Home Living: Clutter Hotspots and How to Deal with Them

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“Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter”, which means to coagulate—and that is about as stuck as you can get.” –Karen Kingston

Inexplicably, we always end up with more clutter than we desire. Over the years, it would seem that clutter multiplies by itself without any real assistance from us, and this is especially true for small spaces such as studio apartments and some condominium units.

Whether it may have been from years of accumulating stuff or a certain disregard for proper disposal of unnecessary items, clutter remains to be one of the biggest problems a small space owner can have, and it is one of the primary sources of stress as well. Little apartments and small spaces come with a big responsibility regardless of whether you are living in a condo in Davao or an apartment in bgc, the fact still stands. Follow these tips to maintain a clutter-free home without having to purge all of your stuff.

1.) Empty the sink

After a long tiring day at work, it could mean spending too much energy on washing the dishes after just making a meal. However, if you do let it pile up in the sink or temporarily concealed it somewhere guests would not notice when they come over), this should be your top priority cleanout area. Immediately wash the dishes and dry them over on a drying rack. Take care of putting them in place later, just do not let them pile up.

2.) Rethink Recycling bins

Recycling bins with open tops are easy avenues for stacking clutter and a potential pit for an overflow of rubbish. Alternatively, replace your open bins with a waste receptacle with a lid or stack another bin on top which would aid you to sort paper from plastic and would double your space for trash bins in just the same amount of area. Switching to closed bins would also encourage you to take out the trash more often than open bins as being unable to close the lid on a waste bin would tell you that it cannot accept any more rubbish.

3.) Manage your mail

If you tend to leave stacks and heaps of mail and bills lurking anywhere in your home, then a quick fix to manage this before it becomes a permanent eyesore is to have a basket where you can set it down. A slim magazine file is a good alternative as well if you need to separate must-read mail from the unnecessary catalogs you receive if you are the type of person who loses things in a pile.

4.) Stop shoe piles

Too many pairs of shoes can be an eyesore, but if you are a collector you would need to find an appropriate place to store them in, Ideally, culling the pair of shoes you own is the best way to go about this dilemma but if this is not an option, try placing them underneath your bed. Purchase a shoe cubby storage with slots for different kinds of shoes which you can fit underneath your bed or at the bottom of a closet and do not waste space by turning them into your shoe den.

5.) Let your closet breathe

Inevitably, your small space is going to come with a small closet and dresser. With this in mind, it is imperative to prioritize what you store in them based on usage. Plan your ensembles and outfits according to the season. If it is summer, it would be more than fine to store your clothes for the rainy days such as coats, jackets, and sweaters in somewhat inaccessible places. These apparels can be stored in a box underneath your bed or even underneath your closet and can be taken out when the appropriate season for them comes.

 

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Four Features of a Good Neighborhood

 

 

Love thy neighbor as yourself, but choose your neighborhood. ~Louise Beal

One of the most crucial aspects to consider in purchasing a home is the neighborhood. As it is, you are not only there to buy a comfortable home to live in, but you are buying into a neighborhood where you would raise your children and foster relationships as well.

Considering this to be the case, it is a good idea to carefully scrutinize every single facet your potential neighborhood has in such a way that when you have ultimately arrived at a favorable decision, you can see yourself and your family acclimating to the new environment well.

Every single one of us may have a different set of standards for when purchasing a home, but a universal characteristic for these homes regardless of whether they may be billeted in a condo in Mandaluyong or any other lush area is that they should all be from good neighborhoods.

So what are the various characteristics that would make a good community? Read down below to find out.

1.) It should encourage greater mobility

Apart from accessibility, your neighborhood should offer its residents the convenience of getting around not only for motorists but for pedestrians as well. It should provide an equal ease of access and mobility for everyone. In the same vein, your neighborhood should be equipped with adequate parking spaces for cars or motorcycles and similarly should have sufficient pathways for pedestrians.

