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Diwali, Bhai Dooj 2023: Top 5 things you must do to enjoy the festive season

Published on Nov 12, 2023 07:00 AM IST

From enhancing your home's interior to prioritising family time and staying healthy, here are 5 tips to create lasting memories, fully relish the festive spirit

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The festive season is a time of joy, celebration and togetherness as this holiday season is a special time of year when your heart and your home are reserved for your loved ones. Home cleaning, especially the one that precedes festivities symbolises fresh beginnings and is auspicious across cultures. To ensure you make the most of this festive season, we've compiled a list of the top five things you must do. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Amit Agarwal, CEO and Co-Founder of NoBroker.com, suggested tips from enhancing your home's interior to prioritising family time and staying healthy, to help you create lasting memories and fully relish the festive spirit -  expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 12, 2023 07:00 AM IST

The festive season is a time of joy, celebration and togetherness as this holiday season is a special time of year when your heart and your home are reserved for your loved ones. Home cleaning, especially the one that precedes festivities symbolises fresh beginnings and is auspicious across cultures. To ensure you make the most of this festive season, we've compiled a list of the top five things you must do. In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz of HT Lifestyle, Amit Agarwal, CEO and Co-Founder of NoBroker.com, suggested tips from enhancing your home's interior to prioritising family time and staying healthy, to help you create lasting memories and fully relish the festive spirit - 

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1. Jazz up Your Living Room - One of the most exciting aspects of the festive season is transforming your home into a welcoming and enchanting space. Be it any festive occasion, giving your home's interior a fresh look can set the perfect mood for celebration. Start by decluttering your space. A clean and organised home provides the ideal canvas for festive decorations. Once you've tidied up, consider adding festive-themed decor. From fairy lights and candles to vibrant rangoli designs and festive table settings, there are countless ways to infuse the festive spirit into your home. Lighting scented candles or using essential oil diffusers with festive scents like cinnamon, pine, or sandalwood can instantly create a warm and inviting ambience. These small touches can make your home feel like a haven of festivity, and your guests will undoubtedly appreciate the effort you've put into making your space special. (Unsplash/Patrick Perkins) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 12, 2023 07:00 AM IST

1. Jazz up Your Living Room - One of the most exciting aspects of the festive season is transforming your home into a welcoming and enchanting space. Be it any festive occasion, giving your home's interior a fresh look can set the perfect mood for celebration. Start by decluttering your space. A clean and organised home provides the ideal canvas for festive decorations. Once you've tidied up, consider adding festive-themed decor. From fairy lights and candles to vibrant rangoli designs and festive table settings, there are countless ways to infuse the festive spirit into your home. Lighting scented candles or using essential oil diffusers with festive scents like cinnamon, pine, or sandalwood can instantly create a warm and inviting ambience. These small touches can make your home feel like a haven of festivity, and your guests will undoubtedly appreciate the effort you've put into making your space special. (Unsplash/Patrick Perkins)

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2. Give Your Walls a Fresh Makeover - While revamping your home's interior, pay special attention to your walls. A fresh coat of solid color paint, texture paint or some creative wall art can breathe new life into any room. For the festive season, consider opting for colours that evoke the spirit of the occasion. Deep reds, rich greens and elegant golds are popular choices that can add warmth and charm to your space. If painting the entire room is expensive, you can opt for one wall of texture paint You can even choose to go for a quirky bright wallpaper or decals, or even a wall mural. Personal touches like family photos in holiday frames or artwork created by your children can add a heartwarming touch to your home's decor. (WangMing'Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 12, 2023 07:00 AM IST

2. Give Your Walls a Fresh Makeover - While revamping your home's interior, pay special attention to your walls. A fresh coat of solid color paint, texture paint or some creative wall art can breathe new life into any room. For the festive season, consider opting for colours that evoke the spirit of the occasion. Deep reds, rich greens and elegant golds are popular choices that can add warmth and charm to your space. If painting the entire room is expensive, you can opt for one wall of texture paint You can even choose to go for a quirky bright wallpaper or decals, or even a wall mural. Personal touches like family photos in holiday frames or artwork created by your children can add a heartwarming touch to your home's decor. (WangMing'Photo)

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3. Prioritise Quality Time with Family - Amidst all the decorating and preparation, don’t lose sight of what truly matters, spending quality time with your family. Festivities strengthen bonds, create cherished memories, and reaffirm the importance of your loved ones. Plan special family activities and traditions that everyone can enjoy. Whether it's baking festive treats together, watching classic holiday movies, or embarking on a family outing, these moments can become treasured traditions that are passed down through generations. Consider dedicating some time to giving back to your community. Volunteering as a family, perhaps at an orphanage can be a deeply rewarding experience and a wonderful way to share the spirit of giving during the festive season. Activities such as packing gift baskets for those in need can bring in a sense of fulfilment. (Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 12, 2023 07:00 AM IST

