How to Live Comfortably In A Small Apartment

Mumbai, the city that never sleeps and where people across the country come flocking in to chase their dreams. It all happens here but at a cost. A steep cost in fact. All you see on the television with the lavish food, houses etc. But now Mumbai gives you match box houses. Tight storage spaces where you can’t move and you feel like the walls are creeping in. Fortunately, living comfortably and affordably in a small apartment is a possibility.

Step by step go ahead and re-think and re-design the space available:

  1. Bedroom

Renting furniture is moderately cheap these days with a number of e-commerce options. What do you want in your bedroom? A bed of course! What if you could get a folding one which also translates into a couch? Even better, isn’t it? Next, a light décor can work wonders. Make use of tall decorative elements which can give the illusion of a larger space. Storage in Mumbai can always be an issue in the bedroom, so get creative with your use of the space by taking advantage of the area under the bed to stow unwanted or bulky items. Put on your thinking cap and see what and how things can be used.

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  1. Kitchen

If it looks good, it will taste good for sure. What are we talking about here? Well it is the soul of the house – the kitchen! A well organized kitchen in a small apartment is always a welcoming sight. Keep the utensils and plates within arm’s length and the rest, store them over board. Keep clutter to a minimum and your brown appliances smaller.

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  1. Living Room

Like the bedroom, use the same mantra here. These days a lot of furniture has built-in storage available. You can store books, bed sheets, unused clothes etc in them. This provides a perfect home storage solution to comfort without having to sacrifice space. In our previous blog posts, we spoke about how certain elements add to more space such as mirrors, use of light and so on. Make an impression!

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  1. Bathroom

Lastly we come to the bathroom. Not much you can do with the smallest room of the house but nevertheless. Go simple and go monochromatic. This way, it gives an illusion of a grander room with a lot of space. For all your toiletries and other cleaning solutions, make use of the under the sink storage. If possible, install a few simple shelves for your soaps, towels, toothbrush and tooth paste.

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Let us hear your ideas in the comment box. If you need help, then simply look up BoxMySpace or call on 8767252252. We would be happy to help.

Until then Happy Boxing!

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Modern Kitchen Practices

Ask any person to describe what a kitchen means to them; you will get a vivid range of answers. Soul of the house, sweet conversations, where love starts, brings family together and so forth. But all of them have one main villain – CLUTTER. Kitchens in our modern time are designed to be functional. Alas! We do not follow this thumb rule. We have cookware we do not use, gadgets that are still in mint condition and crockery just to make up the numbers. The kitchen is and always will be a perplexing place to organize. So whether you have a big or small kitchen in Pune, it doesn’t matter. Adjusting and making the most of it is where the challenge lies.

We have got you a list of ideas that will hopefully spark a revolution in your kitchen.

The Kitchen Counter

This is the first area that needs your attention. You set up all your ingredients and utensils and leave it as it is and then dump everything in the sink for later. Segregate your counter mentally into cutting and placing area. The aromas of the food get lost when there are too many cooks spoiling the broth, literally. Try and get more spacious and make good use of your time. You will instantly see space open up.

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Racks That Stacks

Clinging, clanging and clonking, you stuff your lids into a tiny little space that will often just burst out when you open your cabinets. It is a challenge. Fortunately, if you have a small compartment or rack installed just above the sink, then you’re golden.

Plate Racking

Crash! You just broke an expensive China ceramic plate while storing it. Your whole world has come crashing down. Well calm down, you can cut down your risk of breaking the next set. All you have to do is find a slot in your kitchen dedicated to your crockery.

Spoons And Forks And Everything Sharp

Cutlery is a crucial element in the kitchen. They are the supporting actors to a meal and bring the balance needed. Therefore, it is the best practice to store them in separate cases or containers. This keeps your sharp objects safe from kids, stays hygienic and you will never lose a piece of cutlery the next time.

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The Perfect Pantry

There are a number of ideas to make your pantry stand out. You can have pull-out drawers, spice racks, cleans towels and more. You must have an idea as to what and how your final kitchen should look like. Sometimes adding colour to your pantry will give it an oomph factor. Make a list, follow a process, it won’t be hard.

A person who understands space and knows what is needed in a pantry will spend less time, effort and money than the others.

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It is a fun exercise – reorganizing all the kitchen appliances, and the crockery. If you have a set kitchen in mind and wish to start rearranging things, try some of the ideas we have for you.

We would love to see what you can come up with as well. Do not worry if at first you find this an impossible task. Break it down into smaller milestones and move forward. You never know when you can hit the sweet spot.

If in case you’re looking to store your kitchen ware temporarily, BoxMySpace is here to help out. Call us on 8767252252.