These pathways should be well lit and should accommodate pedestrians of any kind (cyclists and people on non-conventional vehicles such as Segways, Skateboards, wheelchairs and the like).

2.) It should have features that would add to the overall comfort and convenience of residents

A comfortable and safe home is one thing. But a good neighborhood complemented with essential establishments within its vicinities such as places of work, malls, recreational facilities and hospitals is the penultimate factor in deciding whether a home is billeted in a good neighborhood.

This provides its residents easy access to major establishments and would make city living rather easy.

3.) It should have adequate security measures

One thing you should never compromise when it comes to choosing a neighborhood is safety. It is imperative that each and every single one of your family members can truly feel at safe whether they are coming home from work or school or are making their daily commute towards their destination.

One thing that can guarantee you that a neighborhood’s safety is of paramount interest to the developer is when you see visible security personnel such as security guards doing rounds at random hours of the day. Take note, your home is a place of sanctuary, and if your neighborhood is not even safe, to begin with, any potential breach into your homes is not entirely impossible.

4.) It encourages social interaction

People are social creatures, and in choosing a neighborhood, it is important that you consider the potential neighbors you might have should you integrate yourself into their social sphere. One aspect if a good neighborhood is one that has an established sense of community and belonging among its residents. This is because should you be their neighbor, you would know that your neighbors would be more than willing to help you should there be anything you need.

Community facilities such as playgrounds, sports courts, and other recreational amenities would provide easy avenues for neighbors to interact and bond.

Last, but not the least characteristic that one should consider in choosing a neighborhood is that it should have character. Whether that may be the artsy neighborhood where most lost artists, vocalists trying to find their voice and soul or revolutionary chefs or an emerging hub for young corporate employees looking to establish a family.

Whatever it may be, make sure it has that one distinct and identifiable character that would strengthen your affinity towards it. This would set your neighborhood apart from all other communities and make it uniquely you—a home in an environment you can truly come home to.

Condo Living 101: Controlling Four Common Pest Infestations

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A clean and spotless house is the epitome of having a healthy family.

The cleanliness of the very environment in which you foster and raise children in, cultivate relationships with one another and forge memories plays a very pivotal role in the kind of health its residents would have. And as it is, a house that does not get enough cleaning and maintenance is a precarious place that would possibly generate diseases and a breeding ground for common pests as well. These pests may seem like innocent and unwanted roommate of yours, but more often than not they can be more sinister than your ordinary trespasser as these pests may bring various ailments and infirmities into your home.

If you are a renter, this issue is commonly the landlord predicament but if you are on your own, you are not left with much of a choice but to be aware of how to handle it on your own. See the list below for a few tips on how to get rid of these uninvited guests.

1.) ANTS

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Do not automatically dismiss ants as pests as they can be somewhat beneficial. Ants kill more dangerous pests such as fleas and bedbugs that could be detrimental to your health. However, if you are keen on keeping a pest-free home then the main thing you should consider is that ants are drawn to food. Naturally, one way of getting rid of them is to make sure you do not leave any exposed food out. Additionally, you can get rid of them by applying scents such as cinnamon in places where they are commonly found.

2.) FRUIT FLIES

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Fruit flies are known for being a constant source of vexation when they are buzzing about while you are enjoying your food and they certainly do have an effect on your appetite. Get rid of them simply by utilizing a trap you can craft yourself. Simple pour apple cider vinegar in a shallow dish and add just a drop of dish soap and add a bit of water to it. Wrap the top with plastic and poke a few holes which would be big enough for the flies to get through. The vinegar will bait these pests but the dish soap will trap them.

3.) RATS/MICE

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Of all the rodents that a homeowner or a condo unit owner has mice and rats are ones they fear the most. Having them in your place of dwelling would make you an irresponsible and reprehensible homeowner as having them is the pinnacle of house filthiness. However, it is inevitable that these rodents would turn up in homes but getting rid of them is very straightforward. As they are attracted to peanut butter, simply putting that on a mouse trap would allow you to catch the rodent. Alternatively, you can try spraying peppermint on a couple of cotton balls and place them on their various entry points as the smell would deter them from entering.

