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Top QTube Events for the Week (Oct 1-7)

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

The start of October brings with it the anticipation and excitement of the upcoming festival season, with the next few months leaning towards (hopefully) cooler weather, festivals, family, and of course, lots of food. And we’re looking forward to it all with our usual gusto and enthusiasm. So, to get it all started off, here’s a list of what the upcoming week looks like at the Cafe. So come on over, and get started on the right foot.

 

The School of Brilliance

The School of Brilliance announces family Constellation Facilitator workshop demo and therapy case study. Call 9320013458 or visit www.theschoolofbrilliance.com

Date: 1 October 2018

Time: 4 pm to 9 pm

Entry: Participation fees : 500/- and for therapy 1500/- to be paid at the venue

 

Dr. Rahul Sharma (AGEAC)

THE FOURTH DIMENSION - “Einstein’s theory of relativity” proved the existence of other dimensions, apart from this 3-D world. Several phenomena such as “LEVITATION”, “THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE” can only be explained by means of scientific gnostic doctrine. web-www.ageac.org/en or ph-9868453843

Date: 3 October 2018

Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

cre8designlife

“The ONLINE & OFFLINE BRIDGE BUILDING” – What online activities can boost your business? Does your business need to go Online? What are the offline activities that I can do to create my brand awareness? How can I build the bridge between my online and offline activities to grow my business? Who should attend? Business Owners, Home Run Businesses, Startups, Old Businesses (Eligible for Transformation), Professionals

Date: 4 October 2018

Time: 10 am to 3 pm

Entry: Rs. 270/-

 

Empire Educare

Boost Your Business with YouTube, Udemy, Skillshare etc. Learn how to create engaging, trending videos for your business or self to achieve growth and profit.
Understand what goes behind the scenes and how you can take a pie of this ever growing online world.

Date: 5 October 2018

Time: 5 pm to 7:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

That Was Funny

Come Watch Comedy Bloom in Adulthood As Some New and Some Established Funny People Take You On a Laughter Ride With Their Freshest Material.

Date: 5 October 2018

Time: 7:45 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Dori – A Thread Art

Come and learn Crochet, the ethnic thread and needlework technique that will help you design fancy Jewellery for this Navratri.

Date: 6 October 2018

Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Entry: Rs. 300/-

 

YWCA of Bombay

A meeting of like-minded girls and women to interact and share and exchange views and listen to speakers who will speak on leadership by Marita and personality development by Jasmine

Date: 6 October 2018

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Irshaad

Irshaad – 17th Poetry Open Mic – No Entry Charges!! Free & open for all. Any Language…Any Genre…We are all ears :)  BUT Specifically – NO Bad Words or Hate Speech would be tolerated.

Date: 6 October 2018

Time: 4 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Averti

HEROES – a community of men. These are the offline workshops for the members of HEROES who focus on HEALTH, CAREER, RELATIONSHIPS and SELF GROWTH

Date: 7 October 2018

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Entry: FREE

 

India Raelian Movement

Transmission and Gathering for anyone who wish to get it done. This is the day, the Elohim, took Rael up in a spacecraft in 1975 and the following day had meals with Jesus, Buddha, and other past religious figures. To know more about Transmission read the book Intelligent Design. Download the book and read page 236 and 356 to understand what Transmission means – http://www.rael.org/download.php

Date: 7 October 2018

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm

Entry: FREE

 

PoShaK

PoShaK invites Poets, Shayars, Kavis and all lovers of poetry to its 7th edition of Poetry Open Mic. We have 4 curated slots of Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and English poets. There are 20 open mic slots (To register, express your interest to read/recite/ perform on the Facebook event page). Language, topic and format are no bars as long as the work is original.

Date: 7 October 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Entry: Rs. 100/-

 

Have a great week and see you soon!

5 Great Sci-Fi Authors of Our Generation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

If you’re one to dive straight into the fantastical, then science fiction, or sci-fi as it’s commonly called, is the genre for you. With action, drama, and technology all thrown in together, alongwith a heavy dose of space, time travel, and maybe even some robots, an interesting read is pretty much guaranteed.

Here’s a list of 5 great authors in the one genre that basically covers all genres within it.

