The Year Gone and the Year Ahead

http://research-consulting.com/what-we-do/commercialise/ No matter the number of highs and lows in 2017, here we are looking at 2018 as a year filled with hope, opportunities and positivity.

As we bid adieu to 2017, people across the world are ready to welcome 2018 with much zeal and enthusiasm.  For some people, New Year is nothing more than just another year while for many other the changing calendar brings along new hope, new aspirations and a wish for better times.

Every year as we welcome the New Year with open arms, we certainly take a look back at the past year for all the good and bad memories it has brought along. For India, 2017 was a year of hope and positive changes. While Manushi Chillar brought the Miss World crown home after a long gap of 17 years, Women in blue reached World Cup Final first time ever and made it the highest followed women sports in India.  ISRO launched a record-breaking 104 satellites with a single rocket, breaking Russia’s record by nearly 3 times and for the first time, FIFA Under-17 World Cup was hosted in India taking the popularity of sports to another level.

In a landmark decision, Supreme Court granted every Indian ‘right to privacy’ despite their sexual orientation. And at the same time, we witnessed violence and sad demise of people during Guru Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction. While the death of 7-year-old Pradyuman in Ryan International School raised questions on the safety of our kids at School but again declaration of Triple Talaq as unconstitutional gave women empowerment a whole new meaning.

No matter the number of highs and lows in 2017, here we are looking at 2018 as a year filled with hope, opportunities and positivity.

Team Venkatesh Buildcon & Urban Nests, wishes you all a very ‘Happy New Year’.

Tips to Child-Proof Your Home

If you have a new-born or a child-on-the way, you need to make your house ‘child-proof’ for the cute demon

You don’t realize how dangerous things in and around your house are before you have a baby. Once you have a toddler in the house, there is danger in every corner. From electrical sockets to sharp cutlery, from plants to stairs, everything is dangerous for a child.

If you have a new-born or a child-on-the way, you need to make your house ‘child-proof’ for the cute demon. Here are few tips you can follow to make your house child-proof.

  • Be Careful With Electrical Items

Electrical items are among the most dangerous that when taken proper care of can be life threatening. To make your house child-proof, replace all the electric sockets at home with childproof sockets. Always remove items like table fan, iron, power banks, hair dryers, etc from the sockets when you are not around.

Always tie-up tapes down long electrical cords and make sure there are no loose or open ends in a wire

  • Be More Vigilant

Always be vigilant and check the floor every few hours to ensure there are no small objects that a baby can swallow, such as pins, buttons, coins, nails or dirt. Move sharp objects away from the reach of the children. Fasten a loose piece of furniture and attach them to walls as much as possible.

  • Anything Poisonous Should be Kept High or Indoors

From potentially dangerous plants to cleaning supplies, insect traps or rat poison, anything that can be dangerous for kids should be kept in a high cabinet or in an Amirah with a child-proof lock. Make sure the cooking stove is kept away from the kids’ reach.

All the medications and cosmetics should be carefully kept. You should make it a habit to replace the used item to their original place to avoid any unwanted accidents.

  • Bathroom Safety is Important

Never leave water standing anywhere. Not in the bath, sink, bucket or tub. Even a tub full of water is enough to drown a baby. If your bathroom has a bath-tub, make sure you keep it empty when not using.

Close the toilet lid immediately after use. Switch of the geyser after use as a baby skin is very sensitive and hot water from the tap can cause serious burn to them

  • Stair-safety

Stairs can be very dangerous for children making stair-safety a matter of concern. If you can afford it, it is a good idea to install a safety gate at the top and bottom of the staircase. If not, place hurdles that the kid cannot pass through. Also, if the gaps between the railings are wide, tying ropes for additional safety is a good idea.

Apart from the above points, small things like placing cushiony rugs around the bed to prevent injury in case the child falls, removing automatic door locks from the bathroom as well as the main door, keeping refrigerator locked always, etc can make the house very safe for your child. In addition to taking all the above safety measures, it is also important that you are always alert and the child is never left unattended to ensure complete safety of your kid.

