“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.
“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:
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.
“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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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Clutter is anything that doesn’t belong in space – whether because it belongs elsewhere in your home, or it doesn’t belong in your home any longer. ~Chrissy Halton
Whether you realize it or not, we have this tendency to keep things in our possession no matter how long or old it is. We just want to have it for as long as we want, since it is our belongings. For some people, getting rid of their things might be a challenge since there is a sentimental value on it, or merely because they grew fond of it. Did you know that this stuff add clutter to your home?
Regardless of the property you’re in—may it be in a house and lot for sale in Laguna or a condo unit anywhere in the Philippines, decluttering is a must if you want to have a clean and healthy environment at home. If you’re one of those people who is having a hard time getting rid of his/her stuff, then these tips below will help you with that matter.
How to declutter your home
Don’t hang on the past
There are just things that remind us of our memories from the past – of what and who we are before. If that particular thing holds a bad memory, then you better get rid of it. This is not the time for you to hang on the past, you have to move on by getting rid of the things that reflect who you are before.
Getting rid of the things that remind of your past is not that hard as you think it is. You just have to make sure that you get rid of that particular thing together with those bad memories that you have with that thing. Well, you will eventually realize that getting rid of it is much better than keeping it in your home.
Don’t get too wrapped up in the future either
Sometimes, we are tempted to buy things for our home even if we don’t need it at all yet. Yes, this might be an inspiration for dreaming of a home where you can have that particular furniture, but if you think that that doesn’t suit your home just yet, then don’t buy it ahead of time. It will only add up to the things in your home.
Limit your emotional attachment to physical things, especially if they’re large things.
One of the main reasons why you can easily get rid of your stuff at home is that you have some emotional attachment to it. Even if those particular things don’t hold any value to you at all, you still want to keep things at home. And if you can’t easily get rid of it, then. As a result, more and more things are placed at home.
However, if you know how to control yourself by limiting your emotional attachment to each of your belongings, then getting rid of it would be much easier for you to do. Yes, there might be things that hold sentimental value for you. But to those things that are not that useful to you or for your home, then you better get rid of it now.
If you are a kind of person who just loves to keep souvenirs even if it’s not that useful to you, then you may want to take some alternatives without taking or bringing things at home. Well, you can take some photographs or pictures with the events that happened in your life. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should store some things at home for you to keep those memories forever. You can store it on pictures.
When you do such, you don’t just keep your memories in life; you will also have much bigger space at home. Moreover, this is also one of the many ways you can organize your things in an easier way. Well, you don’t have to worry about too many furniture or things in your home. Just have some fun and take some pictures of your life experience.