Mail Organizer Life Hacks

Do you have a mail organizer that you no longer use?  Don’t throw it away!  Here are some suggestions on how to give it an afterlife!

With a mail organizer, you can easily separate and identify the sponge for your dinnerware, the one for your cookware and it can even have an extra slot for your dishcloth.

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A mail organizer also makes a really good charging station!

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I also use a mail organizer to keep my plastic lids and covers neatly stacked and out of the way.

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As for the last tip, this was part of a previous blog I did for kitchen organizing that you can access here.

https://ocfied.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/organizing-food-pans-and-lids/

How about you?  Do you have other ideas on how to re-use a mail organizer?  Share it with me here!

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Life Hacks with Binder Clips

One of the most versatile things that I love to use are binder clips!  Here are some innovative ways on how to organize with them.
 
Toothpaste Squeezer
 
 
It helps keep the rolled up portion in place.
 
Cable Clamp
 
 
I store my cables neatly and knot-free this way.
 
Cable Catcher
 
 
I hate having to bend under my desk just to look for cables.  Binder clips attached to the end of the table help keep them easily accessible.
 
Ribbon Clamp
 
 
My ribbons never unravel on me with the help of binder clips!
 
Accessories Organizer
 
 
Here’s how I keep my necklaces from tangling with each other.  I use binder clips to keep them neat on a hanger!
 
Chips Bag Clip
 
 
I keep my chips and cookies crisp and fresh with binder clips.  I think it holds the bag shut tighter compared to other bag clips actually made for this purpose.
 
Refrigerator Item Lock
 
 
Bottles inside the refrigerator are held neatly stacked with the help of binder clips!
 
There are many ways to organize using everyday office supplies.  This also helps you save money versus having to buy the exact tool needed. 
 
Happy organizing and stay OCfied!

Decorating your Bedside Table

When decorating your bedside table, things tend to get cluttered as it is soooo tempting to just put all of your favorite framed photos and decorations on it. Stop right there!

Here are some bedside table decorating rules:

1.  Follow the RULE OF THREES. 

Here is the basic idea of the rule. Objects that appear in threes are more appealing, memorable and effective than other number combinations.

So I did my own version of this rule. I grouped together 3 objects that make me smile —- a photo of my daughter, a silly looking Buddha and a small vase with Lavender. I wanted them to be of the same color to keep everything in theme.

2.  PROTECT the table top from common objects you place on top of it.

I added a multi-purpose tray to protect the wood from stains that can be caused by my morning cup of coffee or a glass of water.  I also sometimes use it as a catchall for my watch, earrings, clips and other small objects.

3.  Use FELT PADS.

Now to make sure that my decoration doesn’t scratch the surface – which can sometimes happen during cleaning or simply just moving things around, I use felt pads.  Just stick them under!

I bought grey ones from National Book Store.

I also found these black ones from an Asian home store. 

 

Good luck with your own bedside table decorating!