Organisation lies at the heart of a tidy, relaxing home. Having a regular clear out and clean up puts fresh energy into the atmosphere and has a calming psychological effect on the mind.
With a less chaotic home, you’ll feel more creative. You’ll have more time, be more inclined to indulge in hobbies or other leisure pursuits if you don’t have to clear space to work, or hunt down sports equipment every time you want it.
But how do you reach that calming state of home and mind? Here are a few tips to help you reclaim (and stay in control of) your living space, whether it’s a bachelor apartment or a family home.
Choose Your Furniture Wisely
Furniture can be both decorative and functional. You don’t have to choose one or the other.
Divans or ottoman beds with storage beneath the mattress provide convenient, hidden storage for spare bedding (freeing up wardrobe space) or out of season sports gear. Practical coffee tables with drawers offer accessible storage for TV remotes or charging cables, tablets or gaming controllers.
Use Overhead Space
Use shelving to reclaim floor space and enjoy a more open living area. We clutter up floor space and create unintentional obstacle courses, leaving wall space bare bar a few pictures. Fitted open shelving creates a fashionable display area for books, ornaments or knick-knacks that would otherwise be on mantelpieces, bookcases or sideboards.
As well as the vertical spaces in rooms, consider shelving in hidden spaces such as the airing cupboard, the awkward space under the stairs, or within existing kitchen cabinets. Maximising storage areas like these helps you organise and categorise storage, making it easier to find items as well as providing additional space. For instance, in kitchen cabinets, tinned foods take up little space, and an extra shelf in the cupboard would create room for more tins within the same area. Look for purpose made wire racks if you don’t want the trouble of actually fitting interior shelves.
Reduce the Amount of Furniture at Home
Over time, furniture items seem to multiply. Maybe through inheritance, buying new and not getting rid of the old, or through the changing needs of a growing family.
When you no longer use an item but can’t bear to permanently part with it, consider off site self storage. It’s not terribly expensive, there’s a wide range of space sizes, and storage companies tend to be located in easily reached town locations with good road access and plenty of parking for unloading. Another advantage to this solution is the short term nature of the contracts, so you can hire a space a week at a time if you’re unsure about whether you want to hang onto unused items or sell them on. It can buy you breathing space while you get used to a new living arrangement.
Create Dedicated Spaces with Zoning
Zoning can be easier to achieve than you might imagine. Even the smallest spaces can have areas cordoned off for specific activities. Ideas include slightly extending a kitchen worktop to make a breakfast/snack area, or turning out a bookcase so it stands perpendicular to the wall, creating a small barrier to a desk area in the living room.
If you try the bookcase idea, have business books turned toward the desk and novels or entertainment matter turned towards the living space. If you’re up for a bit of DIY adaptation, you could fashion bespoke enclosed bookcase shelves (alternating the open sides) with sections of wood or MDF cut to size and pinned into place. Use the blocked off sections to display small artworks or photos.
With open spaces, clear surfaces and everything in its place, life becomes much more productive and invigorating. It’s almost like having a few extra hours in the day.
Where do you go when you need to access movie reviews, learn which movies are the latest, and get insight into movie plots and actors? If your answer was not IMDb, then I will openly tell you that you have probably been visiting the wrong places. Personally, I use IMDb for everything movies, and, to this day, I have not one reason to doubt or stop using this amazing site.
Still, if your answer was IMDb, I might still have news for you. Have you ever bothered to unearth what the name stands for? No? Well, I will tell you. IMDb is simply the abbreviation for [the] Internet Movie Database. It was established in 1990 and hosts subjects related to movies, video games, TV programs, films and cast biographies. US users can also access about 6,000 TV shows and movies for providers such as Sony and CBS from this site.
In 2015, IMDb celebrated its 25th birthday. I was impressed that they decide to share a gift with each and every subscriber. To celebrate their big year, they compiled and released an accurate and carefully researched list of the best films from the last twenty-five years. The list was compiled from ratings given to the movies. The ratings are decided by their millions of users all over the world.
