Spring Time Spring Clean De-Clutter

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THIS SPRING TIME WE CLEANSE THE HOME, CLEAN THE OFFICE AND DE-CLUTTER OUR LIFE IN ONE SWEEP!

We all know that Chinese New Year is the traditional time for the house and home to be fully cleansed as we sweep away any ill-fortune and make way for the incoming good luck.  But, after the home is clean, after the reunion dinner has been feasted upon and after the festivities of Chinese New Year are over, we want to show you how to maintain a clean home, keep your workspace clean and functional as well as lead a cleansed and de-cluttered life…

HAPPINESS is a clean, fun and functional workspace

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Valore by Challenger – mini vacuum

Jazzing up your work space is sure to bring happiness, after this Chinese New Year head back to work with a fun and functional workspace that is a clean office to think clearly.  A de-cluttered workspace that is a bright and fun environment is set to bid farewell to any boring and dull desks.  Just three items your workspace and you need****:-

  1. Did you know your keyboard contains 70% more bacteria than a toilet seat!?  Time to clean up using a mini vacuum, try the Valore mini vacuum cleaner that is exclusive to Challenger.
  2. Shred all unwanted documents instead of keeping them on your cluttered desk, plug in this Valore Portable Cross-Cut Paper Shredder is specially designed to be small enough to not add to your desk clutter.
  3. A tablet stand and speaker in one – yes, now you can stop straining your neck and listen to your creative inspiring tunes with this Valore vLight Bluetooth Speaker.

GOOD FORTUNE – free up premium price space at home 

Extra Space self storage

Extra Space self storage

A *survey of over 1,000 people was recently conducted and, despite us living in a country where residential unit sizes are shrinking where costs of property is rising, a staggering 74% of these people surveyed admitted to having a ‘junk room’.  This ‘junk room’ is often the size of a small bedroom and stores items that have not been used for months and months out of each year!

What kind of items are we storing?  Anything from old photos and keepsakes to decorations which only surface once a year.  We are not suggesting you dispose of your sentimental items, in this Nostalgic Nation we could not, but why not store them out of your home and free up some of your premium price space?

These five tips can help you decide what to store out of your home:-

  1. Dust test – if it’s dusty, chances are you aren’t really using your belongings as frequently as you think!
  2. Know it or throw it – if you can’t name the majority of items in your ‘junk / store room’, chances are you are wasting space!
  3. Track it – stick a post-it note on the items you use less frequently in your home and mark each use over three months. Consider self-storage options for the items you want to keep but clearly seldom use.
  4. OneADayGiveaway – everyday give something away that you no longer use.
  5. Picture that – after you’ve cleared a space, capture the happy moment by taking a photograph to keep yourself motivated and maintain a less cluttered home! Share your snap on social media, like Instagram, to motivate your family and friends.

Do read about our de-clutter experience ‘coming soon’ where we tackle the problem of storage boxes taking up valuable space. We hope you feel inspired to de-clutter, cleanse your home and keep your premium priced property to a functional size and, once and for all, rid your home of that useless ‘junk room’!

 HEALTH is wealth – there is nothing more valuable than your health

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Credit image – families.com

Staying healthy and keeping medications, and home remedies to hand is super important.  Spring Clean your medicine and first aid cabinet to be sure all contents are still within their ‘use-by’ date and remember to dispose responsibly of all bottles, packets and liquids which are past their ‘best’.  **With the help of our friendly Pharmacist at Watsons, here are five tips to de-cluttering and keeping your medications safe:-

  1. Some medications will need to be stored in the refrigerator.  This will be clearly stated on the packet/label, if in doubt check with your Pharmacist or GP and dispose of these where necessary.
  2. Once opened, some medications only remain active for a number of days or weeks.  This will be clearly stated on the packet/label, again, if in doubt check with your Pharmacist or GP and dispose of these where necessary.
  3. Antibiotics, when prescribed, are to be completed as a full course.  There should be no remaining medication after the full course is completed, if you find antibiotics in your medicine cabinet then do dispose of these responsibly.
  4. Medication given by your GP should only ever be used for the patient named. Considering such things as age and weight, the medication may not be safe to transfer to another family member.  Store any such medications clearly labeled with the patients name on it.
  5. The best way to tell if a medicine is still active is to check the color and smell, if it looks bad and smells bad it more than likely is very bad!  Dispose of all these such medications responsibly.

LONGEVITY – recycle pre-loved items that are still full of life

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Are you still storing pre-loved items that are longer of use to you?  Long grown out of clothing, bags and luggages you don’t use any longer or, if you had children many moons ago, are you still holding onto these baby items (stroller, playpen, baby clothing’s)?  Why not pass them onto someone who needs such things and put them up for sale to receive cash.  Time to hit the classifieds, why not head over to the BubbaMama Forum – simply register with your username and email address. Any items you wish to sell and recycle can be added to the @BubbamamaMarketplace on Instagram***. We hear that if you sign up now you can take part in the Bubbamama lucky draw where you can walk away with some very attractive prizes!

 

*Recent survey commissioned in October 2014 by Extra Space Self Storage.  1,000 representatives of the Singapore population aged 25-65 years old responded.  For more information about Self Storage, visit Exraspace.com

**We would like to thank our Pharmacist expert at Watsons for help in de-cluttering and cleaning out our medicine/first aid cabinet.

***For more information about the BubbaMamaMarketplace, please email bmmarketplace@bubbamama.com

****Innovative lifestyle tech products by Valore are Challenger’s private brand and are available at all Challenger stores island wide.

 

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Clare Victoria…British born and a Yorkshire girl through and through, Clare left the familiarity of home many moons ago. Having lived, worked and experienced the highs and lows of being a foreigner in both France and Singapore, Clare has grown into a truly international lady. Her passion is writing about anything that will interest, enlighten and offer inspiration to her readers.

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