Living in a paying guest residence can be tricky business, even in a city as cosmopolitan as Bangalore. You have to get used to sharing your space, work around the needs of your roommates, get used to following a certain set of house rules, and familiarize yourself with a new city, at the same time.
Whew, that’s a lot. Luckily though, you don’t have to do it all alone. There are tons of people who’ve lived in a PG in Indiranagar, Bangalore, even before you. And they’ve come up with a bunch of hacks and shortcuts that can make your time living as a paying guest a whole lot easier. So, today we’re going to share some of the best new hacks for PG living in Bangalore. Let’s check them out.
Roll your clothes
The eternal problem of living in a PG has always been a shortage of storage space. And instead of buying a bunch of extra bins or suitcases that will clutter up the rest of your room, you need to find ways to maximise the existing storage space that you have in your wardrobe. Rolling up your clothes instead of folding and stacking them can actually help you store more than double the amount. Just make sure you roll them such that the pattern faces outward for easy recognition afterwards.
Learn easy microwave meals
Midnight cravings are real, and so much worse when you’re a broke student or young professional living in a hostel or PG. Save yourself and don’t survive on only Maggi. Learn some easy and quick microwave recipes so that you can indulge your cravings in a quick and healthy way. Some of our favourites include microwave “fried” rice which you can easily make with some leftover rice and veggies, as well as levelled up ramen noodles, nachos, quesadillas, and mug cakes. Or take some time and inspiration and make up your own recipes to best suit your tastes.
Rotate your mattress
Your PG mattress is probably not going to be all that great to start with. And if you don’t change its position pretty often, your back is really going to feel the damage. In order to get the most out of your mattress, make sure you rotate it every three months and flip it halfway through the year. If your mattress is still too hard, consider investing in a softer duvet cover that you can place on top of the existing mattress. No more sleepless nights due to an uncomfortable mattress for you.
Whether you have the PG room to yourself or are sharing it with your roommates, it’s good to make at least one extra copy of your door keys and leave it with your warden or a trusted friend. This will come in handy in case you or your roommates lose or misplace your keys, or in an emergency. Just make sure that the person who you entrust your keys with is trustworthy and willing to keep them safe. To be on the safe side, you can ensure that your valuables are locked in your cupboard and keep that key private.
Hang up your cleaning chart
When you’re living in a coliving PG in Bangalore, there’s always going to be some people who don’t pull their weight when it comes to doing the household chores. Well, the best way to ensure everyone stays accountable about their tasks and avoid any fights is by hanging up your cleaning chart in a common area that everyone can refer to. This could be behind the door of your room or above your desk, just ensure that it has everyone’s responsibilities along with the duration or frequency clearly specified.
These simple new hacks will make living in a PG in Bangalore a whole lot easier for you. Good luck for your time in this city.