Here is the list of the top films from 1990 up to 2015:
1991: The Silence of the Lambs
1992: Reservoir Dogs
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: The Shawshank Redemption
1997: Life Is Beautiful
1998: Saving Private Ryan
1999: Fight Club
2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2005: Batman Begins
2006: The Departed
2007: Into the Wild
2008: The Dark Knight
2009: Inglourious Basterds
2012: Django Unchained
2013: The Wolf of Wall Street
2015: Inside Out
If you have watched these films, you will attest to it that they indeed deserved the ratings. If you are yet to watch them, then do so, now that I have simplified things for you. IMDb is the ultimate source of movie knowledge.
The list, despite having both established franchises and original properties, reveals that the users adored actors such as Morgan Freeman, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Matt Damon and Leonardo Dicaprio.
One of the rare stories I have read of late is that of a British prisoner named Charles Salvador. He has been behind bars since 1974. However, rather than rot away in his cell, he is actually gaining from it. He is today famous for setting many prison fitness records such as making 1,727 push-ups in one hour! In short, he uses his serving time to build his body using a few odd objects and only his body weight.
You do not have to be in prison to have a prison workout schedule: maybe you lack the facilities. Salvador can bend a steel cell door with his bare hands and pick up a pool table from working out in prison! Did I forget to say that he uses no nutritious foods, no barbells and no supplements?
Here is his prison workout routine:
According to Salvador, he performs about 2,000 push-ups every single day. He advises that if you start by doing 10 of them a day then keep adding just 5 every day, you can get to his level within 1 year. He also advises on using different push-up variations.
The pull-up workout is the second that our Hulk prisoner uses. He says that pull-ups are important in that they involve multiple muscles such as the forearm muscles, the pecs, traps, wing (back) muscles and the biceps. They are most effective if you hang from a place and use variations.
I personally never tried squats because they appear very basic. However, after learning that they are one of the most effective workouts from Salvador, I have been capitalizing on them. I never knew that they work the hamstrings, inner thighs, hips, glutes and quads all in one workout! Using variations also boosts their effectiveness.
The dips, in my opinion, are very tough, but, once you get accustomed to them, they are very effective. Salvador says that the dips work his core, forearms, shoulders, pecs and triceps. Rather than vary them, he adds some weights to his laps to make the exercise more intense and effective.
Hanging leg raises
If you agree with me, this workout is very popular with action movies that involve bodybuilders like Jason Statham. You get a firm support then hoist your body. This exercise works the shoulders, forearms, hips and quads. Look for the variations to get the best results.
The prison workout burpees might be the newest workout in our list. To do it, you start in a squatting position, placing your hands in front of you (on the floor). Then you kick the feet to assume a push-up position then immediately return to the squatting pose. Once you achieve the position, leap as high as you can from that position. This workout will test your aerobic capacities and body strength. I never used this prison workout before, but I can tell the results immediately after I am done with the first set.
Salvador showed us how to do a prison workout that might see you lift that pool table all by yourself and bending the steel doors when you get locked in for it! However, it is best to adhere to his prison workout routine without getting into trouble. Maybe the benefits are much better out here.
Las Vegas, Nevada serves as the most obvious destination city of choice for holding a bachelor party. I, however, do not believe that the sin city is the best destination for the event. Yes, the city is full of sheer masculine magnificence displayed in the beautiful hotels and casinos, the mild night heat conducive for all night parties, relaxing pools, unforgettable shows like the Mayweather fights and the divine dancers who make dancing look like fine art. All of these make it an ideal location to unleash the beast before one last time before getting hitched. However, if you broaden your scope a little bit, you will discover that there are other cities around the world that offer as much as Vegas and sometimes even more.
Rio de Janeiro is one such city. Other than the statue of Jesus, Rio is famous in the party scene for mostly three things; beautiful beaches, carnival and some of the most gorgeous women in the world. So, if the wedding day is set in February, why not plan a trip for the carnival, a festival where everyone’s decadent flair comes out. The festival is like a gigantic street party where women where revealing cloths and dance in the streets. It gets even better as the party goes on for four days.
