Many of us struggle from paycheck to paycheck, trying to make ends meet and simply have enough money to cover all of our bills and obligations. Some have to end up taking a second job or working extremely long hours to help make it financially. Many do not realize that they can easily supplement their income if they have an Internet connection, some free time, and a little motivation. There are many ways to make money online.

Seriously, homeschooling my kids made me smarter! Here is the proof. I took an IQ test in the year 2000. My IQ was above average, at 121. It was not a fluke because I took a few more IQ tests that year and never scored higher than 129. However, for arguments sake, let us look at the first test score of 121. It is not bad, but I certainly was not a rocket scientist either. It is now 2008, and I have been homeschooling my kids for 5 years. I do not do all the work as of late, as they take outside classes, but I certainly help them when they are stuck on assignments. I just received my latest IQ scores after not having taken one in a few years, and my new score is 143. I have never seen this IQ test before; it was completely foreign to me, so I am pretty confident that it was a fair test.

Any Today’s Outfit can be defeated by clutter. If you have too much stuff that is making it hard to decorate, consider getting a storage unit for your extra things. Adding an inexpensive storage shed may be an option dependent on the size of your house lot and back yard.

Get creative when choosing counter-tops for your kitchen. Granite has always been popular, but interesting materials such as wood and cork can work well too. You may find these to be not only unique, but also easily affordable.

There are hundreds of different options available on today’s market and you don’t have to opt for the basic black curtain pole. There are thousands of colours, styles and types available so that you can have a completely unique window display in your home.

Use the ceiling as a focal point in the room. Ceilings do not always have to be stark white. You can paint them a beautiful accent color or even paint a mural on them. If you have small rooms, it is best to leave them white, but for larger rooms, there are no limits to what you can do.

Sorry for the harsh words but this comes from years of being a graphic designer and watching the behavior of clients. Design is the first place that a client will want to cut costs. Why? Because it is a soft cost so they can do it. You can’t cut manufacturing costs or the cost of supplies, but you can decide not to pay someone.

A good way for a homeowner to perceive the potential of their outdoor spaces is to blend a garden with a room. The trees and plants become the walls. The sky is the ceiling. The patio is the flooring material. Exterior options abound in much the same way they do in interior design. Recreating a favorite family vacation can be done with hard surfaces around the home so that a retreat is built for the family to move in and out. We might not be able to pack up and go, but we sure can take a little time and let go while we get a handle on the hectic world around us.