How To Renovate Your Home Without The Stress

Renovating your house can be an enjoyable and exciting process, but it’s also incredibly overwhelming, both for you and your family. No matter the size of the project, there is going to be mess, noise, and a fair bit of disruption, and this can start to take its toll pretty quickly. Although you can’t eliminate this stress completely, there are several things that you can do to lessen the impact. Keeping that in mind, here are six ways to make your home renovation a lot more bearable.


  1. Be Clear On Your Budget

Regardless of the size of the task, it’s important that you understand early on that the process is going to be expensive. That being said, there are a few ways to save some cash. To start with, you need to research the costs involved and set yourself a clear budget. If you go through this budget with your builders, you shouldn’t end up spending more than you can afford.


  1. Shop Around For Builders

Although there will be a few improvement tasks you can complete by yourself, most of your remodeling is going to be carried out by builders. Because of this, it’s crucial that you find a professional in building and renovation. Instead of hiring the first company you see, make sure you do plenty of research and ask to see testimonials, references, and permits from every one.


  1. Make Decisions Before Work Commences

Once building work starts on your property, things should progress pretty quickly, which is why you need to understand exactly what you want before this work commences. If you don’t, you may end up facing expensive delays or have to make snap decisions that you could regret later. It’s much easier and less stressful to make all of the choices before your builders get to work.


  1. Schedule Work Around Your Life

Ideally, your remodel should cause as little disruption as possible, which is why you need to think long and hard about the dates and times work is going to be carried out. After all, the last thing you want is to have builders hammering all day when you have an important work project to focus on or your children are studying for exams.


  1. Remember To Tell Your Neighbours

Although the work is being carried out in your home, the noise and mess will likely affect your neighbours too. Because of this, it’s crucial that you keep your neighbours informed on the work you’re having completed and do what you can to lessen the impact on them. This should avoid any stressful confrontations later on.


  1. Move Out For A While

Before work starts, you should speak to your builder and ask them when the noisiest and messiest tasks are going to be carried out. If these jobs are going to be too disruptive to bear, then you may want to consider moving out for a while. You could stay at a hotel, a short-term rental, or with a friend or family member. You could even head off on vacation for a few days.

Home renovations can be incredibly stressful, but, with the tips above, you should find yours a little easier to bear.


A Room-by-Room Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Home

There comes a time of the year when you decide that you need to give your home a proper deep clean. Perhaps it is when the spring months are starting to approach after you have spent a long time indoors and a lot of dirt is likely to have accumulated. A deep clean is different from your average cleaning and tidying which you do on a regular basis. You need to start looking to tackle some of the long-forgotten areas of the home, as well as the jobs that you have been putting off during the rest of the year. To help you get prepared for undertaking this task, here is a room-by-room guide which details some of the main jobs that you will want to be doing.


Bathrooms and Kitchen

The bathrooms and kitchen are arguably the rooms of the house in which cleanliness is most important, and they are also places where jobs are easy to get overlooked. Starting off in the bathroom, the main jobs that you need to tackle include cleaning the tubs, shower, toilet, and sinks. But before this, a good rule of thumb with cleaning is to start at the top and work your way down. So, dust the light fixtures and clear cobwebs out of the corners. Next, you can wash your surfaces and mirrors. Finally, you can clean the shower curtains (or replace them entirely) and the bathmats.

Moving onto the kitchen, you should remove all food so that you can clean the tops and insides of the cabinets, which will also allow you to organise your food and get rid of anything which has expired. You should do the same in your refrigerator, cleaning the shelves and drawers thoroughly. A commonly overlooked area is behind the fridge, so don’t forget to wash the floor behind this area. Also, wash out the trash cans as this can be a place where bad smells in your kitchen are originating from. Wipe down all countertops, appliances and cabinet surfaces. Also, thoroughly clean the sinks, stovetop and oven.



To properly clean the bedroom, it is worth clearing out anything which is taking up space here. This way, when it comes to deciding to put it all back again, you can ask yourself whether it needs to be in the bedroom, if there is somewhere better that you can store it, and whether you need to keep it at all. Deep cleaning and decluttering are two tasks which can go hand in hand. Wiping down your surfaces is obvious, but you should also clean ceiling fans, baseboards, headboards etc. Now is a good opportunity to flip or rotate your mattresses. Wash all your bed linen including duvets, mattress pads etc. And don’t forget to clean the window treatments as well.


