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How to Help Your Parents Adjust to Retirement – 5 Tips for A Smooth Transition

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‍Retirement is a significant milestone in life but can also be a difficult transition for your parents. They may feel anxious about the changes in their lives, such as a decreased income and more free time. It is a big adjustment, and they will likely need support to help them get through the change. If you are unsure how to help your parents navigate retirement lifestyles, this guide can help.

Help them create a routine.

For many people, retirement is a time when they have the freedom to develop new habits and routines. This can be an excellent opportunity to try new things, such as taking up a new hobby. Change can be difficult, especially if they have lived their life in the same way for a long time. It can be a massive adjustment. Work with them to find out what they want to do and motivate them to get out of bed each day.

Be there for emotional support.

It’s essential to offer your parents emotional support as they adjust to retirement. Listen to them talk about their fears and concerns. Tell them you are there for them whenever they feel uncertain or anxious about their future. Let them know that there is nothing to worry about and that you are there for them to help them navigate their new lives. 

Talk through their living options.

Retirement may bring up the question of where your parents will live. They may be considering moving to a new city or moving in with a family member. They may want to downsize their home, look at retirement communities, or move to memory care apartments if they have been diagnosed with a health condition affecting their memory or ability to live independently. You can help your parents explore their options by being a sounding board for their thoughts and feelings.

Be a constant presence in their lives.

Retirement can be a significant change, but your parents may not have many people around them who they can rely on. You can help to fill this role as a constant presence in their lives. Visit them often, and let them know you are there for them whenever they need anything. You can also help them stay connected with other family members so they don’t feel isolated. If they live far away from other family members, you can help them stay connected to their family members via phone or video chat. You can also help them by setting up a computer so they can connect with other family members online. 

Help them stay connected, social, and active with others.

Retirement can be a very isolating time. You can Help them find clubs and activities that they enjoy to make new friends. If your parents are very shy, you can help them find low-key activities they can participate in. Community clubs, volunteer opportunities, or other low-key activities can be great ways for your parents to meet new people and build new social connections. Retiring may mean that your parents have more time to volunteer. You can help them to find a volunteer opportunity that is right for them. It can be an excellent way to meet new people and feel like they are contributing to the world around them. It can also be a great way to stay active, which can help them avoid feeling bored and lonely.


Many people look forward to retirement as they get older; however, it can be a considerable transition once the time arrives. These tips can help you to support your parents once they reach this stage in their lives.

Old Décor Trends That Have Made A Big Comeback

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There are many old decor trends that have fallen out of style over the years. However, some of them have seen a resurgence. It’s impressive to see such a homage to the past while retaining the intricacies and convenience of modern design, as even top-of-the-line hotels and luxury rental apartments are leveraging this beautiful aesthetic. Below are just some of the vintage decor trends that have made a comeback.

Wood panels

Back in the 60s and 70s, almost every home had a wood-paneled wall somewhere. However, this love for wood panels started to fade in the 80s.

It’s only in recent years that wood paneling has started to make a big comeback. Wood paneling can provide some natural texture to a room, while also providing insulation, making it charming and practical. 

There are some rules for successfully using wood panels. Firstly, try to stick to a single accent wall – wood on multiple walls can be texture overkill. It’s also safer to stick to lighter tones of wood, as darker tones of wood can still run the risk of looking dated. offers some great wood accent wall ideas. 

Floral wallpaper

Floral wallpaper has seen many revivals throughout history. Intricate floral designs were a symbol of luxury in the 1800s, while brighter more straightforward prints became popular during the ‘flower power’ era of the 60s.

Both wallpaper and floral designs started to be viewed as tacky in the 80s. However, many homes have been starting to embrace floral wallpaper again in recent decades. When applied correctly, it can bring a cheery burst of color and texture to a room. 

As with wood panels, it’s best to use floral wallpaper on a single accent wall rather than covering an entire room. It’s important to also choose floral wallpaper designs that feel modern. This guide offers some great tips on how to use floral wallpaper in 2023. 

Framed mirrors

Frameless mirrors can often have a more subtle and cleaner look. This has led many homes to abandon traditional ‘French mirrors’ with frames. However, these mirrors can still have their place in modern homes.

Framed mirrors are great statement items for spicing up bare walls. They can add character to an overly minimal bathroom or they can stop a TV dominating a living room when placed opposite the screen. Choose an antique mirror for a piece of history, or choose a modern mirror to keep things contemporary

Edison bulbs

Thomas Edison invented the incandescent lightbulb back in 1879. Since its invention, light bulbs have gotten a lot smaller and more compact. However, large light bulbs have become stylish again in recent years. 

Such bulbs are typically hung from the ceiling without a lampshade. A popular decor trend is to hang multiple Edison bulbs from a beam above a kitchen island or dining table. You can buy modern Edison-style bulbs that use LED light instead of incandescent light. These are much more energy-efficient, while still possessing that vintage look. 