South Beach, Miami is another location that seems to be the perfect fit for a bachelor party. In almost every corner, there are gorgeous women in their swimwear. These women flock the many energetic clubs located along the stretch. However, I would advise holding the party at the Nikki Beach Club, commonly described as the planet’s sexiest spot. The mix of the beautiful people and the free flowing drinks is most likely to provide an experience to remember.
The Spanish coast is a must visit if you want an experience full of dancing. Ibiza does not disappoint for the dance lovers having some of the largest clubs in the world like Privilege and space. With over 12,000 revelers in one place, a bachelor’s party fits perfectly in the clubs. Then there are the Disco buses that drive revelers from club to club around the city. All this will play along well with the wedding with the beach’s atmosphere acting as a perfect remedy for a hangover. However, the party scene is not the only reason to hold the party here. Ibiza also has a breathtaking countryside that offers the chance for the groom to have a rapid Para-sailing adventure.
This list would not be complete without the mention of Amsterdam. This city is like a compilation of every bachelor’s dreams. The rich architecture and history of the city make it a good place to go biking around as you catch sight of the dazzling performances by street artists. Then of course there is the legal nature of some things that most places demonize. You can just walk into a café and lawfully purchase some things that will enhance your experience in the city. Bachelors can also visit the infamous red light district where maidens enchant passersby through opulent windows. However, it is important to get your stories straight after a night in Amsterdam if the wedding is to proceed as planned.
So yes, it is true that Las Vegas is an ideal city to hold a bachelor party. However, there are also other cities in the world where have a lot of fun in the premise of having a bachelor party.
I am excited and proud to have to write that I am proudly part and parcel of the digital nomad movement. Concisely, I belong to the group of people that rely on technology to earn their living and who are always on the move. You might find it tricky that we rely on technology yet keep moving. However, we are witty enough to understand our lifestyles and, therefore, select a style that suits us. So, allow me to introduce the typical tech and gear essentials that we, digital nomads, mostly use.
I have a collection of photos comprising of close to a million images, collected over four years. We love to keep memories of every place that we have been to, thus, the camera. However, we do not go for the normal cameras: we prefer motion lenses, waterproof mirrorless cameras, and those that print photos on the spot.
What is technology without a computer, really? Well, we do not carry PCs along with us, rather, we (or I) prefer laptops. Laptops are light, powerful and self-contained. As long as we can find them the power, they give back wholeheartedly.
At times, the laptops, too, become too big for some occasions. For instance, at some meetings, or when at a basic party, some of us still need to check our emails, update clients and remain aloof with what we do. In such instances, we use powerful smartphones to do that for us. Compromising our demanding careers is never an option for us.
Portable power packs
I think this should have been at the top of my list: portable power sources. Well, here we are. In some cases, we are never sure about where our next stops will be. Therefore, I, just like everyone else, carry several portable power banks. These have to be very efficient such that one can have hours of uninterruptible power. If you have two or more, the better.
Wires can inconvenience a digital nomad in many ways. At times, they tangle up everything in my bad, sometimes, they make the bags too huge. Worst of all, they limit freedom. In my case, I prefer using a wireless (Bluetooth) mouse, ear set, microphone, speaker, modem and keyboard. Wireless devices are easier to manage but require more power, and, if you are careless, you need more money to keep replacing them!
Who said nomads do not have libraries or do not read the news? I love books, yes, but, I hate the fact that they take up a lot of space, can be cumbersome and are hard to find. In our nomadic world, however, we have eReaders that allow us to access just any e-book or newspaper and read them, anywhere! Call me the man that carries all the books in the world in his backpack!
I have not, of course, exhausted the list of what we, digital nomads, carry with us. Today I capitalized on the tech gear bit. Next time, I will discuss more of what we carry: like clothes and food.