Living Room

One of the most commonly overlooked areas in your living room for cleaning is down the sides of your sofa and underneath the cushions, so take all of these off so that you can vacuum thoroughly. If you have carpets, you should use special products to deep clean them properly, and you could even call in the experts such as Chem-Dry to deal with them. When you are dusting, make sure to get all those hard to reach areas such as on top of high shelves, light fittings, lamp shades etc. And it is worth moving all you big furniture items to clear the dirt which has gathered here. You could even take this opportunity to redesign the room if you would like!


Outdoor Areas

Since you are doing a deep clean of your entire home, it is worthwhile in taking care of the outdoor spaces as well. So, you can start by sweeping the patios, porches and decks to get rid of the upper layer of dirt. You can then give it a rinse with the hose – or a pressure washer for an even deeper and more effective clean. As for any outdoor furniture which hasn’t been washed in a long time, now is the opportunity to deal with this.   


Although it presents a big task to thoroughly clean your home, it is one which is ultimately worthwhile. And the sense of satisfaction that you get when you are done is hard to beat! Of course, if possible, you don’t want to be doing everything all by yourself, so enlist the help of whoever you are living with. And you could also consider hiring in the professionals if you want to do a very thorough job.

How to Create a Relaxing Corner In Your Home

If you would like to make the most out of the space you call home, you will have to try and create a corner where you can sit back and relax, while you are comfortable and enjoying the company of others. From gaming corners to a reading nook, there are plenty of ideas that will not take a lot of time to create or space. Whether you are the quiet type or love entertaining your friends, you will be able to enjoy some great time at home using the ideas below.

Love Chairs

If you love spending a quiet night in with your partner, you can get a love chair where you can cuddle having a movie night or a conversation. There are plenty of great love chair ideas that will not only keep you two happy and content as well as comfortable. Some stunning designs are available that will enhance the look of your living room as well. Some love cuddle seats even come with a storage, so you can keep your blankets and cushions stored away.  

Rocking Chair

Our grandparents knew something about feeling relaxed and comfortable, and they loved rocking chairs. If you love reading or watching TV while your back is supported and having your space is your idea of fun, you might want to invest in a rocking chair They come in different sizes and designs. Some are fully padded, and have an armrest, while others are modern and simply do the job while offering you various settings. You can improve the appearance of your home by choosing a great rocking chair.

Bean Bags for Gaming

If your kind of relaxing involves gaming, you will find that sitting on the sofa can give you a bad back or strains. This is why you might want to look for personalised bean bag chairs that will follow your shape and support your body while you are chasing monsters or competing with friends. You can choose the firmness and the size according to your favorite position of gaming, so you will enjoy playing without getting a bad shoulder or back.

Under the Stairs Hammock

Those who simply need some alone time can create a hideaway nook where you can read, have a nap, or simply meditate and have some tranquility. To create this hideaway, you can use the space under your stairs, provided that you don’t store anything there. Get a seat, a small sofa, or even put on a hammock and hide from the rest of the people at home. If you have small kids, expect them to take over your space every now and then to play, but you can still take advantage of the stunning nook you created.

Window Seats

If you love listening to your favorite music and reading, you will need some natural light, as well. Window seats are great for relaxing and connecting with the outdoors without having to leave the safety of your home. There are some good designs that provide you extra storage so you can make the most out of your space. There are plenty of DIY window seat guides available on the internet, so you can design your own space and even choose the upholstery that matches your curtains and other soft furnishings.

Reclining Sofa and Chairs

There’s a misconception that reclining chairs and sofas are only for the people who have mobility issues. In fact, they can be some of the most comfortable furniture you will ever own. Some of them come with an armrest that has a tray so you can have your snacks or put down your glass of wine while talking to your family members or enjoying a movie. You can get manual or motor designs, and the choice is up to you, depending on the level of comfort you would like to achieve.

Foot Stools

There’s nothing better than getting home after a hard day at work and kicking off our shoes, putting our feet up. You might not want to lie down when you are watching TV, so you can get some foot stools that match your sofa and other furniture. Some ottoman stools can be used as a seat as well, and have a storage to keep your gaming consoles, remotes, and spare blankets.


