Ask Away Blog: June 2021

5 Home Office Ideas For Every Space And Budget

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

 



During the COVID pandemic, many companies implemented remote working as part of the efforts to stop the spread of the virus and keep businesses running as close to normal as possible. After the initial shock and learning curve, most industries realized that they could not only survive but thrive with a remote workforce. Employees too realized that there was more to life than the daily commute and the office cubicle.

Now that the country is opening back up, many companies are considering making remote hybrid working a permanent option, with large companies such as Facebook, Deloitte, and Spotify all changing their working cultures.

Working from home on a permanent basis means that the kitchen table may not be cutting it anymore. You’re going to need some kind of home office space that you can be productive in. But not everyone has a large budget or a lot of space to work with when it comes to building their home office space.

We’ve rounded up a range of options to suit every situation.
 
Small space

Sometimes, there isn’t a spare room or a lot of space and you have to make it with the corner of the lounge or the hallway. It’s still completely possible to make a space that’s your own.

There are many narrow desks you can buy that will fit into a corner or up against a wall. Or there are some that you can mount on the wall and drop down to use, folding it flat again when you’re finished for the day.

Writing bureaus can also be a good option. They are decorative, have storage, and don’t take up too much space.
 
Converting a spare room

A spare bedroom of small snug is ideal for a home office and will give you a greater level of privacy in which to do your work. If you’re going to be working from there full time, then push the boat out and completely redecorate or remodel it to suit your needs. Repair any walls, replace the flooring and get a window replacement contractor to fix any windows and frames so you have a good supply of fresh air.

Find some inspiration for decorating it too. There are a lot of examples on Pinterest of successful home office projects that you can channel for your own.

If the room has a dual purpose, such as a guest room, then look at clever furniture ideas such as sofa beds or desks that can be hidden away behind doors, etc.
 
Garage or attic conversion

You may not have a spare room that you can use, but there are sometimes other options in your house that could be perfect with a bit of renovation and some budget behind them.

The most popular spaces to convert are the attic, the basement, or the garage. All of these can be made into a spectacular space just for you. When planning the project, think about access, natural light sources, privacy and electricity, and the internet. Attic conversions can often be dark and pokey so budget for some integrated windows to open up space.

Some choose to convert their garage into an office. After all, most people don’t even keep their car in their garage anymore. A garage can be a good choice for a number of reasons. They are often out of the way of the house’s main living spaces, so you will have fewer interruptions during the day.

From a construction point of view, it can be a lot easier to convert a garage rather than build something from scratch. The foundations and structure will already be in place, meaning you won’t have to pay someone to do them again. A normal-sized garage is great for office space. If you have a double garage, you could convert half of it or the entire thing and create space for storage cupboards, utility rooms, or toilets.

When considering a garage conversion, call in a contractor early to check out your property and assess whether your existing garage is suitable for conversion.
 
House extension

Building an extension on your house can be the perfect solution to your space needs and is much cheaper than moving home. If you have space and the budget, you can have a bespoke space made just for you.

You don’t necessarily have to use the conversion as your office, the extension could let you reconfigure your living space to free up a room elsewhere. For example, an extension could convert your kitchen into a kitchen/diner and your existing dining room could become your new office.

This kind of renovation project is far more complicated and will need the involvement of architects and contractors. You may also need to get planning permission before you can start to build it and be subject to strict building regs.
 
Garden Office

The garden office industry has exploded over the last 18 months. Imagine a beautiful, modern glass office in your garden, where you can lock yourself away in professional surroundings and do your best work.

There are many different sizes and styles for your to choose from and they can be big enough to hold small meetings in. Imagine having no commute other than a trip across your garden. Much more than a basic garden shed, these are developed with modern materials and can even have power and internet installed.

Garden offices can also save you money compared to garage conversions or extensions. Add to this the amounts you’ll be saving on transport and buying your lunch every day and you’ll start seeing the benefits very soon.
 
The benefits of a home office

Having your own space to work in has a number of advantages. First of all, it gives you the room and resources you need to do your job. It’s also a lot easier to set boundaries between your work life and your private life if you can step out of your office and forget about it. Some people find it easy to work anywhere with distractions around them, but others don’t and need to feel that they have their own demarcated space.

You’ll also be able to put your own style stamp on your space, choose the colors, decorations and the furniture yourself to suit your taste. . No more boring corporate cubicles for you. Get those interior design magazines out.
 
