7 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Home Faster

Looking for ways to spring clean your home in no time? Good. I’ve got some tried and tested ways that I’m going to share with you. Spring cleaning is one of my favorite things about the spring season, but unfortunately, I can’t enjoy it to the fullest since my schedule is always overloaded. So I’ve found a few ways to spring clean my home fast that are also great for those who don’t like cleaning.

1. Clean mini blinds
Yes, I want to start with the worst part about spring cleaning. I’m sure many of you would agree that cleaning mini blinds is a great pain. However, I’ve learned a small tip that makes it really easier. Just take your mini blinds down and wash them in the bath. They’ll be cleaner in no time!

2. Wash your walls
If you used to wash your walls by hand, this spring try washing them with a mop instead. This will save you a lot of time, I promise! Now that I know this little trick, washing my walls isn’t a big problem anymore. Give it a try and you will never think of washing the walls as a great pain.

3. Clean your oven
I don’t understand those people who clean their oven by hand when they have a self-cleaning one. A self-cleaning oven works amazingly and is so easy to operate. If you have a self-cleaning oven, just turn it on and it will do its thing. While it’s cleaning, the oven gets extremely hot and there can be a terrible smell, but you can go outdoors to avoid the smell, or do another chore to complete your spring cleaning faster.

4. Give your carpets to the professionals
If you have carpets, I suggest you to hire them done. It’s better and easier. It’s also incredibly time-saving. The professional knows what they’re doing and they can be more experienced at stain removal than you are. If you can afford, give your carpets to the professionals.

5. Purchase a ceiling fan cleaner
Purchase a ceiling fan cleaner so that you don’t have to climb up and take it all apart. Indeed, there’s a great device that you can purchase that cleans the ceiling fan. It’s like a duster but created to fit over every blade. While you still should clean the globes, it helps save you immense amounts of time and headache.

6. Clean your curtains
If you have trouble cleaning your curtains, I recommend doing all of your curtains at once. Take the day, take your curtains down and wash them. After washing, hang your curtains back up. Don’t forget to check the instructions and learn how to properly launder them. Maybe your curtains are dry clean only ones. Follow the instructions on the label and you won’t have any problems.

7. Don’t do it alone
If you share a home or if you have a big family, don’t do your spring cleaning alone, it’s just too much for one person. Have everybody muck in and help and you’ll get it done quicker and you will even have time for a spring picnic or family BBQ.

Follow these tips and you will do your spring cleaning faster and easier. Which tricks do you use to do your spring cleaning quicker? Share them with me, please, I will certainly try them all!

8 Great Jobs for Socially Awkward People

If you are a socially awkward person, it can be difficult for you to choose the right career path. Whether you are not very good with people or you like peace and quiet, there are many wonderful jobs to consider. I have a friend who is so shy that she can’t find a job because most jobs require good social skills. I did a small research and visited lots of online forums and found out that many people stay at home because they don’t like crowds and they can’t survive face-to-face communication. It’s hard to change yourself and fight your fear, while it’s easier to find a well-paid job that you will enjoy doing each day and that won’t make you feel bad about yourself. Here are 8 great jobs for socially awkward people to consider.

1. Writer


If you are a creative person and you can write interesting posts or books, why not become a writer? Many successful writers are introverts and ambiverts. If you have a writing talent, give it a try. You can start your own blog or become a freelance writer or copywriter. You won’t become a successful writer overnight, but in time you may become a famous author that everyone will read and love.

2. IT careers
With today’s technological advances, it’s not difficult to find a good job if you are a socially awkward person. Information technology helps people to develop their skills and make millions a year. Web development, game programming and creating mobile apps are all good options to consider. The job requires a good knowledge of software and programming languages and a high level of creativity.

3. Graphic Designer
If you are fond of drawing, you have fantastic drawing skills and you can use computer graphics software, consider starting a graphic design career. Modifying pictures and creating different effects don’t require any communication skills. Graphic designer, especially 3D graphic designers, earn a lot of money, but they spend plenty of times learning new things and reading tons of books. If you are ready to spend most of your time in front of your computer, this career path is for you.

4. Work-at-Home Accountant
Nowadays many accountants work for companies from their homes. Look for a position as a work-at-home accountant and you may find some great suggestions. If you are socially awkward, working with numbers than people is a good option for you, just make sure you are okay with math.

5. Translator
If you know at least one foreign language, you may try to work as a translator. Most translators work from home, which means you don’t need to use your communication skills each day. The drawback is that it’s not an easy job. You will get tired mentally and emotionally faster than physically. It’s definitely hard work, but it’s pretty rewarding. Professional translators make over $99,000 a year.

