there, you can now incorporate your dream countertops and cupboards to accommodate them rather than doing it the other way around.

3.) Downsizing everything—including storage!

Sure, you might want a smaller and more efficient kitchen instead of having a spacious one that would require too much cleaning, but that does not mean that you should cut down on storage space as well! Remember, you can opt for a smaller kitchen but never make the oversight of cutting down on storage as well. You might overlook the extra space now and think that you do not need it, but eventually and inevitably you will. You are going to accumulate stuff, and you would definitely need the extra space these storage spaces would provide. Keep in mind that there are always clever solutions that would allow you to have a diminutive kitchen without compromising storage space. Be on the lookout for them instead of ruling out the need for storage space completely.

4.) Forgetting countertops

Some homeowners make the mistake of overlooking countertop space in favor of maximizing space. In this regard, they would fill it with all sorts of appliances and kitchen essentials possible. However, for optimal functioning, it is best to leave some surfaces idle. Sure, it might seem counterintuitive to you, but this is not the case in kitchens. In fact, your kitchen would need as many unused spaces as possible and believe us when we say that you will thank yourself for it later. Remember, cooking requires a lot of countertop space, and you are going to be grateful that you left some of yours open instead of having them all occupied.

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10 Must-Dos To Keep Your Home Safe

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A safe home is a happy home. You prevent your family members from getting sick. You minimize expenses hospital expenses and medical costs. In short, you have a well-managed home.

Besides decorations, amenities or facilities, your home must be safe. A perfect home looks into potential risks or home features that can result in accidents. Even if you have a child-friendly house in Vermosa estate in Cavite, you must still observe caution and create a safe home.

If you wish to live harmoniously, here are ten common safety tips to observe when keeping your home safe for all the members of your family.

1. Limit the use of pest control.

Pesticides can contaminate the air or the area where your child plays or your family frequently stays. According to Philip Landrigan, M.D., director of Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Children’s Environmental Health Center in New York City, pest control increases the risk of developing neurological problems and cancer in people. These chemical are designed to kill, so they endanger your health more than you can imagine.

Instead of using pest control, Landrigan suggests sealing the holes and cracks in floors and walls to prevent mice, cockroaches, and other insects from entering your house. Don’t forget the crevices in your doors and windows. He also advises maintaining a clean kitchen free of food particles. If you must use pesticides, use the smallest amount. Use gel-based products or baits instead of sprays.

2. Store chemicals in hard to reach places.

Pesticides aren’t the only chemicals you can find at home. You also have cleaning agents, medications, and other solutions that are poisonous when ingested. As much as possible, keep them away from your child’s prying hands.

Store them on the top shelf and other hard to reach places. Do the same with your vanity essentials. Children might play with your cosmetic items such as nail polish remover, perfume, bath oil, aftershave or mouthwash.

3. Set out fires by keeping candles and matches.

Separate candles and matches and keep them out of sight. Toddlers can accidentally light a match. Though their motor skills are underdeveloped, the friction can cause sparks that might start a fire.

At the same time, do not leave a lit candle in the open. Children might bump into it or topple over it which may cause house fires or burns to your child. Children can also chew on the wax and choke. If you wish to use candlelights, you may try LED candles that is almost the same as real ones.

4. Cover the fireplace.

Cover your fireplace when unused. Install heat resistant gates to cover the flames and protect your family while the fire is burning. It also protects them from falling or getting injuries from the sharp and stone hearth.

Meanwhile, artificial fireplaces can have small rocks that can be a choking hazard. Remove them to prevent any unwanted accidents. Also, keep fire-stocking tools out of reach.

5. Hang on the wall anything that might fall.

If you plan to hang photo frames, ensure they are of the places your child frequents. The frame might drop to the floor and shatter the glass in small pieces which might cut him. As much as possible, mount your frames on the wall or replace the ones on surfaces with plastic.

Do the same to your TV so children won’t reach it when they try to reach the stand. Be sure to mount it on the wall securely. You can also anchor your stand on the wall too. Use slip industrial-strength Velcro straps through air-vent holes connected to eye hooks screwed into the wall.