4.) SPIDERS

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Like mats and rice, spiders cannot stand the smell of peppermint oil. However, if your spider infestation would require more stringent measures then you may need to spray a residual insecticide on the corners and cracks of your condo unit or condo. This will stop these pests in their tracks.
As a condo unit owner, understanding how to get rid of these space invaders for good is an integral part of maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of our residences—an imperative aspect when it comes to a healthy home and lifestyle. Remember, the swankiest and lushest condo unit whether in QC or wherever would be an uninhabitable place to live in when it is fraught with pests. After all, a dirty home is home to diseases and these pests– no matter how luxurious.

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Home Living: How to Deal with Bad Neighbors

A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing. ~Hesiod

Say what you may about choosing the perfect location for your home, but it remains a fact that you can never be as discriminating and selective when it comes to your neighbors.

Where you live is of no consequence as you can have a luxurious and posh townhouse or a luxury condo Philippines Ayala, but unless you live in a gated abode with walls high enough not to be breached, interacting with your neighbors is an inevitability. No matter how you put it, living with bad neighbors is still a pressing social issue until today and unless you could afford a change of address, you would need to do something about it in order to make your home living a lot more pleasant and comfortable.

Dealing with these types of neighbors can elicit a range of reactions from being passive-aggressive to receptive and accommodating with the latter being the favorable one. Settling with irksome neighbors amicably can cause you a lot of stress but, as it would negatively affect your experience at home, it would be best if you dealt with it and communicated your concern.

The worst that could happen is that they would be uncooperative, but at least you conveyed your issues. The ball would be now in their court in addressing your complaint. If you have a bad neighbor (or think you might be one), consider the steps below in dealing with them.

1.) GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER

This is more of a precautionary measure than an actual solution, but it works. Introduce yourself to the community or befriend new neighbors, say a little “hi” and “hello”, maybe borrow a cup of sugar of some garden tools to start establishing a rapport and a working friendly relationship. Chances are, whenever your neighbor starts doing something that may cause you to take issue, it would be a lot easier to convey your problem than be all awkward about it if they were strangers to you. Additionally, constant chafing neighborly issues rarely happen between two neighbors who actually are in good terms with each other.

2.) DOCUMENT THE PROBLEM

If a certain issue arises, keep notes and photos if necessary. This can assist you in evaluating the problem (or whether there really is a problem), give you some information that would back you up when you tell your neighbor your concern. Finally, when worst comes to worst and everything escalates, you have proof to show authorities instead of looking like a whiny and finicky neighbor.

3.) COMMUNICATE

Do not readily assume that your neighbors are well and aware what your issues are—chances are, they do not know they may have less than neighborly practices. Discuss your concerns with them. Be open and direct about it and be respectful as well. Ask for their side and propose a solution that might be favorable to the both of you and compromise. Whatever you do, do not lose your temper as this will only aggravate the tension between you two.

4.) CHECK WITH YOUR OTHER NEIGHBORS

This does not necessarily mean you are snitching on your infuriating neighbors. This means you are trying to find out if you have a solid claim and whether your other neighbors are experiencing it as well. If some of your neighbors are experiencing the same predicament as you are, they may be more than willing to assist you in resolving it. So, when the time comes that you would confront your errant neighbor regarding your issue, you may have someone to come with you to talk it out.

5.) GET A MEDIATOR

A neutral party that is rather experienced in the area of settling disputes amicably may succeed in resolving your issue better than you can—especially if your bad neighbor is willing to talk. This will save you a lot of money instead of taking up your claim to court and in most cases, it is free and much less hassle. Try looking for a neutral third party or a friendly neighbor who is not involved in the issue in any way and have them assist you in dealing with your concern.