 

1. Isaac Isamov

The king of the fantastic, Isaac Isamov will not only make you love robots, but fear them too. Though he was a professor by profession, he devoted quite a bit of time and energy towards his novels, and ended up publishing over 500 books throughout his career.

Image source - Encyclopedia Britannica

Image source – Encyclopedia Britannica

 

2. Arthur C. Clarke

Called the “Prophet of the Space Age”, Arthur Clarke is not only a multiple award winner, but also beloved author of one of the all time classics. And if you have read The Space Odyssey, go now. Seriously, go read it now.

Image source - Telegraph.uk

Image source – Telegraph.uk

 

3. H.G. Wells

Ok, so we’re cheating with this one (because he’s technically not of this generation), but then again, he’s too good not to mention. With classics like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds under his belt, is it any wonder why we’re bending the rules for him? For many, his books were the first introduction to the fantastical and wild.

Image source - Famous Biographies

Image source – Famous Biographies

 

4. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, is one of the most prolific writers of the 21st Century. He has also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. The Martian Chronicles is another of his beloved works.

Image source - firewireblog.com

Image source – firewireblog.com

 

5. William Gibson

New age sci-fi is all about technology and the rise of the information age, and Gibson is the one who took on the challenge of that integration absolutely seamlessly. His novels set the stage for the coming of the internet, and how all encompassing and involved virtual realities are. Interesting fact – he’s also the credited with coining the term ‘cyberspace’.

Image source - Amazon UK

Image source – Amazon UK

 

Happy Reading!

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 1)

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Isn’t it an awkward struggle to hunt for a table or some other such surface near a plug point every time you want to charge your phone? You can’t possibly leave your phone just hanging off the charger wire, can you? Well, of course not. But instead of constantly searching for supporting furniture, wouldn’t it be great if your charger itself could hold your mobile up? Ah yes, the stuff dreams are made of.

But wait. What if we told you that not only was it possible, it was also completely doable from upcycling stuff you probably have lying around the house? Don’t believe us? Too good to be true? No, no. We’re very serious. This week’s DIY (and next week’s too) is on how to make a mobile charger holder meant to hang on to your phone while it charges. The first method, which we’re doing this week, show’s you how to do from a regular plastic shampoo or bath wash bottle. And it’s super simple too!

 

Method 1 – Plastic Shampoo Bottle

Image source - Easy Life Hacks

Image source – Easy Life Hacks

 

What you need:

1. Old, wide plastic bottle (shampoo or large hand wash works fine)

2. Scissors

3. Marker

4. Washi tape (or whatever other method you want to use to decorate it)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the selected bottle and remove the sticker from both sides, then ensure that it is completely washed and dried out.

 

Step 2

Take the marker and create a horizontal line across the width of the bottle about three-fourths of the way up the bottle. Then, create an extra handle-like protrusion on one of the wider sides, above the line you just drew.

Image source - Fab How

Image source – Fab How

 

Step 3

Take your scissors and carefully cut along the line you just drew. Now placing your charger base against the extra protrusion, mark out its size. Cut along (from the inside) of this section.

Image source - wikiHow

Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

All that’s left now is to cover the bottle with washi tape (or wrapping paper, or colored paper, paint, markers, or whichever way you want to decorate it). And there you have it! You’re all set with your brand new mobile charger holder.

Image source - So Creative Things

Image source – So Creative Things

 

Come back next Monday to see the second easy method to make your very own upcycled mobile phone charger holder. Hint Hint – Whether crafting is in your genes or not, it can definitely be in your jeans!

Top QTube Events of the Week (Sep 24-30)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

In the immortal words of Green Day, “Wake me up when September ends.” And guess what? Just like that, September has brought along its last week. We don’t know what you’ve got planned for the week, but this is what we’re going to be up to. So why not join us for an event or two?

 

Vinspire Training and Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.

Mothers today are addicted to social media be it whatsapp, facebook, insta or twitter but do you know you are being stalked! It is so important to understand the correct saftey measures to make sure you are safe online. Tips to avoid hacking and other cyber crimes! Welcome to this insightful journey!