6. Social Media Manager
If you can’t survive face-to-face communication but you want to grow as a person and become more successful, social media manager may be the right career path for you. This job requires online socialization only. You don’t need to meet and speak to anyone. You have enough time to answer to all questions and you have a wonderful opportunity to think clearly and calmly. No rush and no worry! Plus, you can make lots of money each month.

7. Animal Handler
If you don’t like big crowds of people, but you are a huge animal lover, you can become a professional animal handler. My friend earns about $41,000 a year and he says that it’s one of the easiest and funniest jobs he has ever had. All you have to do is to take care of animals and enjoy playing with them all day long.

8. Astronomer
One of the most surprising jobs for socially awkward people is astronomer. While this job requires good knowledge of physics, math and some other subjects, it’s incredibly interesting and you won’t have to use your social skills. You can earn more than $96,000 a year, doesn’t it sound like a good reason to choose this career path? Watching the sky is a proven way to reduce stress and enjoy small yet beautiful things in life, while making a lot of money.

Whether you are a shy person, introvert or you feel uncomfortable in a crowd, these 8 career ideas may completely change your life. There are many reasons why many people can’t find jobs they love. The only thing to remember is that you should never stop looking for that perfect career. If you don’t like your current job, don’t be afraid to quit it. Hopefully, this list helped you to make a smart decision. If you have any other career ideas and tips, share them with those who really need them. The comment section is waiting!

7 Pros and Cons of Becoming a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants have become a highly popular freelance job for many people. A virtual assistant is hired as a freelance worker who works from home and can provide a variety of services.

Most of the services that are offered are office-type jobs like checking and responding to the client’s emails, data entry, file management and more. As with any job, there are pros and cons to consider when you are looking at being a virtual assistant.

Pros and Cons of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
Pros of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
Like any other freelance job, being a virtual assistant provides you with some of the best perks any job has to offer. Some of them include:

1. Be your own boss


Who doesn’t want to become their own boss? Especially, millennials. Freedom is everything, but we have to pay the bills. One of the biggest attractions to working as a virtual assistant is that you can be your own boss. You can set your own hours, your own pay, and the services you provide without being told otherwise.

2. Work from home
Another attraction to this job is being able to work from home. Many people are enjoying raising a family and working from home at the same time. Becoming a virtual assistant is one job that allows you that opportunity. If you live alone or if you are an introvert, this is a huge perk for you.

3. Do life the way you want
As the boss, you can live your life the way you want without worrying about taking time off or taking sick days and upsetting co-workers or employers. You can choose to take a client or not. You can choose how your job intertwines with your family life and make it work best for you.

4. You can choose the benefits you want
You do not have to sign up for health insurance that costs an arm and a leg for your portion or for your co-pays. You can take leave whenever you want. You can take leave for however long you want to take it. You do not have to wait for a year or more to receive vacation time.

Cons of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
Working from home as a virtual assistant has its downsides as well. Although the pros outweigh, these three cons are definitely worth considering:

5. Be my own boss
Being your own boss can be great, but it can also be a burden since you have full responsibility for the entire business. You have to take care of all the little details that a business requires as well as perform the tasks you have been hired for. It can be a little daunting.

6. Chores
Sometimes working from home can be a huge distraction. Life happens, and it happens a lot at home. Children get sick or do not take their naps. Appliances break or pipes leak, and you still have household chores to do on top of the work you are doing for your business.

7. No company paid benefits
The company paid benefits are a nice thing to have, but when you work from home as a virtual assistant, you do not have those luxuries like 401k plans, paid leave, paid insurance, retirement and more. You are responsible for all those benefits rather than a company paying for them.

When you consider becoming a virtual assistant, be sure to really take the time to think about this freelance job and weigh the pros and the cons as you make a decision. Make your own list of pros and cons too and see how it would work for you and your family.

7 Surefire Ways to Stick to Your At-Home Workout

As I was trying to do my workout at home, I was surprised to find it difficult to stick to. I have tried all the types of workout possible, but still it was difficult. If you ever tried to do it yourself you know there are lots of reasons to stop exercise: you may be distracted, and you may be busy or just forgot to do it. But with the time, I worked up some tips that can help you as well.