Furniture 101: When to Splurge or Save on Furniture

 

 

Furniture must have a personality as well to be beautiful. – Rose Tarlow

It is said that a house is merely a shell without its furniture. In fact, nothing can be more drab and dull that a house devoid of its customary fittings and furnishings. This is why people would actually dedicate time and effort to finding the best types of fixtures their home should have. And because of this, furnishing styles have become incredibly diverse.

Styles emerged such as modern, minimalist, traditional, art deco and the like–all to cater every type of homeowner there is. However, as enthusiastic as we may be in committing ourselves to shopping for house furniture, we should never let that very same enthusiasm cloud our judgment when it comes to choosing the best bargain and deals.

Of course, this is not to say that you should always negotiate with the pricing as there is some furniture that you could actually splurge on. The key is to know which of this furniture you should splurge money on or strike a bargain with or perhaps get at a lower price. So that regardless of whether you are finishing up your condo Philippines interior design or your residential homes, you would be conducting your furniture shopping wisely.

WHEN TO SAVE

If a particular furniture is seasonal

Some of us, Filipinos, are known for being festive when it comes to house decorations–Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, you name it. But think about it, these seasonal items only see the light of day about once a year when the holiday occurs. Seeing as this is the case, the wisest course would be to skimp on splurging on those lavish yet pricey decorations. Go for the thriftier options when it comes to these decorations.

If the item is not a necessity

This needs no further elaboration, but to illustrate what need means in this context think of your budget and see how far it would stretch. Suppose it is kind of tight, and yet you saw that beautiful antique vase that would make the perfect decoration for your living room. The thing is, as pretty as it may be, this item is not a necessity, and it is certainly not worth compromising your budget over.

If the item is not an accent piece

Accent pieces are items that are of pivotal use for your everyday living. Non-accent pieces are their designated complementary furniture that serves a secondary purpose which is to enhance how the accent pieces look. These pieces would include side tables, storage bins and the like and more often than not, they rarely become a room’s main feature, so it is best to save on these and splurge on the primary ones such as sofas, dining tables, etc.

WHEN TO SPLURGE

If it affects your productivity

Furniture items that would make you more productive is a sound investment. It is definitely better to have a good night’s sleep on a good mattress after a day’s long work, so you could definitely splurge on a premium mattress. In the same vein, if it is how you earn your living (such as writing freelancer), it would be best if you splurged on furniture that would enhance your capability in doing your work such as a computer with a good processor and air conditioning to help you stay focused.

If the item has more than one purpose

This one is relatively straightforward. When you splurge on items that have a dual purpose, it is essentially getting two or three for the price of one which is necessarily practical as living spaces have no become rather smaller and yet pricier. So, the more functionality the furniture piece has, the better as you may be splurging a lot more when it comes to cash, but you are definitely saving up on space.

When it comes to furniture shopping, come up with a realistic budget before heading out to the home depot. Think of the things that you will truly need and take note how much time you would be spending at home to enjoy these items (a TV set wired to cable is hardly practical when you are never home to enjoy it). From there, use this as a guide to tick some items off the list on which ones you should save on and splurge on.

UTILITY HACKS: Ways to Lower Your Electricity Bill

 

 

When Thomas Edison worked into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I am sure it made the work seem that much more urgent. ~George Carlin

George Carlin may have pegged Thomas Edison’s sense of urgency back in the day when the entire world had to illuminate their surroundings were candles and gas lamps, but I am fairly certain, the current generation does not share the same sentiment as regards to how they handle the seemingly unlimited supply of energy we have nowadays.

Today, almost everything runs on electricity and we seem to have a boundless and perpetual supply of it leading people to neglect to conserve this. These can have innumerably varied effects and they are all detrimental. Additionally, energy wastage is one way to make ensure you will be receiving a very hefty electricity bill by the end of the month.

But, regardless of whether you are seeking to reduce and cut down your electricity bills or are just looking to conserve electrical energy, the world can certainly benefit from both. Now, you may be under the misguided notion that “going green” would mean extra costs for your pockets, but the good news is, there are many simple ways and hacks to reduce energy costs—and some of them would not even cost you a single peso.

