Monday, July 31, 2017

Why Our Bathrooms Make Us Embarrassed and How to Overcome It

Just picture it; you’re sitting down, you’ve got guests around and you’re having a wonderful time. You’re eating some delicious food that you personally cooked and you’re just about to bring out the dessert to close a successful dinner party. Then suddenly, two of your guests need to go to the toilet. You guide one of the guests to the downstairs toilet, a meticulous designed and thoroughly cleaned room that you’re proud of. Perhaps it’s the decor choices, maybe it’s the new features you installed in anticipation for your guests, or perhaps it just smells lovely because you remembered the air freshener.

Then comes the disastrous part.

Your other guest also needs to use the bathroom, and the only one left is your main bathroom—the one you haven’t put much effort into. The bathtub is caked in grime, you haven’t wiped the mirrors clean and you’ve left a bunch of toothbrushes and toothpaste lying around. You smile nervously at your guests and ask them to give you a moment. You rush upstairs, quickly tidy everything up, give the bathroom a good wipe and the blinds a little dusting then finally, you let them in. Crisis averted—for now, but it was an embarrassing moment that could’ve made the night a little awkward.


Why do we feel so embarrassed about our bathrooms?

The simple answer is that we don’t like people seeing our mistakes. When you’ve got a fantastic dinner party, the last thing you want to do is lead your guests into a filthy bathroom that’s filled with grime, mildew and other nasty things. The best way to overcome this is to simply give your bathroom some care and cleaning, but out of all the things we do to prepare our homes for guests, it’s probably the lowest on the list. It’s far easier to clean a simple toilet room that your guests will use instead of the whole bathroom. After all, they’re not going to be staying for longer than a night (usually) so it makes sense to save time and clean just the rooms you need.

The other problem is that we don’t like people seeing our toiletries and other products. Got a skin condition? Then you might feel embarrassed when someone spots your super-strength shampoo that’s designed specifically for dry skin conditions. Are you currently suffering from breath problems or acid reflux? Then, again, you wouldn’t want prying eyes to see the type of medication and products you are using to get over your problem. It doesn’t help that these bottles seem to love plastering all of their information on the front rather than be discrete.

Overcoming the embarrassment of your bathroom

There are plenty of ways to get over your fear of letting guests use your bathroom, and we’re going to go through some of those now.

  • Clean, clean, clean! - Keeping your bathroom clean is a lot easier when you do it on a regular basis. Instead of needing to bring out the heavy-duty cleaning tools, all it takes is a bit of water and some wipes to get rid of basic stains. You can even use homemade cleaning products such as lemon or baking soda if you’re unsure about spending money and using expensive cleaning items.
  • Use your storage space - Tidy up your bathroom by making use of hidden storage space. When you aren’t expecting guests, you can leave your toothbrushes and medication out, but when you are expecting them you can simply stash it all into a nearby cupboard which is out of the way so your guests won’t see it. This will keep all of your products private and out of the way.
  • Improve airflow in your bathroom - This little bathroom hack will help you get rid of nasty smells in your bathroom and also help reduce the steam that creates foggy windows and showers. You can do this by leaving your window open more often or taking a look at the extractor fan that exhausts the steam out of your home. If you haven’t replaced or cleaned it for a while, then expect to find a lot of dirt, grime and dust clogging up the fans.
  • Leave out some amenities for guests - Don’t let your guests use simple bars of soap that look dried out and gross. Instead, let them use fresh hand soap with a lovely scent. Give them a fresh hand towel to dry themselves, and don’t neglect to get some nice scents or flowers to brighten up the room. And whatever you do, don’t forget some extra toilet paper!


Upgrade your bathroom and feel proud about it

You can also add some upgrades to your bathroom to make it feel a lot more luxurious. For instance, you could upgrade the taps so that the water flows properly and doesn’t have any kind of stagger. When you’re at home in a hurry, fixing small issues like that can be tiresome and you might even neglect it. However, once you involve some guests, you might start to be more conscious about it. Replacing the taps can add a touch of luxury to your bathroom and it’s a worthwhile investment if you want a more stylish room.

Another good touch to add is to upgrade your toilet itself. Since they’re going to be using it as guests, you want to ensure it has all the features you need and that it doesn’t smell strange. A popular upgrade that many homeowners are looking at is a bidet toilet seat. It’s relatively easy to install and adds a great touch to your bathroom if you have a modern aesthetic. You can't get any better than these bidet toilet seats, so pick one out and learn to love the upgrade. If you don’t have much DIY experience, then it’s best to ask someone to help you with the installation process.

