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Category: Decluttering

  • A First-Timer’s Guide to Renting a Self-Storage Unit in India 

    A First-Timer’s Guide to Renting a Self-Storage Unit in India 

    Are you relocating to another country but do not want to part with some of the furniture you already have? Do you have more ‘things’ than living space in your house and want to declutter? Are you re-doing your interiors and wish you could get your furniture out of the way for a brief period of time? These are two of the reasons why you absolutely need extra-storage space on demand. Self-Storage India is here to revolutionise the idea of storage by giving you your own private space to store whatever goods you want out of your house but not out of your life!  History of Self Storage  A self-storage facility is not a brand-new concept. It has been around for a while. There is historical evidence of China having public storage facilities. However, it was not until the 1960s that the modern model of self-storage spaces came into existence. The first major chain of self-storage spaces struck roots in Texas mainly because most homes there were built without basements, which were commonly used for storage. The idea of a well-maintained and secure storage facility on rent away from home proved a big hit amongst people in various walks of life, who for their own personal reasons needed ‘more space’. From a couple of boxes crammed with old books and vinyl records, to ancestral furniture and even home-gym equipment, people can store anything they want at their very own storage unit.   The concept of self-storage facilities as a business model found its way to several parts of the world. By 2014, according to a report from the FEDESSA, the Federation of European Self Storage Associations, there were 975 facilities in the United Kingdom, 430 in France, 264 in The Netherlands, 210 in Spain, 131 in Germany, and 112 in Sweden. (“Railroad Ave Self Storage: May 2022”) The report estimates 2,391 total facilities in Europe, which translated to about 75 million square feet of rentable storage space! (“Self-storage – Wikipedia”) At around the same time there were over 52,000 facilities in the US (236 million square feet), and 1,100 facilities in Australia (39 million square feet).   What is a self-storage unit?  A self-storage unit is a space that is rented out to individuals or businesses for the sole intent of storing goods in it. The term of the lease depends upon the organisation offering the service against the needs of the tenant. Using the space as a residence is strictly prohibited. The tenant is required to lock the unit and keep the key with himself. Some facilities offer boxes, locks, and packaging supplies for sale to assist tenants in packing and safekeeping of their goods. While the whole facility with its many storage units is under constant surveillance, employees do not have access to individual units. This means that they cannot casually enter a unit. In case the tenant fails to pay rent, the fate of the contents at his storage unit depends upon the condition agreed upon by the tenant and the self-storage facility in the rental agreement.   Why does someone need a self-storage unit?  1. High real estate prices  Real Estate prices in Indian metros like Delhi NCR, Mumbai, etc are extremely high. People end up buying/renting small apartments that fit their budget. Smaller living spaces call for extra storage requirements.  2. To declutter  Living in a constant state of clutter can take a toll on one’s mental health and bring down the quality of living. Renting out a storage unit helps stowaway furniture or artefacts that are infringing on one’s living space.  3. Change in Family status  In the event of a marriage, divorce or birth of a child, the size of the family unit changes, calling for physical changes at home. When the family expands, more space around the house is needed, which necessitates putting away household equipment in storage. These can be short-term or long-term requirements both of which can be resolved using self-storage units.   4. Travel and relocation  A storage unit comes in handy with individuals moving to another city/state/country and do not want to get rid of everything they own in a ‘moving-out sale’. At a nominal rent they can buy storage space customized to fit their goods. Likewise, those planning a long vacation can rent out a storage space to keep their items safe and it also gives them the option to rent out their house in their absence.   5. Home renovation  Given that self-storage units can be rented out for even short periods of time, those who are having their homes renovated can consider putting away valuable furniture and memorabilia in an independent storage unit. This ensures the safety of the stored goods and keeps them out of the way for the duration of the renovation.   6. Downsizing  When an office chooses to downsize it does not merely mean letting go of employees it also means moving to a smaller space at a lower commercial rent. Excess office goods can be stored away in a self-storage unit, which can be accessed at any given point of time.   7. Seasonal goods  Large and small enterprises dealing with seasonal goods, will benefit from self-storage units. Items that will not be required for months together can be put away in a safe space, only to be taken out when the time comes by again. This can be applicable for households too – winter wear, linen and related equipment can be stored away at a self-storage unit during the rest of the year and taken out only when the temperature drops.   8. Business storage  For small to medium sized organisations, self-storage units can serve as perfect ‘mini warehouses’ without costing as much. The storage unit can be rented for limited time periods. Also, the space allotted will be according to their requirement, as will be the rent.   Benefits of self-storage   Highly Secure Storage for your goods  Clean  Safe  Organised  Brightly Lit  24-hour access  24/7 video surveillance  Instant access with your verified ID  Connect with Speciality movers  […]

