With travel restrictions being lifted and beach holidays being back on the menu, it’s high time to start working out for that beach bod! Oh yes, and also the health benefits you stand to gain from working out are pretty amazing too. However, for many (or is it just me), going to the gym is one of life’s toughest struggles. It’s a constant battle lazing on my bed versus going to the gym, and more often than not my bed wins! Well, if going to the gym is an issue, why don’t we bring the gym to you! It’s actually not as hard as it sounds, to set up a simple home gym! Here are some tips and pointers:

Step 1: Finding and choosing the right space

Picking the right place and having ample space is crucial. Ideally, we should choose a large empty compound, as having more space wouldn’t go amiss. But it is important to also keep in mind the type of workout and exercise you’re aiming to do. You may need as much space as you think, when you’re doing High Intensity Interval Training cardio as compared to strength training, which will require bulky equipment. Do ensure that you like the spot you chose, and that you feel good about it, as having the right mindset will motivate you more to workout.

Step 2: Having the right equipment

As mentioned, determining the type of workout that you will be doing most often is important as you will then know what equipment is needed. Some small and simple equipment to get for cardio training include skipping rope, yoga mat, resistance bands and so on. If you have ample space, you may also opt for a treadmill. For those who are looking to bulk up and do some strength training, will need weights such as dumbbells, kettlebells, barbell and rack especially, and so on.

Step 3: Setting up your home gym

Now that you know what you need, you can begin setting up your very own home gym! Clear out all unnecessary items in the area that you have allocated as your workout space, as it can be distracting. A space that is clutter-free helps clear the mind, putting you in the right mood and motivation to work out. If you’re running out of space to store your excess belongings, know that Extra Space Asia is just a call away! You can store just about anything with us, and enjoy great flexibility in the sense that you can upsize or extend your storage duration should you wish to!

If possible, having a mirror full-length mirror for your home gym would be ideal. You will be able to monitor your own form when doing various exercises to ensure you’re doing it right. Not to mention the fact that you can check out how good you look too!

Step 4: Wipe down and clean after use

Always make sure the area is clean and tidy, especially after use! It would be dangerous to use weights lying around, as one could trip over it. With hygiene being our top priority these days as well, do wipe down your equipment after use. This keeps the place from reeking of sweat, which can be a turn off and demotivates one from working out.

Having a home gym is highly convenient and it would make it hard for one to procrastinate about working out anymore. It does not have to be expensive, and you can always make do with the space you have at home, with the help of Extra Space Asia!

With Hari Raya just less than a month away, it is time to start preparing your home for the festive season. We know that it can be tricky trying to keep up with all the house cleaning chores and working/studying at the same time, especially during the fasting month. So, if you are tight on time, here are three useful tips to get your home ready for Hari Raya this year!

Start decluttering your home

During the Hari Raya period, most of us will invite our family members and close friends to our home to celebrate and feast together. This is why it is key to have your home look clean and presentable so that when your guests visit your home, they will have a pleasant experience.

If you have limited time, you should gather your family members and start tackling common areas such as the living room and kitchen first. Start throwing away items and food products that have expired or are not in good condition. If you have a corner where you tend to pile up various things and clothes, you should also declutter them. If you have items that are still in good condition but you find no use for them or are unable to fit into them, consider donating them to various charities as a way to declutter and help someone in need at the same time!

Seek professional help

Really busy (or too lazy) to do the cleaning yourself? Don’t fret. You can always seek professional help. There are many part-time cleaners that you can engage in Malaysia who can help you with your home spring cleaning at a time that fits your schedule. Just check out companies such as Maideasy, Kilat Kilat etc., who will provide professionally trained housekeepers at an affordable cost, starting from just RM30-60/ hour. If you are new to these cleaning services, it might be a good time to try them during the festive seasons.

Explore self-storage to enjoy extra space at home

Living in a small space or finding ways to maximise your home space? Why not try renting a self-storage unit? This way, you can store your family and personal items and enjoy extra space at home! By renting a self-storage unit at self-storage facilities such as Extra Space Asia Self-Storage, you will also enjoy 24 hours access to your items where you can store and retrieve your items any time, any day. These storage units will also come in handy after the festive season as you can use them to store your personal collection or even festive-related items and big bulky belongings that are hardly used.

The best part about renting a self-storage unit at Extra Space Asia is that you are only paying for the storage space you rent, and the storage duration is also flexible as you can rent from as short as 14 days to as long as you need! At Extra Space Asia, we offer both lockers and walk-in units, which you can choose to rent according to your storage needs.