1. Plan you workout
Sometimes you are too busy to find proper time for your workout. In this case you can try to schedule your training. Choose the time when you know for sure that no one will disturb you. It may be early morning or time before you go to bed, it depends on your free time and your desire. You may even alter your daily schedule and find the time convenient for your body cycles. It is up to you to decide.

2. Choose your ideal workout
Have you ever tried a favourite workout of your friend just to find out that it does not work for you? Why is it so? Just because you don’t like it! There are plenty of home exercise regimens you may choose from. Try some of them to see which one is yours. Perhaps you need an at-home workout that will vary your routine or it might be just the other way around.

3. Don’t try too hard
If you had a long break in your trainings, start again carefully. Ease-off the training loads for a start. When you will get used to you workouts you can increase intensity again. It can be very tempting to train more in order to get into the shape quicker. But you may end up being completely exhausted. So, make sure you don’t overdo it.

4. Find someone to share your trainings
To train with somebody is not much, but if you like company it may help you to keep training. It may become a good motivation for both of you. You will be able to support each other if somebody of you won’t get desirable result. In case you like to have company in any activity it may work for workout as well.

5. Get ready
One more thing that can help you stay motivated is preparation for workout. Perhaps you know the feeling when you are getting ready for some activity whether it is a work day or a date. The process fills you with feeling of importance of whatever you are doing. Try to get ready for your workout, get out the equipment you will need. Just try it; this tip may be exactly what you need.

6. Make your diet healthy
If you are exercising hard, make sure your body gets all the nutrients it needs. Even if you want to lose weight, calories are still essential for the health of your body. Add more natural food to your menu with a lot of fiber and vitamins; it will make you feel more energetic. Sometimes it may be necessary to eat a bit more when you work out well.

7. Avoid dehydration
It is always important to keep you body hydrated. But it becomes even more important if you do the workout. You will surely need to drink more if you exercise a lot. Nothing can hydrate our body better than water, so try to drink as much as possible during the day, and keep water bottle handy while working out. Think of using sports drinks if your workouts are hard.

These are the tips that work for me perfectly, and I will be glad if they help you to keep motivated. Perhaps, you have your own tips to share, or you will work them up with time. Share your opinion on the subject.

10 Benefits of Using Feng Shui to Design Your Home

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony in an environment. The premise is that by following a specific floor plan, by placing objects in your home or office in certain locations, and by using special colors, among other features, you can bring a greater peace and serenity to your space. It is also used to empower the energy of work, love, money, and spiritual well-being.

In this article I am not going to give the history of Feng Shui, but rather show how it is used in practical ways. However, for anyone interested, there are many books and Internet websites available on this beautiful practice that you can explore and thus deepen your understanding of its principles.

Benefits of Using Feng Shui to Design Your Home
A home has an ambience, a feeling about it anyone who enters it will sense, even unconsciously. You have often experienced this when you have visited someone. You are aware instantly of your own emotional reaction to a room. I don’t refer to a critical reaction of the decor, which is just subjective opinion, but instead to something deeper. You have a feeling of gladness or perhaps something melancholy. You might feel irritable or worried. You can also feel that you are in the midst of light and serenity.

Feng Shui describes the causes for each emotion, and a Feng Shui expert can provide remedies if the room has anything discordant or inharmonious going on. Another way more familiar to western people would be to say the room holds a certain vibration, and those “vibes” affect us strongly for good or ill. With Feng Shui, you can ensure a positive outcome. To those who study and master the art, it opens the way to prosperity and well-being at every level of existence.

First, to make the premise more accessible, here are just some features of home interior décor and construction that in Feng Shui would be seen as negative and in need of attention and correction:

Feng Shui
One of the most popular illustrations of this lies in what happens when someone enters your house. Do they face a closet door? A mirror? A short hallway leading into another room? Or is there an extended hallway that leads straight to the back door? If this last aspect is the case, then all the energy coming into the house from the front door will whoosh right through the house and out the back door, and if it is valuable energy – or chi, as it is so often called in martial arts and meditation – it never has a chance to enhance your home and add something beneficial. The same thing happens if stairs face the front door – the chi races up or down the staircase and doesn’t have a good path to follow.

The center of your home is the most important area, and from it all the other aspects of chi flow. If the center room is a bathroom or bedroom, it will not help improve the energy or contribute to a positive ambience. Those rooms cannot be the central focus. Energy flow can stagnate.

Feng Shui 2
Setting one side of your bed up tight against a wall prevents sleep from being beneficial. It is also advisable not to place the bed under a window, and to make sure the end of the bed is not facing the door to the room. All of these cause an unhealthy energy to flow through the room. In addition, television in the bedroom disrupts your eventual rest with its constant emission of EMF rays. The ads and programming can alter and reduce essential deep sleep.