  • How to Organise Your Children’s Room 

    How to Organise Your Children’s Room 

    How long does it take for you to tidy up your kids’ rooms? No matter how much we clean their room, there is always a mess. How can we get on top of it and arrange the children’s room more efficiently?  We often concentrate on the major components of our homes’ organisation, such as the furnishings and appliances. However, what about those minor things that continually clog up our lives? Toys, books, extra clothing, and other random objects fall under this category in your children’s room. If you are having trouble keeping these things organised, try using a system that will work for you and your family.  There are many quick and easy methods for decluttering your kids’ rooms. Consider utilising storage options like drawer systems and closet organisers. Consider appointing a location for each item as well. Put toys away separately, for instance, and separate books from games. You will not have to be concerned about where something belongs in this method. Whichever approach you pick, there are a few fundamentals that will make decluttering your kids’ rooms easier.  Before you start, keep the following things in mind to encourage your kids to clean up, declutter and organise their rooms:  1. Talk about how every item has “A Home.”  Children are excellent at assisting in finding items for our houses. Helping the children understand that each of their toys has its own ‘Home’ gives them a chance to tidy up after themselves. Children naturally personify things, according to professional organising coach Maeve Richmond. Therefore, when organising with children, I ask questions like “Do you want this object to live with you?” or “Where should we give this a home?”  “Put that away is a phrase that we all heard growing up and it seems so demeaning. Try asking, “Can we place that where it lives?” instead. Richmond claims that by using this creative linguistic change, the work is positively reframed.  If you are looking for extra storage for your children’s room other than boxes and baskets, consider furniture pieces that enable you to keep everything in one location. Such storage solutions are fantastic. All your kids’ clothes may be kept in a closet organiser, and the toys can be kept in a different closet or even a cabinet to hold both types of items.  2. Give your Child permission to let go of Unwanted Items  According to a recent survey by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), half of the parents surveyed said their children feel bad about giving up something they do not need. Kids often experience this guilt because they are taught from an early age that wasting anything is immoral. What happens when you begin encouraging your youngster to let go of possessions that are no longer necessary?  Children may find the volume to be highly overwhelming, according to Maeve Richmond. “But most children are unaware that it’s acceptable to decline offers of things they don’t want. To continue the idea of using positive language when it comes to decluttering, I like to try to create scenarios in which we are donating goods to charities. We’re not just getting rid of the thing; we’re giving it a new home.”  Help your kids realise that it is acceptable to part with possessions they no longer use if you want them to live a life free of clutter.  3. Reinforce their Routine with Cubbies  Toys and other stuff can be artfully arranged in cubbies/ cupboards throughout children’s rooms. They help prove order and reinforce daily routines. Cubbies can be used in any location, including the kitchen, playroom, and foyer.  Another simple method for organising toys and games is to use bins. To store several types of toys, you can use plastic bins, baskets, boxes, or crates. While some youngsters enjoy sorting through these bins, others would rather just take whatever they see. In any case, using bins teaches children to pay attention and helps them develop their fine motor abilities.  4. Define boundaries with Decor  Room organisation for your children should be a continuous activity. It is crucial to ensure that the materials, patterns, and colours utilised in each space coordinate.  Even though it might seem obvious, this process includes keeping your children’s bedroom tidy. It is challenging to teach your kids self-organization when your rooms are a mess. Additionally, it is more difficult for kids to concentrate on learning new things when there is clutter everywhere. Consider employing storage alternatives like wall hooks, pegboards, and cubbies if you are looking for cheap or quick ways to organise your kids’ bedrooms. These tools are affordable and have a tonne of storage. Additionally, they enhance any room’s aesthetics and character.  Just as much as we change every day, so do our likes and dislikes. Children too are prone to have new favourites every single day – favourite colours, superheroes, animals, and much more. As they grow, they tend to outgrow certain decor and at times things they like. This is where a self-storage unit like Self Storage India can come in handy. You can store the items and furniture that no longer match your child’s newfound style but still have a sentimental value. Once you have a storage unit you can take your time deciding whether to donate or throw away the items that are no longer in use.  5. Lead by example  Children see everything we do and pick up knowledge from us. Lead by example when it comes to organising children. Clean up your own space first. After that, give your home a thorough cleaning. Finally, teach your children how to recycle and properly dispose of waste.  Children often pick up new skills by watching how others behave. Being a good example of order and keeping regular cleanliness is a great weapon. Being organised with your personal belongings is far more helpful than simply encouraging your kids to tidy up after themselves. Every day, your children see how you behave, so start […]

