All Set for Retirement? Here’s How to Decorate Your Home

October 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

seniorhousepaintFinally, you have reached the age of retirement. All those years of hard work have paid off.You spent eight hours in your cubicle every single business day, dreaming of this. Now here it is – and you can rejoice at last!

It’s not unheard of for some seniors to want to downsize to a smaller space, such as a condominium. After all, a big suburban house may seem lonely if you’re alone. Some may want (or need) to move to retirement homes. There are several reasons why seniors feel the need to move and some of these reasons are elaborated in this article. It may be scary to depart from a place you’ve been familiar with most of your adult life. But the prospect of redecorating a home may be enough to induce excitement to any retiree.


Here are some tips that can help you as you decorate your home in celebration of your retirement:


1. Note which items to keep

Moving into a new house can be like meeting with a strange new friend. You will be more comfortable the more similar your new place is to your previous home. You can bring some of your favorite items with you. Though huge furniture, like a dresser, may not be practical to keep, others like your favorite cushion or seat, will be a great addition to your new home. Change doesn’t have to be drastic.


2.Plan and measure

A trip to the new home will help you know how to decorate the whole space. This decoration will not be like when you bought a house when you were younger – there is now the consideration of your age and physical strength. Measure the space properly so you know the sizes of the items you can put in the house.


3.List down which you should buy

Just because you moved to a more compact space doesn’t mean you can’t buy more furniture. It’s just the opposite – since you need those smaller in size, you have to get new ones. Note which items are already in the home and those that you do not need to buy again. This page offers sound advice on what kind of furniture are best fit for seniors.


4. Select a theme

It doesn’t matter how lovely every single piece of furniture is; if they don’t all match together, it will not look pleasing to the eyes. Follow a unifying theme. You can even have different ones for each room if you like.

You can work with a single color palette or have a single centerpiece to work around. Just remember that it’s your taste that prevails – if you don’t like the item (even though it matches the theme), then don’t buy it.


5. Give it your own personal touch

Your retirement home may be the last place you’ll live at, so do your best. Get new curtains to brighten up the place and dust the rooms to make it clean. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas you haven’t done before! Simple changes can make the best difference. You’ll be proud when you see all your hard work reflect the true design that you wanted in the first place.


Change doesn’t always have to be difficult. Turning a house into a home is always fun. What would make it more enjoyable is if you do it with your friends! Call them using any of the free cell phones for seniors you can get here. Consult your friends and relatives about decisions to make in the house and ask the decorations you’d like to put.

How to Ensure Your Safety in an Open Home Design

October 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

openplanOpen home design, or better known as open floor plan, started becoming popular in the 1980’s and have become even more widely-used in contemporary houses. While individual rooms and compartmentalized areas are still common in many houses, an increasing number of homeowners are opting for open floor plans in order to better integrate with their busy lifestyle as well as foster more interaction and conversation between family members. This page provides background innformation on how open home design started and its early advocates.

Admittedly, there are both pros and cons when it comes to adopting an open home design. The main advantage is the maximization of available space. You can more easily rearrange and repurpose your available spaces and furniture because there are less walls or compartments to restrict ease of access. Your living room can double as an additional dining area with more tables and chairs when you host a dinner party. Or if you are watching a big football game and hosting a viewing party, you can temporarily remove the dining table set-up and opt for more couches and chairs around the big screen TV.

As for the drawbacks, noise management is more of a necessity if you have an open floor plan. Because there are less walls, noise from one area of the home can easily travel to the other areas. This may not be as big of an issue if you live alone or you are just a couple, but for families with children this would require additional planning.