What if rooms have doors directly opposite one another? It is considered a setup that encourages conflict among people in the house.

Mirrors facing one another can create a subconscious aggression in their effect, a kind of attack or bombardment on the senses. It can be lovely in short intervals, but as a constant décor, it decreases serenity.

Feng Shui and Your Floor Plan
Feng Shui and Your Floor Plan
Advocates of Feng Shui point out that where certain rooms are in your house is very significant. Feng Shui consultants use a Bagua map, which explains how life situations can resonate with a particular compass direction. Each direction has a specific color, Feng Shui element, and area of life that apply:

North: Work/career path
South: Fame and reputation
East: Family and health
West: Children and creativity
Northeast: Spiritual growth and self-cultivation
Southeast: Money and abundance
Northwest: Helpful people, blessings, and travel
Southwest: Love and marriage
The idea is to adjust the arrangement of rooms and objects so as to suit the purpose of each compass point for your home, to enable the optimum life experience materially, emotionally, and spiritually. If, for example, you seek money and abundance, you would use specific related elements of Feng Shui to create the necessary environment in the southeast corner of your home.

Of course, such a floor plan is ideal. But what if your floor plan can’t accommodate this in every respect? Feng Shui offers are ways to improve the chi anyway. Here are ten ways to benefit your home environment using Feng Shui:

Do you have the problem of a long hallway between the front and back doors? If you place objects in the hallway, small tables, decorative objects, a lamp in the ceiling, hang ribbons or other decorations, the energy is prevented from flowing out the back door. It is, as it were, given a change in direction.
Move your bed into a more Feng Shui position, leaving space on both sides, using a headboard to push the top of the bed against a wall instead of a window, ensuring the foot of the bed does not face the door.
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If you multitask in the same room, create a different space for one of those tasks. For example, if your passion is to write, create an area where that is all you do. Put things in it that signify writing to you, books that matter, excerpts from famous and admired writers, notepads, a table, pens. If you use a laptop, don’t connect to the Internet while you’re in this space. Let it be a well-lighted but quiet place just for you and for doing what you love.
Hang an object from the ceiling between doors that exactly face one another. Wind chimes are an excellent choice.
Place fairy lights in a dark space.
Place things that really matter to you in a prominent position in each room so you can’t help but see them when you enter.
A lot of windows can reflect energy to the outside. Hang crystals on the window to deflect the energy and send it back into the room.
In the kitchen, put a mirror over the stove or sink so you can see what is behind you when you are working in those places. This brings an unexpected peace of mind.
In whichever room of your house represents money, place an object of great value to you, something you treasure.
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Near the entrance to your front door, on the inside, set up an object that represents happiness to you – something that makes you feel good and that suggests prosperity. Perhaps it is a model of a gold frog, a small Buddha, a painting of a rainbow – something that gives you a positive feeling.
Plants are very beneficial Feng Shui in every room. Much more is available concerning the direction a house faces, its overall layout, the external terrain, the presence of a garden or a fountain – each aspect can contribute to “good vibrations.”

Here is something to test out. Look around your own home and see if there is a space that gives you a negative feeling, one that makes you feel less energy (energy=chi) or makes you feel overwhelmed in some way. Alter it according to the Feng Shui aspects described briefly in this article. Keep things this way a couple of days. Do you notice anything different in how the space begins to feel for you? Let us know in a Comment, for sure!

9 Beneficial Uses of Blue Glass in the Home

Creating a peaceful environment in your home isn’t just good for people who come to visit – it’s good for you, too! One way to enhance the feeling-tone of your space is to add objects of blue glass.

The color blue is well-known for its calming and soothing effects. It also offers psychological benefits. Because of its association with the sky and ocean that surround us, we feel relaxed in our minds and hearts, which can inspire our creativity. Another factor is that blue encourages the feeling of trust in those who look at it.

Beneficial Uses of Blue Glass in the Home
Glass is a medium of light. If you have ever been in a glass factory and watched how they fire glass into a myriad of shapes and colors, you know how amazing the process is. Glassblowers are artists, and even when you see them create their brilliant pieces, it seems like magic. Glass reflects the light. That is its appeal. It can dazzle us with the intrinsic beauty of whatever design it has, because of the light it holds.

Blue glass combines the power of color and reflected light. Its presence can add a casual or elegant touch to your décor and help you create a lovely and calming ambience. Here are nine ways you can use blue glass to enhance your interior décor.