  • 6 Factors to consider when placing items in Self Storage

    6 Factors to consider when placing items in Self Storage

    Self storage facilities in India are on a steady rise. For a first-time customer, choosing an accurate storage facility can become an overbearing task. It is always great to start off with asking yourself questions and re-evaluate your decisions on resting a unit; Are you searching to rent some extra space to move your possessions? Are you renovating your home and want to keep your possessions from being damaged? Do you have extra stock of your merchandise but no space at home? Well, self-storage facilities supply a practical solution to age-old problems. Whether it is storing commercial or personal belongings, it is crucial to pick the best kind of storage facility for your products. Self-storage facilities come in a variety of designs, sizes, and arrangements. It is essential to do your own research before choosing the right one for you. As a result, before selecting a self-storage facility, each renter must ask himself: What should I look for in a self-storage facility? To help you answer that question, We have compiled a list of 6 factors to consider when looking for a storage unit, starting with location, cost etc. to duration of rent and more. Read on for more information! 1. Location Where is the self storage facility located? One of the most crucial aspects of choosing a self-storage facility is the location. You should look for a place that is accessible and convenient. Find out if the facility is near your home or workplace if you intend to visit your unit frequently. Self-storage facilities are often found close to neighbourhoods, malls, schools, parks, and medical facilities. They offer accessibility to customers that live close by. Some stay open 365 days (about 12 months) a year, seven days a week. Before selecting a storage space, always confirm the business hours. Full-service facilities offer greater flexibility in terms of operation hours. Make sure to check if there is adequate parking at the facility as well for easy and hassel free access. 2. Accessibility What security measures does the self-storage facility take? What are the hours of operation? When researching facilities, inquire about whether the units have video monitoring or in-person surveillance, as this will help to keep your items safe. Furthermore, if you visit the facility ahead of time, note whether it is well lit, as this will ensure your own safety when you go to retrieve your items. Some facilities like Self Storage India permit year-round, 24/7 access at no charges and are at verified locations. Whereas other facilities are run from “dark” warehouses where you will not be permitted to enter and must use the provider’s paid facilities to retrieve your own items. Find out which one is the best fit for you, see if you can tour them to get a better understanding of the facility. 3. Safety, Security and Climate Management How will I know that my belongings are safe? Before signing a contract, learn about the storage facility’s safety and security features. Choose one with the best safety and security features. Examine the presence of perimeter fences/gates and security personnel. Inquire whether the facility has 24-hour CCTV or surveillance cameras, individual door alarms and locks, and fire safety features such as fire alarms, extinguishers, sprinklers, and detectors. 84 percent of all self storage customers are women, according to a survey conducted by Noah’s Ark Development. To ensure that the facility is always safe for women, Self Storage India ensures its storage facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will also find bright colors and plenty of natural light at the self storage facility as it is created with women’s safety in mind. The surrounding areas and walkways are well-lit, deterring intruders and protecting both staff and tenants. Not only is Self Storage India’s storage facility safe for women but it also ensures proper storing of your precious belongings. The facility offers cemented roofs, flood control, fans, and pucca flooring. You can choose a storage facility that regulates the temperature of its units based on the type of items you are storing. Items can be kept on plastic palettes for air circulation, elevated plots for flood protection. These facilities are typically more expensive than temporary warehouses with temporary roofs and structures. If you have any items that require a climate-controlled environment, this may increase the cost of the unit, but it will ensure that all your items remain in good condition, especially if you are leaving them for several months. Be sure to also consider how much you want to spend on storage. By contacting the facility directly, you can learn more about prices and other amenities. 4. Cost How much will it cost me to rent a self-storage box? What is the best rental offers available to me? Depending on where you decide to store your belongings, storage space charges change. The warehouse location and whether you are renting a private room or open storage can all affect this cost. Hiring a storage facility is a wonderful way to cut costs. Once more, the price is influenced by the location, number of units, and amenities provided. 5. Size and Types of Storage Units What size self-storage units are available? The question above is a terrific way to reflect on what type of storage unit you need. If you are unsure of your specific needs, start out modestly. It would be a great idea if you could measure the items along with the self-storage space. Measuring items can help in managing how to store your items and make the most of your space! Tools like the Storage Calculator by Self Storage India can help you reach the exact square feet of storage space you need to rent out for your items. This is crucial if you intend to use the storage space for items like heavy items so you can calculate the exact square feet of space to be rented. Since these items are often broader than they are tall, you might need […]