Getting an open home design to work takes careful planning. It is not for everyone, but if you’re one of those homeowners who want to try this non-traditional design, here are some safety reminders for homes with open floor plan:


  • Secure entrances and windows. An open home design refers only to the spaces in the exterior and should not mean a home that is available for anyone to just trespass into. Make sure your doors and windows have the necessary safety features to keep intruders away. Alarms and electronic home security systems must also be considered. Always check overhead door parts and ensure that they are in optimum condition. Here’s an overhead door parts guide that you can refer to should you need help in doing a regular inspection of these parts.
  • Art work and décor should be appropriate for the space. Because there is more open space, you have more flexibility in choosing what art and sculpture pieces to hang or display, but you should also consider safety and ease of movement. For instance, décor should not be in walkways or other common areas where they can be obstacles or cause accidents.
  • Maximize natural lighting without sacrificing privacy. One benefit of an open floor plan is the increased flexibility as far as allowing natural light into every space. Window fixtures and treatments can be selected to allow as much sunlight and even air into the interiors. However, the drawback is that if you are not careful, anyone from the street might be able to peer into the home and see your activities. Privacy should be foremost when you select curtains, blinds, or other window fixtures. This site features the best options for light filtering shades that you can use for privacy.
  • Use rugs and carpets. Area rugs and carpets can be utilized not only for differentiating certain areas in your open home design, but also for safety reasons. Wooden or tiled floors can be slippery and cause accidents if not maintained properly. Rugs and carpets positioned properly can reduce the risk of accidents especially if you have younger children running around all the time. They also help with insulation as well as noise control, such as around your home entertainment system or in entrances.


Prepping Yourself Up For Thanksgiving

October 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm

thanksgiving_dayThe big Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. Many Americans celebrate during this holiday with big roasted turkeys and sumptuous bowls of sweet potatoes, but only a few actually know how it came to be such a big part of American culture. Click here to read an article about the religious and cultural origin of Thanksgiving Day. Aside from being one of the busiest travel times of the year, Thanksgiving (along with the other big yearend holidays) will test your resolve to maintain your weight and keep the extra pounds away. Lavish dinners and parties are hard to resist especially when you have family or friends visiting whom you have not seen in a while. It is useless to fight that urge to have your portion of the roasted turkey when everybody else is having theirs. There is a general feeling of celebration and excitement that makes good food so irresistible, even food choices that you know will not help with your weight goals. If you are curious as to how turkey came to be the main part the Thanksgiving menu, here is a good write-up for you.

You don’t have to dread Thanksgiving or become the sorry non-participant when the feasting begins. If you make some preparations ahead of time, you will still be able to enjoy the holiday and allow yourself a little bit of indulgence without feeling guilty or bloated. Little choices and steps that you start now will help to maintain your weight even through the coming holiday parties. Check out some of these tips:


  • Ramp up your exercise. Increase your fitness routine in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The goal is to create a calorie shortage that will offset any additional calories you will inevitably consume over the holiday. Add an extra day to your workout schedule during the week. If you run or jog, adding a few miles gradually will burn more calories and prepare your body. On average, people gain 1-2 pounds over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Make it your goal to lose a few pounds before the big holiday so any added weight then will not set you back on your goals.


  • Don’t stop moving. If you are going out of town or staying with family or friends during the holiday, make arrangements to still be able to get some exercise. Even a jog or a walk around the neighborhood early in the morning would help your body burn the calories. National fitness center chains allow you to use your membership at any of their locations, and there might be one close to where you are going for Thanksgiving.


  • Breakfast helps. A healthy, satisfying breakfast will keep you energized throughout the day, but will also help you take more control over your appetite and eat less. A good breakfast would include servings of fruit, whole wheat bread or whole grain cereal, and other high-fiber food for good digestion. Don’t starve yourself in the morning in preparation for the big feast later in th day. Chances are, you will end up eating way more and having an overactive appetite that will induce more eating.


  • Eat a little bit before the big dinner. An hour or so before you head to the Thanksgiving get-together, fix yourself a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, a cup of fruits, or a couple slices of whole wheat bread. This will curb your appetite and allow you to gain more control over your cravings. Also, this will jumpstart the digestion and get your system more ready to burn what you are about to eat. A glass of your favorite smoothie with dairy free protein powder, as shown here, will also fill you up, give you energy, and reduce your appetite.


  • Eat wisely. Before filling up your plate, look at the choices and pick out your favorite food items that you wouldn’t normally eat a lot of during the year. Why stuff yourself with food that you usually eat anyway? If you are going to indulge this time of year, just pick out the special items and don’t waste your calorie intake on foods you consume regularly.