Easy Diwali Home Cleaning Tips

The festival of lights, brightness and happiness is upon us! Go into each corridor and you get a lovely aroma of freshly made sweets, bright coloured paints and crisply ironed clothes.
Well, a neat and clean looking home is always welcoming to the Gods during Diwali. So in the midst of reaching out, it is time to get your home organised for the festivities.

Release Clutter

Diwali time is family time. But alas, over the current year homes have got smaller and smaller due to the hoarding mentality. Humans get attached to inanimate objects, one reason being, they have paid so much for it, it can be used by someone else later. Good clothing bought for a family occasion is now lying deep inside the cupboard. It was only used once. Mom may have stocked few of her masalas over a period of time, which has stained the cabinets, and old jars are now turning yellow. It is best practice to keep a few and chuck out the rest. You’ll find more space, cleaner cabinets and a sweeter celebration, that is GUARANTEED!

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Vaccum and Floor Cleaning

However good you’re at cleaning and making your home spotless before Diwali, dust settles. Dust is the worst enemy and a real task to get rid of. A quick use of the vaccum cleaner over your carpet, sofa and other décor will maintain your cleanliness and a simple way to get your home organization in place. Of course, once you’re done with that, a full sweep of the house followed by swabbing is recommended, to kill the germs and make your house glisten like natural diyas.

Start Decorating

Now with all the muck taken away after hours of hard work, it is time to add life to your home. Take out your décor boxes from the attic or storage room and begin. Everyone is tech savvy these days, and e-commerce sites are attracting a lot of buyers with great deals. Make use of that, get in the new & do away with the old. The freshly bought bedsheets and curtains will bring a feeling of newness and life into your house. Set your diyas and rangoli art at the foot of your entrance and in smaller comfortable corners. They will definitely add light to your beautiful homes. Add Diwali decals to your freshly painted walls, give it a personality. Dress your sofas with new prints. There is so much one can do! A little bit of imagination and a whole lot of madness.

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Minimum Is Best

Minimum is the way to go. It not only looks great on the eyes but also it will help in saving you time and effort when you repack the items. Diwali is about spreading light into dark spaces to drive the evil away, then why clutter with more clutter?

If you look online, we bet you might get more ideas on Diwali home organization. We have covered the hot traffic areas for you and hope not to have skipped a spot (no pun intended).

If you are looking at getting your home organised just in time for Diwali, visit BoxMySpace or call on 8767252252 and we will be glad to help.

Until till, have a safe, bright and pleasant Diwali with your family and friends! Spread cheers and not tears!

Happy Diwali & Happy Boxing!

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Home storage in Bangalore – Tips and tricks

Before you go on to read this week’s new blog post, I would like you to keep this statement running in your head like a teleprompter.

“Keep. It. Simple. Silly.”

The idea of living simple is very difficult to fathom for a human being. We human beings are made up of wants that will not cease. Yet we must try and adopt the art of minimal living. In your daily routine, you are barraged with colours, objects and ideas that create a clutter in your mind. If you’re living the city life, the hustle and bustle of it really takes a toll on you. Also, if you ever visited the city of Bangalore, you live half of your life stuck in traffic cursing your luck.

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Therefore, in order to keep a calm mind, you must adopt the minimal route. Well, what better place to do it than to begin with home storage in Bangalore. Bangalore, the evergreen IT city is known for its swanky yet spacious apartment space. But did it ever occur to you that you might not actually be using your apartment space to its full potential? Fret not! We have got you covered on that.

Take few post its and memorise these golden rules of minimalism.

  1. You have less mess to clean up.
  2. You shop less and save money.
  3. You make your life simpler.
  4. You get the space you paid for.
  5. You are at peace.

CHALK OUT A PLAN

When you look at your room, a tug-of-war goes on in your head on things that need to be kept or thrown out, also the constant need to go and shop is where clutter slow accumulates within your home. Therefore, it is essential to draw out a plan. Home storage in Bangalore can be easily done, if you plan right and systematically.
Alright then! Everything in your home will have a spot; it may not be currently there, but you will find or make space for said good. Sometimes, we over buy or own three to four similar products. For e.g. you recently bought two beautiful knives but you tend to be greedy and buy the whole set including a cleaver that will most definitely won’t be used at all. In other cases, we get attached to things, because maybe it is attached to some joyous memory or gifted to us or may be it has just helped you in some way. I tell you for a fact, if it is just lying around there, you need to cut the apron strings and dump it. There is no shame in that. You are cleaning a house that occupies an entire family, so evaluate, edit, keep and then store, and always remember to MAKE A PLAN – FOLLOW IT – #MANTRA

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DE-CLUTTER ROOM BY ROOM

So now your plans are more or less set, it is time to go about ironing out and keep just what you need.