6. Conceal power outlets.

Children are at risk of electrocution when power strips and sockets are exposed. They could unplug a cord from the outlet or stick objects in the hole. To prevent children from shocks and electrocution, use a power-strip cover. You can also block outlets with a cover or hide them behind furniture.

7. Use tempered-glass tops.

Glass table edges are dangerous for kids especially those learning to walk. Clinical psychologist David Schwebel, Ph. D., says that toddlers can cut their forehead and eye area once they bump into the edges of a glass table. You can prevent accidents from happening by finding out the material used for your table. If you have a non-tempered tabletop, you must place the table in a room your child can’t enter. Replace it with a new tempered-glass top and with edge guards.

8. Prevent falls and suffocation by properly setting up the crib.

Prevent your child from falling by lowering the crib mattress once he or she can sit up. Lowering the crib makes it difficult for them to get out. Refrain from using drop-side cribs. Your child can fall if the drop-side breaks.

Your child is also at risk of suffocation. Do not place too many stuffed animals in the crib. Check the sides of the sides of the crib. If a can of soda can fit between the slats, then your child’s head, hand, and foot can get stuck in them.

9. Use window blinds and guards.

Children might play with the cords and get strangled. A child might loop his or her neck on a cord or long curtain. Thus, it’s best to have cordless window coverings.

It’s also a must to have window guards. Windows with a window seat or those that are low to the floor must install a guard. That way, the window is only open for 3 inches.

10. Choose the right toys.

Balloons are fun to play with and seem safe to be considered as their playthings. In reality, they must be kept away from children under 8 years old. Half of the reported choking deaths by toys are due to balloons. A child can put the remains of a popped balloon in the mouth. The material can drape itself over the entrance of the larynx and cover it like shrink-wrap.

Crayons are also choking hazards. They might not be toys, but they are one of the things given to children for them to use. Children’s small hands can snap a crayon into pieces. The colorful sticks can entice children to put the little pieces in their mouth. It’s best to supervise or guide them when they are using art supplies. Consider using big, round crayons instead of the standard small ones.

If your home is already a happy one, you can make it better by keeping it safe for your child. Check your home now. See if there are features you can improve to create a healthy and safe environment. Follow these steps to prevent fires, electrocution, suffocation, and falls.

 

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Aesthetic Homes: The Anatomy of a Perfect House

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“Successful homeownership is not just putting people into homes; it is also making sure people keep their homes.” –Michelle Collins

Home (noun): a place where one lives; an environment affording security and happiness; a valued place considered a refuge or place of origin.

What is your idea of a perfect home?

To some, it might mean tall ceilings and ornate interiors. For others, it connotes a sprawling modern mansion by the countryside with its heated pool and to a few; it is a place of refuge which they can call as their own. From all these, we can only make one assumption: the concept of a perfect home remains largely subjective. What an ideal home looks to you may not exactly suit the preferences and tastes of another and vice versa. However, while the perfect home remains as an idiosyncratic notion, certain home design elements are universally considered ideal insomuch that when combined, it would culminate in the creation of the perfect house.

The perfect home answers all of your needs, wants and more. It is functional, practical and aesthetically created to suit your taste. Furthermore, it provides you ease of convenience, and it pretty much operates like a dream. With all that considered, you might assume that a dream home would cost you an arm and a leg, but this is an erroneous association. Dream homes do not always equal hefty price tags. However, dream homes do require a degree of practicality and common sense to build accordingly. After all, the perfect house is not one that uses the most expensive materials, but instead, it is one that is made up with common sense features that would satisfy your needs regardless of wherever you live or what your home’s size may be. The perfect house can be anywhere and anything from a contemporary residential home to a Makati apartment for rent.

Furthermore, they add value to your home. Here are just some of the elements that when unified, would create the perfect home:

1.) Single Level

Single level homes are practical and convenient. Today, they have seen resurging popularity in the real estate market, and the demand for them is rather high. To what can we attribute this phenomenon? Well, single-level homes can be easily maintained insomuch that you do not have to devote entire weekends to clean and spruce it up. Everything is just within reach regardless of whether it is for painting, repairs or cleaning. Moreover, temperatures are easy to regulate owing to the lack of stairs which means temperature differences would be mitigated. Lastly, it is ideal for aging as the risk of falling down the stairs is essentially nonexistent.