Are you looking to have some fun and stretch your legs while browsing the internet? There are plenty of great swing chairs available from various retailers online. Some are made of rattan, others are made of mesh and other materials. A modern swing chair in your room can be a great place to curl up with a book, your crafts, crochet, or just sit back and enjoy being off the ground.

Personalised Decor  

It is important that you personalize your space so you can enjoy the ambience and tranquility. Surround your relaxing corner with your favourite pictures, quotes, or create a personalized pin board that has some of your best family photos. Use calming colors, such as green, beige, and sky blue to make you feel more relaxed. If you have the space, you can get a small indoor waterfall or fountain installed in the corner so you can relax by the sound of the water.

Mood Lighting

Your special space should also have some mood lighting and a Bluetooth speaker. If you would like to fully relax, you need to get some convenience features. Get a color changing light, a sun catcher, and consider getting a smart home solution. Be in control of the light and make sure you have a flexible reading lamp as well, in case you need to catch up with work or studies.

Creating a great hideaway corner in your house will help you relax and look forward to getting back home. Make sure that you are able to personalize your space and stay in touch with the rest of the family if you want to, or have a quiet time when you feel like you need to take a break from it all.

Overhaul Your Life In Winter And Feel Fabulous

Winter is the time of year that everyone wants to batten down the hatches and stay indoors, and I don’t blame you because there is certainly a chill in the air. But, having said that, being inside and not indulging your more usual active lifestyle can mean that you start to feel lethargic, low on energy and perhaps a little down and out about yourself. But it doesn’t haven’t be this way. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can overhaul your life this winter and feel fabulous.


Change your appearance

One of the first things you could consider doing is changing your appearance. It doesn’t mean to be drastic, no one is suggesting you change your look entirely, but it can make a big difference to your confidence simply by changing your hairstyle or color. A visit to a hair salon can also feel like the ultimate treat. Time to relax and let someone work their magic on your look. You could also consider trying out new makeup techniques, if you like to wear it. YouTube is full of tutorials on how to create the best contour look or smoky eye effect.


Step out of your comfort zone with style

It is easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to what we wear. So you may want to try and step out of your comfort zone every once in a while. It can be a huge boost to your confidence levels. It might be that you love a particular colour but don’t have the confidence to wear it in clothes, or maybe you love dresses or skirts but just don’t feel like they suit you. Just try and see the difference it could make to your overall look. It could inspire you to make further changes. Winter doesn’t mean you have to stay wrapped up, dresses look great with tights and boots and jeans can still be worn with style. Look online for some winter fashion inspiration.


You can still indulge a healthy diet

Winter often means we are more tempted by carbohydrates and comfort food, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t be healthy. There are some great recipients ideas out there now that will have your mouth watering. Vegetable bakes, creamy risottos filled with goodness and healthy pasta dishes. All full of good food. It is easy to fall off the wagon in winter, but if you are creative you can still feel good thanks to the food that you consume.


Exercise can still happen in winter

Finally, exercise may be the last thing on your mind thanks to the colder weather, but actually, you can still indulge in being active on a cold day. A brisk walk wrapped up warm, or even join a gym to try out new exercise classes can be just the way you remain active on those colder days of the year.

I hope that this has you motivated to overhaul your life this winter.

9 Ways to Look After Yourself as a Caregiver

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It can be one of the most fulfilling roles in the world, but there’s no doubt that being a caregiver can also be one of the most demanding and stressful experiences as well. If you’re caring for an elderly parent or a brand new parent, you can often feel worn-out, fearful and lonely, even if you know you are doing the best thing for your relative. However, it’s also important to make sure you are living a fulfilled life. These nine tips will help you keep a healthy balance between caring for someone you love and caring for yourself.

  1. Accept the reality of your situation

Maybe your partner is slowly submitting to dementia and you feel as though you’re losing the person you love, or perhaps you’re mourning the future you’d imagined for your child. Don’t feel guilty for grieving over these things. It may take time to accept the situation, but it’s important to come to terms with the reality so you can move on.