  • How to Declutter Your Home, Room by Room

    How to Declutter Your Home, Room by Room

    Decluttering your living space not only makes your home look tidy and welcoming, but also gives you mental peace. It is often said that the mess in your home reflects the tangles in your mind, but we believe the clutter at home can mess with your thoughts. It is important to treat your home with as much respect and consideration as a place of worship because it is the place that nurtures and comforts you. What is Clutter? Clutter does not mean that every inch of the flooring is covered in shoes, clothes, wet towels, and old newspapers. Clutter is when you have more things than you need. Clutter is having a shelf or a cupboard laden with items you have not touched in more than six months and will mostly remain untouched for another six months. Clutter is having storage cabinets filled to bursting point with articles that you believe you may need but will never use. Living amid all these things will only make your life harder. Five Reasons to Declutter Your Home: 1.     It Is Easier to Clean and Maintain a Decluttered Home. When your shelves are littered with trinkets and rooms lined with too much furniture and artefacts, dusting and cleaning becomes a tedious task. If you do not clean up regularly, layers of dusk will shroud everything. The best thing to do is keep what you need and put the rest in storage. 2.      It is easier to organise your things Once you declutter your home you will have fewer things to deal with. Assign a specific place for everything. Ensure you put things back in their right place to keep things neat and organised. Since all the unnecessary stuff has been sold and the less used items are in storage, you have fewer things to organise. Life is so much simpler one you declutter. 3.     It creates a more open and spacious ambience Instead of feeling choked by unnecessary objects lying around the house, once you declutter you will enjoy the empty spaces. The minimalist route is trending today. It gives the house a more classy, urban appearance. Once you declutter and choose minimalism, you will not waste money on buying items that you do not need. 4.     It gives you a chance to redecorate Just like you enjoy wearing different attire every day, decluttering will help give your home a distinctive look. You can put away some furniture and artefacts in a self-storage unit. You can take them back home whenever you want, and store away previously used pieces. This way you will be redesigning your living space without having to go through with a full-fledged renovation. 5.      It saves you from embarrassment and stress Most of the time you become aware of the clutter only when you are expecting guests over. It is too embarrassing to have unwanted things lying around and it is too stressful trying to cram everything overnight into the limited storage cabinets around the house. A study revealed that 42.5% of people are embarrassed by the clutter at home and 61.7% revealed that cluttering reduced their overall stress levels. Decluttering will save you from the embarrassment and relieve you from living in a messy home. How to Declutter your Home Decluttering your home might seem like a herculean task. However, once you get started you will realise that you are doing yourself a favour and you will find yourself purging your home with flair. For those of you who find it particularly difficult to get rid of things for sentimental reasons even if the item in question is worn out and useless, here are a few tips to help you get started. 5 Tips to Declutter your Home 1.      Set aside a small amount of time. Sometimes the idea of spending hours doing a chore can seem daunting or even plain boring. If the time factor is the problem, then start with as less as five minutes. Keep going only if you feel motivated too. Else stop after five minutes and resume later or even the next day. Start with objects of little value. If you are the sentimental type of person, you might find it difficult to get rid of many things around your house. You need to begin decluttering by picking out items that are inexpensive and have no sentimental value. Remember self-storage units are an option. You may not have use for certain articles but for personal reasons you may not want to get rid of them either. Lease a self-storage unit where you can store your possessions. Self-storage facilities offer security 24/7. Donate your items to those in need. Seeing someone less fortunate using your clothes or other articles is bound to make you feel good about yourself, while also reassuring you that you are doing the right thing. Take before and after pictures. After picking a spot to declutter, take a picture of it. Once you have decluttered the spot, take another picture. Seeing how much better the place looks after decluttering should inspire us to keep going. Whether you have done it before or are doing it for the first time, decluttering your home can be an overwhelming task. Decluttering is not throwing out random things. In fact, decluttering is about making space for what matters most. The best way to go about decluttering is through a structured and well-thought-out plan. 7 Step Home Decluttering Plan 1.      Identify clutter hotspots. Look around your house and find those spaces that are most cluttered. Tackle each of these spaces on separate days. Shelves, counter tops, tabletops, and other flat surfaces are the most common hot spots. Make lists. You need to create four lists. One for all the items that you need to keep at home, one for all those that can be put in storage, one for all the items that you can sell or donate and one for the items that need to go in the trash. These lists give you more […]