2.) Nine-Foot Ceilings

You will be surprised how cramped spaces can look a lot bigger just by having tall ceilings. Nine-foot-tall ceilings, in particular, would make your interiors look so much more spacious than it really is without compelling you to increase square footage. Moreover, it gives your rooms that aesthetic feel which most standard 7 to 8-foot ceilings generally lack. Incidentally, 9-foot ceilings are in high demand which when added to your home, would then make it more marketable (and consequently, easier to sell). In this regard, while taller ceilings are generally considered a pricey remodel, it will be worth the investment as you can probably recoup more than what you spent when you sell your home in the future.

3.) Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces have seen a rise in popularity over the years as not only would it be an excellent avenue for relaxation, it is also healthy. Moreover, having an outdoor living space means you have an alternative to the otherwise stifling feel of your indoors. In this regard, small houses would very much benefit from outdoor living spaces as they would not be constrained to staying indoors should they be entertaining visitors and guests. Adding a patio or a deck to your home would also add to its desirability and marketability. So, if you wish to increase its potential resale value, you might want to look into installing an outdoor living space.

4.) Separate Master’s Bedroom

You can advocate the idea of being a happy-family in a shared space, but at the end of the day, you would surely want your private quarters to relax on your own. Having your place preserves your sanity and a few separate rooms in the home would afford everyone some peace and quiet.

5.) Great storage

Perfect homes are never wanting of storage space, and it seems like it has more than enough of it. Storage should be a priority when it comes to looking for an ideal place to live in, and your homes should allow you to maximize that capacity as well. However, this does not mean that you should go ahead and arbitrarily add storage space as after all; you might have tons of hidden storage space just lurking right underneath your nose. Utilize them well.

 

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5 Pieces of Furniture to Add in a Teen Condo Bedroom

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Teenagers of today are design-conscious and up-to-date with the latest trends. Whether its fashion, graphic design or interior decorating, they back up their knowledge through research. They may act as if they know everything there is to know, but they are living in childhood and adulthood. Some of them aren’t ready to give up their toys or collectibles from the past. As their parent or guardian, you can help them transform their bedroom into a polished and sophisticated sleeping quarter at Arbor Lanes.

Teen bedrooms must include features specific to their age without sacrificing design. It must be vibrant and full of energy. It must allow movement while providing an escape from the demands of the world. A functional bedroom must have the basics – bed, study desk, bookshelf, vanity, and storage units. Your teen’s bedroom becomes ten times better when it has a few pieces of furniture that would contribute to its look. You can add the five pieces of furniture below to improve the style of your teen’s room.

1. Armchair/Bean Bags/Couch

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Other than the chair for the desk, there must be additional places for sitting. Teenage years is the decade when friends and classmates come over to hang out. These children have limited cash and a strict curfew. Thus, they would instead crash in your child’s room or chill in the family room. When that happens, you’ll need an extra couch or couple of bean bags to keep your guests comfy.

If you want to add a pair of bean bags in your teen’s room, you must select a chair with removable and washable cover. The bean bag will last longer when you can throw its cover in the wash. Washing does a better job at cleaning than spot cleaning. You must also select a chair with the right filling. Polystyrene bead fill is light but breaks over time. It’s best to look for an eco-fill that is safe and non-carcinogenic. The bean bag must also be big enough to support the user and provide a comfortable seating position.

Beanbags are perfect in a laidback bedroom theme. Teens who wish to achieve a chic and elegant bedroom can opt for armchairs. Armchairs have different varieties and styles. There are curved armrests and boxy seating. It also uses various fabrics and patterns for upholstery. An armchair with a neutral cover is versatile but avoid using white if you want minimal upkeep. Armchairs and bean bags will work on small spaces and extensive floor areas with heavy pieces of furniture. If there’s extra space in the room, you can go for a couch. Sofa beds are great for slumber parties or group school work the teens need to rush.