Date: 26 September 2018

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Entry: Rs. 600/-

 

Dr. Rahul Sharma (AGEAC)

THE FOURTH DIMENSION - “Einstein’s theory of relativity” proved the existence of other dimensions, apart from this 3D world. Several phenomenas such as LEVITATION, the BERMUDA TRIANGLE, ETC. ETC can only be explained by means of this doctrine. Details-www.ageac.org/en or call-9868453843

Date: 26 September 2018

Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

cre8designlife

Join us for a thought provoking session on “How to Consciously set intentions to achieve your dreams and goals.” Our focus will be on : What are intentions, Learn The Power of Intentions, Why intentions play an important role, Letting go of repeated instances and cycles in your life, Daily Techniques to use this power to achieve your dreams and goals. Who can attend: OPEN to all those who welcome change in their lives. Pre-Registration is mandatory, no walkins. Doors Open at 10.00am
Register on the link – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/setting-conscious-intentions-to-achieve-your-dreams-free-to-attend-tickets-50037290884

Date: 27 September 2018

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Toybank- The Opentree Foundation

Toybank promotes development through play for underprivileged children. This event is organized to bring people together to learn and play different board games and understand the Power of Play!

Date: 27 September 2018

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Empire Educare

This workshop will help you learn the technical and fundamental aspect of youtube. You can build your own brand or your business by creating videos for YouTube.

Date: 28 September 2018

Time: 5 pm to 7:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

The Funny Room

Do you have some hidden talents that you’ll like to bring it out in the open? Have you been scribbling in your diary with lots of ideas? Does the spotlight intrigue you? Then it’s time you take the stage with an open mic night! But, if you’re still not so confident, you alwats can be inspired by others. The experienced comics coming in will definitely motivate you. The Funny Room’s Stand Up – Open mic is where you should be.

Date: 28 September 2018

Time: 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Quantum

Path To Profit is our opportunity to interact with you and understand your investment needs. We travel across various cities in India and guide our investors, both existing and potential, through the investment process.

Date: 29 September 2018

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Artbeats

The workshop aims to introduce basic strokes, techniques and make everyone enjoy brush lettering. Brush lettering is so on trend right now and we’re so excited to bring you this workshop. We’ll teach you from basic to advance level techniques just bring your creative self and let’s have lettering party.

Date: 29 September 2018

Time: 2:30 pm to 5 pm

Entry: Rs. 1500/-

 

Kathasangam

Kathasangam Storytelling is a open performance platform for storytellers, musicians and stand up comics. This will be the 9th edition of Kathasangam Storytelling.

Date: 29 September 2018

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Entry: Rs. 150/-

 

Pratik Patodia

This is a seminar on entrepreneurship and business. Things that are very important to know about and before starting a business and if you are already into business who to run it better. Focusing on entrepreneurship , their problems – finding solutions and discovering traits.

Date: 30 September 2018

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Entry: Rs. 200/-

 

Aaroham/ Dr. Preeti Chawla

Being in the Now is the objective. Connecting to your deeper and true self to be to maintain calm, stress free, balanced mindset. Working on the self to cross mental obstacles.

Date: 30 September 2018

Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

Entry: Rs. 1000/-

 

AGEAC

Have you ever wondered like -Who am i? Why am i born? What is the purpose of my life? Are the dreams that I get during sleep true and revealing something? How was the Universe formed? Are there unknown living worlds around us? How can I get some peace in mind and real happiness in my busy life? Get answers for these and many more questions in our life from the course “New Vision of Life”.You can attend the introductory session to know more to make choice to sign-up for the course.

Date: 30 September 2018

Time: 6 pm to 7 pm

Entry: Rs. 200/-

 

Have a happy, happy week!

5 Great Horror Authors of our Generation

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

With Hollywood finally getting caught up with how awesome the horror genre is (think the seemingly endless series in Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, and Insidious), we can still sit in our happy bubble, because we’ve been at this a long, long time. While watching a horror movie is all nice and all, it can never compare to the treat of reading a really good horror book. If the author plays his cards right, your imagination runs riot, creating a mental image of the activities in the book that stay with you long after you close the book and move on.

So here’s a list of the top 5 horror genre authors that are sure to send a chill up your spine.