Get Rid of Clutter with These 5 Easy Steps

An organized home looks good, feels great and makes it a breeze to find your belongings. However, it is clearly easier said than done.

Who doesn’t want to live in a home that is well organized and clutter-free? An organized home looks good, feels great and makes it a breeze to find your belongings. However, it is clearly easier said than done. No matter how much we long for it, most of us fail to keep clutter at bay. Mainly because we feel it is an unachievable feat. We are not sure how to go about it and refrain from living our comfort zone, to begin with.

Bother not! Make your home clutter-free and organized with these 5 easy steps:

1)   Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need

“I follow a rule where if I haven’t opened a box within 6 months of shifting house, I just get rid of it. If I haven’t needed the stuff in the box for the entire duration of 6 months, that is most likely not needed at my home.  Our houses are full of things we don’t need and the first step in making the home clutter-free is to get rid of ‘excess’.” – Anonymous

Owning too much stuff is one of the primary reasons for all the clutter. To get rid of clutter, you need to make a list of items you don’t need such as outdated gadgets, outsized clothes, old batteries, broken furniture and so on. Remove everything that is a part of the list and you will soon see your home clutter-free.

2)   Create More Storage Space

Lack of storage space can also be a big reason that may lead to clutter. If so, then it is the time to create more storage space. Buy furniture that can double up as storage space and come with storage boxes inside them. Bed, sofa sets, ottoman, table, almost every furniture in your home can have a storage box. You can also upgrade your existing furniture and integrated boxes in them.

Another way is to use the entire wall area and create ceiling-to-floor wardrobes in your home. You can keep the regular use items on the lower shelves while things you need once in a while can be placed up high.

You will be amazed at how much stuff the furniture boxes and upper shelves of the cupboards can store.

3)   Embrace Habits that Help Managing Clutter

Keep aside 5 to 15 minutes every day to replace things with their original position and clean clutter. You will be surprised at how much can be done in mere 5 minutes. Making home clutter-free is an ongoing process that has a lot to do with your habits.

Cleaning kitchen after every meal, replacing towels, books, gadgets to their original position after using them, a family cleaning drive every fortnight are some of the habits that can do wonder managing clutter. It may take conscious efforts in the beginning but once you will see the difference, you will find it easier to embrace healthy clutter-clearing habits.

4)   Put Labels

Put a label on everything. On drawers where you store your medicines, stationeries, electricals, paperwork or on baskets inside the fridge. Label food items and arrange them on different shelves based on their types.

When you label things and keep them in a designated area, it becomes a lot easier to pick certain things and replace them back after using it. Not only for you, but everyone in the house can keep things in their designated area thereby effectively reducing clutter.

5)   Do Smart Shopping

In addition to getting rid of excess, it is also important that you shop wisely. The more things you bring into your homes, the more you have to find space for. And when you buy only the things you really need, you end up saving a lot of money as well. The best way to shop is to carry a list of items before entering the mall or supermarket. If you are tempted to buy anything that is not in the list, question yourself if you really need it? Can you do without buying it?  In most cases, you will save yourself time as well as the hassle of managing unwanted things.

Follow these steps and make your home a clutter-free heaven

 

Tips to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

The key to successfully growing an indoor garden is understanding the plant requirements and adapting smart techniques to give them what they need.

Nothing can enhance the taste of your meal better than hand-picked herbs from your indoor garden. And anyone of us can grow indoor herb garden as long as you make sure to get started the right way. Herbs can do fine in any bright corner and do not need direct sunlight or any special light. The key to successfully growing an indoor garden is understanding the plant requirements and adapting smart techniques to give them what they need. Here are top tips to grow an indoor herb garden

  • Ample Lighting is Crucial

Providing enough light is the most crucial factor in the growth of your indoor herb garden. The more light you are able to provide to your garden, the better they will grow. A bright sunny window or a sunroom that receives 6-8 hours of sunlight per day is best for the herbs. If the windows aren’t large enough to store the pots, you can add a table or a stand facing the window.

If the absence of direct sunlight, you can provide an additional light source for your indoor herb garden. Parsley, mint and chives are herbs that grow fine even with 2-3 hours of light every day.