  1. Find out what you’re entitled to receive

It’s essential to find out what help you’re entitled to receive, so that you and your loved one have the best quality of life. Investigate what your insurance offers, learn benefits you may be entitled too, and discover the best ways to get specialist equipment or house adaptations carried out.


  1. Care for yourself first

This may seem like the ultimate in betrayal, but if your mental or physical health breaks down then your loved one may need to go into residential care. Living a fulfilled life yourself will improve your own mental health and help you be more positive when facing the difficulties involved in caring.


  1. Decide what you need in order to be fulfilled

As a caregiver, you’ll need to be practical and plan ahead to carve out some ‘me’ time. Make a list of things you’d like to do every day, every month, and perhaps a couple of bigger things (like a holiday) every year. Then think about exactly what must happen to allow you to achieve them. Be inventive and think outside the box—you never know what you can achieve until you try.


  1. Accept help

Whether you get assistance from kind friends and family or opt for more professional support such as that provided by a care worker or cleaner, try to muster as much help as possible. There’s no value in struggling to do everything yourself, and you may be surprised at the results. My parents resisted asking for help with getting my disabled father up and dressed each day, but once it became essential, these carers quickly became good friends too. Try a ‘double-caring’ session first if necessary, with you showing someone else how to do things.


  1. Make everyday life easier

Although it may seem tiring at first, working ahead and preparing things in advance can really make a difference to your overall tiredness levels. Use a weekly organizer for medication so you only count out tablets once. Cook meals in batches and freeze them in individual portions, or keep some ready-cooked meals on hand for days when cooking from scratch seems like just too much. Lay out breakfast items and tomorrow’s clothing the night before, so you’re not rushed in the morning.


  1. Give yourself daily treats

Even little things can make a huge difference to your outlook. A daily scented bath, time alone to get lost in a book, or a brisk ten minute walk can all be lifesavers when it comes to getting through the day, so plan a few treats that can fit into your daily routine.


  1. Get out regularly

It can be tempting to simple collapse on the couch when you have time to yourself. But getting out and about will not only reinvigorate you—it will also help you avoid the loss of confidence that comes from spending weeks and months at home. Try a weekly exercise class, a photography course or attending a worship session at your church or synagogue.


  1. Meet with other caregivers

Lastly, sharing your experience with others is a great release, and you can also get useful tips about how to manage your role from people who are in the same position. If meeting others in person is difficult, link up with other caregivers online to experience mutual support.

Boosting Your Confidence By Changing Your Lifestyle

There are many things that can knock your confidence. A bad breakup to problems at work can affect your self-esteem and leave you feeling less than your best. You might even have suffered from confidence issues throughout your life, holding you back from doing the things you want to do.

Now is as good a time as any to make a change. Adopting a healthier lifestyle can help you become stronger inside and out, encouraging a confidence boost that will reflect in all aspects of your life.

Are you ready to take the leap and overhaul your lifestyle? Here are just some of the things you can do to give yourself the confidence boost you deserve.

Eat better

Food affects your mood in many ways. If you tend to comfort eat in times of crisis, you’re probably not giving your body the proper nutrition it needs to function. When you eat well, your energy levels increase, you sleep better and your hair, skin and nails improve – all big confidence boosters. If you make one change to your diet, let it be this – eat a good breakfast every morning. Starting the day off right will have both mental and physical benefits, and you’ll find some great healthy breakfast recipes that even girls on the go can make in the mornings.

Improve your smile

Do you shy away from showing off your smile? It’s more common than you think but is a problem that can be fixed. Whether you’re concerned about the shape of your smile or you wish your teeth were whiter, you can either learn to love what you’ve got or do something about it. Visit your orthodontist to find out what your options are. Making improvements to your smile can make more of a difference than you realise, giving you the confidence to flash your pearly whites.

Get in shape

Exercise is important, there’s no getting around it. If you want to feel and look healthy, you’re going to have to start moving. Exercise helps you to feel in control, eases your stress and can help you condition your body, in addition to many mental health benefits. Why not start the day with a run or a long walk to get you outside and get your heart rate up to feel fitter and healthier and build your confidence up as you go along?