Some final words

There’s really no need to be ashamed of most of the things in your bathroom, but it’s completely understandable if you want to put on a fantastic first impression for your guests. The most important tips you can follow are to always keep it clean and try your best to maintain it before your guests arrive. Utilise storage space properly and don’t forget to upgrade your bathroom now and then.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep This Summer

Summer’s here and for most of us it’s the time for barbecues, gardening projects, and sipping a cool drink with family and friends as you talk long into the night, bathed in the amber glow of the setting sun. However; it’s also the time for sweaty armpits, feeling the need to shower three or four times a day, cranky kids and (possibly worst of all), thrashing around all night trying to get to sleep in the intense heat.

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The importance of a good night’s sleep

Starting your day feeling sticky, fuzzy-headed and  cranky through sleep deprivation is a guaranteed way to ruin your day before it’s even properly started. While the hot summer nights aren’t exactly conducive to a good night’s sleep, it’s especially important since the long days and earlier sunrises can significantly shorten our sleeping hours.

A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential to your health. It maintains healthy brain function, helps to maintain emotional well being and it’s a vital component in all metabolic and healing processes. So here are some hints to help you enjoy cool, blissful slumber even when the deck is stacked against you by the relentless heat.

Air conditioning. Think of it as an investment

There really is no substitute for a good air conditioning system, so don’t be put off by your preconceived notions of huge cost, noise and inefficiency. Air conditioner maintenance and systems are surprisingly affordable and far less intrusive than you may think. AC systems of old were noisy and bulky but today there are whole new generations of portable and silent AC units. If, however, you’re unable or unwilling to invest in a new AC unit then there are plenty of cheaper (or even free) low-tech solutions to getting some shut eye in spite of the heat.

Getting the right bedding

It’s important to bedeck your bed with light, breathing fabrics such as cotton or linen. Satin may look and feel luxurious but it’s best left for when things cool down. Some people put their sheets in the refrigerator or freezer prior to sleeping but if this seems a little extreme for you, then try If filling a hot water bottle with icy water for a quick and easy cold pack.

Create your own old-school ice box

If you have elderly relatives then you may hear them refer to your refrigerator as an ice box. This is because early refrigerators were insulated boxes that cooled food using blocks of ice stored on the upper shelves that cooled the produce below. This same principle can be used to keep yourself cool when the nights heat up. Make a low-tech DIY air conditioner by placing a shallow pan or bowl (such as a roasting tin) filled with ice in front of a desk fan. The breeze picks up cold water vapor from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist that is spread throughout the room. Bliss!
Whatever stay-cool solution you choose, be aware that a cool, breezy night will pave the way to you waking up fresh and ready to enjoy a summer’s day.

Don't Let Your Home Renovation Put You In The Red!

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We all have ambitions for how we want our home to look. These might be simple things like decorations and color schemes, but they might also be more significant things like renovations, extensions, and repairs. The issue with these larger projects is that they can often end up racking up a serious price tag which is often enough to discourage many people. But if you're really sure about undertaking some kind of large home project, there are some things that you can do to avoid emptying your bank account. Here are just a few surprisingly simple things that you can do to stay in the black when you're renovating your home.

Do your research

One of the most common ways in which a large home renovation or repair project can end up costing far more than you were expecting is when people don't actually do the right amount of research on it before they get started. If you don't research every aspect of it, then your project could easily end up spiraling out of control and becoming far more expensive than you can actually afford. Not only that but being fully aware of what a project entails means that you're never going to be in a position where a contractor can attempt to pull the wool over your eyes and overcharge you for something simple by pretending it's going to be more difficult than it needs to be.

Find the right contractors

Speaking of contractors, it's a major fear for a lot of people that they'll end up hiring a team that will take advantage of them, charging them huge amounts of money and leaving them with a job that is below standard, or worse, not even finished! The only real way to do that is to do some research on your contractors as well as on the project itself. Look for companies that have been well reviewed and have a history of good work. Companies like Indigo Construction not only have reviews on their website but have clear examples of why the work that they do is such high quality. You should also check out 3rd party websites so that you can be sure you're getting opinions from every direction.   

Do it yourself!

Of course, if you've done your research and it seems like a relatively small project, why not save yourself the money that you'd spend hiring a contractor and do the job yourself? Sure, this is probably going to be a little more difficult than hiring someone else, but if you're willing to put the work in then, you'll be able to save yourself a decent amount of cash. Not only that but there are so many instructions and tutorials online these days that you can learn how to take care of just about any project incredibly easily.