 

1. Stephen King

Often termed ‘The Master of Horror’, Stephen King is synonymous with spooky stuff! And with nail-biting chillers like Carrie, Pet Semetary, and The Shining, he’s created characters that shall live on for many generations to come.

Image source - Google.com

Image source – Google.com

 

2. Anne Rice

Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice is a sure thing in this list. Her style is considered gothic fiction, and with it, she creates a sense of doom and foreboding that isn’t easy to forget once the book is over.

Image source - npr.org

Image source – npr.org

 

3. Peter Straub

Having received several awards for his books, Peter Straub is often considered an underground favorite for lovers of the horror genre. But his work hasn’t been noticed just by awarding bodies. Two of his books have been collaborative efforts with none other than Stephen King himself.

Image source - Wikipedia

Image source – Wikipedia

 

4. Jonathan Maberry

No stranger to awards himself, Jonathan Maberry is often best known for his Joe Ledger series, which focus on a detective’s battles against extreme science (think zombies and the apocalypse). Interestingly enough, he also recently published a back story to Dana Scully (yes, from X Files), and it’s quite the read for hardcore fans.

Image source - timesfreepress.com

Image source – timesfreepress.com

 

5. Dean Koontz

Okay, okay. We admit, Dean Koontz doesn’t like to advertise himself as a horror author. And we get it. He’s extremely versatile in his writing style and genre. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t write one mean horror novel! So, we’re keeping him here, because we’re just bad like that. And with over 450 million copies of his books sold worldwide, we don’t anyone really minds.

Image source - Google.com

Image source – Google.com

 

So happy reading!

 

Psst…. That sound you just heard? That wasn’t us.

The Most Subtle Musical Tattoos You Can Get!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Music is life, and many people who agree like to commemorate this sentiment on their skin. And if you’re one who’s been looking for a permanent way to show your love for music, but aren’t sure if a large tattoo is your kind of thing, here’s a compilation of five of the simplest tattoos you can consider. They are small enough to not break the bank, as well as try out, since the prick of the needle isn’t really for everyone.

 

1. From the heart

Simple, cute, and versatile in where you can get it, this one is a great one for musicians. With the bass and treble clef placed in such a manner as to look like a heart from one side, it’s one of the simplest and smallest tattoos related to music that you can get.

Image source - Tonobanquetes.com

Image source – Tonobanquetes.com

 

2. Clef Palate

If you’re not into hearts, then a simple treble clef, bass clef, or even a simple musical note. Again, these are small, simple, and extremely versatile on location as well as sizing.

Image source - Wild Tattoo Art

Image source – Wild Tattoo Art

 

 3. Music to your ears

This one, though simple, is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Though you have to admit, it seems pretty perfect for anyone is who constantly listening to music with their earphones plugged in!

Image source - Wild Tattoo Art

Image source – Wild Tattoo Art

 

4. Press Play

This one is minimalist as well as ideal for those whose Ipods and playlists are never far away from their grasp. And the best part is, this one isn’t specific to musicians, and can be great for any music lover.

Image source - Inkme.tattoo

Image source – Inkme.tattoo

 

5. Colored notes

If you’re not into plain black tattoos, and are looking for a bit more color to brighten up your look, you can always overlay a simple black tattoo with a splash of watercolor to not only personalize a regular design, but bring some additional life to it too.

Image source - Inkme.tattoo

Image source – Inkme.tattoo

 

But whether you go simple, or decide to go a bit more detailed or large, make sure to pick your studio and artist carefully, ensure that sealed packs of needles are opened in front of you, and make sure to follow all guidelines to insure no infections occur after the fact. Happy Inking!

DIY of the Week – Cereal Box Organizers

Monday, September 17th, 2018

If you read one of our previous posts about decluttering, it’s a genuine possibility you’re considering it. But how to you get more sorted? The intentions are there, but who wants to buy more things, just so that you can store the old things? Because sometimes, those craft supplies will be randomly stuffed into a couple of drawers. And sometimes, your magazine pile will be just that – a pile. So should you be heading out to the stationery store to buy organizers to file away those magazines neatly, or buy drawer separators to organize your supplies better? Nope. You just need to stock up on your favorite cereal!