Brass faucets

Brass-finished plumbing has gone in and out of style over the years. As this post explores, they’re currently seeing a resurgence. 

Brass faucets go really well with farmhouse decor in a kitchen as do farmhouse sinks. They can also add a vintage feel to a bathroom when paired with bold tiles. They’re a fun alternative to chrome steel taps.

Freestanding tubs

Freestanding tubs have also become a lot more popular in recent years. Modeled off of old Victorian tubs, these tubs allow you to hang your arms out of both sides, giving you more elbow room to relax.  Unlike traditional tubs, however, they are plumbed in just like a modern bath.

The drawback of freestanding tubs is that they can cost a lot of money to install and require a lot more space than a tub attached to the wall. Most homeowners typically have to carry out a bathroom extension or conversion in order to accommodate these tubs. Fortunately, they can add a lot of value. 

Colored kitchen cabinets

Brightly colored kitchen cabinets haven’t been in since the 50s and 60s, however, this is a trend that has gradually been creeping back in. More people are starting to see neutral colors as boring and are opting for bolder colors like orange-red, navy blue, or mint green. This post offers more inspiration when it comes to kitchen cabinet colors

Because the kitchen is a room of activity, it is much easier to get away with these bold and energetic colors within this room. However, it’s important to keep cabinets regularly repainted – colored cabinets will quickly look dated once the colors start to fade. 

Walk-in pantry cupboards

More people are moving away from processed foods and are finding the time to make meals from scratch again. This had led to walk-in pantry cupboards coming back into demand, giving eager home cooks a place to store greater amounts of ingredients

Adding a walk-in pantry typically requires extending the kitchen. Like installing a freestanding tub, it can be quite an expensive home improvement because of this. In some cases, it may be possible to sacrifice cabinets in favor of a walk-in pantry cupboard. 

Mason jars

Mason jars were once a common way to store food ingredients before plastic packaging became popular. In the last decade, they’ve started to see a resurgence as a response to a growing number of people trying to shop plastic free. 

Mason jars are inexpensive and easy to clean. They’re also great for keeping pests out. These could be great containers for storing food in your walk-in pantry. 

Shag rugs

Finally, it’s worth noting that shag rugs have also made a comeback. These deep-pile rugs were popular in the 70s but started to be viewed as dated in the 80s. Since then, short-pile rugs have been favored – however, shag rugs have started to be more widely adopted in recent years.

Shag rugs can provide superior comfort and are excellent for placing beside a bed or under a desk for sinking one’s toes into. They’re best avoided in mess-prone areas such as under dining tables or in kids’ bedrooms as they are not easy to clean.

Top 4 Tips for Launching Your Own Clothing Boutique

Even though opening a store can be incredibly stressful, and often, somewhat frustrating, regardless of the industry in which your new business is based, if you are truly passionate about and dedicated to the products and/or services you will be providing, then success is certainly at your fingertips. 

With this in mind, here are the top four tips for launching your own clothing boutique. 

1. Buzz & Promotion 

The first thing to know and to immediately start working on is that it is up to you to create as much excitement and ‘buzz’ around your new store as possible. 

Even though social media is an inexpensive and effective way of informing other businesses and residents in your local area, you should also not abandon or forget the more traditional ways of advertisement. Put a commercial in your local newspaper, contact your area’s radio station, and even consider sending out a press release detailing your opening event. 

2. Start as You Mean to Go On

The old cliché that you should always ‘start as you mean to go on’ is trite, but certainly accurate, especially when opening a store.

Sustainability, for example, is not only an ethical way to launch your business but also one which will endear you to nearby business owners and potential customers of your clothing store alike. Spend time researching sustainable supplies for your new boutique, such as recycled plastic hangers in bulk and reusable paper packaging. This is a great way to get started on the right foot.

Other fundamental elements regarding decking out your new clothing boutique include:

  • Effective and on-brand signage
  • Racks and shelves
  • Mannequins
  • A variety of different mirrors
  • Cash register and associated technologies

3. Avoid Employing Your Friends

By all means, in terms of cleaning, designing, and decorating your new clothing boutique, the more hands on deck, the better, and it would be a lovely thing to include your cherished friends and family members in this part of the process.

However, when it comes to recruiting and hiring new staff (although in the early stages, it is best if you do most of the shifts yourself), it is a really bad idea to employ your friends. As well as upsetting the natural dynamic between the two of you, it could increase the risk of potential drama, make it hard to discipline, and you could be accused of favoritism from your other employees.

4. Stay True to Your Vision

Finally, and most importantly of all, this new boutique is your creation and your ‘baby’ and even though it would be daft not to do as much research as you can on other successful, small clothing boutiques, you should stick to your vision and do things your way. 

If you ask for too much advice from close friends and your family, your vision can quickly become diluted and you may even find yourself conflicted on a topic or question to do with your business that you were previously certain of.