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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at new a career path or additional income stre

Eight Tips To Spruce Up Your Living Area

There is no doubt that this year has been all about staying indoors. Many of us have spent many months either working from homes and or have been confined inside them. As a result, it has now become extremely important to look inside your abode and turn the four familiar walls into a swanky sanctuary by following these eight simple tweaks.

Eight Tips To Spruce Up Your Living Area

Light it up

One of the key elements to spruce up the home is by allowing natural light to flow all around you. This can help in improving concentration, mood and even improve the quality of sleep. To maximize the effect of natural light try hanging a mirror opposite the window to reflect and double the sunshine coming through. You can even set up your work place close to the window to take advantage of this.

Sounds of Silence

Noise pollution is an irritant, which can impact health too.. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to excess sound can increase stress levels and also increase the risk of heart disease. To reduce noise levels, invest in some thick curtains in plush fabrics like suede. Place upholstered furniture against the walls, if they are shared with neighbours.

Be alert with allergens

No matter how clean your home is it will be full of allergens such as dust which can set off a range of issues like running nose, rashes and sneezing. Make sure you clean surfaces and vacuum floors regularly to minimise the amount of dust in the air. Toys should be kept in the cupboard to prevent allergen build-up.

Lay laminate floors
Eight Tips To Spruce Up Your Living Area with laminate flooring

Adopting laminate flooring in your living room, adds to the texture and warmth by mimicking the look of a natural flooring like wood at a much more affordable cost. Laminate floors are durable, scratch and stain resistant and an excellent choice for large footfalls and families with pets. All that is needed is to clean them with a broom or mop on a daily basis.

Clean a corner

People often neglect the corner of their living rooms despite walking past them throughout the day. Look into a corner that has accumulated boxes, books or belongings and rethink the storage layout to clear the clutter. You can actually turn an empty spot into a practical workspace.

Rearrange the furniture

Instead of buying new furniture, you can rearrange the existing stuff and update your living room without spending a penny. Try something novel like pulling the furniture away from the wall, using artwork or just decluttering to make the room look much bigger.

Transform with colours

Try and reinvigorate your living space by applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls. It may sound overwhelming, but painting is one budget friendly option that can make your room look like new.

Update the cushions

Cushions are cheap and are available in a range of colours. A new set of these soft and versatile furnishings may be all you need to breathe new life into your living space.

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