1. Blue abstract glass art


Blue abstract glass art
Blue abstract glass art can spotlight an area and draw the eyes to it like a magnet. Place such art on a stand or on a table with nothing else around it. The color and object take over the territory and add an element of serenity to that space.

2. Moroccan blue glass candle holders


Moroccan blue glass candle holders
Moroccan blue glass candle holders and blue glass jars with candles floating are marvelous for bath or bedroom, but they can also have great effect outdoors on a trellis shelf or garden cart on a patio or deck.

3. Crystal bottles


Crystal bottles in dark blue
Crystal bottles in dark blue and in varying shapes are a superb alternative for perfume or to store essential oils used in aromatherapy. This color protects the ingredients, and the crystal brings a feeling of elegance. Every time you use one of these bottles you will sense a quiet happiness.

4. Use blue crackle glass bottles for windows


Using blue crackle glass bottles for windows
Using blue crackle glass bottles for windows is an older style of décor that is coming back into vogue. At one time you could often enter a home and find crackle glass on windowsills above and below – on sunny days the room they were in would sparkle. Cobalt blue bottles work just as well, however, for they, too, filter the light, and can add beauty even on overcast days.

5. Blue fishing floats in netting


Blue fishing floats in netting
Blue fishing floats in netting can be hung on a wall or placed in a small basket in the kitchen on top of a counter or hung from the ceiling.

6. Vintage glass bowls


Vintage glass bowls
Vintage glass bowls are unique pieces that can be filled with colored stones or antique glass marbles. Some such bowls were made of Carnival glass, which was originally created as a much less expensive alternative to Tiffany glass. It was the rage in America in the early and mid-twentieth century. Pieces can still be found online and at antique shows. Its surface shifts according to the density of the light that strikes it. At times it can look like a scintillating jewel.

7. Blue glass paperweights


Blue glass paperweights
Blue glass paperweights pick up lamplight as well as daylight. They can be scattered around, even just two or three, but each place they are set will catch the eye and add a serene feeling to the room.

8. Blue glass mosaics


Blue glass mosaics
Blue glass mosaics can add a stunning touch to a wall area or on the edge of a mantle. You can cover an end table with them or place them around a mirror. Ready-made mosaics made of pieces of blue glass can be purchased, but creating them yourself will add a unique aspect. You can choose your own surface and use a simple but durable household adhesive (these generally are not hazardous or complicated to use). Mosaic glass tiles are inexpensive, too.

9. Cobalt blue glass panels


Cobalt blue glass panels
Cobalt blue glass panels work wonderfully in your doors and in windows. Tiffany made this famous, taking the idea of stained glass out of churches and adding highly acclaimed designs and styles to the patterns of glass. The glass would be set in a port window in a hallway or on a stairwell, or as an intricate lampshade. The light would change at different times of day, rays entering a room and creating a feeling of calm and soothing the viewer with its beauty. Pieces of stained glass or plain blue glass are available at most art supply stores (without the Tiffany price tag).

Our home really is our castle – it’s where we go to rest and recharge our mental and emotional batteries. It is also where we go because for us it is a place that is familiar, a haven from stress and all the things we have to do day-to-day. So we need to give ourselves an environment that makes that haven feel special – and even if we can only do it in one part of the house, a place reserved just for us, it will improve our spiritual and emotional state, for sure. If you have other ideas for using blue glass in this way, do let us know in the Comments!

8 Wallet-Friendly Updates to Make to Your Home

Looking for a cheap, simple and DIY way to enhance your home’s beauty? I’ve got a few wallet-friendly yet creative ideas for you. When it comes to upgrading any house – be it modern or old – the possibilities are endless. However, most of us don’t even think of any home improvement when we make ends meet only and don’t have extra bucks for new furniture or luxury decorations. Stop worrying about money. All you need is tons of creativity and a little bit of cash. Try some of these ideas and enjoy your hard work but beautiful house in the end.

1. Make some DIY decorations


One of the cheapest ways to improve your house is to add some bright and unique decorations. If you have kids, ask them to help you create some unusual things that they think will make their rooms and your entire house more beautiful. It can be your new family tradition to decorate your home at the beginning of each new season. If you live alone, it’s still a great tradition to establish. Pick some bright leaves when walking in the park today and let your creativity and hands do their job.