The saying that, “a monkey could do my job” never made more factual sense to any man than it did to one James Wilde. Wilde was a signalman in South Africa’s Uitenhage Station and owned a baboon for a pet. This is one of the very touching stories in which a man and an animal became best friends that I ever read. So, today, let us ease things up a bit and appreciate Jack, the chacma baboon who served as a signalman for 9 years on his human best friend’s behalf.
New and Unique
Jack’s intriguing ministry started in 1877 after his master, James Wilde, lost the use of his legs in a tragic accident. Before the accident, Wilde was an employee of the Cape Government, working as a guard. He was a pro at jumping onto or between moving trains that he came to be known as the “Jumper.” This prowess of his is what led to his great loss: he had his feet amputated at the knees after an 80-ton train crushed them. After his wounds had healed, Wilde was offered a job as a signalman because he could work from his chair. He made himself a trolley that he could travel on to and from work, but his work was still too tedious. His problems ceased when he met a man who had trained his baboon pet to lead an oxen cart. The owner sold the baboon to Wilde. The baboon would obey any commands if he received a tot of good Cape brandy every night. If he did not, he would sulk and become disobedient.
Fame and Attention
Wilde named his new pet Jack and trained him to push his trolley. The trolley allowed Wilde to travel on the railway tracks. During the training, Jack displayed so much intelligence such as delivering a key to the train drivers when they hooted four times. This was initially Wilde’s duty. Wilde soon allowed Jack to perform this duty fulltime as long as the whistle tooted four times. Jack later learned to switch levers to control the section of a track and make trains pass on them. He did this by learning the audio cues associated with the order of the tracks. His opposable thumbs made him do these tasks just as a human being. When he was not sitting with Wilde or delivering the keys to the drivers, he was switching the levers to control the movement of the wagons.
At one time, Wilde and Jack were fired because some people were not okay with a baboon determining their safety. Wilde, however, begged the employers to subject Jack to a test. Jack was offered a complex test of switching the levers according to intermixed audio signals. Jack passed so perfectly that they were both back in employment. Jack even became an official employee and was offered a salary of 20 cents every day, a bottle of beer every Saturday and daily rations.
As a young man, one of the most persistent thoughts on my mind is building my man cave. No, not a literal cave in the hills! A man cave is simply a man’s special space that if full of all the things he loves, where he can get entertained and just enjoy his own time. Unlike a bar or any other entertainment place, this cave is personal. That said, here are some incredible man cave ideas to transform that space into a kingdom!
Building a man cave
Building a man cave should be fun and not stressing or rushed. I think this is the place where you source for the best things and bring them. Therefore, make it unique and not a small house. For instance, do not buy the regular sofas and stash them there. Do not buy a cooker not unless it’s for the outdoor barbecue. In place of cooking, use bodies such as the Man Cave Craft Meats that supply you with ready-to-eat foods anytime, anywhere, in the exact quantity that you want. In short, have fun. Do not survive in there!
Man cave gadgets
Gadgets are my favorite ideas of a man cave’s accessories. Have as many as you can and transform into a king. One of them is a mini fridge that holds some beers or your favorite drinks. A massage chair comes in handy when you want to relax and unwind. Third, find a storage ottoman where you relax not only your feet but also hide your valuable stuff such as lighters, TV remotes, snacks or anything you prefer to have full control over. The list is endless: think wider.
The man cave bar
If you build a man cave bar for your little kingdom, you have the power to customize your “pub” as you wish. Unlike the local, where you are limited by time, space, choice of music, the congestion and availability of drinks, here, you rule. Make everything to suit your tastes and show the other men what your creativity is capable of doing. However, this is one bar that might suffer from female deficiency!
Man cave gaming
If you thought sports and games are only played outside, then you’ve not heard about the Man Cave Arcade gaming machine. This is a plug and play device complete with joysticks, a 32-inch screen, a gaming console, arcade cabinet and a powerful computer to take your gaming experience to a higher level. Worry not: this device is made for men and can support multiple players.
