Friday, 27 January 2017

Nine points to stay motivated and positive

 Have you experienced days where you wake up groggy and grumpy and feel generally lost? Yes I have seen such days and mind you, many such days. Nothing feels right, everything seems out of control and generally everything is overwhelming. The worst is I feel sapped of positivity, creative energy and inspiration etc.

The momentum needs to come from within. Yes motivation isn’t out there. No person or place can motivate you. You need to do it for yourself.

So I thought of writing few points to stay up and about and put together at most times. Here’s what can be done:

Friday, 30 December 2016

Ten tips for a well organised and decluttered house

Having a mess free, well organised house is an ever elusive dream for many. It is that coveted position that many can’t really reach. To add to the chaos there are endless videos on: My daily cleaning routine, 30 ideas to a well organised kitchen, Cleaning hacks etc..

Now these videos raise the bar so high that it puts many on a guilt trip. Hence I thought of writing a blog doing a reality check. The fact that you are even reading this article means there are chances that you are either grappling with organising your home or are looking for some motivation to do so.

1.   Set realistic goals:
Please do not set your standard so high that they cannot be met. A lot depends on which your life cycle, routine, responsibilities and the actual time spent in your house. If you have toddlers and babies in the house, your priority is to ensure they are safe, well fed and looked after and NOT really having a well organised house. If you spend several hours out of the house I wonder how much time can be dedicated in organisation/cleaning etc. If you have all grown up in the house and well abiding to a routine then perhaps you have a higher chance of having a neat, clean and well organised house.
So the point being do not get carried away with fancy videos, one doesn’t know what mess lies behind the cameras!

2.   Consistency:
A well organised home is the result of consistency and not one off effort. Small things like dedicating a place for every item and ensuring each item reaches its designated place after use, goes a long way in keeping a well organised house. This done consistently gives results.

3.   Routine:
Setting a routine, be it daily cleaning, spring cleaning, purging etc.. are important in getting that very well organised home. Do not expect to have an organised home if you keep on buying things at every sale/offer or whimsically. New things need extra space in your house. It’s a good idea to be mindful of the shopping. Decide if the product is really needed or perhaps is just good to have. Do you have space for it? If not what items will you give away to create space? Yes purging and creating space need to be at regular intervals.

4.   Use organisers:
Many innovative organisers are available in the market use these to help you de clutter. Things like shelf organisers, drawer organiser, make-up organisers, toy storage towers etc.. Look and you will find many fancy options.
Above: Using bins and boxes to organise toys

5.   Back-ups and storage:
These are often overlooked. Buying in bulk sure saves money, but do you really have the place to store bulk. E.g.: in our tiny Mumbai homes do you really have the place to store 30 kgs of rice for a family of 4? Can’t we buy grocery on monthly basis instead of yearly? Similarly if there is a baby in the house; do we need to have 6/7 large packs of diapers? Will buying just 2 packs help? Same goes for extra detergents, soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes etc. We need to find out those little things we do mindlessly that adds up to excess items in the house.

6.   Rotation of seasonal things:
Rotation of seasonal things like sweaters, blankets, umbrellas, ponchos and raincoats etc. help a lot in getting the home to look organised. Storing the seasonal items when not in use makes way for that added space that can be used for day to day use items. E.g. Umbrellas, raincoats etc can be stored away in the loft during the winters. Similarly thick blankets, sweaters etc can be stored away during the summers.

7.   Stacking and clubbing:
Stacking and clubbing are storage tricks that help to give a clutter free look. I have given an example of my son’s toy shelf. The way things are stacked gives it a feel of well organised shelf. Similarly here is another picture of his clothes shelf. I have clubbed all Indian clothes in one pile, the pants in one pile, the t-shirts in another pile and formals in yet another pile and night clothes in a separate pile. And within these the clothes that are seldom used are stored at the back of the cupboard. This helps in utilising storage space well.
Above: Indian clothes are stacked in the extreme left, followed by formal pants, followed by T-shirts, followed by night clothes.

8.   Planning:
Writing the above points brings me to another important aspect that is planning. All above points make is so clear that planning is a very important tool that everyone can benefit from in decluttering mind space and home space. So please use it liberally.
  •          Chalk out your week,
  •          Note down weekly/daily requirements
  •          Draw a weekly/monthly cleaning, purging routine
  •          Mark out special events like festivals, birthday, party invitations etc
  •          Have a shopping routine and the list ready a day in advance

The success of the plan lies in following the plan to the T. A few one off things can be taken into the stride. But by and large plan everything and try and fit in contingencies.

9.   Fragrance and candles:
Having a well scented room gives the illusion of an organised and clean house. Use these to your advantage. You do not have to go overboard spending on expensive room sprays/candles etc. Burning the humble uddbatti or dhoop or camphor does the trick. So try and it, these are also known to elevate one's mood.

10.               Do not stress:
Let those fancy videos and pictures not stress you. Don’t try to have a clutter free organised home at the cost of your health. Remember not everyone is good at everything. Perhaps clutter free, organised house is not even your priority. Do not go by the standards set by others. If a messy, cluttered house works for you; well then hey who is a Vlogger or a Blogger to tell you any other. The ultimate aim of ‘doing’ or ‘not doing’ something is happiness so go and find your own happiness.

Best wishes and happy decluttering OR cluttering.
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

School tiffin ideas

Cooking is an art and school tiffin in that gamut is a challenge to say the least. So many things come into play e.g.: The choice of menu, presentation, taste, nutritional value, palatable after about 4/5 hours of cooking etc.

Some children just do not eat home cooked food. They thrive on junk. While I do not have such a problem, my challenge is how NOT to repeat a menu. And that is a pressure created by my own self :)

Presenting a week's school tiffin ideas. This is picture heavy post. Those who expect recipes, sorry this post is just to give you an idea and not discuss recipes.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Diwali rangoli ideas

Diwali is just round the corner. You have hardly any time left to scout for Diwali designs and materials. 

I have compiled herein a few my rangoli designs from past Diwali seasons. Do let me know if you liked the designs. 

Incase any of these inspire you to explore the floor art yourself, do send me your pictures. I will be delighted to publish them in my next blog.

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Simple Kolam DIY

Click below to see an easy peasy DIY simple kolam. This kolam can be drawn in under 5 minutes. 

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