2. Add a splash of color to your old sofa
If you can’t afford to purchase a new sofa, why not upgrade the old one? Add a few colorful pillows to it and your sofa looks like new. There’s no need to throw your old pillows away. You can either alter them or purchase some bright pillow covers. Of course, the best option is to make your own ones, but it takes some time and effort.

3. Paint your flower pots
If you have many flower pots, consider updating them to make your windows look brighter. It takes time and efforts, not to mention that you’ll need to spend a few bucks on paints, but the result is well worth it. Certain flowers improves our health while beautifully decorated flower pots can make the house look more comfortable.

4. Add a shelf with books
DIY shelves beautify many homes these days. If you don’t have any open shelf in your house, it’s time to make a few to keep all your books in one place as well as display all your DIY decorations, knickknacks and pictures. You won’t recognize your room, I promise!

5. Paint your walls bright colors
Painting a room doesn’t take much time or money, and you can always paint it over. The trick is to choose bright colors like light green, orange, yellow, turquoise, coral or light pink. Actually, you can choose any color that you are sure will boost your mood this fall season. If you don’t have time or desire to paint the whole wall, add a splash of color to it. From circles, rhombus and triangles to flowers, animals, skies and sun, you can draw and paint whatever you like.

6. Hang a new set of curtains up
If you don’t have time for crafting, purchase a new set of curtains to give your home an absolutely new look. Again, look for bright mood-boosting colors to make your house a positive and happy place to live in.

7. Paint your front door an eye-catching color
If you want to draw more attention to your house, paint your front door a bright color of your choice. If you have some drawing skills, use them to make your front door the most creative one in your neighborhood or even the whole city. Purple, mint, green or light blue are a few options to consider.

8. Install crown molding
It’s easier to buy modern crown molding, but you can make your own one. Crown molding can bring harmony, elegance and comfort to any room of your house. It takes some time and effort, but you will be highly satisfied with the result of your work. Ask your husband or neighbor to help you install crown molding. Not only will you add visual interest to your house, you’ll add value as well.

These are just a few simple updates you can make to your home this week. Home improvement doesn’t have to be expensive and difficult. With a little bit of creativity, cash and effort, you can make your home feel and look cozy in a matter of a few hours. What are your wallet-friendly home improvement ideas? Let us know in the comments section.

10 Easy Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes

The skin around the eyes is very thin and sensitive and it’s important to care for it every single day. You know, the first thing that other people notice about you is your face. Having dark circles or puffiness under your eyes may not send the message you want to send. Luckily, there are a number of simple, time-tested home remedies that do wonders for puffy eyes.

1. Cold Tea Bags
The best way to do this is to boil water and pour just enough over the tea bags to wet them. Let them cool in a refrigerator and then place them on your eyes to reduce puffiness. It isn’t necessary to use caffeinated tea, but caffeine will help to reduce puffiness to an even greater degree. It can even help to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

2. Cucumbers
Everyone knows about applying cucumber slices to the eyes to reduce puffiness, but few know that there is a second, even more effective way to use this vegetable for puffiness. A juice, made by blending a cucumber, will act as a highly effective astringent. Just spread it around your eyes and leave it for fifteen minutes before rinsing it away.

3. Potatoes
Believe it or not, potatoes are great for your eyes. They contain an enzyme, called catecholase, that can lighten skin and reduce the dark circles associated with puffiness. If you use cool potato slices, the cooling effect will also help to reduce puffiness. You can also puree the potatoes to create a paste, which is even more effective because it forms to the skin better. This remedy takes about thirty minutes to work.

4. Mint Leaves
Crush a few mint leaves up and set them under your eyes. The natural astringent effect of mint will help to reduce puffiness and lessen dark circles. This treatment only takes five minutes, so it is great for people who are in a hurry. You can mix the crushed mint with a bit of honey or olive oil to create a paste. Honey has its own beauty effects, including antimicrobial properties that can reduce acne.

5. Rose Water
Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties and contains vitamins A and C, which are known to be beneficial to skin. Soak a cotton ball or cotton pad in rose water and place on your eyes for about ten minutes. To make rose water, bring distilled water to a boil and then add rose petals. Let them simmer, in a covered pot, until the petals lose their coloration. Store the water in a cool place.

6. Almond Oil
Almond oil is highly effective at reducing dark circles under your eyes. You can make it by pureeing almonds in a blender with a little milk or you can buy almond oil in the baking aisle at most grocery stores and mix it with baking soda to make a paste. This is an overnight treatment, however, so it won’t work in a pinch.