So, if you are looking for a cheaper electricity bill to pay monthly for the rest of your life, incorporate these energy saving hacks into your homes today. Because whether you are living in a residential home or in a condo in Manila, Philippines, conserving energy and cutting down electricity bills are two very possible things with these five easy hacks.

1.) DETERMINE ENERGY CONSUMING ELECTRONICS

If you have truly made the commitment to conserve energy, take a gander around your house and observe which items you have that would consume the most energy. Notorious for being the hungriest energy eaters, air conditioners would top this list. But, apart from this, you would certainly have appliances that are causing you to rack up the energy bill. Determine what these are and use them sparingly.

2.) CREATE A SHADY SPOT

When you are billeted at a high-rise condominium, it would be rather impossible to have the kind of garden you want but if there is one possible thing you can do, it is to create shady spots within your unit. Potted plants would not only give your units an aesthetic touch, but they can also serve an energy-saving purpose. Line them up near your air condition so that they prevent the sun shining straight onto your air conditioning unit.

3.) RUN YOUR APPLIANCES AT NIGHT

A nifty way to save more on your electricity bill is to run your appliances at night. Electrical companies tend to charge more during the daytime as everyone is up and about and doing their activities and would relatively charge you cheaper for running your appliances at night. So, stick to a nocturnal routine when it comes to your electric appliances.

4.) LAUNDER YOUR CLOTHES WISELY

For those of you who prefer to machine wash your clothes rather than handwash them, cutting costs on your laundry would require minimal effort on your part. Simply stop using heat when you are washing your clothes whenever possible and pack the right amount of clothing into the machines and like we said above, this is best done at night so as to lower your electricity bill.

5.) HAVE AN ENERGY EFFICIENT FRIDGE

If you kept your fridge running at maximum efficiency, you would be successful in keeping your energy usage low. To accomplish this, you should set your temperature to the recommended setting of 37 degrees Fahrenheit for the fridge and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer. If you set it up any colder and you will be only wasting power.

Additionally, your fridge should not be teeming with food and should only be about three-quarters full as this would allow enough room for air to circulate. Do not pack your food up top as these will prevent hot air from escaping and would cause your unit to work overtime.

How to Read a Condo Contract

 

 

Living in today’s current perpetually busy lifestyle can make some of us consider our residential arrangements. And for some of us, this is the perfect reason for finally investing on a residence that is in proximity to our workplaces, but at a more affordable price range compared to a residential housing—complete with the house and lot.

This is where condominium salesmen who are pre-selling condo units should make their warm salutations and introductions to you. But it seems like you have hit quite a bit of a snag: you may have been contemplating of buying a new condominium unit but are unsure of the logistics that go with it. Well, putting all things aside, perhaps the most imperative thing you should consider when you are buying a condo is the most pivotal piece of it all: the contract. However, for those of us who have little to no background in the study of law, most of what we can see is colored in legal jargon and may give us quite a difficulty in dissecting the real meaning of clauses and sub-clauses. If this seems to be your predicament, well then read on as this article simplifies the contents of a contract and would expound on its anatomy. Although wise and much recommended, it would be still too early and impractical to enlist the services of an attorney when you are still glossing over the details of a contract so having said that, give yourself a brief background and read on below.

 

CONTRACT TO SELL

This is the formal agreement between you the home buyer and the seller in written form. Once signed, this paper would signify that both parties agree with all the contents written in the contract along with all the terms and conditions which would include but is not limited to the selling price, the payment schedule and other expenses.

This legal document is executed when one is buying real estate in the Philippines. The broker or the developer issues this contract after the homebuyer has successfully paid the deposit and has agreed to pay the remaining balance to the seller through agreed financing terms. This is the standard protocol in issuing real estate contracts in the Philippine. Note that as a homebuyer, you can demand the contract to sell prior to signing a home financing agreement with a lender such as PAG-IBIG and the like (Some banks would require you to present a contract to sell to have your home loan processed). It is imperative that you are in possession of this legal document before you make your monthly mortgages. Seeing as this is one of the most expensive purchases you are going to make in your life, you need a security blanket to which you can refer to shall anything go awry.

