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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Simple Summer Home Renovations: Pune Edition

A home renovation project is the best thing that can happen for a family. The joy and tireless hours spent in remodeling your dream home, is always special. The trend is driven by people staying in their homes longer and needing more space or to redefine the space they currently have.

Home storage in Pune emerged due to this very reason. Space in India is sold at a very high premium. Therefore, people on occasion do clean their homes and make it tidy and clean.

If you’re that sort of person who loves to spruce up their digs every now and then and eliminate clutter in the process, you’ll be happy to hear, it is really cost-effective to remodel your house. With a small budget, get ready to flip your homes and make it the belle of the ball.

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KITCHEN SPACE

This is the SOUL of the house. Cooking delicious and creative food only will be prepared if the kitchen is welcoming. Punekars love their seafood cooked and presented to them properly. Reserve a small amount of your remodeling budget and make a few renovations within your kitchen. It will work wonders. So go on, add surface space for food prep and service, as well as extra storage room to keep seldom-used equipment handy and out of reach from the children. If you already have a big kitchen there is nothing like it.

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If you have a smaller kitchen, turn it into more of a functional one by increase decreasing clutter and gaining more storage space:

  • Install shelves to keep your spices and other condiments, near the cutting area (vegetables). These small spice containers hardly require any space.
  • Get yourself one of those tilt-out storage bins and racking system.
  • Make use of inexpensive cardboard panels that act like vertical dividers in cabinets to keep baking sheets and pan lids upright.
  • Similarly install hooks all around the kitchen so that you can hang your pots and pans.

BATHROOM SPACE

We do not have big bathrooms like those abroad. The bathroom space in Pune is limited yet you can do really cool things. Here below are a few things you can do.

  • Make use of vertical space and add wall cabinets or shelving. If you’re on a tight budget, wooden fruit crates can be painted and hung on walls for a clever, inexpensive storage solution.
  • Install peg rails around the perimeter of the bathroom for hanging towels.
  • If you have room, consider a built-in storage tower or a free-standing storage shelf.
  • For a more dramatic (and more costly) solution, have a carpenter create storage niches over your vanity using the space between wall joists.[3]
  • If you have absolutely no money to spend, consider turning an unused tub or shower stall into closet space. Just put up a pretty shower curtain on a tension rod, and you’ve found several cubic feet of free storage.
  • Add a folding station. This can be a simple board that drops down on a hinge and folds up to the wall when not in use.
  • Install a bank of shelves or upper cabinets for storing laundry products.
  • Hang a wall-mounted drying rack for delicate items.
  • With a little elbow grease and a bit of imagination, you can find or create additional storage space without breaking the bank.

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If, you are still interested in renovating your bathroom, visit BoxMySpace and we will surely help injecting life into your house with modern styled ideas that will make the neighbours feel jealous.

Till then good luck with your home renovations.

Happy Boxing to you!

Student Storage: Class 101

Ah the college days where you live with the basic things in life and sharing is literally caring for all of us. When you move out of your house to study in a new state, new city or even new country, there is an instant culture shock. There are no parents helping you out, a course meal is just a notion and you will need to take 6 am cold baths to make it for your lecture. There’s more! You are pushed into small dorm rooms where you will share space with another student.

It is a fact that there’s almost no way that everything a college student wants or needs to have will fit in their tiny room. That’s why the know-how of utlising your space is essential. Check out a few tricks and tips for how to store some of your most important stuff.

Storage for you

Proximity is the name of the game. Yes, finding the right storage facility is very important. The shortest journey from your dorm to the facility is ideal. The right storage facility will also offer the storage size that you need for the right price. Please remember to do your research thoroughly; sit with your options and pick the right one before you make your decision.

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Pack attack

Work smarter not harder. So with that mantra remember to “pack smart.” Make sure that when you pack, you pack in a very orderly manner so you find it easy to move stuff around. Some tips include packing books i.e. (study material, stationery et al) in smaller boxes; your heavy clothes (like jackets, blankets and bedspreads will go into another set of boxes; you could also double up fragile items wrap in clothes) to prevent chips.

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Rotation wise

Do not take rented space for granted or rather do not be abusive to empty space. Adopt a rotation policy when storing goods. Let us expand on that point. Store wisely. Because you know you’ve space for fill all your excess goods, you’ll be amazed how quickly a storage space will fill up. Remember to pack your boxes along the wall, creating a path for you to safely and freely move about. You can get in and get out in no time.

Security

Before you choose your storage facility, it is best if you can do a quick tour of the facility. This step is very important. You are placing your precious goods into someone else’s hands. You have the right to check the security options at the facility. Make sure you pick a facility that protects your belongings.

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Label loving

Go label crazy with every box packed by you. This will help you and the storage facility workers to help you quickly remove the boxes and save on time. That’s why we recommend that you label everything. Use a permanent marker and make use of old printed sheets of your study material. Write down all the things you have placed in that.

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So whether you’re heading into your first year at college, or if you’re into the later stages of college, you will need space. Remember, when you leave college at the end of the year, your storage facility can be used to preserve your belongings as you head out for summer break)

Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

Home organisation done the right way.