Whatever you decide, make sure that you never take anything for granted. Renovations, repairs, and extensions are often large and complicated projects that you should never take lightly. Make sure that you're always keeping your budget and timeframe in mind when making plans to start any kind of project.

Feeling Guilty About Your Energy Usage? Here's How to go Green

If you run your family home, you’ll already know how difficult it can be to be energy efficient. When your child tells you they need their sports kit for tomorrow and you find it stuffed at the bottom of a dirty laundry basket, you have no choice but to do an emergency washing and tumble dry session. However, being aware that you should be making your home greener, rather than using unnecessary energy could make you feel guilty. So, here’s what you can do to calm that guilty feeling.

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Insulation
One of the biggest reasons many homes use more energy than they should is because they lose heat through their walls and floors. Heat is also lost through the roof, and because heat rises, the ground floor often feels much colder than it should be. You can solve this problem by making sure your roof, walls and floors are insulated. Initially it will cost you a significant amount of money, but your heating bills will more than pay you back over the next three years.

Draughts
The same thing happens with heat when you let the cold air in. If there are draughts coming from your doors or windows, you won’t feel warm during the colder months. When we’re not feeling warm in our own homes, our go-to solution is to turn the heating up. This is especially important to rectify if you have an open plan home. Having few doors in the home means it’s more difficult to trap draughts in separate rooms. Check the seals on all of your windows and make sure your doors are tightly shut. If you still feel a draught coming from either, it may be time you looked into replacing them.

Talk to Your Energy Company
Although energy companies want you to spend money on energy, there’s no denying that people are more energy conscious than ever. That’s why most companies now offer energy efficient plans to their customers, like stream energy. This way, you’re usually paying a fixed price so you don’t have to worry about your varying bills throughout the year and you’ll be saving energy and helping the planet at the same time.

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Smart Meters and Control Systems
Energy users have never had as much control over what they use as they have now. Installing a smart meter will make it easier for you to monitor what you’re using and you won’t have to worry about forgetting to send in readings and ending up with an estimated bill. You can also download apps to control your energy from your phone. So, if you pop out and suddenly remember you’ve left the heating on, you can switch it off from your phone. No more guilt about wasting energy because you forgot to flick a switch on a busy morning.

Check Your Boiler
There’s no getting away from the fact that a boiler is a necessity, all year round. If your boiler isn’t functioning properly it could be costing you more than you should be paying. Get it checked and replace it when needed.

Going Green isn’t easy, but if you’re trying to do your part, you’re halfway there.

Big And Small: Home Repairs That Need Immediate Attention

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We all try to live within our means. Most of us do anyway. Most of us are always one dollar short of our monthly bills, which makes that last week of every month a true testing period, even at the best of times. Then comes an unexpected cost we hadn’t factored in, namely a handful of home repairs that start to leak dollar bills. That is when we really start to sweat. After all, how are we meant to figure out exactly where to direct the limited amount of cash we have put away for such emergencies when more than one repair job has suddenly cropped up?

That is where we come in. You see, we have been speaking to a few people in the know and asked them if they would kindly throw their two pennies in by explaining exactly which home repairs shouldn’t be put off until the finances allow it. The reason they shouldn’t be put off is that, when left to continue along their faulty path, they can worsen and do so fast. To put it into simple terms, when left alone, a hundred dollar job can quickly become a thousand dollar one. Gulp.

So, without further ado, here is a list of home repairs you shouldn’t dilly-dally about on. Now go, go, go.

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1. The Bigger Things (Not For DIYers)

Plumbing Leaks
It doesn’t matter what sort of leak you are faced with - big, small, sporadic, frequent, constant - every type of leak has the potential to cause big problems in your home. This is because water has unrivaled ability to find a way out of a space no matter what. That means even the smallest of leaks can create a massive problem for you financially, and we’re talking about thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of problems. That is why you need to jump on to these the very second they arise and then learn how to keep them running smoothly from this day forward so that you don’t have to worry about anything going wrong in the future. If you are a capable DIYer, then you are probably going to be able to deal with a loose faucet or a leaky water heater and maybe even the installation of a new toilet. However, anything that requires modifying the plumbing system needs to be left to professionals like Universal Plumbing and Sewer. It isn’t so much about the dangers - which is a concern with anything electrical - it is about the fact problems can get out of hand pretty fast. Plumbing can mean hot water and hot water means copper piping and copper piping means blow-torching. Stay away from that. Please.