  • 15 Decluttering Tips to Make Your Home More Productive and Efficient

    15 Decluttering Tips to Make Your Home More Productive and Efficient

    One of the most difficult, yet most necessary things you can do in your life is to declutter. It requires a lot of willpower, time, patience, and organisational prowess. This post will provide you with some pointers on how to start decluttering your home if you are looking for some advice on minimalism. Is there a best approach to decluttering? We have put together 15 definite decluttering steps that will help improve the productivity and efficiency of your home design. You can make space for all the new projects you have planned by using these suggestions. 1. Create an Inventory Take an inventory of your home’s contents before you begin any significant decluttering projects. Include every piece of furniture, piece of art, trinket, book, item of clothing, etc. in this. What you discover may surprise you. 2. Browse Every Room Begin in the areas where you spend the most time. Principles of minimalism teach us to examine every object in each room to determine which ones you really need. After that, store them or donate them. 3. Have a Plan Before you start, plan. Select the items you want to keep, sell, donate, or throw away. Determine whether there are any locations you would like to store objects. It is a lot easier to declutter when you have a visual representation of where you need to get started. 4. Start Small If you are new to decluttering, you can slowly build momentum with just five minutes a day. When decluttering, start small. Choose a room or one part of your home, like your kitchen counter, and take a photo of a small area. Quickly clean off the items in the photo and take an after photo. Once you see how your home could look, it becomes easier to keep yourself motivated and declutter more of your home. 5. Seek Assistance Having someone clear up your clutter might be quite beneficial. Find out if your friends, relatives, roommates, co-workers, and neighbours are eager to lend a hand. It may even be wise to hire professional help in decluttering your home, cleaning your closest and making your living space more comfortable. 6. Set Up Storage Once you have determined what you want to preserve and what you do not, set up storage systems and a location to keep them. Use your garage, walls, shelves, baskets, bins, and boxes. Be on the lookout for furniture that also convert into storage pieces, these items can save space and help you put away decorative/seasonal items. 7. Clear Out Every Space After you have chosen a location to store everything, clean out every available space. Discard outdated books, magazines, clothes, toys, and other items. Sort them out into different piles such as Donate-Throwaway-Keep, once you have identified which items fall under each of those piles, you can begin clearing them away. 8. Maintain Order Group comparable goods together in storage. Keep your paper towels, cleaning supplies, and other items organised, for instance. Acrylic storage containers are among the strongest and most adaptable storage solutions for every room in the house. They also stack to maximise storage space and are available in a wide range of sizes. They can be used for accessories, shoes, or sweaters in any room of the house, including the closet, pantry, laundry room, and refrigerator. 9. Donate Items After you have finished giving or discarding stuff, let others know. Inform your loved ones, close friends, neighbours, and co-workers. They might find it useful to know they can borrow from you in the future. A lot of charities will take donations of second-hand goods. Examples include Goonj and Red Cross. 10. Be realistic Giving stuff away is not always simple. Asking yourself these questions can help you determine whether anything belongs there or not. Is it beneficial? Does it make me happy? Will I utilise it once more? 11. Sell Unwanted Items It is simple to put off fixing items, like that watch that needs a new band or that pair of clothes that need to be hemmed, in the hope that you will find the time to do so eventually. If you do not get to it within 30 days, it is time to let them go. Check your local Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, yard sales, and classified advertising. 12. Store Extra Clothing Only put on what fits properly, and after wearing additional clothing, hang it up to dry. Peek at your closet to see if there are any items that do not fit or look decent. Then arrange the clothing according to brand, season, size, style, and colour. 13. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Old Items For optimum usage of your items and not buying the latest items until the old ones are gone from your home, we recommend you use the 3 Rs of waste management – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reduce means to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Reusing means finding new uses for items that would otherwise be discarded. Recycling is the process of converting something old and useless (such as plastic milk jugs) into something new and useful stationary holders etc. Rather than buying latest items, consider reusing old ones. Think about recycling old items like rugs, t-shirts, plastic bags, and cardboard boxes. Recycling is one of the best ways to reduce waste and save money; find recycling facilities near you. This is a simple action you can take. Use reusable bags when shopping, store leftovers in containers, and recycle bottles and cans. 14. Consider Purchasing Used Goods Purchasing used goods might occasionally be more cost-effective than purchasing brand-new goods. But make sure you invest in durable, high-quality goods. 15. Purchase Fewer Goods Purchasing less stuff reduces the amount of clutter in your home. Additionally, rather than searching through mountains of pointless goods, you will have more time to spend with your loved ones. The objective is to take your first step toward decluttering your life with joy, regardless of the decluttering tip you select to get started – whether […]

  • Quotes that Could Empower You to Declutter Anything!

    Quotes that Could Empower You to Declutter Anything!