Sleep better

Believe it or not, sleep can help your self-esteem. When you’re well rested, you’ll feel more prepared to take on anything and stop feelings of irritability or confusion in their tracks. Sleeping more is one of the ways you can start getting serious about your health for a better outlook and to improve your overall health.


Building up your confidence takes time, but by focusing on your health and wellbeing – you can do it. Make some healthier lifestyle changes today and see the difference it can make to your self-esteem

How to Become the Kind of Person You like and Respect

There are many ways of measuring success in life, ranging from the thickness of your wallet, to the titles you have before or after your name, the recognition you get from others, how early you get to retire, or the amount of free time you have at the end of each working day.

But above all, perhaps the most important determinant of your success in life is simply how well you can look at yourself in the mirror and feel a sense of pride and satisfaction, rather than shame and uneasiness.

People will hire experts such as the Sydney Tree Company to deal with the natural scenery on their properties, but they will often neglect to ask themselves one very simple question: “am I the kind of person I would like and respect, if I met myself?”

If the honest answer to that is no, or if you’re not sure what the answer is, here are some tips for becoming the kind of person you can like and respect.

Always tell the truth

Many people go through life telling “white lies” and justifying it to themselves by saying it’s all for the greater good, or it’s to make people happy, or to avoid drama. Ultimately, though, very good arguments can be made that any form of lie is immensely detrimental.

When we tell our significant other that their outfit looks nice, when we think it looks terrible, we’re preventing them from making a positive change which would not only make us happier, but would potentially even affect the way other people would treat them, in a positive way.

When we say “it’s fine” when it really isn’t, we only trade an argument today for bottled up resentment and a much bigger argument later.

Always telling the truth — in a tactful way, mind you, not as a weapon — builds integrity and forces us to hold ourselves to a higher standard, too.

Stop doing things that you’d be ashamed of other people knowing about

Is there anything you do which you would be ashamed for other people to know about? If so, be sure that you’re damaging your self-respect consistently, on a subconscious basis.

While it’s normal to be horrified at the idea of strangers seeing you naked, for example, you are not ashamed by the fact that strangers know you get naked when you take a shower.

But you would probably be ashamed if strangers knew you stole, or betrayed, or wasted opportunities, or were a drunk.

Stop doing things you’d be ashamed of other people knowing about.

Work on improving things by small degrees, day by day

A big part of self-respect is the knowledge that we are capable of facing the world head-on and making the best of. Knowing that we can make positive changes in our lives and master our circumstances is an immensely uplifting thing.

Work on improving the conditions of your life by small degrees, day by day.
Perhaps the house is messy. Tidy it up. Then you’ll like yourself a little bit more. Make similar small, positive changes each day, and your self-respect will rise dramatically.

It’s Time To Start Taking Your Health More Seriously!

Let’s face it, taking care of our health is one of the first things that many of us are taught how to do from an early age. We all know that without taking proper care of ourselves, we could well end up in serious danger both mentally and physically. And yet, in spite of this, many people still insist on living their lives in such a way that they make their health and incredibly low priority compared to the rest of their life. People will often be more concerned about their appearance or the way that their home looks than their health. The reason behind this is often pretty simple. Taking care of your health often involves making sacrifices and tough decisions, which is something that a lot of people simply aren’t ready to do. It can also be pretty difficult to know where to start when it comes to taking better care of your health in the first place. In order to make that just a little bit easier, here are some ways that you can finally stop ignoring your health.


Stop hiding from your doctor

A lot of people really don’t like going to the doctor, and that’s kind of understandable. After all, doctor’s offices really aren’t the most pleasant, welcoming places in the world. Not only that but avoiding going to the doctor ties in with ignoring your symptoms. If you go to the doctor when you’re worried about something, there’s a chance that they could potentially confirm your worst fears. However, the truth is that no matter what kind of results or response you get from your doctor, it’s always better to get their opinion as soon as possible. Most of the time they’ll be able to set your mind at ease that it’s not something to be worried about, but if it is something serious, they will be able to offer you potential courses of action that you can take, rather than you just sitting around feeling worried. Some people don’t like seeing their doctor because they worry that they’re going to be wasting your time. Just remember that your doctor would rather you get checked out and it turned out to be nothing, that for you to just sit at home and worry. People also worry about things like medical bills but there are plenty of bulk billing doctors that can help you to save a decent amount of money. Besides, your health is a pretty worthwhile investment!