Electrical Repairs
We mentioned it above and we’re going to delve into it now. Anything that has an electrical current running through it should never be attempted on your own. Ever. Under no circumstances. Period. Sure, you may be able to change a light bulb or change a switch - so long as the power has been turned off first - but anything that goes beyond this needs to be dealt with by an experienced professional. There is just so much that requires the experienced eye and mind of a super-duper electrician. The reason being, some work is too dangerous and other work could require you to get a permit to carry out. There are some tasks that, if done wrong, could see your home go up in flames and come down ashes. There are building codes that need to be adhered to. They may not sound important to you now but, trust us, you could struggle to sell your home in the future. Not good.

Roof Repairs
Thanks to gravity, nothing can lead to big problems quite as much as a leaky roof. That’s because a single leak can lead to structural damage, mold, the destruction of personal items, electrical problems and just about everything else you can think of. The reason this is considered a big thing is that it shouldn’t be done by yourself. You may be looking up at your roof and thinking, “meh, it’s just one shingle that needs replacing,” but it isn’t worth risking on your own for the simple fact if you fall off it is going to seriously hurt. One slip and that could be it. That is why we recommend you use a certified professional like WeFix Indy. That way you can rest assured that no one will get hurt. What’s more, you will be able to get a detailed diagnosis of just what needs doing. You may think it is just a shingle that is missing, but it requires a more significant roofing job due to a sagging roof, a tear below the shingles or even wind damage. Like we said, even the slightest damage on a roof could lead to huge problems so it is worth making sure it isn’t a job half done.

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2. The Smaller Stuff (For DIYers)

Recaulking The Obvious Places
The good news is, it doesn’t cost much to buy yourself some decent caulk. The bad news is, it is an extremely important job to keep on top of because it keeps water from getting into places it shouldn’t be in. Your first step should be to inspect your home. Start with the obvious places like your shower basin, your bathtub, your windows and your doors. These are where leaks are most prone to be. Then get to re-caulking them, and make sure you do this on a regular basis too. In case you skipped over the above points (about the bigger things), water damage can really be bad. It can take a small issue and turn it into a really expensive problem. It is one of the worst out there.

Cleaning Out Your Dryer Vent
We have absolutely no doubt that you clear out your dryer’s lint catcher on a regular basis (if you don’t, then you really should). But try and think back to when you last cleared out your dryer vent? If it wasn’t in the past twelve months then you need to call up work and tell them that you won’t be in today. Because the buildup of lint in the dryer vent happens so slowly and gradually, most people don’t realize that this is the cause of their dryers ineffectiveness. They just put it down to age. But it isn’t just about making your dryer that much more effective and efficient, it is also about protecting you, your loved ones and your home from a house fire. That is the risk you run by not dealing with any build up of lint.

Changing Your HVAC Filter
It only costs a few dollars to buy a new filter for your HVAC system, and nothing for you to change it yourself. What’s more, you only need to do this once a month, maybe twice if you really want to stay on top of it. So, for six bucks a month, you could be saving yourself a small fortune a year. That is because dirty filters make HVAC units work so much harder to do their job, which not only means your utility bills will start going through the roof but also the life of your HVAC unit will be cut drastically short. Combine these two expensive concerns and you could see thousands of dollars come out of your account unnecessarily. $70 a year or thousands? It is up to you.

Problem Of Peeling Paint
If there is one thing we love about a fresh lick of paint (apart from the smell) it is the way it makes a house look so much nicer. It really does. That is why every interior design blog you ever read will urge you toward painting your space. The impact is just awesome. However, there is another purpose that painted walls play - a more important role - and that is to protect your home from damp and dry-rot. So, if the paint in or on your home is starting to peel away, then it could be time for you to get the scraper out, scrape away the old flaking paint and then slap on a new coat. However, please don’t do this is your house was built before 1980. This is because they used lead based paint back then, which isn’t exactly good for you. As such, call in a professional to test your home and make sure. If it is lead-based, then have them deal with it. If it isn’t, then enjoy a little bit of therapeutic painting.


As you can see, not all repair jobs were born equal and that means you should only take on those smaller jobs you feel confident at taking on. Yes, it may seem like more cost-effective to do all DIY jobs yourself but that is a very short-sighted judgment call. A couple of hundred dollars to call out a professional now is a lot better value than spending a thousand bucks on a professional later on. And if you still don’t believe us, then just ask any DIY enthusiast about the joys of doing everything themselves and their history lesson will likely come with the caveat in the shape of a few horror stories.