    1. “Having too much of anything results in chaos, confusion and clutter.” ― Geralin Thomas- Author of Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets. Source: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/decluttering 2. “If you’re not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You’re not going to start using it more by shoving it in a closet somewhere.” ― Joshua Becker – Source: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/decluttering 3. “Our habit to accumulate and to cling to clutter is often representative of practices we’ve adopted to protect or sooth ourselves.” ― Mary Vraa – Author of PopUpPurge™ Release Midlife Clutter & Reclaim Inner Clarity Source: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/decluttering 4. “Another thing we must recognize about clutter is that it’s active. Even if it is just sitting there on a shelf or buried in a box, clutter is actively working in our lives.” ― Kathi Lipp – Author of Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space Source:  https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/decluttering 5. “Declutter your mind, your heart, your home. Let go of the heaviness that is weighing you down. Make your life simple, but significant.” ― Maria De Fillo Source: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/decluttering 6.“Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.” ― Marie Kondō Author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Source: https://www.fillingthejars.com/declutter-quotes/ 7. “When we disperse storage of a particular item throughout the house and tidy one place at a time, we can never grasp the overall volume and therefore can never finish. To escape this negative spiral, tidy by category, not by place.” ― Marie Kondō – Author of Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up Source: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/decluttering (Environment can have an impact on your physical or emotional health if you have ever felt uneasy in a space. Be attentive about creating spaces that feel cosy, welcome, and settled before the external clutter starts to negatively affect your mental state and that of your visitors.) 8. “All you need to do is take the time to sit down and examine each item you own, decide whether you want to keep or discard it, and then choose where to put what you keep.” ― Marie Kondō (Getting rid of clutter takes time. It is a process, and frequently one that calls for both inspiration and motivation in equal measure.) 9. “You never have to throw away that which you never buy”- UNKNOWN- Source: https://organisemyhouse.com/clutter-quotes/ (It can be difficult to accept—especially if you are a shopaholic—but it is important to realise that buying less means maintaining your home with fewer possessions.) 10. “Make space in your life for what matters”-UNKNOWN Source: https://organisemyhouse.com/clutter-quotes/ (– You must make that space available, whether it is in the form of physical space (such as clearing the messy garage to establish a gym or craft area) or mental space (such as freeing up your hectic day to allow for developing a new business). 11. “Collect moment, not things”-UNKNOWN Source: https://organisemyhouse.com/clutter-quotes/ (Things break, only endure a fleeting time, and are often forgotten when something new comes along (this is especially true for children’s toys). Yet, great memories of life experiences can last a lifetime. Consider the past few years. Do you remember exactly what you received for Christmas, or are your memories of the day itself more vivid? This in and of itself is a terrific way to think when trying to declutter because you not only save money by buying less, but also spend less time maintaining things, giving you more time and money to focus on creating those lifelong memories.) 12. “Minimalism isn’t about removing things you love. It is about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.”- Joshua Becker- Author of “The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life” Source: https://www.veranda.com/home-decorators/g32031382/decluttering-cleaning-quotes/ 13. “Having a simplified, uncluttered home is a form of self-care.” – Emma Scheib Source: https://www.veranda.com/home-decorators/g32031382/decluttering-cleaning-quotes/ 14. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” -Joshua Becker (Author of “The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life “) Source: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/inspirational-quotes-decluttering-36638725 (It takes more than simply purchasing new furnishings or decor to create a house that you enjoy. You need a clean slate before you can create that space (and life)! Find out what you can get rid of before adding anything new if you need a fresh start in any area of your life. You might be pleasantly surprised by how rested you are!) 15. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –  William Morris (Discarding excess clutter and the emotional baggage it holds can be freeing) Source: https://www.fillingthejars.com/declutter-quotes/ 16. “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fuelled by procrastination.” —Christina Scalise (Author of “Organize Your Life and More”) Source: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/inspirational-quotes-decluttering-36638725 (When you look at the clutter, it is simple to only see the material things that have gathered in your pantry, closet, or cabinets. Yes, the clutter itself can be a pain. The true problem with clutter, though, lies underneath the surface. Your motivation to go up can come from realising that the clutter in your home is the result of unfinished business and, ultimately, procrastination). 17. “Under the influence of clutter, we may underestimate how much time we’re giving to the less important stuff.” —Zoë Kim (Author of “Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life “) Source: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/inspirational-quotes-decluttering-36638725 (Have you ever considered how clutter affects your home in ways other than just taking up space? You might be motivated to spend some time decluttering if you realise that having needless goods around would also mean squandering time on time-wasting activities) 18. “The question of what you want to own is also the question of how you want to live your life.” —Marie Kondo (Author of […]

  • 5 Creative Craft Room Organization Ideas 

    5 Creative Craft Room Organization Ideas 

    Crafting does not come easy for everyone. For some people, making art takes practice. Others struggle with finding the perfect tools for their projects. Still, others are limited by lack of space. With all those factors in mind, it is no wonder why many crafters keep everything in disarray. However, with a little organisation, you will find yourself spending less time rummaging around for what you need and more time creating. Here are five super tips for organising your craft supplies 1. Have a designated spot for each type of project  This way, you will not waste precious time searching for materials that are not necessary for your current project. Make sure there are separate sections and holders for items like brushes, paints, fabrics, and larger equipment. Focusing your energies and keeping clutter away in your craft room gives better creative inspiration.  2. Keep small items like beads and buttons in a separate container  You do not want them cluttering up your work area. Furthermore, it is so much easier to find these tiny items when you are looking for them in the midst of a creative wave. Also, remember to label bins and drawers to help you easily identify what goes inside. This way you can easily clear up after you are done with your craft session.   3. Use Pegboard Shelves to build vertical storage  You can easily transform a plain piece of plywood into a stylish shelf by painting it black and attaching wooden brackets to hold your favourite books, magazines, knickknacks, and collectables. If you are lucky enough to have access to a basement or attic, consider converting it into a workshop/craft room. This is one of the cheapest ways to add additional storage space. Additionally, since your shelves are located above floor level, you will not have to worry about tripping over boxes while you are trying to find what you need.  4. Create A Homemade Storage Rack with An Old Crate  This project is simple, inexpensive and requires minimal tools. All you need is an old crate, wood glue and screws. First, cut the sides off the crate. Then attach the sides to the bottom of the crate using wood glue and screws. Finally, fill the inside of the crate with whatever supplies you want to store. You can also use other big baskets and containers to hold larger pieces of craft equipment.  5. Repurpose an Old Dresser for Fabric Scraps  If you are looking for a place to stash your fabric scraps to use for your craft sessions later, look no further than the bottom drawer of your dresser. Bottom drawers are the least accessible parts of a dresser and hence least used too. This makes them ideal for storage of craft scraps. You can also use it to put things you will need with the fabric craft you are making, like scissors, small sewing machine needles, and thread. Nothing could be worse than having those tools lying around.  For many creative types, the idea of having a full craft room might seem like a dream come true. You do not have to look beyond items in your home for some inspiration. These simple and fast tips will help you create time for your passion and keep your craft room always clutter-free. 