3. Prioritise Quality Time with Family - Amidst all the decorating and preparation, don’t lose sight of what truly matters, spending quality time with your family. Festivities strengthen bonds, create cherished memories, and reaffirm the importance of your loved ones. Plan special family activities and traditions that everyone can enjoy. Whether it's baking festive treats together, watching classic holiday movies, or embarking on a family outing, these moments can become treasured traditions that are passed down through generations. Consider dedicating some time to giving back to your community. Volunteering as a family, perhaps at an orphanage can be a deeply rewarding experience and a wonderful way to share the spirit of giving during the festive season. Activities such as packing gift baskets for those in need can bring in a sense of fulfilment. (Pexels)

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4. Exercise and Maintain Your Health - While indulging in festive treats is an integral part of the season, it's essential to strike a balance and prioritise your health. One way to do this is by incorporating regular exercise into your routine in the weeks leading up to the festivities. Exercising in advance allows you to create a buffer for the extra calories consumed during festive feasts. Consider engaging in activities you enjoy, whether brisk walks, yoga, or dance workouts. Staying active not only helps you maintain your weight but also boosts your energy levels and reduces stress, which can be particularly beneficial during the sometimes-hectic festive season. Staying hydrated and getting enough sleep are also essential to maintaining your well-being during this joyful yet demanding time. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 12, 2023 07:00 AM IST

4. Exercise and Maintain Your Health - While indulging in festive treats is an integral part of the season, it's essential to strike a balance and prioritise your health. One way to do this is by incorporating regular exercise into your routine in the weeks leading up to the festivities. Exercising in advance allows you to create a buffer for the extra calories consumed during festive feasts. Consider engaging in activities you enjoy, whether brisk walks, yoga, or dance workouts. Staying active not only helps you maintain your weight but also boosts your energy levels and reduces stress, which can be particularly beneficial during the sometimes-hectic festive season. Staying hydrated and getting enough sleep are also essential to maintaining your well-being during this joyful yet demanding time. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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5. Outsource Home Cleaning to Professionals - It is important to prioritize home cleaning before preparing your home for festive decor and welcoming guests. A meticulously cleaned space not only adds good vibes to your ambience but also positivity around. In the hustle and bustle of preparations, it can become challenging to give every corner the attention it deserves. This is where hiring professional service can be a lifesaver, offering the expertise and precision needed to transform your home into a pristine and beautiful canvas. Many cleaning service providers offer specialised deep-cleaning packages tailored for the festive season. These professionals can handle tasks like thorough dusting, window cleaning, fan cleaning, carpet cleaning, and sanitising, leaving your home sparkling and ready to welcome guests. Their expertise and high quality of service will leave you with more time to savour the season's joy and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Celebrate, connect and create beautiful memories with your loved ones– that’s what festivals are for. Embrace the spirit of giving, surround yourself with loved ones, savour the delightful flavours of the season, embark on a journey of gratitude and take time for self-care to truly relish the magic of these special moments. Additionally, hiring professionals to handle tasks like home cleaning and painting can significantly enhance your overall enjoyment by offering on time completion of work and leaving you with a fresh festive ready home. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 12, 2023 07:00 AM IST

5. Outsource Home Cleaning to Professionals - It is important to prioritize home cleaning before preparing your home for festive decor and welcoming guests. A meticulously cleaned space not only adds good vibes to your ambience but also positivity around. In the hustle and bustle of preparations, it can become challenging to give every corner the attention it deserves. This is where hiring professional service can be a lifesaver, offering the expertise and precision needed to transform your home into a pristine and beautiful canvas. Many cleaning service providers offer specialised deep-cleaning packages tailored for the festive season. These professionals can handle tasks like thorough dusting, window cleaning, fan cleaning, carpet cleaning, and sanitising, leaving your home sparkling and ready to welcome guests. Their expertise and high quality of service will leave you with more time to savour the season's joy and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Celebrate, connect and create beautiful memories with your loved ones– that’s what festivals are for. Embrace the spirit of giving, surround yourself with loved ones, savour the delightful flavours of the season, embark on a journey of gratitude and take time for self-care to truly relish the magic of these special moments. Additionally, hiring professionals to handle tasks like home cleaning and painting can significantly enhance your overall enjoyment by offering on time completion of work and leaving you with a fresh festive ready home. (Unsplash)

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