YOUR KITCHEN

This divine place is the heartbeat of the house. You can have long conversations, gossip while cooking sumptuous meals for your family. A full tummy is a happy mind. Before you cook your dinner, it is always inviting to see a clean and organised kitchen. So begin with the Tupperware or containers, which are old and never used, strip down your cutlery and see what makes the grade. Buy a small basket and place your cups, spoons, forks, ladles all in it. Add adjustable dividers in drawers; install panels to keep your spices and other flavouring additives. Keep the plates, above the sink in a cabinet. Finally, do a regular clean-up of things inside your kitchen. Add colour maybe, it will surely bring a smile on your face.

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YOUR BEDROOM

This room speaks loudly about your personality. Open your cupboard/closet, have a gander at the overflowing clothes that just came crashing down on you. Hello, are you listening? If you step back for a minute, you will see that most of the clothes you buy will never be worn by you again. It is human nature, every day you feel different and therefore try new things. Open your suitcase under the bed and dump all the clothes that you’ve outgrown or not going to make a use of. Donate it to a charitable trust they can make good use of it. Home storage in Bangalore is of a great need currently in big cities and living simple is how the modern world is perceived. It is ideal to have a goal in mind. Say 5 tops, three jeans, a couple of shorts and three pairs of shoes. That should do it.

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YOUR BATHROOM

Okay, so we do not have those lavish bathrooms that we see in the movies, we spare a small space of the apartment to do our daily duties and have a shower. Yet, this is the most, and I stress the most important room that needs to be hospital-like sterlised place. That being said, you must organise the cabinets in the bathroom. Have a soap box, your scrubs, toothpaste and toothbrush, washed, dried and kept in an air tight space. Rotate the towels so you get the same wear and will eventually all be ready to replace the same time, keeping the set the fresh and new.

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WELL FINALLY

There you have it we have just touched the surface of home storage in Bangalore. You can take on the mantle and do so much more. Yes, your house will still get messy and your kids will still throw around their toys and stuff will still pile up in places. But if you’re living in a city like Bangalore home storage done the right way will take you one step closer to your ideal home.

But for more such cool ideas and home storage options, BoxMySpace is an ideal storage solution provider you must have a look at.

5 Things To Immediately Do About Dorm Room Spaces

When you move out of the comfort of your home that was spacious into a smaller shared room, instantly you get into a “basic living” mode. Dorms serve the basic purpose of living i.e. a bed, a side table and a cupboard.

Don’t worry there are others too in your same situation. To begin your year of freedom and independence why not start on the front foot with our simple dorm room organisation tips and enjoy the simple and easy joys of living.

Under the bed

This is your first space you would always want to store your things. You have seen your parents use it, and by trade you used use it too. In college, the space under your bed is vital; I know it sounds crazy. But you make do with what you have. College life is where we have to rough it out.

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Wall storage

Your bed will be in one corner of the room. Use the blank wall as a storage or it can double up as a wall of memories. Go to any fittings store and you will find a range of stick pods, hooks and other storage articles for your room. This pods can hold on to your nail-polish, toiletries, stationary, keys and more. Instead of creating holes in the wall, which will raise an eyebrow at the university, go with easy-to-stick options.

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Closet it

This is your Plan A, your cave, your kingdom (still thinking of a better superlative). Your closet is the main place where you will be putting your valued possessions. So forming various compartments needs to happen so you can make best use of the space. Make use of hangers, boot boxes, plastic containers, and your mom’s old bags and chart out a proper storage plan for your closet/cupboard. Also it best to bring only a few set of clothes, so you can keep a set at home and rotate it over the vacations.

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Desk

Another great storage option when living in a dorm is your desk space. Along with your study material and stationary, use the additional space when not in use. Get rid of the old books, or donate them to the college you study in. Place all important documents in folders. When you are not using your study, you can place your plastic containers on it.

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Grab those corners

Pool in some cash with your roomie, and pick out a corner shelf to add to your room decor. These shelves are great for storing books and pictures. You could also add a bean bag in the corner or a lamp. There are other ways you could use a corner.

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Whether you are having a study party (or just a regular party), we get how important dorm space is. These tips will save you space in your room and make you the envy of the hall. Have a good year in your spacious home away from home!

Alternatively, you can lessen your burden by storing your goods at our facility. To find out more, visit our website.

Until then Happy Boxing!

Bubble-wrap: Poppin’ advantages.

The word “bubble-wrap” brings out the inner child in us and we can spend hours without caring about the world around us. Even when we order goods off the e-commerce websites, we will spend more time popping those air bubbles.

But today this blog post, we shall cover the advantages of using the bubble wrap in our daily lives. Bubble-wrap is one of the most versatile packing materials and most advantageous especially for shipping and storing of fragile goods and glassware.