This week, we’ll show you how your cardboard cereal box is the perfect thing to help you get a teensy bit more organized, and keep it classy and personalized to your liking too. So, let’s get this show on the road!

 

What you need:

1. Cereal boxes

2. Scissors

3. Tape

4. Wrapping paper

5. Glue

6. Ribbon, if required

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you have decided on what kind of organizer you would like to make, cut the cereal boxes based on the photos you see in this post. Remember, if you are making drawer organizers, keep the height of the box a quarter of an inch shorter than the height of the actual pull-out drawer. If you are making a magazine holder, make sure the slant of your cut goes low enough that you should be able to read the names of the magazines. Hold the magazines against the box for an ideal height estimate.

Image source - Kix Cereal

Image source – Kix Cereal

 

Step 2

Once cut, arrange the separate boxes in the order you would like them and stick them in place with the tape.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Once done, cover the exposed part of the cereal box with fancy wrapping paper. You can add to the design with colored or washi tape, or even ribbons and bows.

Image source - One Good Thing

Image source – One Good Thing

 

 

 

Top QTube Events for the Week (Sep 17-23)

Friday, September 14th, 2018

“Be happy, and a reason will come along.”

It’s not always easy to be happy all the time, but guess what? That’s ok. Sometimes just pretending to be happy, or in control, or calm, is enough to trick your mind to actually believing it. And once you’ve mastered the art of believing that you are happy, you actually become it. Happiness is not so much a goal to have, but rather a state of mind that you need to create for yourself. So go on then, get creating! Till then, have a happy week!

Here’s a list of events for the coming week, and you coming over will really help in making us happy.

 

Dr. Rahul Sharma (AGEAC)

THE HUMAN MACHINE – People react mechanically when faced with with diverse situations of life. when flattered, they smile; when humiliated they suffer; they insult,if insulted; they hurt if they are hurt…is there a possibility of changing these reactions? COME… Learn the techniques to transform the mechanical reactions, to avoid illnesses, to prolong life, to balance energies. details-www.ageac.org/en or call-9868453843

Date: 19 September 2018

Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Rishi Gangoly

Making your Website is Easier and Cheaper than you think. This 60 min seminar will cover valuable information on the various online resources which include a Web Server & eBook for free to build and develop your website in just one day. Participants will receive a free eBook to create your own website.

Date: 21 September 2018

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Empire Educare

Build a ever growing business and self brand using the worlds largest video platform i.e. YouTube and grow exponentially and generate leads and great customer experience using videos on YouTube.

Date: 21 September 2018

Time: 5 pm to 7:15 pm

Entry: FREE

 

The Funny Room

Do you have some hidden talents that you’ll like to bring it out in the open? Have you been scribbling in your diary with lots of ideas? Does the spotlight intrigue you? Then it’s time you take the stage with an open mic night! But, if you’re still not so confident, you alwats can be inspired by others. The experienced comics coming in will definitely motivate you. The Funny Room’s Stand Up – Open mic is where you should be.

Date: 21 September 2018

Time: 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Vvennus Club

Learning session of Vvennus Club. Having a customer focus is usually a strong contributor to the overall success of a business, learn to be more effective and customer focused.

Date: 22 September 2018

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Entry: Rs 500/-

 

VInspire Training and Consultancy services

This will help the children grade 8 -12 to learn about time management techniques, organising skills,note making and memorising techniques, communication skills, Critical Thinking and improving their focus.

Date: 22 September 2018

Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

Entry: Rs. 500/-

 

Quantum

Path To Profit is our opportunity to interact with you and understand your investment needs. We travel across various cities in India and guide our investors, both existing and potential, through the investment process.

Date: 22 September 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Aaroham/ Dr Preeti Chawla

A 4-day course in Meditation & Mindfulness for calm, peace, inner cleansing and raising your consciousness. De-stress, improved focus, Clarity in thinking, accomplish better physical & mental health.

