Caring for your Handbags

You just splurged on a new designer handbag. Now how do you take care of it so that you are assured many years of enjoyment and use? Here are some tips on how to properly care for your bags.

1. FIND A PROPER STORAGE SPACE

Find a proper storage space for your bags that is far away from direct sunlight as this can cause leather to fade or dry out. Pick a place that also has good airflow and low humidity as high humidity can lead to mildew.

Now if you stay in a place with high humidity, add silica gel desiccant inside your bag storage area. These are available at craft stores or better yet, don’t throw the little bags that come with your vitamins! Reuse them for your luxury items.

(Photo: stylenbeautyounge.com)

2. STORE WITH A COVER AND AN INSIDE SUPPORT

Avoid dust by properly storing your bags inside dust bag covers. If you can’t find one, use a natural fibre pillowcase instead. Never store them in any kind of plastic or vinyl as this material traps wetness and eventually may cause molds.

To keep your bags in its proper shape, you can purchase purse inserts for support or you can also be economical by stuffing your bags with towels or tissue paper instead.

(Photo: deluxemall.com) 

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The Only Cabinet Storage Secrets You Need to Know

When it comes to cabinet storage, there are only 2 things you need to remember to help you keep all your stuff neat and easy to find.
1. The first tip to take to heart is to organize according to category then keep them in separate boxes or bins. This way, everything is contained in orderly compartments. I myself use a combination of open bins for irregularly shaped items and see-thru plastic boxes for all the others. The nice thing about using see-thru plastic boxes is that you can easily check what is inside each box by just looking at it – no need to rummage through each container every time you are looking for something. I got my faux leather boxes from Make Room, my fabric boxes from S&R and all my plastic ones from National Book Store – you can find really affordable ones in all shapes and sizes there.
2.  The second tip to make a habit of is to label everything. This way, you know where everything is in one glance, and you know where to throw back anything you’ve used in a second.
 For labeling, I use a Dymo Label Maker I also got from National Book Store.
You only need to do this once and your cabinets will stay OCfied virtually forever! So make an effort because, as I love to say to all my friends, being organized means less time looking for things and more time with your family!
Stay OCfied!

WORLD WARdrobe

CLUTTER? Chances are your closet is full of it!  So as the New Year starts, it is also time to start eliminating messy habits by tackling your wardrobe with these tips! 

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1. Get Your Mind In Order

Before de-cluttering, make sure you that feel relaxed and open.  I totally understand that letting go is not an easy task.  So do this during a time when you don’t have anything else scheduled and your focus will not be distracted by anything else.  Go ahead and play some music even.  It’s time to tell yourself, “Less is more.”

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2. Judgement Time

You may have saved some big boxes over Christmas. Get 2 big ones out and label them “THROW” and “DONATE”.  Trash bags are okay to use too.   Once you have them, it’s time to go through your closet’s contents one by one.  Pile the ones you want to keep on the bed and as soon as you come across an item that you need to throw or want to donate, put it in one of these boxes.

But what about all those items that you are unsure of because you might want to use them some day? Well, the rule of thumb is if you have not used it for over a year, it’s time to discard it.  By the time that purple skirt or lace top becomes fashionable again, it will probably be tweaked and it won’t be exactly the same.  So…just…let…go. 

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3. Boxes and Bins

For smaller or irregularly shaped items, you can put these in different boxes and bins.  Socks can be in one bin, hair accessories in another.  Sweaters and bulky clothes can also be placed in plastic containers to keep them compact.  Just make sure you label all boxes and bins so you don’t forget what’s inside.  Keeping items this way will help increase storage space.