Be more active

Most of us live pretty sedentary lives for the most part. After all, most of us spend our entire workday sat behind a desk and then come home to slump onto the couch until it’s time to head off to bed. If you want to start improving your health, it’s time to get a little bit more active on a daily basis. This means that you need to think about ways that you can fit a little bit of exercise in here and there. A lot of people claim that they are unable to make the time to exercise, but that’s simply not true. Something as simple as walking to work if you can, or going for a stroll on your lunch break can make a huge amount of difference. You don’t need to suddenly become obsessed with going to the gym every single day, but if you’re never doing any exercise at all, that’s going to start to have an impact on your body and your overall health. Not only that but staying active can be incredibly positive for your mental health as well. You might think that spending all day relaxing and sitting around is a great way to treat yourself, but if you do it too often, then you’re just going to end up feeling far worse than you did before.

Stop ignoring your symptoms

One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people make is that they ignore symptoms that come up far too often. It can often seem bizarre that someone would do this, but it’s a habit that’s deceptively easy to slip into. After all, no one likes to think that there’s a chance that they could be ill in some way, and so when small symptoms appear, it can often be incredibly tempting to ignore them altogether in the hope that they’re just going to go away. And, you know what, there’s a chance that they just might. However, is that really worth the risk that, if you ignore your symptoms, they could just get worse and worse until they start to cause you real problems? After all, knowing is always better than not knowing because at least then you have the option to do something about it before you reach the point when you can’t anymore.


Get your lifestyle in shape

The first thing that you can do in order to start prioritising your health in a more significant way is to make some serious changes to your lifestyle. The most obvious way to do this is to adjust your diet. If you’re not thinking about what you’re eating, then there’s a good chance that you’re filling your body with things that are going to cause you problems down the line. No one is saying that you suddenly have to go on some kind of crash diet. You just need to start thinking a little more carefully about the kinds of foods that you’re eating on a regular basis. The same goes for anything else that you’re putting into your body. There’s nothing wrong with going out and having a few drinks with friends now and then, but if you’re staying out drinking every single night, then you’re potentially doing some serious damage to your body. You probably don’t need anyone to tell you how dangerous smoking is and yet plenty of people insist on doing it anyway. If you want to take the best possible care of your health, breaking those kinds of bad habits is a great place to start.


Get the right treatment

Of course, there is always a chance that there is something wrong and if that’s the case, then you need to be sure that you’re making the right decisions. If you do find yourself getting ill in some way you need to be sure that you’re getting the right treatment. This will usually involve talking to a specialist. A lot of the time your doctor will recommend a certain treatment or specialist too you, but it may fall to you to find a specialist off your own back. A lot of the time people feel as though having to see a specialist means that there’s something seriously wrong with them, but the reality is that it’s often just because your GP doesn’t have the specific skills required to help you as effectively as possible.


Think about the future

One of the most common mistakes that a lot of people make is that they make the assumption that, because something they’re doing isn’t negatively impacting their health right now, that means that it’s not worth worrying about at all. However, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that that’s not the case. There are plenty of things in your life that can be dangerous or unhealthy, but that won’t actually start to cause any problems for a long time. This is especially true with certain aspects of your lifestyle like your diet, or something like drinking and smoking. You may well be able to go years without feeling any real impact from the things that you’re doing, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not having any impact at all. It’s easy to feel invincible when you’re young, but if you want to start thinking more seriously about your health, then you need to consider the kind of impact your decisions will have in the future. Being able to think about these things can often be a pretty serious challenge and it takes a lot of self-control to make choices that will only really pay off in the long run, but being able to do what’s best for your health, even if you won’t feel the results until years down the line, is one of the most important things that you can do.

Making excuses for not paying attention to your health is one of the most tempting things to do. A lot of the time people claim that they will deal with it another time or whenever they get round to it. But the truth is that your health is just too important to set aside like that. You have to make sure that you make an effort to look after your health now and to commit to taking care of yourself. Otherwise, there will be consequences. Dealing with those consequences is always going to be harder and more unpleasant than taking steps to prevent them in the first place. There are probably a lot of other things that you’d rather spend your time thinking about, but being able to take care of your health means that it’s much easier to set any concerns or worries aside for a while. Your health might not be the most exciting part of your life, but it simply too important for you to ignore.