We all dream to have a perfectly kept house with a gorgeous view. But alas we find that very hard in reality because we are emotional beings. There is a big tug-of-war going on in our heads with what to keep behind and what needs to go. Our human needs are never ending, and we always want more and more. It is because of our constant need to buy, is where the mess/clutter begins.
So here is the first step towards a more organized home; you need to downsize your possessions and that in turn will automatically create the spaces you need. Keep in mind maintaining this state of mind is another challenge altogether.

Before you start losing your marbles and start screaming, we have created a list of how to create a clean-up process that will calm your nerves and keep your home tidy.

  1. Clothes

Clothes as an item/good are more of a fad. It goes through a life cycle, where every Tom Dick and Harry is wearing it to satisfy their ego. There are others who decide to buy a specific piece of clothing & wait for the perfect occasion but it never happens. So here is what you do; take out all the clothes you purchased or had been gifted to you in the last two months. Sift through it and see if you still look good in it, keep it. If it doesn’t fit grab an empty basket and donate it away to a charitable trust.

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  1. Musical instruments

We all have music idols in our life, or been bit by the music bug as a kid. So much so that we took it up to learn an instrument. A piano is easy to organise provided you don’t store it in the attic or basement or a dingy corner of your house as the heat and humidity can damage natural wood and cause corrosion. But many a times the enthusiasm dies out after a couple of classes and the instrument is just kept lying unattended. It is best to wrap them up in a soft cloth with paper or you can give it away to someone who will make use of it.

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  1. Sports

Sports gear is seasonal in nature; you might not make use of it throughout the year. Another factor is your kids will outgrow their gear between seasons and therefore will only occupy the space at home. Why not donate them to a sports shop that sells second hand? You get the space you want & they get new customers, it a perfect win-win situation. Or else, if you wish to keep it, protect it from attracting rust with proper care and ample wrapping of paper or cloth.

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  1. Furniture

A living room remains incomplete without some kind of furniture. Furniture is an extension of your personality. It could be a nice cushioned sofa or it could be a nice arm chair with a reading lamp. People in the modern society now adopt the minimalistic approach, or “JUST-WHAT-YOU-NEED”. To extend the longevity of your furniture, there are different ways one can restore its value. You could use bubble wrap so that the edges don’t get chipped off. Make use of a brown paper or non-ink paper to cover the vases or lamp shades and poles so they are safe when being transported. Alternatively, you can donate it to a near furniture shop so they can make use of it.

The benefits of home organization are plenty, but it takes a calm mind and a whole lot of effort to reach your desired results. Take your time, and start gradually turning your home by creating beautiful spaces.

More Space, Better Living In The New Year

It is best to start the year off on the right foot by creating more free space in your beautiful home. Furthermore, remember reorganizing in the New Year has immediate positive effects mind, body and soul. It sets you up perfectly to tackle the challenges that lie in the future.

Follow these simple steps and we are sure that you will reclaim your identity, your home.

  1. Start at a point.

Before you hit the panic button, remember take it slow and one step at a time. Whatever has got you tossing in the bed at night, attack that first. It could be a pile of newspapers or a swollen up bedroom cupboard. Get that organized first. It does act like a great motivation catalyst.

  1. Do one job at a time.

It’s easy to get yourself pulled into another congested zone and leave the job you started. Stop right there! You’ll have two partially de-cluttered areas, and it will look like you’ve accomplished absolutely nothing. Stick to one part of one room until it’s complete.

  1. Just trash bag it.

One of your New Year’s resolutions should be “Think simple, live simple.” It is only then, when you can enjoy living with complete freedom. So pick up a bag and begin the clean process. Go around the house, one room at a time and see what you really need in your house. Leave your sentiments aside and go for it. It is the only way forward.

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  1. Set a time limit for everything.

Don’t say, ‘today I’ll clean my bedroom’. Instead, say, ‘I’ll spend some time sorting out the kitchen ware; next week I’ll work on sports equipment.’ JUST DO IT! Do not put off what you can do today for tomorrow, it will end up not being done. Also put your heart into what you are doing, do not leave it half baked. Finish what you have started; it is okay to go a little over time.

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  1. Every item has a “home.”

This should be your ONLY mantra, because if you don’t have a place to put a good, it will just lie there. Before you create a permanent home for any object, make sure it’s something that is truly useful, important, valuable or otherwise worthy of keeping.

  1. Stay motivated.

Yes, the hardest part in reorganize your home is to take things slow and keep pushing until you finish it off. Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Make it part of your daily routine, or figure out a day in a week. It’s a small, short activity that you do so your home works well and looks good.

  1. A calmer mind and a happier you!

Your mind under stress can sometimes be all over the place, and while clearing the physical mess from your environment, your mind might need some direct attention too. Imagine the relief and joy you would feel if you knew that everything in your life was in its place, and all was well.

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So to end this eventful year on a  ‘wise’ note, whatever you do small or big, take your first step with excitement. How you remove or organise your clutter is completely up to you. Godspeed!

Have a memorable and happy New Year.

Happy boxing!