5 Quick Ways To Save Money In Your Home

We’re always looking for savings, or at least complaining that we wish we could be saving more. From cutting down on socializing to saving money on your shopping, we all know that there are easy ways to save money. But did you know that there are quick ways to save money in your home? Here are five things you can do today to save money in you home.

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1. Change your grocery shopping habits

Grocery shopping is one of the things that you can save money on easily, as it is not a fixed cost. Are you spending too much money on your groceries? If so, it’s time to cut back. Work out how much you spend a month and try to reduce it by a certain percentage - put the money saved into savings. Keep an eye out for coupons and shop around for the best price to help you make those savings.

2. Change your eating habits too

While we’re on the subject of food, changing your eating habits could also save you money. Making food in batches (a slow cooker is a great investment) and buying frozen ingredients are ways to cut down on food waste and therefore make your grocery shop last longer.

3. Switch your suppliers

It’s easy to get complacent when it comes to your suppliers. From energy to the internet, you could be making savings by switching to a different supplier. Direct Energy Electric makes it easy for you to find the right suppliers in your area and get the best deal for your energy. Make sure you shop around for the best phone, cable and internet provider too - there’s a lot of savings to be made if you’re willing to look for them.

4.  Watch less television

Whether you watch via a DVR or Netflix, on average, you could be spending up to five hours a day watching television. While powering your TV does affect energy costs, it can also affect your spending habits. Being exposed to fewer commercials will make the urge to spend less, as well as freeing your time to focus on other things - why not try it for a month and see if your habits change?

5. Use your car less

Relying on your car not only makes you lazy but costs you money. You should aim to use your car less so that you spend less on fuel costs, and get healthier too. Walking is a really effective cardio exercise that requires no more equipment than a good pair of shoes - so you could ditch the gym membership if you were willing to walk more.

Need some further inspiration for saving money around your home? Some simple life hacks for every part of your home could change your habits and help you save money in the process. Most of the effort in saving money at home comes from avoiding lazy habits, and you can make many quick changes today that will make the savings add up in your account over the course of the year.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Happy Nester: Genius Home Hacks For Every Part of Your House

Being at home is the best place to be. Wandering around in your robe with a cup of tea, inspecting your garden early in the morning, and lovingly looking towards your kitchen where all the action happens during the day; to be at home is to be happy and comfortable.

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That’s until the boiler breaks down, however, until the oven suddenly betrays you and stops working - or, even worse, until you light the fireplace for the first time in months and take down the poor family of birds that lived in your chimney.

These unfortunate events make your home less comfortable and far less pleasant. Luckily, we have brilliant advice from all corners of the world on how you can keep loving your home, and avoid unexpected unpleasantness when you’re trying to be in your element.

Kitchen Hacks: Neat cooking and storage solutions

A lovely kitchen is clean, tidy, and smells of cookies without showing any evidence of baking. It’s not always easy to pull off, though, and especially not if your kitchen is kind of cramped. Make it easier for yourself and apply a few of these handy kitchen hacks; they might not make your cooking delicious, but it will make the process of cooking up a dish a lot more pleasant.

First, get familiar with the famous garbage bowl. It’s more like a compost bowl, really, as you should place it next to your chopping board and peel your root veggies over it, and empty out everything you can’t be bothered to carry over to the bin quite yet. It’s nothing magical about it, just a simple bowl or a paper towel to save you time and keep you from dropping onion peels or carrot shavings on the floor.

If you have another bowl handy, fill it with hot water and a bit of soap to quickly rinse your utensils rather than grabbing a new set. When you’re done using that spatula, let it rest in the soapy bowl instead of drying out in a corner on its own.

For longer lasting produce, start to transfer your freshly bought spinach or other green leaves from their original bag to a plastic container. Place a clean paper towel at the bottom and another one at the top of the leaves; now you can enjoy crisp spinach for way longer and don’t have to see those sad, soggy parts at the bottom of the bag.

Do the same when you’re making pancakes, by the way, to keep them from going soggy while you’re waiting for the last to finish up in the pan. A paper towel underneath the first pancake and another one at the top of the last - and voila; you have soft and fresh pancakes for longer.

Bathroom Hacks: Fogginess and shower Pressure

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom - some of us even more than others. Make the experience a bit more pleasant with these handy hacks and let the rest of your household in on your secrets too. To make the airflow slightly better while you’re fogging up the whole bathroom with your long showers, don’t close the shower curtain or door completely.