Leaving On A Jet Plane? The Essential Checklist

There’s no doubt that travelling around the world, living and working in different countries, is an incredibly enriching experience – one that will broaden your horizons, bring you new friendships, and make you more memories than you can imagine. But if you have scheduled in a significant time abroad, then it’s not quite as simple as setting up a Skype account and jumping on a plane. There are a few practical matters than you absolutely must take care of. Here are the steps you need to make to ensure that your travel plans are a success:


Have a Clear out

Moving overseas for a while means pressing pause on your old life. You may be moving out of your home, so you need to think through a plan for your possessions that it isn’t practical to take with you. If you are planning an especially long move, you can look at shipping services to have items sent to you, but be aware that this can cost thousands. The other option is to find a kind relative that has space to store some of your stuff, or renting space in a storage facility. The more stuff you have, the more expensive and awkward this can get, so use the opportunity to have a major clearout and get rid of any rubbish or unwanted items. Look into what you can sell to make money and fund your travels, and for the rest find a reliable clearance company such as to take away your unwanted items.


Make An Itinerary

Although you may be seeking freedom and spontaneity, it is a good idea to plan an initial itinerary to inform your travel plans. This will also enable you to select the correct travel and medical insurance, save up for flights and look into working overseas and visa requirements for your destination. Do some research online into your stopping points – it’s good to know about local customs and culture to avoid any complications, and other travellers may have useful advice about the order or seasons to visit other countries in. Making your plans should be a joyful time. Online guidebooks like Lonely Planet can give really useful pointers and make sure that you don’t miss out on any must-see sights.


Prep Your Budget

Think carefully and realistically about what money you will need to support yourself. Even if you’re planning to work once you get to your destination, you will still need a good cushion of savings to use as a deposit on accommodation, ensure that you have the basic necessities and to act as a safety net if you don’t find work straight away. Investigate living costs in the country you’re going to, as they will vary drastically. Also look into the going rate for the work you’ll aim to get, from seasonal fruit picking to teaching English as a foreign language.
Once your essential documents are sorted, you have a realistic travel budget and you know where you’re heading, you have the basics covered. Use these foundations to sort official documentation, any travel vaccinations and the relevant insurances. Good luck with your travels.

De-Clutter Your Home, De-Clutter Your Mind

A cluttered home creates a cluttered mind. If you seem to have things everywhere and you can’t get your house in order, it is a clear indication that you need to get rid of the clutter. Not only will this make your home look better, but it will help you to have a clearer mind in the process too. You will be able to relax, as you will no longer be leaving in the middle of chaos. With that being said, read on to discover how to de-clutter your home and de-clutter your mind in the process.

Be brutal – You need to be brutal. If you have not worse something in the past year, the chances are you are not going to wear it in the coming year. Don’t hold onto things on the off chance that you may need them someday.

Give to charity – If you have items that you no longer want or need, give them to charity. You know what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There are bound to be people that need the things you don’t, and it can make you feel good about yourself by helping someone else out.

Make sure you remove all items correctly – Another important step is to make sure you remove all items correctly. Got an old or broken kitchen appliance? Contact a professional company to remove this for you. Have you got electrical gadgets you no longer need or maybe a computer you don’t use? Go to your local electronics store and they should be able to dispose of this for you. Chucking such items in the bin only contributes to landfills and the massive pollution problem we are experiencing around the world.

Tackle one room at a time – De-cluttering can seem overwhelming when you have so much to tackle. Make it easier for yourself by splitting it up into different tasks. Give yourself one room to tackle per day, instead of giving yourself the mammoth task of tackling the entire home in one go.

Follow the one in, one out room – Now that you have created an environment that is free of clutter, you need to maintain it. To do this, you need to follow the one in, one out rule. This means that whenever you purchase something new for your home you need to get rid of something that is already in there to accommodate it.

As you can see, there are a number of different steps you can take to get rid of the clutter in your home and the chaos in your mind as a consequence. Follow the steps that have been presented above and you will be shocked by the difference that this makes.