Well, here are the other advantages of using bubble-wrap. They are:

  • Travel.

When you are travelling on long distances or for work, wrap all your valuables with a layer of bubble-wrap. For e.g. all your gadgets and gizmos, add a layer of bubble-wrap on your screen to avoid any scratches or dust to collect. This way, with the luggage being roughhoused in transit, your valuables stay protected.

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  • Knock, knock.

A study stated that on an average a person opens the door at least 35 times a day. Now multiple that with the average of a family of four; 140 times the door keeps swinging open and the knob hits the wall, causing a mark on the wall. Here is an idea, you can either wrap a small piece of bubble-wrap on the door knob or you can place a piece of bubble wrap the foot of the door. That easy!

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  • Décor.

If you do not want to waste paper while wrapping goods you can always make use of bubble-wrap to keep your festival decorations and ornaments safe. Trust us, they will not lose their shine, shape or colour.

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  • Apparel.

You can use the bubble-wrap for your hand-bags. Yes, handbags. Listen for a second. Many a times, after using your handbag for a year, it loses its shape, tightness and almost on the verge of being dumped away. Well now you can save the handbag by simply placing a piece of bubble-wrap in an empty bag.

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  • Insulation.

It is always too hot or too cold for your liking. To counter this problem, place a sheet of bubble-wrap and tape on your window pane. What this does is the sheet acts as a thermal cover and absorbs the heat/cold and regulates the temperature inside the room. It also acts like a net to stop the pesky bugs and mosquitoes from entering your house.

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  • Security.

A clever tactic to drive away intruders is to hide the bubble wrap under your doormats. It will act as a primitive alarm system where you don’t spend a penny, while you could catch a burglar red handed.

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  • Plants.

Wrap up your plant pots that are exposed to sun during the cooler season of the year.  All you need to do is wrap it a little higher of the rim of the container so as to keep the soil always moist and warm and help the plant not lose its important nutrients.

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  • Stress reliever.

Whenever you feel stressed out, take the bubble wrap and go popping. You would immediately feel better. It can also keep your kids busy, while you complete all your errands at home.

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So before you try to burst the bubble, think about how a piece of air bubble can be so useful to you in ways you never ever thought of. Got your own clever uses for bubble wrap? Share with us!

Storing your kids artwork for later.

You feel a sense of pride when you see how artistic your child is with their arts and crafts. But sometimes the school over plays the art work card and your home are overflowing with craft work. So instead, you as a parent can boost their self-esteem by framing, collecting said art work, sending them a clear message that you’re proud of their work.

Before you chuck them away, we can help you save, store and get your art work organised without losing its charm and maybe after a decade or two sell it off as masterpieces (you can see a big cheque coming in).

  1. Throw it out.

Yes, let’s begin from the bottom. We know each art work created by your genius child but let’s face it you CANNOT keep everything. Sit down, sift throw the humongous pile of art and start chucking them away. Trust me it is good for your soul. Give your kid the credit he/she deserves; you could hang it on the wall or place it on the fridge. Once it loses its essence just dump them away in the bin.

  1. Display them.

Acknowledgment is very big for your kids. It is the natural pill to boost their self-confidence. You could have a section of in their room dedicated to all their artwork. You could call this place – “My Creations”. Frame them, put a spotlight on them and before you know it, your child will start churning out really cool and imaginative stuff. They could also help in creating quirky little frames too.

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  1. The monthly/annual box.

So you are not able to part away with these items. It is hard for a parent, we all agree. So instead of throwing them into a bin, you can adopt the boxing system. This way after every three month elapses; you can take down the art work and store them in a box. Once the academic year is done, your child can sit back and see the art work he/she had done over the year.

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  1. Go digital.

Ah yes, we are in the age of smartphones, tablet, phablets and the list can go on. Every Tom, Dick and Harry posts his/her achievements on social media. With this method you can save a huge chunk of physical space and create your album on your laptop with ease.

5. Greetings.

Another way of storing your child’s art work is by simply sharing. Remember the age old way of keeping in touch with each other? Do greeting cards strike a chord in your mind? Then make use of your greeting cards with your kid’s art on it. What grandmother wouldn’t love to receive a special drawing or painting from her grandchild?

  1. Make it functional.

So by now you know your kid loves to create artsy stuff and they have the talent to do so too. Like having a personalised place mat in your house? All you need to do is choose one of your art work and with a few stationary supplies, you can create magic. Why skip on this opportunity?

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So what are you waiting for? Get out those art supplies and let your Rembrandt create some masterpieces. You can be sitting on a gold mine.