Locking it up will keep all of that humid air trapped inside where you’re trying to breathe, as well as making the shower dirty a lot faster. Just leave a bit of space on either side and enjoy the freshness.

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Next, have a look at your shower head. It’s not a pleasant job always, as hard water leaves mineral deposits behind that can clog up your shower head - and shower you with a disappointingly powerless stream. Soak the whole thing in vinegar for a few minutes to clean it all out, or consider boiling the vinegar first for an even more effective shower head hack.

If you know for a fact that it’s not clogged up inside, you can screw it open and look for a water reducer. A lot of the new heads we buy these days come with reducers installed already; they’re there to save you money and water, but some of them take their jobs a bit too seriously. The reducer is usually a bright colour so it should be easy enough to spot.

Now that you’re able to wash without having to splash a low stream of water over yourself, wipe a layer of shaving cream on your hand mirror. Really - the cream keeps it from fogging up so that you can shave in the shower without having to rinse it in water every fifth second. Bring your wrinkled-up shirt with you to the bathroom too, and let the steam of the hot water curl out a few of the wrinkles.

It makes it easier to iron afterward, you know, or even to get away with not ironing your shirt when you’d rather spend more time enjoying the lovely water pressure in your shower.

Living Room Hacks: Airflow and decoration

We may not spend as much time in our living room as we do in our bedroom or kitchen, but it’s still one of the most important rooms in our home. It’s where you entertain your guests as well as yourself, so it should be a pleasant place to be.

Pleasant sounds somewhat expensive though - and who has money to spend on decorative stuff these days? Make use of these simple living room hacks to fool yourself as well as your amazed guests.

When the air feels permanently stuffy in your home and opening the windows seems to be only a temporary solution, you might have clogged air filters. Cleaning the filters in your home is such an easy thing to do and such an easy thing to forget - but remembering to do it will make a massive difference. Use this DIY article to clean every filter in your home and befriend the team behind your heating and air-con products; Harster Heating services is a great place to start if you want your systems to be in perfect shape at all times.

If you’re fed up with the look of your walls, having its colour and general attitude staring you down wherever you turn, don’t move out quite yet. Removable wallpaper is a thing lately, and people everywhere are sticking it onto the hideous wallpaper of their rental flats, or onto awfully painted living rooms in shades of bright yellow. It is surprisingly kind on your wallet and won’t take long to remove at all - when you’re due for another change, or it’s time to move on for good.

Wrap it around any old appliance you’re tired of looking at as well, by the way. Your imagination is really the only limit with these handy wallpapers, so play around with different designs and patterns to find something you like. It’s going to be a lot better than the old look of your living room walls in any way.

Another genius hack that’s the perfect match for your wallpaper experiments is the classic half-painted wall. The idea is to paint the top quarter in a different shade to make the walls look taller -  rather than painting the whole wall white like we’re usually told to do. Fair enough, it’s not a half-wall hack, but it sounds a lot better than a quarter-wall hack.

In case you’re not in the middle of a refurnishing project while reading this post, try the same with the DIY wallpaper we’ve been talking about - you just need two different shades and a sharp scissor to get there.

Bedroom Hacks: More storage and better view

The bedroom is your sanctuary and should be as cozy and comfortable as possible. You know better than any what it takes for you to feel snuggly, but a few of these calming tips should put you to sleep a bit easier - and make your mornings brighter.

First, position your bed towards the window so that it’s facing the view. This might not always be possible, and even if it is, the view isn’t always that much to look at. If you do, however, have space to position your bed like this and are lucky enough to have something to look at, make sure you take advantage of this view for happier mornings.

Experiment with a different shade in your bedroom, too, and have a look at this colour philosophy article while you’re at it. The principle is that you should surround yourself with soothing shades, maybe even a bit darker than you had in mind, and continue the theme throughout the room.

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In case you’re planning on some furniture shopping in the immediate future, consider replacing some of your bedroom furniture with storage solutions. Most of the things you’d like to keep there can be replaced with something to store other stuff in; your bed, writing desk, night stand, the list goes on. This is handy as you get two functions out of one piece, and can neatly stack all of those towels and sheets away.

Give your wardrobe a quick makeover as well, by washing it on the inside to make your clothes smell fresh, and arranging your clothes by color. Sure, it sounds like a tedious thing to occupy yourself with on the weekend, but it will make it easier to pick out outfits for the rest of the week.

Anything that can make life easier is worth a bit of time - and these home hacks are worth every second you invest.