Consider the implications to your property value

Home offices are sought after in today’s market. As more and more people work from their homes, they want to buy a property with the space to work. Having one already in place means they aren’t forced to imagine if they could potentially build an office there, it’s already done for them.

In most instances, a well-designed office will add value to your property and make it sell faster. However, when converting a garage, take into account the neighborhood’s parking situation. If you live in an area where parking is extremely limited, then converting your garage might not add value to your home and could even negatively affect it. If you have a drive or off-street parking then it is not as much of a risk as there is still somewhere for residents to park.
 
Other considerations for your home office

You’re going to be working for hours at a time in your office, so you will want to put some thought into the features it will need. First of all, privacy is important. Having a door and some soundproofing will keep out the sounds of the household around you.

Have plenty of electrical outlets around the area so you can plugin chargers, phones and laptops, etc.

Lighting is also very important. Natural lighting is important for keeping you alert and topping up your vitamin D levels, it will also reduce the risk of eye strain. For those times that you’re working late, or it’s dull outside, good artificial lighting and lamps provide the perfect light to work from.

Internet access. You aren’t going to get far without a good internet connection to do your work. If you’re fighting for bandwidth with the rest of the household, then you may struggle to get the connection speed you need. Either upgrade your broadband connection or have on installed just for you.

The two most important pieces of furniture you buy will be your desk and chair. Getting these right plays a big part in your overall ability to work. Having an uncomfortable chair can bring with its neck and back pain which can lead to having to seel medical treatment. So put as much thought into these items as you do into anything else.
 
Final thoughts

If you’re ready to get serious about working from home, then your home office is going to be top of your priority list. But not everyone has the same amount of space or budget to create theirs. With some creativity and clever furniture, you can still create your own working area in even the smallest of spaces and still get the job done.







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How To Eliminate Expenses from Your Budget

 


People always ask me how they can eliminate expenses from their budget when they're struggling to make ends meet and honestly, it's rather simple.  It just takes a little work and planning up front but once you do it, it's easier to keep track . So here's how you can eliminate expenses from your budget.



Ideas for Exterior Home Improvements That Can Brighten Up the Whole Street

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

 

There are many options for decorating the inside of a house. However, the possibilities for revamping the outside are limited unless you are willing to get creative.

However, once that door of creativity is open, more ways to make the exterior represent the interior and match your personality appear.

It will be more costly than a simple lick of paint or a change of curtain color. But there is something about a fresh outside that can brighten up the whole house. It can make your home stand out along the street, and you can be proud of your home.

Think about how good it will feel to drive down your street, and your home smiles back at you.

The options range from small changes that are more cost-effective to more extensive choices for a more large-scale project.

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A Bright Colored Door.

The door is the entrance to your home. It's up to you whether you want the opening to be dull and blend in with the rest of the street or bright, inviting, and stand out.

A simple color change can alter the mood of the whole exterior and the inside in turn. There is nothing worse than a dull, uninviting color that changes the perspective to something negative.

With a bright color at the door, it's a welcoming, happy, and affordable change.
 
Trellis with Flowers.

The simple addition of a trellis to the outside of the house can open up several possibilities for decoration throughout the year.

Something like an ivy climber can add a natural look that works all year round. There's nothing worse than plant life that's gone to seed outside. But, unfortunately, it can look unkempt and worse than when you started.

However, with plants that look fresh all year round, the outside can look bright and hopeful all the time.

The bright colors and constant blooms are an excellent way of allowing regular change and decoration that works for you.
 
An Extension.

It's possible to change the interior and the exterior at the same time with an extension. Choose where you want to extend in your house as the outside will change the inside.

What room do you wish you had more of? Or is there another room you always wanted and don't have space for? An extension is a perfect answer for that.

Make space for more children or that extra room for privacy you've always wanted. It's more of an investment than other options and can increase the value of your home should you decide to sell.
 
The Roof.

The roof is like the crown of the house and, just like the right hairdresser, the right roofing company can make all the difference.

The roof can change the appearance of the whole house and give it a fresh, updated look. Again, it's more of an investment, but the long-term effects of an updated roof outweigh the project's cost. Complimentary colors and materials finish the whole look of the house.




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Preparing for Baby Number Two, What You Need to Know




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Baby Number one is all done; now it's time for number two! You may be excited to add a new member to your family and thrilled to watch your firstborn be an older sibling; some may even want a second go at things you may have gotten wrong the first time! You may feel like a well-seasoned parent. However, the transition is always a bit nerve-wracking, and it's normal to feel nervous, whether you are anxious about how your family dynamic will change or stressed about navigating childcare. You are not alone on this journey, and lots of families have experienced the same feelings! There is no harm in asking for advice and getting some tips for second pregnancy!