Until then Happy Boxing!

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.

Make space Feng Shui style!

The way you maintain your home, tells you a lot about the personality of a person. An unorganised mind is an unorganised life. Look at things around you. Does your closet overflow? Is that tiny corner of the house been used wisely? Is the area under your bed permanent storage space for junk?
Remember your mom say, “Cleanliness begins at home!” Similarly, an ancient Chinese proverb says that if you want to change your life, you must move things in your home.
So we bring you these simple Feng Shui steps of redesign and discover how you can revitalise your life.

FIRST IS YOUR ENTRANCE

THE PROBLEM

Your main door is considered as “qi” i.e. the nourishment of your home. Therefore, if your entrance is easy to access, kept clean and let the air flow freely, your energy levels will most definitely increase.

WHAT TO DO

See to it that the area around is not blocked, your qi will be diminished. Remember to take off the huge coats and hats as well as the smelly shoe rack. Decorate that same space with a painting on the wall, or a nice floral vase. Maybe even wash the adjacent window sills to let fresh air flow in that gleams on the entrance.

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THE NEXT ARE YOUR BEDROOMS

THE PROBLEM

The bedroom is designed for one and only purpose – relaxation of mind and body. But we all just fling things around and it’s cluttered with paperwork, clothes, or electronic screens that beckon you to multitask. This is why with the smell and untidiness, you do not get sleep or flinch with the slightest touch or noise.

WHAT TO DO

One word – ORGANISE. Move your televisions and other screens out of the room. Segregate your paperwork into folders and place them in a drawer. See to it that all the items go into their rightful place. Earn brownie points by organizing your closet and bed too.

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AND FINALLY IS YOUR KITCHEN

THE PROBLEM

According to the study of Feng Shui, the kitchen that cooks fresh food reflects and has a direct impact on your well-being mentally and physically. Many a times, your kitchen space is not properly utilized and the dull room is really off putting. Everything then has a dominoes effect.

WHAT TO DO

Organise the space, meaning keep your fridge, freezer, and cupboards neatly arranged, while you need to keep your compost/left overs food in an area away from your entire foodstuff. Clean the kitchen countertop and place your cutting tools in their rightful place.

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To end this article, remember the 4 golden rules of a Feng Shui like design:

  • Clear the mess to optimise space
  • Use of light, colour, and simple objects to create energy flow
  • Promote good health by being clutter-free
  • Integrate other natural elements into your home to create harmony and prosperity

When all this is done remember to treat yourself to something really nice, maybe a good cup of coffee or a movie with a friend. Clutter clearing is like an emotional therapy!

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!

DIY Home Storage Savers

Regardless of the size of your house or apartment, we as individuals have two priorities in life i.e. save a good chunk of money and use minimum space while designing your picture perfect home.

As rooms are getting smaller by the day, creating multipurpose rooms will help you live a clutter less life.

Here are some of the easy-to-do and rather practical ideas that do not need a remodel overhaul.

  1. Space-Saving Way to Fold Your Clothes

Did you know that there’s a right way to fold your clothes that gives you maximum space in your drawers? Try arranging your clothes horizontally way rather than a vertical stack, you will find more space than you bargained for.

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  1. Sliding Doors For Cupboards And Bathrooms
    This is indeed a great space saver. Simply install sliding doors wherever you can as they require less space that swinging doors and are cost effective too.enhanced-buzz-32113-1373247200-9
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  2. Under The Bed Storage
     Now-a-days the space available under your bed is a great place to store all your seasonal clothes and thick blankets for when you need them. For a small apartment with limited space in terms of closets.13-under-bed
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  1. Shoe Hangers
    We all have those old metal hangers that you want to dispose of. Wait, before you do, they are still are of great use. You just bend the hanger to create a hook so that your shoes will stick on the ends and then hang them in the closet or wherever convenient.29-shoe-hack

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  1. Colour Pop
    At times, people design kitchens in mono tones or may add a bit of highlight. It can drive away your appetite and can be unwelcoming to a point. Add a pop of colour to your bland kitchen spaces with bright pots and pans. This will bring variety in your kitchen cabinets which can go a long way.enhanced-buzz-27161-1409338212-4
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  1. Corner Shelves
    Every inch in your small apartment can come to use and add an angle to your room. Like this one – where a single shelf that fits perfectly into the corner of a room can display so much more.ft_oct04msl06_xl
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So go ahead, we only have touched the creative surface, there is so much more you can do and innovate to make your house stand out and have #FunWithSpaces. Just because your house is small doesn’t mean you can’t live large, isn’t it?

But if you’re still looking for store away your items, you can always “box them”, if you know what we mean!