I already have a visualization of this kingdom in my brains right now, do you? If you do, then I guess it is the time we materialized them and enjoyed being self-made kings. I cannot wait to do this!
Have you ever wondered which the best bars in the world’s top two cities – London and New York?
The truth is that there is not just one place to grab a drink far better them than all. But these five bars embody all the qualities you might look for; quirky, stylish, fun, and sexy bar patrons!
Over the years, bars have been opened on major streets of major cities and towns across the globe. However, the clientele always flocks to the best bars. That is why you find yourself drinking in the same few places every weekend…and sometimes on a weekday. Opening the best var is a competition and is the reason why bar owners endeavor to have the best bars. The effect is the establishment of joints regarded as places one should visit in his or her life. I intend to provide a list of 5 of the best among these dream “destinations”.
# Five: American Bar in London
“The former Head Barman of the American Bar, Charles Guano, worked here for 42 years. Today, his legacy still remains. Now overseen by his protégé, Benoit Provost, the American Bar endures as one of London’s most notable cocktail establishments.” – The Stafford London
Address: Strand WC2R 0EU, London, England
# Four: Employees Only Bar in New York
This Employees only bar in New York bar started in 2004, and describes itself as a restaurant with a bar. However, it features cocktails from every era, which are on offer on the menu. The idea is to have a good joint where you can eat and have a few cocktails as well.
Address: 510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
# Three: Nightjar Bar in London
The Nightjar Bar located at 129 City Road London is a great bar that has grown immensely since its opening in 2010. The bar has a great interior featuring a low-lit room comprised of smooth table service, a comfortable setting. The cocktail list groups the drinks into historical eras. It is open from 6 am to 1 am on weekdays and 3 am on weekends. The special thing about this place is the discreet jazz provided by the sound system and later on the live performances.
Address: 129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB
# Two: The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog are our runner up. The bar is an embodiment of the Irish-American tradition conviviality with the Old New York. The ground floor plan of the bar is a taproom designed to present an informal setting where craft beer, whiskeys from around the world and bottled punch are available. There is also a restaurant offering lunch every day. The upstairs is a sumptuous parlor focusing on 72 historical cocktails, communal punch and small plates. Whenever you are in the mood for a cocktail in New York, this is the place to go.
Address: 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004
# One: The Artesian
The world’s best bar for two years in a row is the Artesian. Located in Langham hotel in London, the bar is an easy walk from Mayfair and Soho. The interior of the bar by the late David Collins has a stylish feel with a smart and loose oriental style that produces a compact effect without cramping the scene. It has two menus; one consists of the classic list of cocktails while the other is a lively list sorted by colors in wheel that rotates. The bars position is not only due to the interior, but also from the mode of service that is full of drama. I mean they even serve drinks in a made-up skull complete with a sombrero.
Address: The Langham, London, 1C Portland Pl
So, whenever you are in New York or London, hop into one of these joints for a memorable experience.
Getting bored with the clothes in your closet? Think that you are ready to learn how to change your look so that you can start attracting the right type of people to you?
This article will help you get started with the process of re-inventing your appearance, from the hairs on your head, to the shoe on your feet…
Get your hair cut in a different style
Perhaps no single factor has a greater impact on your overall physical appearance than how your hair is styled.
From letting it grow long to shaving it all off, as well as adopting a multitude of styles in between those two extremes, you can elicit a number of reactions from others, or shore up your self-confidence by changing how your hair looks.
The right cut to get will depend greatly upon the type of hair you have, the statement you want to make, as well as your own preferences with regards to comfort, but in general, buzz cuts (a close cropped, low maintenance style), tapered cuts (where the sides have less hair than on top), and blended cuts (hair is even length across the scalp) are the most common styles.
If you go to a skilled barber though, they will be able to pull off more intricate cuts like shaved art, punk styles and avant garde hair cuts that the trendiest celebrities are sporting … so be sure shop around over the next few times you need to go to the hair salon.
Grow some facial hair (or modify it/shave it all off)