You Will Feel Pregnant Sooner

With your first pregnancy, you may have been wondering when you would actually feel pregnant! But since you have done it once, you are a pro and will recognise the signs sooner!

The symptoms might be a bit different from your first pregnancy, but they could also be identical. Some signs that you may experience more or less include:

Morning sickness
Indigestion
Tummy Troubles, i.e. constipation
Emptying your bladder frequently
Food Cravings
Breast Enlargement and Sensitivity

Also, tip: the gender of the baby has not got a lot to do with the symptoms, so if your second baby is going to be the same gender as the first, it does not mean the symptoms will be the same.

Your Labour and Delivery May Go Faster!

Your body's prior experience with labour and delivery play a role in faster delivery. Every phase of labour tends to be shorter for second-time mums. Even the amount of time you spend pushing will be shorter, that is because certain parts of your body have loosened up, like your cervix or uterus.

Tell Your Older Child and Talk About it with them!

Your new baby is going to have an impact on your older child in many ways. For a long time, your first child was the apple of your eye and the centre of attention! Now they have another sibling to compete with. Older siblings will often want to protect and take care of their younger siblings, but they understandably will feel jealous!

Kids are their own little people, with their own thoughts and big emotions. And this announcement, in particular, can turn their little worlds completely upside down, so it's really important to get it right. So it is a good idea to tell them straight away!

Keep the announcement simple in an environment where it's just you, your partner if you have one, and the child. Answer any questions they may have and emphasise that your love for them will not change; it's just going to expand with the new baby!

They may also have expectations for their younger sibling; they may want them to play football straight away and be ready to play with them! However, logically we know that can't happen for a few months, so it is good to have the older child's expectations managed!

Consider Your Mental Wellbeing in a Second Pregnancy

Mentally you are going to be in a different place than you were with your first pregnancy. This is because you are unlikely to have the same amount of time to enjoy the pregnancy you have with your first now that you have another child to look after. So your mental wellbeing may be all over the place, so it's a good idea to get your friends and family to help out!

If you are at home but have a partner who works the regular 9-5 hours, hand over your child when they come back in the evening and take an hour for yourself. Leave the house if you can to grab a coffee break or to see a few friends.

If you work, then make sure you take a day/half a day off for a few hours off every few weeks but leave your child in childcare or with friends, that way, you get time to prepare for the new baby, and you take care of yourself.

Also, with taking care of a little one and yourself, you may find that it is difficult to pay attention to the dos and don'ts of pregnancy, so set the alarm to take your folic acid and vitamin d and to keep track of any appointment. Also, keep any folic acid or vitamin D out of reach of kids but in your line of sight! For example, keep it near the kettle if you have a hot drink in the morning.

Build exercise into your day if you can, whether cycling to work or walking to the park with your child; building it into your routine will make it one less thing to think about, and it's good for your unborn child.

Go to bed early, it is easy to be tempted to stare into your screen into the night, but it makes sleep a lot harder, a good night sleep will make a difference to your energy levels and mental well being.

Don't forget to take care of your own needs. Pamper yourself, even if it's something as simple as a haircut or a bath with candles and music to help you relax after a trying day.

Planning for Early Days with a Newborn and an Older Child


Managing in the early days with a newborn and an older child can be challenging, especially if the older child is under three years old. So it's a good idea to prepare for the early days when you may need a little extra help.

Ash family and friends who are nearby to make some meals for days after the birth because you will need to eat and you may not get a chance to make a proper meal.

If your child needs to be near you to sleep, work on withdrawing from this process if you can; if you have a partner, then get the partner to put them to bed so you can focus on the newborn or sleep when the time comes.

If your child is in childcare, think about leaving them there part-time at least for a few weeks after the birth if you can afford it. It gives them continuity and gives you space to concentrate on your newborn.

If you have family or friends who can take your firstborn out for a few hours in the first few weeks after birth, line them up to do so! They are there for a reason!

The First Few Weeks/Months is Adjusting Time

These first few months are daunting; you think every five minutes that you have done something wrong, look at your kids thinking, or are they supposed to be doing that? Is this what they are going to keep doing? Don't panic! All kids are different, and they are built to survive new parents.