If you are unsure about what storage size you might need, you can simply contact us at 1300 22 0288 or visit any of our four storage facilities located in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, and we will be glad to assist you.

 

With Chinese New Year right around the corner, most people are planning to start their spring cleaning activities to welcome the lunar New Year. If you still have not started your CNY spring cleaning, here are three spring cleaning hacks to speed up the cleaning process.

Create a cleaning plan

Never start without a plan. If you are short of time, gather your family and divide the workload to cover different parts of the home. Each family member can clean and handle their personal room for a start. For common areas such as the living room and kitchen, each family member can handle any one of these cleaning objectives: decluttering, mopping, and vacuuming. They can also plan to do it on different days of the week when they are free.

With a cleaning plan and schedule, you will also know who is in charge and how much time is required. This strategy will help reduce the time needed to figure out who and what to do, especially if you are short of time.

Seek professional help

Really busy (or too lazy) to do the cleaning yourself? Don’t fret. You can always seek professional help. There are many part-time cleaners that you can engage in Malaysia. Just check out companies such as Maideasy, Made4u, Grabmaid etc., who will provide professionally trained housekeepers at an affordable cost starting from RM25/hour.

If you are new to these cleaning services, you might even enjoy a first-time promotion which could be a good time to try, especially during the Chinese New Year period.

Declutter and organise your home

Planning for your small reunion dinner or gathering at home this year? Start decluttering your home so that your loved ones can enjoy more space. It might also be a good time to recycle or donate items of good condition to people or organisations in need, so you can also share the blessings with them while making more room at home.

For individuals or families who are looking to store their seasonal or festive items and hardly used furniture sets, you can also rent a self-storage unit to store all of these items. These self-storage units can come in handy as they are like an extension of your home space which you can access 24 hours, any time, any day.

This Chinese New Year, be the first 20 new customers to sign up for any wallk-in unit with a minimum of 6 months storage duration, and you will be entitled to a rebate of up to RM300 off your mover’s fee. Engage any movers of your choice to transport your belongings into our units!

Click here to learn more about our Chinese New Year promotions today!

Miss having a casual chit chat with your coworkers in the office? We totally get that feeling! However, with the ongoing COVID situation, working from home will definitely remain the default option for most organisations to keep everyone safe. In this case, why not find ways to make your work-from-home (WFH) more joyful during this pandemic?

Here are 3 tips for you!

1. Give yourself a break

Unlike working in the office when lunchtime is determined by when your colleagues eat, there is no fixed timing (read: milestones of the day) when you are working from home. Time can become unclear, and you might even miss those meal breaks altogether. As such, remember to give yourself a break of at least an hour to eat your meals peacefully away from your workstation. You can order food in advance and eat it when they are hot. Intentional breaks will make your day better, and you can avoid suffering burnout too, which is quite common when people start working from home. Remember to also not overwork as we know it is hard to know when the workday ends. Give yourself a break when you need it cause only you know your body best!

2.Upgrade your home office setup

In the initial stages of working from home, some of us might think that this is a short-term plan. However, as time passes, WFH has become a common default arrangement. When we’re in the office, we probably have an ergonomic chair and a proper workstation. But at home, most of us would just settle for a kitchen table and basic chair or even stool. Why not give yourself some upgrades to improve your work efficiency but also bring overall benefits to your health? These upgrades can include an ergonomic office chair and laptop stands, tech upgrades like a wireless mouse and a good desktop monitor. Another benefit of WFH is the flexibility of choosing where to work in your home, so try testing different spots in your home to find the best place to work. Your body will definitely thank you over time.

3. Create a comfortable home space

When you WFH, it can become common to spend a good 24 hours at home. As such, consider creating a comfortable home space where you can work and rest. Start by decluttering your home and throw or donate items that you no longer require. If you have bulky items or even seasonal items that take up a lot of space at home, you can also try storing them in storage facilities like Extra Space Asia Self Storage and enjoy more space at home.

By storing your items in a self-storage unit, you will still be able to enjoy 24 hours access to your items any time and any day. You can also use the storage unit for your family, personal and even business storage purpose. Click here to find out more about Extra Space Asia Self-Storage.

After you are done with decluttering, you can also try spicing up your home with a new wallpaper or buying some green plants to add some new colours to your home space. Hopefully, with these new additions, it will be more joyful for you to work at home.