Moving out after college and creating a dream bachelor pad is a choice many men make. Roughly 15 million men in the United States are bachelors, reports George Mason University. While the transition from a student living in a parent’s house to a bachelor living alone is an exciting period in life, it is also a time to learn the basics about managing cleaning, decorating and food storage that were previously handled by a parent.
Decorate a Home Tastefully
It is time to give up the decorations of childhood and create a bachelor pad that is mature and appropriate for a personal budget. Decorating a home tastefully does not necessarily mean spending a small fortune. Furniture and wall décor that reflects a personal passion are appropriate ways to make a home look comfortable and stylish. Missionary furniture is usually made with oak wood and has a simple and rugged look with straight lines, such as a simple coffee table or a solid oak dining table.
Although a starting salary at any job is usually low and limits the furniture possibilities, a few quality pieces are always better than an apartment filled with old, worn-out and college-dorm worthy rubbish. Find a few rugged pieces of furniture that will provide comfort without draining a savings account.
Use Bay Leaves to Keep Roaches Away
Bay leaves, a spice used in food, also doubles as a natural deterrent for certain insects, including roaches. Place bay leaves in nooks and crannies around the entire home to keep roaches out.
Put Money Into Security
Living alone as a bachelor does not necessarily mean feeling safe. Peace of mind is as important as any other life skill, particularly when it pertains to feeling safe at home. A home security system often starts at a reasonable price, reports http://www.securitycompanies.com/, and putting in a basic system will reduce the number of headaches that occur in the future.
Clean It Up
A bachelor pad is never cool or interesting if it is filled with clutter, garbage or other items. A cluttered and dirty space will make it hard to invite guests and can lead to accidents due to tripping over items that are left on the floor. Set aside certain times to clean up and organize the space to make it easier to avoid a situation where the messes get out of control.
Make Pancake Batter and Store It
For easy breakfasts that take only a few minutes, make a large batch of pancake batter every few days. Use an old ketchup bottle to store the extra batter. It will stay fresh for a few days and makes the early morning a little easier to bear. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal.
Make it Comfortable
A personal bachelor pad is a space to retreat from the rest of the world and relax after a long day at work. Making the space comfortable on a personal level is the purpose of the home. Create the perfect entertainment center, set it up to enjoy personal hobbies or make it a place to simply relax and read a book.
A comfortable retreat will make a bachelor pad welcoming and encourages guests and friends with similar hobbies and interests to visit.
Moving out of a parent’s home and living solo is a transitional part of life, but that does not mean everything must be hard. By taking time to create a comfortable space and keeping it clean, it is possible to enjoy a happy and healthy solo lifestyle.
6 Essential Life Skills For The Man Who Wants To Be In The Know
In order to stand out among a sea of average men, you need to bring your skills up. You’ll need to work hard to become a more well-rounded human being, knowing not just things to impress the women in your life, but skills that are practical and allow you to be more prepared in any situation or even help you further your career.
Below, we’ve highlighted six essential life skills that every man needs to know in order to step their game up, helping you get a bit closer to becoming “perfect”.
How To Tie A Bowtie
Your casual daily attire may see you rocking the grunge look complete with ripped jeans and a pair of converse. Or you may keep it sporty and wear the jersey of your favorite NBA team. But when you need to make your mark in a formal occasion, it’s time to bring out the big guns and rock a suit. Combine it with a pair of sharp shoes, a chunky watch and a dapper waistcoat with a bowtie instead of a standard tie and turn it into a tuxedo. Not only is it useful for wearing a formal do, but you could also mix it up in the workplace. As The Black Tux’s guide to tieing a bowtie notes, you’ll also be ready to wear one on your wedding day.
How To Play Card Games
It’s not just what you are wearing that makes you sophisticated, it is also about what you know and how you are able to entertain. A common pastime of mature, distinguished men? Playing cards. This is thanks to the core principles of these card games, as Betway Casino’s explainer of blackjack rules suggests. For starters, you have to know when to take risks and when to play it safe, knowing when to fold or even to split. It also helps you to improve your confidence, as you’re able to double down when you’re feeling good about your current hand. Try learning blackjack, poker and baccarat in order to be able to impress.
How To Speak In Public
Speaking of confidence, being comfortable speaking in public is a very useful skill to have. You need to be able to speak with confidence and knowledge – to really know what you are talking about. Crucial to being a good public speaker, says The Art of Charm, is to eliminate any filler words such as “umm” and “ahh” and to relax your body, releasing the tension in your muscles as these can affect your tone of voice. The ability to speak authoritatively and with confidence not only helps you in the workplace and getting your ideas across, but it helps you to make a strong impression with, for example, your partner’s parents.
