My Diwali Project List: 2017

diwali preperation

It’s that time of year – I’m making my list and checking it twice. Nope, I’m not getting ready for Christmas, I’m just counting down the days to Diwali (39). One of my favourite parts about the Diwali festival is the preparation. It’s tradition to purge old unwanted items, clean every corner of your house, and do a decorating refresh at our house.

Historically, people would clean their homes in the days leading up to Diwali to welcome the Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth). It is common belief that she will grace the cleanest and most beautifuly decorated homes during the festive season. It’s also very likely that guests will drop by around this time of year, so keeping your house on it’s A-game is pretty important.  

While I do have a soft spot for Laxmi Mata and my kids love to decorate the doorstep with rangoli in anticipation of her visit, I like to start my cleaning at least a month out. I use the festival season as an excuse to work on projects around the house and invest in decorative pieces. My mom always used to buy special pieces for the house around Diwali time and I guess it stuck with me. This year I have a few big and small projects on my list. Sharing them here so I can loop back after the festive season and see how far I got!

diwali preparation


Paint the Front Door.
The door at our current place is a bit beat up and it’s black. I’m not a huge fan of black doors … maybe burgundy or navy?

Finish the Master Bedroom.
The only room in our new place that is even close to done is the master bedroom but I still need to put up some artwork and hang some curtains – maybe update the bedding.

Dining Room Gallery Wall.
Remember the navy blue wall at the old house? I’d like to bring it back at the new place and add a gallery wall with a mix of pictures and canvas art (which I’ve been working on since last year).

Add Plants.
I’ve had some great success with a few plants I have in the office right now so I’m feeling confident about adding them around the house. I’d really like to DIY some beaded plant hangers or do those ‘floating’ air plant things. Either way, some greenery is desperately needed in our space.

Paint the Banisters.
This one is a huge undertaking and the one I’m the least sure I’ll be able to get to, but I’ll try.

Paint the Main Bathroom.
Literally a Sunday afternoon job, but I have not been able to bring myself to do it since we moved in. This is a must before our annual Diwali party.

Hang up Artwork.
It is all over our house. Leaning against walls, in boxes, on dressers – every where but on the wall. Before Diwali I want to get some of our beautiful art pieces up on the wall.

And I probably shouldn’t but I have a bonus project on my list…..

Finish the Office.
So this is not a home project but something that bugs me every day. There are just a handful on things left to do like putting up art and getting a sign printed and then we’ll be all done. I’d like to have an open house at the office the week of Diwali for some of the people in the building so hopefully I’ll get this all sorted by then.


Wow, looking at this now I’m wondering if I have one too many things on my list. Typical Raj, trying to cram too many things into one to-do list! What do you do to prepare for Diwali? Share some of the things on your list with me, I’d love to hear.




  1. Sonali Lawand
    September 12, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Diwali is my favourite time of the year and just like you we start the preparations well in advance. Making a list is such a good idea coz this year I’m going to be alone doing all the preparations myself. There’s so much on my list this year for the first Diwali celebration in Canada, away from home. I’ll be watching this space for more ideas? PS- I’ve already placed an order for my diwali outfit that’s coming from Mumbai?

    • September 15, 2017 / 8:35 am

      First Diwali in Canada, must be exciting and bittersweet 🙂 I am also working on a special Diwali outfit – so much fun!

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