If your kids are snacking all day instead of eating meals, it's fine; if they wear pyjamas when you run to the supermarket, it's fine! These few months are about adjusting your daily lifestyle to adjust to the new person in your life; nothing will be pristine and perfect! But, if your child watches three films in a row in one day, you have not failed as a parent, and you have not ruined them, you are doing a great job!

Enlist the Older Child's Help!

Older siblings may express feelings of excitement to jealousy, or even resentment, they may start misbehaving, throwing tantrums or refusing to eat, but these are often short-lived. But to help the older child adjust, it's good to help them focus on the role an older sibling plays.

For example, let them help pick out items for the new baby's room; this is important if your kids share a bedroom.

Find a special gift that your older child can give to the baby, like a new toy or book or a photo. Consider picking something out for your older child, too, as a special big kid chair that they can sit in while feeding the baby. Or even have a gift ready from the new baby to the older child!

Arrange a special time just for you and the older child; this may be going on a walk, going to the supermarket together to the library, getting someone to help care for the baby at this time.

Reinforce your older child's role in the family, reiterating that they will be the big brother/sister and help them enjoy this role!

Your child can also be a part of the baby's care. They can grab you burp cloths, grab nappies and wet wipes, help pick out clothes for the day or even help entertain the baby when they are cranky!

Siblings play a very special role in a new baby's life, so don't leave your child out of the decision making; so much attention is given to a newborn, making it easy for older kids to feel overlooked. Instead, reassure yours by encouraging their help in the preparations.






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The Benefits of Taking Nature Walks

Monday, June 28, 2021


Anyone that knows me in real life, knows that I love nature walks.  Basically, I define a nature walk as a walk through any nature area whether it's a park with plenty of trees and birds to see, or a small trail or hidden gem that takes you through the woods.  I try to take these walks every week or so when I can.  But there are so many benefits to a nature walk versus just a walk down your street so today I wanted to explain them to you.


Create A Better Life By Focusing On The Detail

Saturday, June 26, 2021

 

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When it comes to your life, you may be wondering exactly what you can do to make it better. Even if you’re already pretty happy, it could be the case that you actually want to take that to the next level.

Because when you think about it, we all deserve to be living lives that we love. Doing things that we love. And really just making the most of the time we have here on earth. And that’s definitely something that we can do!

But what does that look like in reality? It’s really not always that easy to just have a thought of what you want your life to be and then it happens. You have to go deeper than that. But one thing that you can do is to make sure that you focus on the finer details in life.

It really can be as simple as focusing on what you want, being positive, and cultivating the things that make you happy. But you have to be intentional and detailed to do that. So let’s take a look at how you can bring it all to live.

Narrow Down On What You Love

So for starters, one of the things that you’ll want to do here is to think about the things you love in life. Because this is what will truly bring you joy and add fulfillment to your life. Whether it’s cooking or traveling or parenting or organizing, think about the things that make you happy and get you excited in life. When you are conscious of what works for you, you can then look to spend more time on it. Focusing on just one or a few things that you love will always bring your life more joy.

Go For Quality Over Quantity

But at the same time, one of the things that you need to focus on is the idea of opting for quality not quantity. You don’t always need a lot in life, but you do need things that matter to you. So if it’s cooking that you love, opting for quality like raw sugar is great. Or it’s traveling, going for better trips rather than lots of them. Finally, you may find that narrowing down and making your interests and decisions count will add more value to your life.

Make Your Intentions Very Clear

But then finally, you’re going to want to go super clear on your intentions. What do you want out of life? How will you get it? You can’t live on autopilot, you have to focus on those details and allow for the good things to happen. So think about what your intentions are and keep them present. Live by them. This is the best way to be more detailed about your life and find the level of happiness you’re looking for. Being clear about what you want out of life will make it so much easier for you to get it.




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Simple Tips To Enhance Your Cooking Skills

Friday, June 25, 2021

 

If you don't have basic cooking skills, even the simplest dishes can blow up in your face. While the intention seems fine, there are things you can add to your cooking skills without even spending a dime. It’s of essence that your basic cooking skills are intact. Otherwise, you'll have to learn commonly used terms in recipe books to execute a dish.

How about improving the taste of your food? Is buying extra-virgin olive oil almost impossible? Or is it necessary that you enroll in a cooking program and learn the fine art of Japanese cuisine? Here are a few simple, small steps you can take every time you cook to become better.