How To Poach Eggs
Eggs are great. Not only are they an egg-cellent source of protein, but they make for a healthy breakfast that’s a little bit fancier than just pouring yourself a bowl of cereal, so they’re a good way to impressing your friends or date. Poached eggs are also the core part of many upmarket dishes, including Eggs Benedict, vegetable fritters, or Turkish eggs. Making a poached egg is not even that difficult. According to BBC Good Food’s poached egg recipe, it’s only five steps. What’s more, they only take a few minutes to make. It might be a little tricky at first, but once you’re there, you’ll be a master of one of the most highly sought after culinary skills.
How To Build A Campfire
If you didn’t take part in Boy Scouts when you were a kid, chances are, you’ve probably never learned how to build a campfire. But knowing how to build a campfire is an invaluable tool in case you break down in the middle of nowhere and find yourself stranded, or for a romantic camping trip. According to The Art of Manliness, the key steps to building a campfire are to collect several different types of wood and stack them correctly. Simple to learn, but difficult to master – you’ll want to practice this beforehand rather than relying on your theoretical knowledge when you’re in need.
How To Sew A Button
We’ve given you some suit-wearing tips in this post, and in the past we’ve shown you how to select a high-quality shirt, but what happens if that shirt gets a snag? What happens if you put on a few extra pounds and you end up popping a button? Learning how to sew a button will let you fix that shirt in a pinch and it could save you money on taking that shirt to a tailor. Watch the video above for a step-by-step.
Becoming a distinguished and sophisticated man is an ongoing process. You’ll need to not just take on these skills but practice and work hard on them too. Once you’ve mastered them, it’s off to the next challenge!
Add A Little Geek Chic To Your Office With Retro Patents
If you are looking to add a little geek chic to your home office, we’ve got just the thing for you. Retro Patents takes old-school patents and turns them into pieces of art that you’d be proud to hang on your wall, whether you’re into tech, gaming, music, or design.
There are a multitude of beautiful vintage patent prints to choose from, with everything from the Apple iPhone and Blackberry to the Atari 2600 and Nintendo Gameboy, and even more ubiquitous inventions like the electronic calculator and record player.
As you can see, these patent prints are blown-up versions of the actual original filings, with a few design modifications to add the patent number, product name, creator and the date filed. Each patent has been designed and printed using HDR ink-jet technology on Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper with a basis weight of 180 gsm.
That last part might not mean much to you, but let me tell you, these prints really pop against the white background, as you can see for yourself in these photos.
Retro Patents are available in 12 x 18 inch or 24 x 36 inch prints, with prices starting at $29.99. We got one for the Guys Gab office (the Nintendo 64 patent print, naturally), and it’s the first thing people notice when they walk in. “Dude, that’s sick!”
So what are you waiting for? Order your Retro Print today and get ready to hang your favorite classic invention as beautiful contemporary art on your wall. The hardest part will be deciding which one to choose, as they’re all so cool in their own right.
Can’t decide between two Retro Prints? Who says you’ve got to choose… buy them both! 🙂
SpaceX Is Sending A Japanese Billionaire On A Trip Around The Moon
A few days back, SpaceX tweeted that they had signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard their BFR launch vehicle, with a cryptic Japanese flag emoji providing the only clue as to who the passenger might be.
Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at a press event at SpaceX’s headquarters and announced that Japanese fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to make the journey around the moon. The BFR Lunar Mission will last an estimated four to five days and will take place as early as 2023.
Maezawa is the 42-year-old Japanese billionaire founder of the custom clothing online retailer ZOZO, with a reported net worth of $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he’s got the wherewithal to afford such an extravagant expenditure.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa said during the press conference. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”
But that’s not all. Maezawa is inviting six to eight artists from around the world to join him on this mission to the Moon. The billionaire said he will invited painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. Upon their return all he requests is that they create a work of art using their stellar trek as inspiration.
“These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth,” said Maezawa. “These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer inside all of us. Needless to say, we’ve always been inspired by the Moon. Take for example, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and The Beatles’ Mr. Moonlight.”
If successful, Maezawa and the people who join him will be the first humans to travel to the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. But before history is made, the BFR needs to be constructed, and they’ve got five years to do so. An ambitious time table, but Musk and team believe they can do it.
The BFR Lunar Mission is the first step in Elon Musk’s master plan, as he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”
Mission accomplished Elon, 2023 can’t get here soon enough!