Having the process of your home buying properly documented makes you less at risk of getting scammed and would ensure that the terms of the contract are met as legal penalties will ensure should there be a failure to keep in faith with the terms and conditions of the contract.

ANATOMY OF A CONTRACT TO SELL

Contract Title

Whenever you purchase property, they are all entitled as “Contract to Sell”

Effective Date

This marks the date where the terms in the contract are already fully operative and applicable. Unless explicitly stated in the contract, the effective date is when both parties have signed the contract.

Assets

This section fully discloses the details of the property being sold to you and includes the conditions should you want to make any future upgrades and modifications to the original condominium unit.

Financial Structure

This section discusses how the property will be paid as agreed by the parties in good faith. Payment terms, miscellaneous costs, schedule of payment and other pecuniary obligations are included here.

Compliance

This section basically enlists the obligations of both the seller and buyer to avoid rendering the contract null and void. In essence, this is where it is explicitly stated that your responsibility as a buyer is to make sure you do not default on your scheduled payments until the balance has been fully paid. The seller, on the other hand, has to make sure that he has the legal right to sell and transfer the property to you without any restrictions apart from full payment.

 

Though reading various articles pertaining to condominium contract comprehension can never be commensurate to years of study in law school neither is it equal to acquiring the services of an attorney it would, at least, give you a brief idea of what to expect should you push through your condominium purchase. However, it is highly recommended that you avail of a legal counsel’s assistance by the time you are ready to ink the contract to sell.

Why Hosting a Holiday Party is an Advantage

Christmas is fast approaching. And one of the traditions we usually do is to have a Christmas party to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

There are even some of us here have already had their Christmas party at their office and their respective abode may it be a condo at BGC or a house and lot in Quezon City. While others are still planning to what they should do during Christmas.

Why not host a holiday party at home? Yes, invite some friends and families to come over! With that, you can, at least, make other people happy through inviting them over.

However, there are also some of you here who are not convinced of having a Christmas party at their house. Well, perhaps, they just don’t want any hassles at all.

If you are one of those people who just doesn’t feel like hosting a party, below are some reasons why hosting a holiday party at home is to your advantage.

Build community

When we talk about our community, it is not all the time we tend to mingle and have a good time with them. Of course, they also have a lot of things to do, especially to those neighbors who are busy with their work.

We only tend to mingle with them every weekend, and sometimes not. That is why, when you invite them to your place, this might be a chance that you and your neighbor will have good bonding moments together.

Try new food and wine

One of the things you should never forget to have when it comes to Christmas parties is the food and beverage. Of course, you should also provide your visitors good food and good wines. With that, they don’t just enjoy good memories, but they will also enjoy good dinner.

Moreover, you don’t have to worry about too much food or beverage, since there are some of your friends and families who will also bring good food and good wine. Well, you all just have to enjoy what you can all bring.

Have an opportunity to dress up

If you are a kind of person who doesn’t usually does some dressing up, then here is your chance. Sometimes, it will also depend on the theme that you will have. But usually, dressing up is one of the common themes most people choose.

You got the chance to show off your best dress that you have in your closet. Moreover, this is also one way to bring good feng shui to you and your home.

Recognize employees for their hard work

If you are an employer, Christmas parties are one of the many ways or chances that you can give your employees a reward or a thank you gift. Of course, it does not end just about gifts; it is also about the bond that you will make, setting aside work.

Well, you don’t know, there are still things that you don’t know anything about your employees. With that, you will eventually realize that your staff still have a lot of skills that needs to enhance. And with that alone, you can give them a chance to impart their abilities to work.

Experience a night in the town

Christmas parties usually end up late at night. Of course, there will be a lot of chatting, mingling, eating, drinking and enjoying the evening with the others. If you go home early, you might miss something important and fun.