2. Dresser

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When talking about dressers, it’s critical to know about design, quality, finish, and construction. Keep in mind you can customize its pulls and handles. Focus on the material, the number of its drawers and size as well as material. There are different types of wood used in making chests, and they differ in price points. High-quality dressers have a shiny finish, wood-on-wood glides, and center-rail support. Again, measure the width, height, and depth it will accommodate.

3. Full-length Mirror

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Since teens are conscious of their appearance, a full-length mirror can reassure if their outfit is up to par. The mirror provides a breath of fresh air into your space. It reflects light so small rooms will benefit from the extra shine and brightness. Shape, size, and style are the most important things to look into when buying a mirror.

The shape of the mirror can dictate the mood of the room and accentuate the features of the area. A long horizontal mirror emphasizes width while a tall vertical reflector accentuates height. Boxy shapes give a sense of order while rounded and curved frames soften the visual environment and add a whimsical look. A carved or ornate frame is best for traditional bedroom themes. Still, it is an excellent contrast to modern elements of design. Simple frames and those made of unusual materials suit casual bedroom while whimsical frames and distressed looks complement country and whimsical rooms.

4. Ottoman

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An ottoman is an understated piece of furniture. It is a padded upholstered seat. It resembles a bench without the arms. It can be square or round and used as stools or footrest. Homeowners often neglect the advantage of having one in the bedroom. A square-shaped ottoman enables you to extend the size of your coach. Meanwhile, round and rectangular ottomans are great coffee tables and centerpieces.

You can also purchase ottomans depending on their function. Cocktail and storage ottomans are elevating the room’s overall appearance.

5. Side Table

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If you are looking for pieces of furniture to fill the sides of your bed, you can add a pair of side tables. It’s crucial to think of the height of the item next to it. The table must be equal or below the furniture next to it. It creates a seamless visual flow and makes it easy to reach items on the table. Similar to armchairs, mirrors, and ottomans, side tables also come in several shapes and sizes. You can use your side table to contrast the existing furniture in the area to offset harsh lines, soft textures, or bold colors.

Some side tables have drawers and open shelves for extra storage. Having these features will depend on how you plan to use it.

Armchairs, bean bags, dresser, full-length mirror, ottomans, and side tables are few of the pieces of furniture to add in a teen condo bedroom. A teen’s bedroom is similar to a self-contained apartment. They don’t mind its size as long as it has everything they need. They have space to invite their friends over, finish their homework, and sleep. The right style, shape, size, and color will help reflect their personality and complete the design of their room.

 

The Joys of Being Alone: Becoming Financially Stable

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Financially stability is probably every Millenial’s dream. Born in a world of economic meltdowns, fiscal and monetary policy, these individuals often look forward to easing their worries regarding finances.

They start early – they look for jobs and side hustles, build empires and turn their passion into business ventures. Of course, the path to these isn’t easy. It can be a breeze when you know where to start.

To help you get started, here are some hacks to financial stability.

1. Build your emergency fund.

There’s no other solution during difficult times than to establish a sizeable amount of emergency funding. Each day unexpected events happen to each one. What’s worse, the outcomes are unpredictable. Some events result in greatness while others result in depression (not the illness).

These events not only happen to us. They also occur to people close to us – parents, siblings, and children. When these occur, you must be ready to buffer against the hardship. A sudden layoff, sickness, and death entail costs that can eat up your operating expenses. An emergency fund will help you sail through them.

If you’re a regular employee with a monthly salary, it helps to save six months’ worth of expenses. Entrepreneurs, people on commission and those without a fixed income must save a year’s worth for their expenditures.

2. Expand your income base.

It will take you awhile before you reach the ideal amount for an emergency fund if you have a meager paycheck. A minimum wage will only get you so far – utilities, food, other necessities, and the remaining for savings. You won’t have enough for investment which is crucial to make your money grow over time.

Thus, you must get creative and bust some move to gain some moolah. Some people get a side hustle on top of their 9-to-5 job. Others explore their passion until they start making something out of it. There are guides and tutorials on the Internet that can guide you and become your inspiration to grow your money.

3. Explore community services.

Privatization and exclusivity may be convenient and fancy, but it’s highly expensive. An Uber ride to work is double the amount of your daily train fare. Therefore, commuting is highly sustainable compared to other modes of transportation. Exploring the travel route from Trinoma to Vertis North saves you a couple of bills while doing good to the Earth.