Office Touch-Ups for Better Productivity

A cleaner office leads to better productivity. You must have heard this, a number of times. Well it is true. Also, disorganisation itself can be distracting. Imagine if a book on your desk, you don’t need at the moment is just lying there; you may unconsciously be tempted to browse through it and put off some of your important work for a while. But what if you could just keep it in a bookshelf or at the side away from your vision?

So before you hit the panic button, we have got some simple and easy tips and tricks that will help you organise your office space.

  1. Sort it out.

Look at your desk/cubicle, and you will see that things need not be where they are. Therefore the first step when adopting a clean and more organised work place is to SORT THINGS OUT. Don’t feel bad if it takes you a whole lot of time; getting organised is not a “one-hour clean up process”. Just breathe and follow the process.

  1. Getting an organization space.

Yes, I know it sounds a bit odd, but try it out. This means add an additional compartment to your office desk. Sometimes you cannot find an important document in the heap yonder. What if you could have two separate boxes that were labeled “important” & “trash”, wouldn’t it be easy then? Also take the time out every day to sort things out. Spend a good 20 minutes to go through the daily mails, files and documents.

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  1. Wall hooks

Consider installing a few wall hooks, the perfect time is now, why wait? Wall hooks come in handy for hanging your jackets, umbrellas, purses, and even coffee mugs, or a pen-holder. They offer a place to temporarily store items you’re looking for.

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4.  Organised filing system

When sorting out your important files, develop a filing system that is easy to remember. There is no right and wrong system. It could by project, by client or alphabetically. You could follow the same system on your laptop.

You could also keep the latest copy on top, so when someone needs it, it can be found without any hassle.

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5.  Time management

This is the elephant in the room. How you manage your time is extremely vital in business. Being lax and pushing your project submission by a further hour will get you nowhere and you will end up frustrated. Breaking up large projects into smaller steps and scheduling time in the day for each can make short work of large assignments. This in turn will give you some “free time” to get yourself and your desk organised.

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  1. Find space for your feet

Space underneath your desk is very essential if you want to enjoy a comfortable and pain-free working environment. Sometimes you have huge files just dumped on the underside of your desk. Why not do away with all of it by filing it in the office cabinets. You will automatically free up valuable space.

  1. Brighten it up

Another major factor in workspace performance is a bright work station! Believe it or not, bright lights in the right tones will add to at least 10% more productivity. By adding a lamp to your desk, you become more focused on the work you do. With this tool, you are able to function with minimum effort when performing a particular task i.e. writing, reading or typing.

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8.  Create a work mode

Once you’re done for the day, and in a rush to avoid the traffic. Just spend 20 minutes looking at your to-do list for the day. See what tasks were completed and what needs to be done for the next day. We guarantee you will feel much more organised, fresh when you arrive the next day to even bigger business challenges.

So if you want to see a bigger profit margin sometimes, a simple and organised looking office space can reap big rewards in the long run.

What Is Your Game Plan?

It is a real challenge when it comes to storing sports equipment because of its odd shape and size. If your sports equipment is not stored properly, you run the risk of it becoming damaged, or catch on to an odd smell. If you’re a sportsman or play a sport you know the ordeal that one goes through.

Ask your parents, if they have been hit on the shin by a hockey stick placed in a very dangerous way. Time we avoid those freakish accidents and store them away properly and safely.

We have got you some of the simplest ways to keep your equipment in the best possible shape.

  1. Gather stock.

Your first step in the organization drive is to gather all your sports equipment together, and take a look at what is being used versus things that have outgrown. Things that are absolutely not being used can be donated to a NGO who will make good use of it. Remember used sports equipment is in high demand because of the high prices to buy a new one.

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  1. Clean it.

A very important aspect of proper storage of equipment is cleanliness. Pick a dry cloth and give all your unused equipment or for that matter all your sports goods a good clean up. Keeping your equipment clean automatically doubles the shelf life of the same. Remember, you could one day be a superstar and it was all because you took care of your first sports equipment.

3.  Protection.

The most important thing is to ensure that the sports equipment is stored away in a safe fashion to prevent the people and yourself from freakish accidents. The solution is to stack them in one corner of the room or better yet, add a layer of cushion with a paper or thermocol foam which is easily available at any store.

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  1. Time to store them.

The process ends with this final step. Once you have separated, cleaned and provided with the right protection, it is now time for you to store it away. If you have a dedicated closet or room for sports, you could assign spaces within the room and place them there. You could also add hooks to hang your boots, or your head gear, add a cloth bag to store your footballs, basketballs, season cricket balls and so on.

Alternatively, these days with space being an issue in mega cities, people rent out small rooms to store their goods. At a small cost, you could keep your sports equipment and enjoy that extra space you craved for in your home.

If you need some more tips or assistance storing your sports equipment in an organised manner, contact us for a free consultation.