Date: 23 September 2018

Time: 9:30 am to 12 pm

Entry: Rs. 3,500/- (4 day course)

 

Phonicsounds

Phonicsounds presents a multi sensory Jolly phonics workshop for parents and teachers alike. Use the synthetic Phonics methodology to enhance reading and spelling skills in students. A structured workshop that will cover the letter sounds, letter formation, blending activities, segmenting rules and tricky words. It includes lesson plans and all attending candidates will receive a certificate.

Date: 23 September 2018

Time: 1 pm to 7 pm

Entry: Rs. 5000/-

 

The Monologue/Munaf Luhar

Sufi Music Special by Munaf Luhar – A 1 hour special which will feature Sufi original Compositions, Coke studio songs and few reprise versions of some Bollywood songs.

Date: 23 September 2018

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Entry: FREE

 

See you soon!

The Benefits of Decluttering

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

“The more things you own, the more they own you.”

While we’ve always been counselled to keep our living and working spaces clean (think back to your mom yelling at you to clean your room), most people don’t think about the co-relation of a clean space with a clean and clear mindset. But this co-relation has not only been studied and well established, it has also sparked a movement called minimalism (which we admit, is a teensy bit extreme for us, and not exactly possible and practical for everyone), but it does bring to focus the benefits of the ‘less is more’ concept of thinking and living.

Image source - Sutton and Grove

Image source – Sutton and Grove

 

To put it simply, decluttering is the conscious act of removing all necessary physical assets that are of no use to you any longer. Though each practitioner and advocate of the practice will vary a little in how they describe it, most will give you a time frame (like a year or two) and ask you to either throw away or donate anything that hasn’t been used by you in that duration. For example, open your cupboard and remove all items of clothing that you have not worn even once in the past one year.

Image source - Frugal and Thriving

Image source – Frugal and Thriving

But is decluttering really all it’s cracked up to be, or is it just another passing fad? Well, we present a list of supposed benefits to de-cluttering your life, to make it easier for you to decide.

 

1. It makes you more confident in your own abilities

The more organized your living or workspace, the more confident you feel in your organization skills. Because let’s face it, opening your eyes each morning to that giant pile of clothes on that chair, or walking into your office with a cluttered desk being the first thing you see, isn’t exactly a great way to get a boost of confidence.

Image source - Recruiter.com

Image source – Recruiter.com

 

2. It reduces anxiety

The more clutter you see, the more guilty you feel for not having sorted it, and fantastic news, the more anxious you feel because of the pressure you’ve now created thanks to all that guilt. It’s a never ending cycle. Best way to clear your mind? Clear that desk!

Image source - Reader's Digest

Image source – Reader’s Digest

 

3. It leads to mindful purchasing

Since decluttering requires you to not only dispose of things you aren’t using, it also requires that you pay attention new purchases, which in turns leads you to be more mindful in your purchasing habits. This means that you actively consider the longevity of use for any product you purchase, whether it is a piece for your home, and item of clothing, or even work equipment.

Image source - uploadvr.com

Image source – uploadvr.com

 

4. It helps you find things more easily

So simple! The less items you have, the less likely something will get misplaced amongst a giant pile. No more emptying the entire cupboard to find your favorite shirt, and opening all the kitchen drawers to find that pizza cutter. Since you’re only keeping the bare minimum stuff, you can now find things in a jiffy.

Image source - Tilting at Windmills

Image source – Tilting at Windmills

 

5. It leads to better sleep

Though there are plenty of studies that show that a less cluttered space allows for positive energy to flow without obstruction, if you aren’t one to believe ‘such’ things, it doesn’t matter. A cleaner home leaves less room for guilt in your mind. Guilt of leaving that mess in the hall, that pile of papers on your desk, that pile of dishes in the sink. The cleaner your home, the more satisfied you feel turning in for the day, the better your sleep.

Image source - ExpertBeacon

Image source – ExpertBeacon

 

6. It’s easier to let go of the past

We often end up holding onto things as physical reminders of long held memories. And this often leads to our inability to let ‘things’ go. But once you purge the excess physical items, you often find yourself feeling mentally lighter too. People have often expressed the feeling of letting go of the past, and being able to focus more not only on their present, but the future too.