Well, if you are one of those people who is not used to staying up and going home late, then you might want to try for a change, even if just for a night. With that, you will eventually realize that it’s good to have fun once in awhile.

Expenses a Pinoy Millenial Can Forgo To Own a Flat

 

 

Can the ordinary Pinoy Millenial today truly afford his or her own place?

Are the twentysomething’s of today’s generation truly capable of having their own condo unit?

The truth is, most Pinoy millennials can already afford to have their own flats especially with the way some are earning today. But years and years of ingrained tradition wherein we usually stay with our parents until the day we get married before we move out has become a rather impeding factor for most Pinoy millennials in making a worthy investment. Unlike westerners, Pinoys have this unfortunate notion of that residential independence begins after marriage.

A rather startling thought considering that some of us are already financially independent, sound and capable. However, this is not the only major factor in preventing millennials from investing on having their own place. In fact, research has indicated that Pinoy millennials put more value on instant gratification rather than save their money for an investment that would outlast the temporary things they spend on.

However, if you truly want a place to call your own, you may have to curb your expenses on unnecessary stuff and invest in something with value and degree longevity. This might mean curbing the expenditures on a superfluity of unnecessary, extravagant items, but it will be worth your while. Here is how to start:

DITCH THE RESTOS AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS OVER FOR DINNER INSTEAD

Millenials look forward to Friday nights as it allows them the opportunity to unwind and catch up with friends. More often than not, what goes on is either a dinner affair together, a movie then perhaps a round of drinks for a nightcap. All these can roughly cost you an estimated five hundred pesos at the very least.

So, instead of shelling out cash just to catch up, why not whip up a sumptuous dinner at home and invite your friends over? Ask your friends to bring over their favorite DVD’s for you to watch and since you are hosting dinner, why not ask them to bring a few drinks as well? Should your Fridays be spent like this, you will be saving a whole lot more than you initially imagined.

INVEST ON A VALUE-APPRECIATING GIFT RATHER THAN A ROCK FOR YOUR WIFE-TO-BE

Most millennials contemplating on marriage would save months and months of their paychecks just to present their fiancées with a sparkly bauble. True enough, sparkly engagement rings may have persuasive value albeit expensive, are attractive and does increase in value over time but choosing to invest on a pretty rock rather than a livable space you can share with your spouse seems rather impractical.

Additionally, as you and your fiancée are about to start your life together, wouldn’t it make more sense if you thought of getting your own place as well?

SKIP BUYING TRENDY, EXPENSIVE BUT UNNECESSARY GADGETS

In an era where everyone seems to be having smart everything from smart phones, smart tabs to smart TV’s, it seems everyone is making less than smart spending decisions. As millennials are constantly exposed to techy, fresh and trendy innovations in gadgets, more and more of them want to keep up with the trend. They needlessly buy new phones or tabs even when they have a still functioning one and simply brush this expenditure off as an “upgrade”, but the reality is, the developers of these techy gadgets release new models each year, prompting consumers to “upgrade and update”.

Consider this, if you add up the fortune you have spent in the last five years in updating your phones, tabs, gadgets, etc., you would approximately have enough to make a down-payment for a condominium unit. Still unconvinced? Then consider that these gadgets depreciate over time as they are constantly being replaced with a newer and fresher models while condo units or a real estate venture can only increase in value.

BUY THRIFTED ITEMS “UKAY” INSTEAD OF BRANDED RETAIL ONES

Try visiting your local flea market and you will discover hordes and hordes of branded items for a whole lot cheaper. What’s the catch? Well, they are all simply “pre-loved” which is basically semantics for used and secondhand.

However, if wearing used clothes is not your thing and makes you uncomfortable, wait for a big sale instead. In this way, you do not have to break your wallet just to buy brand new.

