Holi is one festival which is eagerly awaited by children and adults alike. The pure joy of playing with gulaal, eating ghujia, and embracing near and dear ones with the greeting of ‘Happy Holi!’ makes this festival unlike any other.
It is the only day of the year when you have complete permission to be a child and chase after your friends with colors filled in your palms, throwing water balloons, or wetting them with a pichkari. And of course, being the target yourself later on.
In this piece, we are going to suggest an unconventional way to celebrate Holi: decluttering and self storing.
The symbolism of Holi
With its roots deep in Indian mythology, the Holi festival signifies new beginnings. It is celebrated at that time of the year when winter is fading out, and spring is settling down in the Indian subcontinent. As such, it is also an opportunity to revel in the departure of harsh winters and the arrival of pleasant and warm weather.
Another symbolic meaning of Holi is purification or the victory of good over evil. This meaning derives from the story about Prahlad and Holika and also gives us the name of the festival.
Holika was the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashyap. The king had been blessed with a boon that made him indestructible but also egoistic. He wanted the entire planet Earth to worship him. However, that would not be because his son, Prahlad, was a hardcore devotee of Lord Vishnu.
After his futile attempts of asking and threatening Prahlad multiple times to worship him, Hiranyakashyap came up with an evil tactic to destroy his son. He asked his sister, Holika, to sit in the fire with Prahlad in her lap. Holika herself had a boon which made her immune to the fire.
However, the plan backfired when Holika, who wasn’t supposed to burn, lost her life in the pyre, and Prahlad, who kept chanting Lord Vishnu’s name, was saved and unharmed.
Bringing the symbolism of Holi in your life
All of us are well-versed in celebrating Holi through colors, sweets, and celebrating with friends and family. But, there is another way to celebrate this festival that is aligned with its core principles and would also improve the overall quality of your life. That way is decluttering and self storing.
Before you frown or crunch your nose in distaste, consider this: at its roots, Holi is about new beginnings and purification. Cleaning stuff up and making way for the new. The easiest and most tangible way to do this? Declutter. And you can take the help of self-storage to do this, so you feel the difference at the end. There is one simple step:
Perform a spring cleaning ritual in your house and bring out all the stuff that you don’t need from the kitchen, the bedroom, and even the storeroom. Sell it off or donate it. And if you want to keep it for sentimental reasons or because it might be used someday, bring it to the self-storage facility and keep it there.
Other situations where self storage would be a savior for you:
- If you are relocating with the changing seasons and heading to the hills for the summers to leave the unbearable heat of the city (to give an example), or moving to the city to begin a new job, then you can keep all your furniture and other items in self-storage and find them safe and well-preserved when you come back.
- If you are renovating or extending your property with Holi as the shubh muhrat, move all your furniture and possessions to the facility where they will be looked after and won’t be susceptible to damage during the construction process.
- Downsizing. If you are taking ‘getting rid of inessentials’ very seriously and downsizing your home, business, and entire life, then a self-storage facility will be ideal for your personal and household goods storage.
You can easily make Holi the turning point in the overall quality of your life this year. The formula? Spring clean and self-store. You’ll be good to go.