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  • 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 […]

  • Decluttering Life – What to Keep, Store, and Dispose of

    Decluttering Life – What to Keep, Store, and Dispose of

    You have heard us mention decluttering before, but what does that entail? Why should you care? Your health, productivity, and even your relationships can all improve when you declutter your home or place of business. When you declutter, you get rid of the things that are no longer useful to you. This implies that clearing out the clutter in your home and life will make space for fresh possibilities and encounters. Additionally, you will have more time and room to concentrate on crucial aspects, such as family, friends, and personal development. It is not necessary to get rid of everything you own when decluttering. Some objects can be kept, while others can be donated. Here is how to choose and organise your clutter without going over budget or wasting too much time. Keep: Items that are Useful in your Daily Life The average Indian household produces a lot of waste every single day. However, you are not needed to toss away everything you do not use frequently as part of your decluttering effort. How to decide what to keep is as follows: Keep a list of the things you possess and lack. Record the items you use. Create a scrapbook with your favourite pictures. Store the souvenirs that have special meaning for you. Get rid of anything that has lost its personal meaning for you. If you can, give your electronics a second chance. Once you have this pile sorted, replace them in your closet in an organised manner. Use drawer dividers and organisers to keep the clutter from re-emerging over a period.  Dispose of: Items that you no longer have a use for  Start by looking at the unneeded household items that are laying around if you want to declutter your home. Have you ever considered giving them to a worthy cause? For example, giving away your surplus furniture benefits both you and the people who get it; Thrift and second-hand stores often will collect your items from your home. Moreover, you will feel good about yourself knowing that you did something good by donating your old furniture rather than creating more waste. If you have a closet full of items you have not worn in weeks, months, or even years, why not give it away or create something else from it like scrap craft?  Put In Storage: Seasonal or Sentimental Items We keep things around because they make us happy in our homes. Whether it is a favourite blanket or a piece of furniture, we want to keep them. A good decluttering strategy to store such favourites is to use storage bins. For seasonal things like Christmas gifts or holiday decorations too, this technique works fantastically. What about sentimental objects, though? There are many which are either purchased on an impulse or gifted but are not functional. How do you choose which items to preserve and which to throw away? Here are some suggestions to aid you in organising your possessions. Arrange everything in one location – This helps you start with a clean slate. Make your way along the things that need to be given away or passed down. Classification – Place clothing next to books, for instance, and culinary materials close to the stove, among other things. Verify that there is enough space for everything – A storage bin can help you tidy your home in addition to being used for storing items. Make a list of what you want to keep – Make a list of everything that makes you happy or promotes your ideal way of life. You can always safely store the items that have value but are not used regularly in a Self-Storage facility. The rest can then be removed by going through the list. Take inventory – Once you have gone through everything, take stock of how much space you have left. Pro-tip: Try a “Maybe box” You can even consider making use of ‘maybe boxes’ to declutter one’s home. This is a powerful method to experience life without throwing anything right away. You are aware of what you do not want, but you could still desire it. “Maybe boxes” allow you experience life without something before deciding to throw it away permanently. Our homes tend to become cluttered quite naturally. In fact, according to a global Hygiene Home Truths Study, India is among the worst when it comes to hygiene. The study, 51% of Indian domestic surfaces were unsatisfactory and very bacterially polluted. This implies that we have excess clutter without even realising it. We frequently lose track of items’ origins or how they came to be in our homes. Cleaning out extra stuff and classifying them should be the first step in decluttering your home. After completing that, you can choose whether these items belong in your home or not.

  • Spring Cleaning Tips

    Spring Cleaning Tips

    For the people in the Northern Hemisphere of the world, this is a cheerful time of the season. They are straddled between the cold freezing winters which are on their way out and the blazing hot summers which are on their way in. Flowers are blooming everywhere. It is neither too hot nor too cold. The weather is perfect. With this change of seasons comes the time to stow away woolens and other winter material that is no longer needed in the upcoming months. Many call it ‘spring cleaning’ and it makes for a beautiful ritual to celebrate this light and cheerful time of the year. If you feel the call to declutter your home and clean up your wardrobe in preparation for the lighter, hotter weather, then below are a few tips to help you with each room: Tips for spring cleaning in each room In the kitchen Organize cupboards and cabinets. Line them up with newspapers or non-printed paper. Clean out the fridge and throw out all expired items Scrub the floor and counters clean In the garage (or storeroom) Hang bikes if possible Sweep the floor Go through your toolbox and decide what to ditch and what to keep Organize the boxes and stack them neatly Replace old lightbulbs with energy-efficient ones In the bathroom Polish the mirror and faucets Clean the floors and bath Sanitize the sink and toilet Scour the shower and tub. If the water is hard, you can clean the shower head with vinegar to make the water flow better. Keep it dipped in the solution for a while. In the bedroom Wipe your wardrobe clean and line them with paper (newspapers work very well) Sweep under the rugs and bed Sort through your clothes and decide which ones you want to keep Bedsheets, pillowcases, and blankets go to the laundry to be replaced by fresh ones Go through your medicine box/ cabinet and throw out expired medications In the living room Clean the windows Keep old newspapers and magazines in the trash and then sell them off to the kabari waala Dust ceiling fans and table surfaces Deep clean the carpet After you are done tackling all of the rooms, there is only one step left to do: Book a self storage unit An odd tip for many people since they are used to stashing clothes and objects in bed boxes and closets. However, you would have come across lots of items collected during last winters or the years before which you no longer need (lehengas that you bought during the Oct-Dec wedding season, pashmina shawls you receive as gifts, a combination of both that you have collected over the years, etc.) By employing the services of a self storage facility for household goods storage you can bring about a significant change in the way that your house feels. It can make your home feel so much more uncluttered and as a result, spacious and peaceful. If you bought multiple heaters for each room during winters, then you can store these at the facility and not stash them above your cupboard. If you are relocating, downsizing, or renting your home (because you are going for a long vacation or your kids are moving away for college), then you can shift your items to the facility and make the moving process hassle-free. If you are putting up your house for sale, then cleaning up and putting your possessions in a self-storage facility, will help to create more space which will, in turn, present your house in the best light to potential buyers. If there are items that you don’t need now but would need later- for eg. a baby’s crib- they can go in self-storage as well and not take up precious space in your storeroom for the next 2-3 years. In short, self-storage acts as the perfect counterpart for your spring cleaning process. A unit, no matter how small, will act as a personal goods storage space and help to give a fresh feel to your house- just like this season feels. So go ahead and book a unit for yourself now!