The same goes for biking and walking. It doesn’t only decrease your expenses. It also minimizes your carbon footprint. Besides commuting, common areas like public parks, museums, and libraries are sources of culture and entertainment. Most of these establishments offer a small fee (often the entrance fee) to maintain their operation.

TL, DR: You can be part of something without spending a ton of money just because of exclusivity.

4. Set a partition on your utilities.

Scheduling bill payment twice a month between both paychecks is a life hack. It spreads out your money and extends your budget. To do this, include electricity and water bills in the first half of the month. The other half covers the remaining expenses such as cable, Internet and other payables.

You can throw in other expenses such as groceries and household expenses in the mix. You can do grocery shopping twice per cutoff. That way, you can easily track where the bulk of your money goes.

5. Use budgeting apps.

There’s an app for everything. There’s an application for budgeting for sure. Hence, use the power of technology to cultivate lasting financial habits. If budgeting and monay management isn’t your cup of tea, you can rely on apps to balance accounts and compute your expenses for you. All you have to do in input the complete details to arrive at an accurate computation of your payments and net income.

Maintaining a savings account and paying off a loan is easy when you don’t have obligations. Family members can add to the bulk of expenses without contributing to income. Thus, use these tips and hacks to maximize your earnings. Once you have enough, start growing your passive income. Being financially stable is based on a having a fixed passive income.

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5 Things at Home You Didn’t Know You Could Fix Yourself

“Often what’s wrong with some modernist houses – they’re kept vacuum-sealed all the way through. And then people wonder why they haven’t any atmosphere.” – John Stefanidis

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We all hate damages. Especially when your favorite thing is broken, we feel like we have already lost a very important thing in our life. Whether you like it or not, damages at home are inevitable. One of the reasons is probably because you consistently used that particular thing. It does not matter if you lived in a condo for rent in Bonifacio Global City or any condominiums in the Philippines, you will find damages at home.

But just because might notice some damages, that does not mean that it is going to be a big deal. There are a lot of damages where you can fix it yourself. You do not need to call a professional just to fix it for you. Keep in mind that some damages may be simple enough for you to mend it. To give you an idea, we list down some things you have at home where you can fix yourself.

1. Uneven shower stream

If you know that there is something wrong with the shower, then you should check behind the shower’s handle. There is a valve that is responsible for correctly mixing hot and cold water, and kept the pressure consistent. But before you do the fixing, make sure to shut off the water to the shower, then you can now remove the screws holding the handle through the use of plier and the trim plate on. After, install a replacement pressure to balance the cartridge.

2. Toilet bowl scratches

This is also one of the many things at home where you can fix it yourself. If there are any bowl scratches or anything that keeps the bowl from flushing, then you can clear it with a drain snake. Scrubbing the marks with kitchen scouring pad is also another thing you can use to fix the toilet.

3. Sluggish vent-hood suction

When you have poor suction in your kitchen sink, then you probably need to replace the motor. But before you start fixing, always remember to shut the power to the hood and remove any filters. You also need to pull out the fan blade and find the motor’s wiring harness. Unclip it and unscrew the motor from its blanket. And then attached the replacement motor and reconnected the harness before you install the fan blade again.

4. Dripping dishwasher

This is one thing that we hate whenever it is damaged. Keep in mind that constant use of the dishwasher, the thick rubber gasket along the edge of the tub can also become brittle. That is why, it is important for you to examine the gasket and gently pull it out and reseat it into the tub, and then run the dishwasher. However, if the dishwasher is still leaking, then you should get a replacement gasket and install it in the same way.

5. Slow dryer

It is a must for a dryer to have a proper airflow to finish a load of clothing. However, if your dryer is not working, then this might not a start to wash your clothes. To fix it, you need to remove the front panel and housing cover and unhook the door switch’s wires. Behind that is the blower wheel, remove it from the motor shaft with snap ring pliers. You then need to slide the new wheel in place and test that if it spins by hand. If it does, then you have to reassemble the dryer back to its form.

 

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