9 Ideas on How to Revamp Your Home Office

Do you work from home full time or occasionally? If yes, here are several decorating tips that you can use to increase productivity and office space use:
1. Float your shelves – floating shelves helps you declutter your office and use all the available space well. You can add decorative elements to make the office welcoming while sticking to light colors to maintain the theme.
2. Buy a desk pad – if you don’t have a desk pad, you should have one because it helps you define the working area in your desk (you cannot declutter it). You should buy a large desk pad to get enough room to move your arms freely and complete your tasks with ease.
3. Buy a laptop – in this era, you should have a desktop or a laptop in your home office. A laptop is easy to move around with, work with and use thus it is a good choice especially if you stay within your budget.
4. Provide refreshments – if you love refreshments, you should have them with you in your office to save time and energy because you will not have to move around. You can have a beverage cut, coffee maker and a mini-fridge with refreshments near your desk or in your home office.
5. Incorporate pattern & color – certain color and patterns keep you stimulated and active. Therefore, try to incorporate colors or patterns that will have a positive effect on how you feel. For instance, have energetic colors at the sides and subtle/subdued colors on or near your working desk to avoid distractions.
6. Hang artwork – do you love art? You should consider hanging art 6 – 9 inches above your desk for easy viewing while sitting down. Alternatively, you can lean an art piece on your desk or near the wall for a better view.
7. Have a board – you need to have a board where you pin reminders, to-do lists, samples, and bills. You should also pin inspirational messages and positive photos to have a different perspective every time you look at it. Also, although you can have a digital vision board on your phone or computer, you can have a different board that has your visions and goals you wish to attain in life.
8. Buy office supplies – you should have everything you need within reach to save time. Make sure your office is well stocked with all the office supplies you need including pens, mark pens, ink, charts, notebooks, pencils, etc.
9. Invest in practical lamps – the type of lighting you use can determine your productivity. Bad light can affect your moods, eyes and even your health. Therefore, investing in practical lightings like background illumination or a decorative table lamp is a good idea. If you are looking to save space, replacing a desk lamp with a wall-mounted or floor lamp a great idea.
Finally, even though these are great ideas to revamp your home office, you will have to research a little more to make the right choice because there are numerous products to choose from in the market.

Making Home Features Safe for Seniors

Seniors are increasingly choosing to remain in their current houses, long after their kids have grown up and moved out.  While this growing trend indicates positive things about modern health and longevity, as well as access to senior services, it does pose several challenges that need to be prepared for.  Obviously, as we age, our needs change and the house that served us well at age 35 isn’t a house that would also meet our needs at 65.  Being aware of this fact, should motivate us to plan ahead and begin modifying our homes for our future requirements.

While everyone is different and no home is the same, there are some universally useful suggestions for making a house senior-friendly.  So, here is how to age proof your home:

Find local experts with specialized certifications related to senior needs and work with them to plan your age-related remodeling.  Try to find Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) and Occupational Therapists with the Executive Certificate in Home Modifications (ECHM) or the Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications (SCEM).  These are professionals that will know how a house might need to be altered to accommodate older people.  Select the experts you prefer via telephone and plan with them.

When you are redoing the interior of your house, think about what problems you might reasonably develop as you age.  Does your family have a genetic predisposition for diabetes or strokes?  Have any of your family members ended up as invalids later in life?  If so, you should seriously consider widening your entryways and hallways and adding safety bars to your bathrooms.  These modifications will help if you ever require the use of a wheelchair.  You should plan for other potential problems in a similar way.

If you don’t live in a single-floor house, try to move your everyday living spaces downstairs.  Locate your bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.  This helps greatly because older people can develop more severe arthritis and/or become much less coordinated.

Create wide pathways between furniture and to areas you often need to go.  Reduce the number of items you have around the house to reduce congestion.  Make certain that all areas are well-lit, that all stairways have guide rails and slick flooring has traction.  Also, get rid of smaller rugs and carpeting that you could trip on.

Bathrooms are often among the most dangerous places for seniors.  It’s a good idea to “senior-proof” them by:  replacing bathtubs with shower stalls that are completely flush with the floor; installing flooring traction; and by replacing standard toilets with raised ones.

Preventing accidental falls is one of the most important safety considerations for seniors.  Considering this, you should improve nighttime visibility with motion-activated lighting and repair any damaged walkways that might cause you to trip and fall.

Redefining The Designs of Your Bedroom

Refining your bedroom could likely prove to be a highly rewarding endeavor, considering that many of us spend ten or more hours a day there.  Enhancing an environment you spend much of your time in, as well as most of your regenerative moments, certainly will improve your mood and quality of life. As you continue reading, you will learn more about the steps of the somewhat lengthy process of upgrading your bedroom.

First, you need to have a vision of what you want to do.  You can acquire this from interior design magazines, HGTV shows or by discussing ideas with an ASID-certified interior designer.  Remember to take notes, so you don’t forget your vision.  Now, with your room-improvement concept in hand, start the refining process by painting and/or wallpapering the room.  Next, determine what items in your room you want to replace or upgrade.  Then, make a shopping list of all the things you need.

However, before going shopping, measure the dimensions of your room to ensure all your desired items will comfortably fit within it.  There’s nothing worse than buying a lot of expensive furniture, transporting it home and then not being able to use it.  Speaking of furniture, your bed is the most prominent item in your bedroom; the surface area of its covers is likely greater than most other objects in the room.  It is for this reason you should be mindful of how your bedding fits into your bedroom’s color scheme.  When selecting a dresser or chest of drawers, you want one that matches the style of your bed and isn’t too much taller than it.

Lighting is another aspect of your room that can make or break it.  Remember to use enough light to make your feel cozy, without making it feel overly radiant.  The goal is to have lighting that relaxes you, that can also be adjusted to put you in the mood to sleep.  You can accomplish this with good table lamps that are effectively placed.

A refined bedroom should have a lounging area, where you can unwind prior to sleep.  In other words, a place where you can read, watch tv, listen to music or simply consume an evening snack.  This part of your bedroom should have a sofa or comfortable chair and a table for snacks/drinks.  The capstone of a fine bedroom is the right art hanging on the wall.  This picture or painting should reflect your personality and complement your bedroom’s other décor.

With all this said, the perfect bedroom is one you feel most comfortable in.  It’s one that both matches your personality and facilitates the important function of sleep.  Once you are able to fully refine your bedroom to your liking, you are closer to improving your overall health.  We sincerely hope that all of the advice we have imparted to you (about how to give your bedroom a polished look)  helps create your ideal sleeping area.