  • Slow, Infrequent Watering is Best

Watering the herbs well is important but too much water may be fatal for the plant. Therefore, a good drainage system is vital. Allow the pots to dry in between two watering sessions. Insert fingers and test if the soil is dry at least up to 2 inches before watering it.

Use a hand spray to water the top slowly as pouring in a lot of water at once may get drained giving little time for absorption.  Add some sand or vermiculite to the potting soil helps balance out between absorption and drainage.

  • Grow Each Herb in a Separate Pot

It is a common practice to grow multiple herbs in the same pot when outdoors. However, for the indoor garden, it is recommended to grow each herb in a separate pot. You may need to adjust the amount of light one herb is receiving, which might not be right for another plant. Similarly, soil and manure needs for each herb might be different. When you grow plants separately, it is much easier to address the needs

  • Seaweed or Fish Based Organic Fertilizer

Both seaweed and fish emulsion have a high concentrate of nitrogen which promotes strong healthy growth for your indoor herbs. You can fertilize your plants once a week, fortnight or month depending on the herb you have planted. Some people also prefer making a low-concentrate solution of fertilizer and mix it when watering the plant.

  • Enable Proper Air Circulation

Leave enough space when placing pots to facilitate proper air circulation around your herbs. When the herbs are placed too close or in contact with one another, it results in spreading of disease. It is a good idea to rearrange the pot once in a while. This allows breathing room to the herbs and prevents the air from becoming too stagnant.

Keep a balanced mix of water, light, and temperature. If the temperature is high, shift the plant from direct sunlight.  Similarly, a herb in a clay pot in low light will need lesser water as compared to herb in a plastic pot facing the window.  And most importantly, show your indoor herb garden some love.

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5 Furniture Mistakes to Avoid

When buying furniture many shoppers feel overwhelmed with the choices and make mistakes that they regret later.

Getting the furniture right for your home is like winning a lottery. It is a very big deal. It requires a careful process of finding the right pieces for each room at the best price. However, it is easier said than done. When buying furniture many shoppers feel overwhelmed with the choices and make mistakes that they regret later. Here are 5 furniture mistakes to avoid:

1) Buying Furniture That Doesn’t Fit

When in the showroom, it is natural to like the best furniture piece available in your budget. But nothing is worse than buying the sofa you love only to find it too big for your living room. Always measure the space in which the furniture is to be placed, along with the entryways through which the furniture piece will have to move. Do your homework beforehand to save yourself from making a mistake that you will regret later.

2) Falling for Sales Gimmicks

We all love sales, especially when it is given on something big like the home furniture. Sales and clearance events are quite common in the furniture industry and we see people falling for it all the time. Prices are inflated and then a discount is offered to make you feel like you are getting a really good deal. Shopkeepers emphasise on how the ‘sale period’ is limited forcing you to make a hasty decision. Many times customers end up buying trash pieces paying much more than their worth. Beware of lucrative sales gimmicks. If something sound too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

3) Choosing Style Over Comfort

We all love to follow the latest trends and style. While there is nothing wrong in choosing a stylish piece of furniture, ignoring the comfort quotient is wrong. Furniture stays with you for several years which means comfort and functionality are extremely important. Therefore, you must select furniture that stays trendy and appealing for several years to come instead of a fad that goes away.

4) Focusing Only on Budget

Budget is important and we are no way asking you to ignore it but making the price as the only deciding factor for your furniture is clearly wrong. Furniture is an investment that you want to last for 10 years at least. Buying cheap furniture that wears out in few seasons is not what you would like. A good way is to buy ‘fewer’ pieces of ‘better’ quality. And adding on pieces as and when budget permits. This way, you will be having good quality furniture without falling into the trap of financing or loans.

5) Forgetting About Existing Furniture

If you already own some furniture, it is important to check the compatibility of the new furniture with the existing ones. Impulse buying of something attractive only to find it completely out of place in your home is clearly a mistake you should avoid. Also be aware of the furniture colour and its compatibility with your interiors. Furniture colour may look different in your home as compared to the store mainly due to the lighting used by them. Be sure you pay attention to your home, décor, lighting and existing furniture before buying new ones.