7. Salt
This one is the simplest of all. Mix half a teaspoon of salt into a quart of warm water. Dip cotton balls or pads into the water and apply them to your eyes for at least ten minutes. The salt will draw water out of your skin and reduce the puffy appearance. If you decide to go longer than ten minutes, which is fine, then change out the cotton balls for new ones.

8. Strawberries
Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acid, which is great for reducing aging effects on skin and for reducing under eye puffiness. Use strawberries that have been in the refrigerator to cool the skin and reduce swelling as well. Sliced strawberries can be placed on your eyes for a few minutes. This process is fast and effective, so it is nice to use when you don’t have much time.

9. Aloe Vera
Aloe is great for reducing swelling under the eyes, but it is slower than most of the remedies mentioned above. Plan to use aloe every day or every other day for a week before you see effects. It is a nice way to maintain your appearance over time, which is why many people put a little on before bed each night.

10. Orange Juice
This one also takes some time, so use orange juice as a way to maintain appearance rather than as a quick fix. Most people make a paste by mixing orange juice with glycerine or a little gelatin. They apply it under the eyes several times per week and leave it for several hours or over night. The beauty of orange juice is that it contains vitamin C, which is outstanding for skin health.

Puffiness occurs because lymphatic drainage from the area under the eye can’t keep up with the rate at which fluid is being deposited there. The remedies above work by either reducing the deposition of fluid or by aiding in its removal. For a long term solution to puffy eyes, get adequate rest and avoid excessive salt in your diet as it can cause you to retain water. A little caffeine in your diet will also help by acting as a natural diuretic (removes water from the body.) Dietary and lifestyle approaches are slower, but also more lasting. What’s your favorite home remedy for puffy eyes?

7 Best Home Remedies for Oily Hair

If your hair is extra oily, you might want to know a few effective remedies for greasy hair. It’s quite challenging to deal with greasy hair and all those expensive hair products can be absolutely useless. After washing your hair, it appears to be heavy, dull and flat, when it should actually be feeling clean and light. Below is the list of 7 best home remedies for oily hair that work like a charm.

1. Rosemary tea
Rosemary tea is rich in tannic acid that can help decrease excess oil in your hair and scalp. Green and chamomile teas are also great, but rosemary tea is more effective as it has essential oils that help regulate the overproduction of oil. Just steep 2 tablespoons of loose leaf tea or a tea bag for 20 minutes and let it cool. After you shampoo, apply it to your hair. If you like the fragrance, you don’t need to rinse it out.

2. Lemon juice and vinegar
Vinegar or lemon juice is a cheap and easy remedy for oily hair. Mix a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar or the juice of one lemon. Pour the mixture over your hair, concentrating on the oiliest area – the roots. Rinse the hair with warm water. Avoid using hot water for washing your hair, since it will make your hair oily in no time.

3. Aloe vera gel
It can be difficult to find the best shampoo for oily hair so why not make your own shampoo? Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and add it to a cup of shampoo. It will help you get rid of dead skin cells, break down sebum and relieve an itchy scalp. You can keep your shampoo in the fridge for a week.

4. Baking soda
One of the most effective and cheapest remedies for oily hair is baking soda. Mix 1 liter of clear water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda, apply to the hair and leave for about 20 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water. You can also use baking soda as dry shampoo. Just sprinkle a bit of it on your roots and then brush it out.

5. Mouthwash
Yes, ladies, you read it right. Using mouthwash in the hair can help get rid of oiliness. Mix equal parts witch hazel and mouthwash together. Dab a cotton ball into it and apply to your scalp after you shampoo the hair. Make sure you don’t apply the mixture to your hair. This home remedy will help reduce the sebum production on your scalp, and you will have a beautiful, light hair in a jiff.

6. Alcohol
Mix a shot of any type of alcohol with several cups of water in order to dilute it and apply the mixture to your hair. This remedy has a nice drying effect to your oily scalp and make your hair look clearer. Rinse it out very well, otherwise you hair will smell like alcohol.

7. Apple cider vinegar
Finally, apple cider vinegar can also help you get rid of oily hair. In fact, apple cider vinegar boasts many amazing beauty and health uses, so make sure you keep a bottle of it in your kitchen. Mix 16 ounces of water with ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and, after you shampoo, apply it to your hair, concentrating more on your scalp. It helps relieve an itchy scalp and restore the scalp’s pH balance.

If you have oily hair, it doesn’t mean you should spend a lot of money on different hair care products. You can try any of these easy home remedies and see what works best for you. What’s your favorite oily hair remedy?

