For many of us, the New Year signifies new beginnings, new resolutions, new goals that we set for ourselves. Though one can start afresh at any time of the year in your life, having a fresh start with a headstart when the calendar changes the year give a new high.
In the past, at the beginning of every year, my initial days and sometimes the whole month went into planning for the New Year. This eventually made me hard to catch up on the days lost. Not that it was impossible but just the feeling of not starting on the first day or week of the New Year did not feel right. I was hit by this realization last year that I should have started early or could have got a headstart on the New Year. So I made December my month of planning and head-starting my New Year with a bang. I did whatever I thought that I should have done earlier well before the New Year and this included not just my professional planning but also prepping me for personal growth.
The question remains that this being the last month of the year, what can you really do to feel accomplished this year and give your new year a much-required headstart. Well these are the things I did and will be doing this year end as well:
This is the most powerful thing you can do to clear out your mental and physical space before saying goodbye to this year. A cluttered space and a cluttered mind never function right.
- At Home: Start with your personal areas like your wardrobe, nightstand further going on to your living areas and other parts of the house. A clean space will have fewer distractions thus helping you focus on the more important things like spending quality time with your family.
Neat and clean looking homes are what we wish for every day. But in this fast pace life, it is difficult to take out time to deep clean the house or maintain the uncluttered look for long. So here are three simple, fast and efficient ways to uncluttered looking homes:
1. Make your Bed:
The bed occupies the significant part of your bedroom, so why not start here. Making your bed first thing in the morning will give you instant gratification in less than five minutes. If that doesn’t motivates you then just imagine the sense of relaxation when coming back to a well-made bed in the evening after a long day’s work.
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Make it a habit to make your bed first thing in the morning
Choosing the right pots to contain your plants is a difficult choice to make when there are endless options available in the market. One needs to not only decide the type, form, and aesthetics of the container but also the material of the containers. The two widely used materials are terracotta/ clay (glazed and unglazed) and plastic polymers. You need to choose a container not only to suit the budget but also suit the plant’s requirements and your upkeep practices.
Terracotta and ceramic glazed pots have always been the traditional favorites and have been used for centuries now. But the in the current age, plastic pots taking over. Both the materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the factors to consider while making a choice.
Creative minds are very active all the time, which makes it difficult to concentrate on designated tasks. Random thoughts tend to populate the mind keeping it active and busy all the time. This often leads to difficulties in concentrating on assigned tasks. Many times there is a chain of thoughts that goes on in our minds. Whether it is some issue that concerns us or some sudden burst of ideas, an overactive mind drains us not just mentally but also physically. You may feel low on energy even though you do no physical work.
Signs that you have an overactive mind
- You have a chain of thoughts always running in your mind, be it an issue or a streak of ideas or your plans.
- You feel physically drained not by any significant physical activity but just by thinking about something.
- You have difficulty in falling asleep at night because you have random thoughts crisscrossing your mind
- You tend to overthink or over analyze situations some of which don’t even concern you or those which you can’t control.
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5. English Ivy (Hedera helix):
It is one of the easiest to grow plants which can drastically improve the air quality of your room. It is known to absorb toxins in the air and reduce airborne molds, thus proving beneficial for those with respiratory allergies.
Care & Maintenance:
English Ivy is an evergreen climbing vine which has a tendency to spread as long as it has some support. It requires medium to bright light and can’t tolerate standing water.
Ever wondered if the plants you placed indoors can be more than just for beautification? Yes, indoor plants can improve your quality of life in many ways. Here I’m listing the eight plants that can be grown indoors to give you beauty with many other benefits.
Lavender is an aromatic herb which purifies the air. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as slow down your heart rate. Lavender oil is extensively used, but why limit to just that when you can plant Lavender indoors and take its benefit all through the day and night. The lavender plant will make your place feeling fresh, relaxed and purified. It also repels insects.
Care & Maintenance:
Lavender grows well in hot and dry conditions, so make sure the pot has good drainage with slightly alkaline soil and is placed in a sunny location (ideally towards a south facing window). The best part is that you can propagate lavender from plant cuttings.
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Keeping in tune with my previous post which gave ideas to utilize space under your staircase creatively and efficiently (Read it Here), I now have interior design ideas with loft beds which can double up the space you have.
Loft beds can be especially useful if your are living in studio apartments or wish to have a dual use of same space. Loft beds can free up the ground plane giving you more flexibility of use.
With space being a scarcity, it is, of course, a good idea to utilize awkward and underused spaces in your house to the fullest. The space under your staircase is one which can consume a lot of real estate value and thus needs to be used efficiently. Here, I give you a list of creative and efficient options by which you can transform the space under your staircase to use it to the fullest.
1. Stylish & Convenient Storage
The simplest way to use the staircase is by having it used as an extra storage area. But efficiently utilizing the space can maximize the storage that can be done in there. Below are some of the coolest storage ideas to incorporate if you are looking out to carve out some extra storage room in your house.
As the concept of coworking spaces is booming, we bring to you ten coolest and trendiest coworking spaces and ideas that you can emulate.
It’s that time of the year when you can enjoy outdoors the most. If you do not have a garden or a backyard, or not even a terrace; you can still enjoy the outdoors by giving your humble and neglected small balcony a much-needed makeover.
These easy to incorporate simple design ideas and tips will instantly make your small balcony your favorite place to hangout. Continue reading