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Chop Up With Your Chef’s Knife

Get yourself a good chef's knife for better control and preparation. When it comes to chef's knives, get a decent one and keep it sharp. A longer, wider blade will see your speed, control, and confidence when making your best frozen Chinese food. Confidence is your motherboard!
 
Use of Your Hands

You involve your hands more while cooking which is an empathetic and nuanced experience. Your sense of touch feels how different meals at different stages of doneness feel when spoon/knife checking.

Your cooking meat, for example, is tender when uncooked, and quite firm after cooking completely. Your hands make your first and best kitchen tool. 

Than just relying on the timer's buzzer, trust your guts.

When you first try a recipe, look for descriptive language like "bake until golden brown" or "boil until reduced by half”. Don't be concerned if the time required to achieve the target state is longer or shorter than the time specified in the recipe.
 
Salt Spices Up Your Cooking

Seasoning your food correctly is a point that restaurateurs and culinary practitioners recurrently offer us. The vast majority of home cooks under season their food or add salt at the very end of the cooking process. Seasoning should never have a 'salty taste, such that the salt used to stimulate your taste buds to differentiate different flavours.

Get yourself some decent kosher salt and keep it in a neat salt cellar beside your cooker. This certainly keeps it within your reach.
 
Ingredients Are Key

Ever wondered why a simple dish at your favourite restaurant tastes way better than when you make the same? Probably because your choice of ingredients falls short of the expected quality and perfection. Highly quality and ripped ingredients will give your food a taste of life.
 
Presentation

Another way of juicing has everything to do with the way you build your plate of food. It doesn't matter where you are dining-whether at your neighbourhood joint or a family dinner at your place; presentation is everything. With appropriate garnishes, you can easily add colour to your meal.

If you've read this far, you're committed to becoming a good cook. Cook for your family every day to gain experience. Commit to improving your cooking skills! Once you’re cooking expertise clicks, you'll be preparing your meals like it's no big deal.




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Effortless Money Results Need Organization

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

 
Whether you are saving, spending, or earning, money matters are typically associated with a lot of work and effort. There is no denying that, unless you’re the heir of a wealthy family, money is something you need to manage seriously. So, it’s understandable to worry about the cost of making money when it comes to financial strategies.

What is the cost of money, you ask. It’s another word to describe the efforts you need to make to unlock your full financial potential. Effort is a word that leaves a nasty aftertaste in the mouth. It tastes bitter, like hard work, compromise, sacrifice, and pain. We naturally assume that effortless money is something that only exists in the movies.

What if someone told you that effortless money results exist? You wouldn’t believe them. The mind is convinced that there is always a price to pay when it comes to money. Here’s the trick. You can’t get rich effortlessly overnight. But you can avoid missing financial opportunities without making any unusual effort. The secret to effortless money is to be organized at all times. Here are some examples that illustrate what being organized can help you achieve.

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Paying off your debt

Between student debt, car financing, and moving out of your parents’ house, your first years of adult life are likely to be debt-ridden. Living from paycheck to paycheck is highly stressful. But you’d be surprised to know that more often than not, the impact of a difficult situation can be overturned with a little organization magic. Organizing your finances is the route to debt relief. Did you know that most people in debt don’t know how to evaluate and categorize their spending? Understanding how much you spend every month can give you the key to repay your debt. You don’t need any fancy tool. A simple excel spreadsheet can give you all the information you require. Once you have an overview of how much you spend, you can identify how it fits within your budget; in other words, compare earnings vs. spending. From this point, you are equipped to create a repayment plan, aka cutting off unnecessary expenses and redirecting the savings towards canceling your debt.

Passive side hustles

There is nothing more appealing than boosting your income. But when you can’t apply for a second job effortless,m you have to be creative to find ideas to make money on the side. Building a passive income stream enables you to make money without working for it. However, passive side hustles require organization. For instance, if you sell an online course, you will need to prepare the course, upload it, and check feedback for further improvement. If you let storage space in your home, you also need to prepare the space for your clients. Keep it clean, safe and accessible. The advantage of passive earnings is that you can sit back and wait for the paycheck once your preparations are done.

Landing a promotion without asking for it

Last but not least, employees don’t realize that they could accelerate their promotion effortlessly. Getting a promotion doesn’t require you to work harder to get noticed. Instead, you can document your achievements and highlight the many ways in which you meet the job expectations. Social media platforms can also support your expertise and recognition, influencing the HR team and your boss to reward your skills.

Money doesn’t come to those who ask for it. But it’s within reach of those who prioritized smart organization. So are you ready to give it a try?