10 Important Things You Should Do Daily to Be Organized

Nowadays our life is extremely busy and we are always short of time. Due to this it may be really difficult to accomplish everything you need and achieve your goals. But if you are an organized person, you’ll be able to succeed in your studies and career as well. Try to make organizing a part of your daily routine and you will manage to save more time and simplify your life. Being organized is not as easy as it seems. For this you should make some changes in your lifestyle and do certain things every day. Here are a few things that you are supposed to do in order to become more organized.

1. Plan Your Day in Advance
That is one of the basic things that organized people constantly do. Surely, you don’t have to plan every minute of your day. Make it a rule to take some time the night before to think over the main events that are waiting for you the next day. This routine will help you to avoid numerous problems during the day. It is much easier to fulfill your tasks when you have a thought-out plan.

2. Have a Morning Routine and an Evening Routine
It would be nice if you do several simple things every morning and evening. For example, you can drink a glass of fresh juice and do physical exercise in the morning. Reading your favorite book, taking a bath or doing some beautifying practices will be useful activities to try in the evening. These routines are necessary for you as they set the tone for the whole day and keep you organized.

3. Make Only One To-Do List
We usually make lots of lists that contain things we must do throughout the day. Certainly, it is a very good habit to write down all assignments that you should carry out at work or at home. However, if you have more than one to-do list, it will be almost impossible to implement all of them. That’s why you’d better keep just one to-do list and you will reach the desirable results effortlessly. In case you’ve got plenty of to-do lists that are written on different sheets of paper, you may lose some of them. I advise you to make only one list in your notebook so that it will be at hand whenever you need.

4. Never Leave Dishes in the Sink
By washing your dishes after every meal you will learn to be organized and keep your house clean at the same time. No matter how tired you are, try to wash your dirty plates and pans regularly instead of piling them up. This simple routine will bring more comfort and ease into your life. So, don’t let your dishes stay dirty for a long time, otherwise you’ll have an enormous amount of work to do and you will be ashamed when your friends see that mess in your kitchen.

5. Spend 30 minutes to Check and Respond to Your Emails
One way or another, most of us have to deal with email inbox every day. We used to control our emails dozens of times a day without clearing them out. As a result you get a big number of letters in your inbox that only distract your attention. It is typical of all organized people to appreciate their time and not to waste it for unnecessary things. Thus, it would be reasonable for you to spend about 30 minutes at the end of your working day to respond to your emails and delete them.

6. Allocate Time for Lunch
Despite of the fact that you can be overloaded with work, it is important to carve out time for lunch. If you always procrastinate your lunch, you will not have it at all and you will stay hungry at your workplace. Actually, it won’t take you much time to have a snack and you will get enough nourishment and energy to continue your work.

7. Clear Your Desk Regularly
A neat desk is one of those things that characterize organized people. If you tend to keep heaps of paper on your desk, you will make a bad impression on your co-workers and they will consider you to be a lazy and disorganized person. Your workplace is the reflection of your mind and it can’t be clear when your desk is in mess. Accordingly, you should make it a habit to put all the documents in one pile and go through them whenever possible.

8. Open up Your Mail
Although digital technologies develop very fast these days, we can still find mail in our mailboxes. Perhaps those letters are not much valuable for you, though, it doesn’t mean you should hoard them in the corner of your room creating more space for dust. First of all, you must open all the envelopes and read your messages. Only after that you can get rid of them. This way you will avoid undesirable disorder in your home.

9. Put Your Clothes in the Laundry Bin
Unfortunately, there are so many people who don’t stick to this simple rule and throw their dirty clothing about the house. Especially we can observe this bad habit among those who live alone because they are free to do what they want and nobody can restrict them. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t give way to laziness and always remember about discipline. I suggest you to put the hamper in the place where you generally throw your laundry. This is an excellent way to keep your home tidy and forget about clothes that are scattered everywhere.

10. Tidy up Your Home at the End of Each Day
It is quite natural that your house may be cluttered with different things at the end of the day. For instance, you will find your garments in every part of your room or your books and magazines will be in the wrong place. Before going to bed try to devote at least 10 minutes for tidying up your space. This routine will bring you satisfaction. Plus, it is easier to be organized when you start your day in a clean home.

Discipline and organizing are the clues to your success and comfort. Work hard to improve yourself and never give up. Sooner or later all your efforts will be rewarded. If you want to become successful, attractive for others and to have more time to enjoy your life, start with organizing yourself first. Are you an organized person? What are the most important things that help you to be organized?