Image source - Goddess Ignited

Image source – Goddess Ignited

 

7. It reduces stress in relationships

A cramped and cluttered home often leads to a cluttered mind as well, and the first victim is often our relationships, whether with our significant other, our parents or siblings, or even our coworkers. Flustered feelings resulting from an overflowing desk or an untidy home often manifest in our dealings with people that co-exist with us in those very spaces, and freeing up the excess and unused allows for the same in our feelings too.

Image source - Zoosk

Image source – Zoosk

 

8. It saves on storage space

The less items you have, the less you have to worry about stuffing them in some random drawer or cabinet, just to get them out of the way. It becomes possible not only to find space to store everything you own, but also becomes easier to organize it, since you’re no longer stuck in the otherwise never ending struggle to find that itty bitty space for that extra pair of shoes, or that third guitar, or that 47th stuffed toy (hey, we don’t judge).

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

9. It increases creativity and productivity

Instead of constantly worrying about where you’re going to put the new project file so it doesn’t get mixed up with the old ones, or why you now have three places where you’re keeping linen, you now can focus on better things. Since decluttering frees up both space and time, you automatically have more time on your hands to not only be more organized, but more productive too.

Image source - Startup

Image source – Startup

 

10. It leads to a cleaner household/office

And it’s so much easier (and faster) to keep clean! Instead of dusting 67 little knick knacks, many of which were gifts some twenty years ago and you don’t even remember who gave them, you now can just wipe down empty coffee tables, and display cabinets that have only the really special items now. Think of all the things you can do with all that extra time! And an added benefit is that your health will get an extra boost, since you won’t dread cleaning as a never-ending task, and therefore you’ll probably do it more often and more diligently.

Image source - Cleaning Services

Image source – Cleaning Services

 

So, we’ve laid down all the benefits of decluttering your spaces, but ultimately, the choice remains yours. Try out it, and if really works for you, do share your experiences with us. We’d love to hear back from you. Happy cleaning, folks.

DIY of the Week – Marbled Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

With Read A Book Day and World Literacy Day both falling in the month of September, we carry on with our theme for this month’s DIYs. Reading is really important to us, and it should be to you too. With fiction, you can meet new people, travel to new places, some real, some imagined, and you can do all of that from the comfort of your home. Non-fiction can introduce you to the backstories of your favorite idols, through their biographies or autobiographies, get help from self-help or motivational books, learn new skills, get insight into history, and so many other fields. No matter which way you look at it, books make us a better, and more enlightened society.

This week’s bookmark not only looks smart, but colorful and bright too. And with an extremely simple process to make them, you can not only have a set of personalized bookmarks for yourself, but for friends and family too. So let’s get going.

 

What you need:

1. Blank white paper

2. Shaving foam

3. Several food dye colors

4. Skewer

5. A shallow receptable the size of, or bigger than, the sheet of paper

6. Single hole puncher

 

What you need to do:

Step 1

Fill a layer of shaving foam  in the receptable.

Image source - Kate's Creative Space

Image source – Kate’s Creative Space

 

Step 2

Drop several drops of different dyes in a random pattern across the top of the foam layer

Image source - Kate's Creative Space

Image source – Kate’s Creative Space

 

Step 3

Take the skewer and lightly dipping the tip into the foam, create swirls in the foam with light strokes.

Image source - Kate's Creative Space

Image source – Kate’s Creative Space

 

Step 4

Once the foam has a nice and colorful swirl pattern, take the sheet of paper and gently lay it over the patterned foam layer. Make sure to not push the paper into the foam. It needs to just lightly lay on top of the layer, like it’s floating.

 

Step 5

Gently remove the sheet of paper, and flipping it over, let it dry out.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 6

Once the sheet is dry, cut the sheet into the correct size. Once done, you can laminate the sheet if you want, or directly punch a hole at the top, string a bit of ribbon, and voila, you’re bookmark is ready!

Image source - Gwinnett County Public Library

Image source – Gwinnett County Public Library

 

Alternate options

If you want to be even more fancy, you can do additional little touch ups to make your bookmark stand out a bit more. Here are some options:

You can write a favorite quote on the marbled background

Image source - The Crafty Gentleman

Image source – The Crafty Gentleman

 

You can cut up the sheet in a different pattern than the standard rectangle

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Happy Reading!