  • 5 Ingenious Ways to Store Your Grocery Bags Between Trips 

    5 Ingenious Ways to Store Your Grocery Bags Between Trips 

    The coronavirus outbreak has forced people into some pretty drastic measures, including working from home. Although the one thing that has remained unchanged is that people still love shopping. Even if you are limited in your shopping trips, you can still be going for your groceries.  What happens to all those bags when you have finished shopping? You can store them anywhere you like, but if they’re not stored in an organized fashion, you may end up with a full house of bags. You can use these five ingenious methods to store your shopping bags while they wait for the next grocery run. Read on to learn how to avoid a total food grocery bag avalanche.  1. Organise by categories Organising your bags by category will help you find the items you need quickly. You can group together distinct types of bags such as cloth bags and small zip-top bags, or you can combine large plastic bags into one big bag. Doing this will help you avoid wasting your time and energy while ensuring you have everything you need for the task.  2. Park in the Car  Most people would store the grocery bags under the sink or in a garage/basement if they had one. You should also store your bags in the trunk of your vehicle. It will ensure that you remember them when you go shopping for groceries. You can keep two sets of bags; one that can be left behind when you take one set of bags with you for shopping.  3. Repurpose a tissue box  We learn a genius technique from Melissa from Polished Habits for reusing plastic grocery bag. She cuts open a tissue box and attaches it to a cabinet door with a double-sided tape. Then, she fills it up with plastic bags. You can do the exact same thing with empty wipes containers or other pull-out boxes. If you need a plastic bag for any reason, pull one out of its box just like a tissue would be pulled from its box.  4. Buy or make a special basket/ holder  Sew together leftover scraps of fabric to make a cute pouch for storing all your plastic bags. You can alternatively purchase a metal catch-all bin or a container to store your bags. You can put the bags into distinct types of containers according to their categories and label them clearly so that you will be able to find them easily.  5. Use an old shoe box:  You can also use a shoe box instead of a regular storage bin. It is easy to cut holes in either side of the box so you may easily access the bags within. Remember to keep the box clean because it will get dirty over time. You can easily stack these boxes and label them if you have too many to manage.  Hopefully, with these tips, you will have a clutter-free area in your home where you can access your plastic bags and grocery bags easily.          

  • Five Ways to Organise Reusable Bags and save the environment 

    Five Ways to Organise Reusable Bags and save the environment 

    Organise is one of those words you hear about every day but do not pay too much attention to. Once you learn what it really means, though, you will start seeing its usage everywhere.  Organising is the process of putting things in order. You already organise things daily, in a filing cabinet or a closet, a drawer or even a computer. The word organisation itself derives from the Latin root organizare, which means “arrange or set in order or a system.”  If you are thinking about organising something, you could start to create order by laying things down flat, sorting them into piles, labelling them, or stacking them up. That is what we will show you in this guide to organise your reusable bags.  You may be familiar with the term reusable. You may have seen signs asking you to carry your own bags when you go shopping, only to realise that they have in fact left them at home. Reusable shopping bags can be used for multiple purposes. They are not meant to be single-use items; rather, they are meant to be used over and again. They are great for people who shop frequently and care about the environment. Some stores also offer incentives for bringing your own bags when you shop.  To help you use these reusable bags, here’s some useful advice for organising your bags so you don’t forget them when you go shopping.  1. Keep your reusable bags with items you pick last while stepping out If you grab your keys last, make sure there is a pegboard near your key holder where you store your reusable bags. If it is shoes or jackets that you go for at the end, keep your bags stacked inside your jacket closet.  2. Park your reusable bags  You can store your reusable bags in the back of your car if you want to make sure they are always available. However, it is important to remember that most reusable bags that are made from cloth or jute can get dirty by being left in the car. Wash them frequently to keep them germ-free.  3. Invest in a micro-bag  This bag is ideal for those who live in an urban area and do not need to store their groceries at their house. You can use it for shopping trips around the neighbourhood, errands, and everyday use. This small bag holds approximately two kilograms of groceries and has a convenient handle and shoulder straps. You can even carry it in your handbag or car’s glove compartment.  4. Consider long term storage for high quality reusable bags:  Sort your bags into distinct categories according to their usage and keep them in the right place. You can choose from various high-quality bags according to your needs and preferences. It would be wise to store your occasional usage bags at an appropriate self storage facility, where you can retrieve them whenever needed. It is not necessary to keep them at home or expose them to dust and moisture.  5. Assign a Storage cabinet:  In many homes, a storage cabinet serves as the go-to solution when it comes to all spare items. Items such as empty plastic containers, reusable bags and other sundries which are used frequently find their way here. A helpful tip is that you should keep a list of items in the storage cupboard and post it on the inside of the door for everyone to see.  You will never forget your reusable bags ever again, and they will be put to best use while saving our environment. 