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10 Easy Ways To Take Your Home From Cold To Cozy

 
Most homes get cold from time to time. Whether or not you live in a cold environment or simply lack natural light, you will not want to be living in a cold and unwelcoming space. Making your home cozy will make you feel more comfortable and make your house feel like a home. If your home often gets cold and you need some inspiration for how to make it cozier, here are some ideas.

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Add direct heating

Although central heating can warm you up and make you feel comfortable in your home, it does not always give the cozy feel. Nor is it eco-friendly and affordable.

Thus, adding a direct heating vent will allow you to be warm in certain rooms and enjoy the comforting feeling of warm air being transmitted throughout the room. They are easy to install and being able to move them around means you can take them to each room with you to get cozy wherever you want to relax, work, or sleep. If you want to learn more about the benefits of utilizing a direct vent heating system click here.

Utilize soft furnishings

No matter if you are on a budget or have some money to spend, adding soft furnishings is always accessible. There are plenty of options on the market to meet your cozy home interior needs.

Soft furnishings add texture to a room, which warms it up and makes it more cozy and inviting. There is nothing worse than watching a movie without blankets and pillows. Thus, adding them to appropriate areas will make the home feel cozier and encourage you to spend more time there relaxing, socializing, or enjoying your entertainment.

Change up the colors

An easy way to enhance the coziness of a space is through colors. Cold colors such as blues and greys might make your home feel colder than it is. Warmer colors will instantly enhance the warmth of the home.

You do not have to paint all of the walls a crazy color. If you like lots of color, then go for it. A feature wall is a nice way to tie in a warm color. Or, you could add simple colourful features such as pillows and pictures.

Candles

What’s cozier than a burning candle? Candles can be used year round to increase the coziness of a room. They can be added to the centre table or in the windows for an all day glow and warming scent.

To further enhance the coziness of a space, adding candles with cozy scents will work a treat. For instance, find a candle that smells of cozy linen or a winter fireplace. These will fill the room with a warming scent and make the environment more relaxing.

Add a fireplace

Another feature that instantly screams cozy is a fireplace. Although not all homes can install a real fireplace, there are many artificial ones that work the same.

You can plug in and enjoy an artificial flame and warm air. Or, if you are lucky and can add a real fireplace, then go for it. Fireplaces are the ultimate way to get cozy. They are likely added to living rooms by the chimney. This is a great location if you want family or friends to get together and enjoy a cozy night in.

Heavier bedding

If you often feel cold or not cozy enough when you sleep, try heavier bedding. Simply increasing the tog of your duvet will make you warmer and feel much cozier. Although it may be difficult for you to get out of bed in the mornings because you are so snug and warm, they will surely take you from cold to cozy.

Additionally, heaving bedding can include pillows and blankets too. You can further increase the warmth of your bed without changing the duvet by adding extra pillows and soft blankets. Extra layers at night are a great way to enhance the coziness of the room and not get too warm when you sleep, as you can remove them.

Softer bulbs

If you find that your light bulbs at home are extra white and feel clinical, then you might want to consider opting for softer bulbs. Softer bulbs create a warmer feel. They can be added to the ceiling lights as well as lamps to create a softer and calmer ambience.

Alternatively, you could change the bulbs for colorful mood lighting. You can find bulbs that change colors. Thus, you will be able to switch from soft natural light to reds, pinks, and whatever color you want for a cozy night in.

More rugs

Floor rugs are an easy way to eliminate the coldness from wood or tiled floors.

Rugs add more layers and texture to the home, which instantly boosts the coziness. You can add them to any space to eliminate the cold. Rugs will hold in heat too. Whereas a bare floor will make the entire room feel cold.

Add a relaxation spot

A cozy home is one with a spot that you can go to for ultimate relaxation. You should always have a space at home where you can fully relax and switch off. After all, your home is your peaceful place. Thus, adding a relaxation spot will make your home feel more comforting and warm when you need it most.

A relaxation spot could simply be a reading corner. Adding a small soft chair to the corner of your bedroom or living room will allow you to sit and switch off away from the hustle and bustle from the home. It could be your new reading spot, a place to get ready, or simply sit in peace and quiet.

Use guest slippers

There is nothing worse than being barefoot on a cold floor, especially as a guest. Offering your guests warm guest slippers will make them feel cozier and more comfortable when they come to visit.

Don’t forget to treat yourself to some nice slippers too so that you can enjoy the cozy feel at all times when you are at home.



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