RESERVE VACATIONS FOR BIG EVENTS SUCH AS ANNIVERSARIES AND BIRTHDAYS

Long holidays are something most millennials look forward to as it provides ample time for them to pack their bags and go on an out of town trip. Other times, when millennials do need to unwind, they would not hesitate to book and schedule a trip out of town. These trips are not cheap and by refraining from scheduling a trip out of town every long weekend, you can save a fortune.

The expenses on this trip are rather big especially when accumulated at the end of the year. So, instead of booking vacations, why not reserve this for special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays? If you do have the pressing need to unwind, have a staycation and search for places you can visit in your local area.

 

Owning your first flat and house requires a lot of effort, discipline, and finances on your part. This means making the necessary sacrifices on your part and forgoing instant gratifications for a delayed one. Delayed gratification is a great thing and though it might cause you to wait impatiently, consider just how rewarding it will be once you finally acquire your dream home. Start saving today and who knows? You might just have enough money to buy from a developer pre-selling condos.

Home-based: How Not To Give In To Distractions

Yes! I am going to work at home! That is one of the common thoughts we have in our minds when we hear the word, home-based. Who wouldn’t want to work in the comforts of your own condo while basking at the sight of cityscapes and skylines, right? Well, that’s one of the perks of owning a condo Philippines.

For some, working at home is definitely good news. They can do whatever they want and/or wear whatever outfit they feel like wearing while they work. However, for some others, working at home is the least they want to do. Well, there are hundreds to thousands of reasons why some employees don’t want to work at home. And you can be one of them too!

Well, if you are one of those people who is struggling when it comes to working at home, then there are straightforward and easy steps for you to apply to attain the desired working environment for you.

Find your groove

Each of us has a different way and/or routines before we can start working. Some of us like to work on a table where there are no things that can be seen, or maybe you need to sit on your favorite chair for you to think properly or a blanket on your lap, lights on and blinds shut. Or even you need to see the sun for you to start working.

All of us are different when it comes to working routines. That is why we need to find our groove on which is the most comfortable way of working. With that, you can now ready for work.

Dress up

Dressing up doesn’t mean that you are going to wear your corporate attire even if you are working at home. A casual get up will do, for as long as you are not wearing your worn out clothes and/or pajamas. The tendency if you wear these outfits that are intended only for home wear is that you won’t feel like working at all. These comfortable clothes may lead you to an intense desire to feel relaxed rather than working. However, if you are dressed up, you are more likely to work, like working in an office environment.

Remove distractions

There are just times that we can’t avoid distractions. Cell phones, kids, roommates, pets, foods, television, and/or even parents – all of these distractions can interrupt our work anytime. However, we can control them. As much as possible, you have to get them out of your way. You can tell your parents, roommates and/or the kids that you are working and they should make their voice lower – no shouting and all.

However, if you really can’t avoid them, you can go somewhere where you won’t be distracted by your surroundings. And if you have your cell phones, you can turn it off, or turn it in a silent mode. Well, you have to make sure that you can set aside a separate time to check your phone and email so that you are not going to be distracted during your most productive time.

Set specific work hours

Scheduling your time is one of the many ways you can quickly finish your job since you have a goal in mind to finish it on time. If you have a lot of tasks to do, then you have to make sure that you divide your time efficiently for you to know what kind of work should you do in that particular time.

Log out of social media

If Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are not a part of your work, then you better log it all out. It will only make you work slower than the usual pace, and you will definitely not finish the tasks that you need to be done.

Although sometimes, we feel the urge to open up our social media accounts, however, you have to fight that urge until you’re done with the work that you have. Do you know that when you have that kind of urgency, that means you are not focusing on your job? Your mind is set on opening your account and not with the work that you should do.

There will always be pros and cons when we work at home – and we all definitely know that! Distractions are there willing to attack us anytime of the day while we are working. And admit it! We hate it! Of course, who would enjoy it when you are interrupted with the things that you are doing, and it is annoying to think that we cannot finish the particular task that we are working on.

Moreover, it will always depend on how you handle the situation. If you are tempted to do things that can stop you from working, whether you like it or not, then it is still on your call.