  • 15 Home Organising Tips You Wish You Knew All Along 

    15 Home Organising Tips You Wish You Knew All Along 

    The fifteen best home organising ideas  Some people find it difficult to organise their time and resources effectively. Do not feel bad if you are one of those individuals; you are certainly not alone. You may be tempted to procrastinate about organising things at home, but it’s important to remember that if you don’t get started now, you won’t ever get there. Nevertheless, there are ways to ease the burden of organising. Here are fifteen simple organizing tips from experts to help get rid of clutter finally.  1. Start small  Organising is not easy, but starting small helps ease the process. Organise one drawer or shelf at a time and focus on getting things done quickly. Once you have completed one project, you will notice the benefits of having a well-organised space, and you will want to tackle another area.  2. Create a schedule  You should not attempt to accomplish too much at one time. Instead, break down larger tasks into smaller ones and set aside specific times for each one. In this manner, you will not lose interest and quit midway. You should set realistic deadlines for yourself and remember that perfectionism can lead to procrastination. Remember to reward yourself for accomplishing the task.  3. Use colour coding  Colour-coding items make sorting faster and easier, and it gives you visual cues to remind yourself what belongs where. You can use different colours for different categories, or you can choose a single colour and label every item within that category. Either way, colour-coded systems are great for beginners since they provide instant feedback.  4. Before you can get the clutter out, you must stop it from coming in  People are often surprised by how many unsolicited items arrive at their home each day. They may think it’s just one thing, but it could be anything from junk mail or catalogues to unwanted gifts or items that they bought online and realised they don’t need. Nevertheless, there are a variety of different methods by which we receive unnecessary things. As more things pile up, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of everything, which can lead to errors. Make sure you think thrice before allowing any item into your home. Ask yourself:  Do I really need this item?  When will I use it?  Can I do without it?  5. Keep it clean  Cleanliness is the pre-cursor to organisation. Make sure your home is free of dust and unwanted stuff, so you have room to work. Cleaning out drawers and closets from time to time will also help you get organised by:  Shred away all unnecessary paperwork.  Throw old stuff that you no longer use.  Donate items that are in good condition but have outlived utility for your household.   6. Don’t forget the Fridge  The kitchen is often regarded as one of the most important spaces in the home, but it does not usually make sense to keep everything in the kitchen. People throw away a lot of food because they do not know where else they can store it. You do not have to throw out perfectly good food. You can channel your inner Alice in Wonderland by having an “Eat Me First!” fridge bin. Depending on how long you plan to keep the food, you can store it in different ways. For example, if you intend to consume the food within a few days, then you can put it in the refrigerator. If you plan to keep it longer, then you can freeze it. You should store perishable foods in air-tight containers. You should also use cling film to cover food items before they are frozen.  7. Get Ice-novative  If you have ever had trouble finding something small in your home, chances are it is because there is no place to put it. This is where unused ice trays come in. These handy containers come in different sizes and shapes and allow you to store items individually without wasting space. They make organising easy by keeping all your smaller items neatly together like beads, buttons, small jewellery, old Diwali decorations, or tiny craft pieces, which will otherwise be scattered across the house. The best part is, that ice cube trays are also neatly stackable and take minimum space in a drawer or cupboard.   8. See shapes, not things  “You don’t have to buy expensive organising tools to organise your home. There are many ways to use what you already have.  While organising, think about the shape of your items. Shoes go toe to heel instead of next to each other. That makes it easier to find a specific pair.”  says Schae Lewis, founder of Mission 2 Organise. She points out that if you have groups of related items—like shoes in the bedroom or wine glasses in the kitchen—look at how to fit the objects together rather than just putting them side by side.   9. Make full use of the boxes  Old boxes and containers come in handy all the time because you can use them to hold related items. All makeup items go into one box, all sports accessories into another, and so on. This makes it easier to look for items when you need them. Another significant advantage is that you completely put away a box for medium or long term storage if you know that it will not be used for a while. For example, if you are not going swimming for the entire winter season, you can put the swimming box into a self storage facility and retrieve it only in the summers.   10. Get creative with spaces  Is there any extra storage inside your house that you are missing? Under beds, behind doors, inside cabinets and drawers or if you have a garage, basement, or attic – you can always find extra storage space to optimise. Take advantage of unused wall space, such as shelves, hooks, and pegboards.   11. Make smart choices  When buying new storage solutions, consider ways to maximise storage and optimise the use of […]