5 Ways to Add the Personal Touch to Your Everyday Life

We’ve spent the last several decades buying products that have been manufactured in bulk. It has been a long time coming that consumers are finally turning their backs on highly processed goods for more custom and bespoke products that meet their requirements – whether for environmental, emotional, or aesthetic reasons, people are now choosing the personal touch over the mass produced. Here are 5 ways to add the personal and custom touch to your everyday.

1.    Clothes

The problem with buying clothes from stores is there is a high chance that you are not going to be the only person out wearing them. You may have experienced it yourself: going to a wedding or a party and someone else is wearing the exact dress as you.  You have two courses of action – spend the time in opposite corners of the room or celebrate the great style you both share. Personalizing your clothes ensures that you can add exclusivity to your closet.

You don’t have to have expert needle skills either; just changing the buttons or adding a lace trim can be simply done, but make a big impact. If your skills are up to it, you can embroider details on to the fabric to add interest and color. You can transform a casual top from drab to fab with the addition of a floral bouquet, and be confident that no one else has the same.

Thrift stores are a great place to source clothes for personalizing, not only is at a cost-effective option, but a great environmental choice too. Have a good look through the racks of clothing and pick out vintage pieces that you can add a modern twist to. You can even refashion accessories; shoes, bags and belts are all customizable.

2.    Furniture

You will be familiar already with upcycling: updating preloved furniture to suit your own tastes. You can convert a dresser into a vanity unit to house your bathroom sink and beauty products, or even a vintage wardrobe into an entertainment center – the possibilities are endless with only your imagination limiting the options. A good place to start is, again, at thrift stores or your local auction house to pick up a bargain.

If you are a little unsure of undertaking a project of that size, play it safe and just update your furniture with a lick of paint. An old bureau can be revitalized by painting the internal compartments with a bright and bold color. Even something as simple as changing the handles of your furniture can make a dramatic statement.

3.    Gifts

You give gifts to friends and loved ones to show them that you love them whether it’s for their birthday, Christmas, or to celebrate an achievement. A personalized gift shows the recipient that you have spent time choosing something thoughtful that is relevant to them, and them alone – it is not just picked off the shelf in the hope that they like it as much as all the other people that have one. Whether you choose to frame a photograph from a vacation, or have a challenge coin custom made from MilitaryCoinsUSA, a personalized gift is a great way to make a present truly memorable.

4.    Food

Cooking a meal from scratch can be a daunting task, especially when it is a new recipe that you are following, but once you have honed your culinary skills beyond beginner level, personalize the recipes to your own tastes. Even the most regular meals that you cook up can be transformed with slight amendments to the tried and tested recipes, and you can make them healthier alternatives that are full of flavor.

Swap your brown or white rice for cauliflower rice – yes, you read that right – riced vegetables are a great way to introduce more vegetables to your diet and reduce your carbohydrate intake while boosting your meal’s nutrient density. All you need to do is use the grating blade on your food processor and put it in a covered bowl for five minutes in the microwave.

Rather than using pasta sheets for a homemade lasagna, experiment with alternatives. For meat lovers try a layer of prosciutto to really add some flavor or go all out and use tortillas to add some zest. Just because it’s not traditional, doesn’t mean that it won’t taste great!

5.    Garden

Whether you have a good-sized garden or a small yard, you can personalize your outdoor space to make it stand out from the others in the neighborhood. Rather than treating your outdoor furniture with the standard colors of stain, choose colors that you love to transform your outdoor space. There are so many colors available that you can really make a statement. You can mix the colors to get the shades that you want, perhaps to complement your cushions or tablecloth, or to add an interesting contrast.

Pallets are an environmentally friendly and versatile material for making garden furniture out of, and you can tailor the dimensions to perfectly fit the space that you have without the need for advanced carpentry skills! To really add the personal touch to your entertaining space, dress the area as you would your interiors: update an old floor lamp to hold candles, add a rug and fairy lights made from jars with tea lights in them to create a special ambiance.

We are surrounded by possessions that are mass produced and created for everyone, but by adding a personal touch you can create a more authentic environment to live in. A home is more than just somewhere to live, clothes are more than just something to wear, they are tools for self-expression and showing your identity. You can add thoughtful touches to your home and garden that can add soul and a feel-good factor that can otherwise be lacking. Life is so busy and scheduled, but by taking time out to choose a thoughtful and personalized gift, you are able to spread the love every day.

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