Prepare your home for a clean Christmas

Christmas is nearing with each passing day, and so are your huge list of friends and relatives accumulating in your house. So preparing your house to be this cozy place is a task. So whether you’re hosting a family meal, receiving guests, or visiting relatives, here are a few suggestions for how to stay in control of your housework.

  1. Get a jump start.

Grab a box quickly and make a complete tour of the house and see what is not needed in the house. Toss it in. You can even have a fun game going on or hum a Christmas carol in your head while doing so. Getting a jump start is usually all it takes to get me on a roll and motivated to do more.

  1. One at a time approach.

If you decide to clean up your whole house in one go, you’re going to get frustrated and exhausted. Therefore, choose one room at a time and tidy it up. Break down your cleaning work. Tell yourself it is manageable. See that what you do is done completely. Once you’ve mastered that. Christmas cleaning is very enjoyable.

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  1. Maintain a standard.

Once you have started cleaning your house, maintain a level of standard you’ve set out. Everyday spend a few minutes and try to reorganize the room. Maybe you would want a nice lampshade in a corner, or that new rug you bought while holidaying in Europe. It is always easier to maintain on a regular basis than to start over again. Kind of like dieting, but let’s not talk about that (chuckles).

In the main living areas, put away some of the stuff that normally is on display or lying around – that stack of magazines won’t get looked at over Christmas; store it away.

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  1. Sweet rewards.

Finally, begin unpacking those Christmas decorations and begin changing the mood inside the house. Add hollies to the bedroom doors in your house, and don’t forget the mistletoe at the entrance. Set up your Christmas tree – all bright and sparkly to lift the spirits. We want to welcome Father Nick and leave us all goodies under it, don’t we? Add a little Christmas in and around your rooms! We are sure you’ll feel an immediate sense of reward for your effort!

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So before you hit that party button and have a jolly good time, here are the final quick touch-ups to keep in mind.

  • Clean trash and add fresh garbage bags
  • Wipe down the dirty areas in the washroom using a cleaning agent and paper towels
  • Wipe down bathroom mirrors and floors with a damp towel
  • Hang fresh towels and put out fresh hand soap
  • Damp-mop the kitchen floor and vacuum the carpets
  • Consider using paper plates and napkins at buffet meals for ease
  • Fluff sofa cushions and pillows
  • Decorate with special touches, such as flowers or candles

Entertaining during the holidays can be stressful, especially if your house isn’t always tidy. Make your house spiffy in a jiffy with these helpful housecleaning tips.

Until then, have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Happy boxing!

Storage Mistakes You Should Avoid

To pack and store away things can be a tedious task. Some people try and stuff all their items into cartons even if it is not logically possible. These overloaded cartons bulge out, leading to dust and tiny insects to enter and destroy your items. It also becomes difficult to stack your items in the storage facility. Packing your goods in the right way extends the shelf life of the product when not in use.

So instead of going through all that drama, below are easy to remember sound packing tips.

  • Use Old Newspaper.

We’ve all done it or watched our parents do it. When packing your items, remember to wrap them with old newspaper. It is important to do so as it keeps the dirt and other natural elements from harming it.

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  • Label is a must.

You’re not going to remember where you’ve kept your favourite winter sweater. You’ve just packed, sealed and ready to store quite a large number of cartons. So before you rush into storing these cartons, label them. Also a protip, when packing fragile items, stick a label reading, “This Way Up”, so when handling or reopening your items, it is done with utmost care. Avoid the unpacking drama and extra cleaning hours. (We have all been there at some point).

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  • This way up.

Your mother’s crockery set, or that beautiful painting from Germany – all of these items are fragile in nature. Therefore packing these items needs to be protected with layers of bubble wrap. Many a times, people to sooth their egos, assume packing it in tight spaces won’t damage the goods, but in fact they are wrong. For e.g. When you try and make space to push in one more pair of shoes, you might end up scratching the others with the belt. Over a period of time, it will become unusable.

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  • Cramming in.

How many times have we just tried to fit in one more extra pair of jeans, or few books in an already filled box? Admit it, almost every time. The human mind is so arrogant to save space. We WILL try and find the tiniest space to store things. Instead of all the madness, we can avoid this by storing it comfortably in another box.

  • Time and tide wait for no man.

All of us pray while moving homes or storing items that it runs smoothly without a hic cup. Storing your goods at a secured warehouse is always stressful as you need to be vigilant, so that you don’t miss out on anything. Rushing to pack a storage unit tends to leave things unorganized and could cause damage. Find out if transport is available by the storage company.

  • Space availability.

Everyone dislikes math. It’s a universal issue that no one seems to solve. So get a fair picture of the unit space you decide to rent out. There is a vast difference between 10ft x 10ft storage and 20ft x 20ft storage. Your space is not doubled but it has gone up by 4 times the original plan.

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  • Are you insured?

So you’ve meticulously gone through every step in packaging process. All things are a go, when it suddenly the Insurance bug hits you straight on the face. Most storage facilities refrain from providing insurance cover of your goods. It is always a big plus to insure your goods in case of external unforeseen circumstances.

We think we have covered all the bases with regard to storage.

Till the next time, HAPPY BOXING!