HGTV PRESENTS: THE COUSINS TOUR IN ASIA

ANTHONY CARRINO AND JOHN COLANERI MAKE THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES TO PROMOTE AMERICA’S MOST DESPERATE KITCHENS.
Many say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but with all the cooking, chopping and eating that goes on in there, many kitchens need an overhaul. Enter “The Cousins”, John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino, who rescue desperate homeowners by surprising them with stunning kitchen makeovers.

PHILIPPINES,  17 APRIL 2016 – Home and design enthusiasts like me was able to get up close and personal with co-hosts and best friends, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri as they made their first appearance in Asia. More popularly known as “The Cousins”, John and Anthony was in Manila to promote Asia’s first and exclusive premiere of America’s Most Desperate Kitchens on HGTV.

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Re-purposing Magazine Files

A magazine file is one of my favorite organizing tools. You can use it for more than just printed materials or office folders.  Here are some uses I found for it.

A magazine file makes a good can food keeper or dispenser just like what I did here!

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It is also a great place to keep kitchen items like foil, wax paper, plastic wraps and the like.

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If you attach this to the back of one of your kitchen cabinets, just imagine how much drawer space you can save!

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I found someone who did the same thing but used it for her blow dryer instead. Such a space saver!

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Christmas is just around the corner. A magazine file makes a great container for a gift basket. Here’s a sample of what I prepared.

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My favorite use for a magazine file is for my shoes. I was able to fit 8 pairs of shoes in this one and was able to save a ton of space inside my shoe closet because of it.

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You can use it for flip flops, too!

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Let me know if you find other ways to re-purpose a magazine file.  Until next time, stay OCfied!

Remove Food Stains from your Chopping Board

For your family’s health, you should regularly clean and disinfect your plastic or wooden chopping boards.  Especially because these can be easily stained by various food.

To get your chopping boards looking like new again, give them a once a month spa treatment.  I’d like to share something that works for me.

All I need are lemons and salt.  Calamansi works, too! 

Here’s what I do:

1.    Sprinkle salt on the chopping board.

2.    Using lemon, squeeze the juice and scrub the surface of the chopping board.

3.    Leave for 20 minutes, and then scrape away the grey dirty liquid.

4.    Rinse the chopping board with a clean sponge.

The acid of the lemon works on the tough food stains while the salt helps exfoliate the surface.

Chalk Labels

Look what I found at National Book Store! Chalk label stickers! I guess some of you will find my excitement weird but you see, I used to order these abroad online because I couldn’t find any locally so I’m just so happy that they are now available here.
If you’ve seen my video on my 5 basic organizing tips, then you’d know that labeling is an organizing fundamental. If you haven’t seen the video, well you can watch it here! 🙂
What I love about these stickers is that they are reusable and come in so many cute shapes!
Use liquid chalk on your labels since it will make your labels last longer than powdered chalk.
Chalk labels are perfect for kitchen bottles and jars.  When you need to reuse the container for something else, you just need to wipe the chalk label with a damp cloth and you’re good to go again.

Egg Tray Egg-citing Upcycle Ideas

Don’t throw those egg trays away! There are many uses for them.

Too many accessories? That’s okay, it’s a girl thing! To keep them organized, you can repurpose a plastic egg tray just like this.

You can also use an egg tray as a sewing kit.  See how you can easily separate buttons, pins and spools with it?

At home, I use egg trays as paint palettes.

The bottom of an egg tray can be used for a preschool stamping activity.

Cover a used egg tray with craft paper from National Book Store and you’ve got yourself a nice gift box!

For parties, an egg tray can become a useful appetizer serveware.

Now if you are feeling a bit crafty, here’s a decorative project you can do with your old egg trays!

With just a little bit of imagination, you will find your own egg-hilirating uses for egg trays, too.

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!

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!

Organizing Food Pans and Lids

Does your kitchen look anything like this?

Well, for as long as you know where everything is, then I guess that’s okay.

But if you spend more than a minute looking for a particular item, or if want to maximize the space that’s available to you, then it’s time to get organized!

For my pot lids, I have an accordion type of lid organizer which I got at Ikea.

I found someone online who used a pair of towel racks to organize her lids.

 

I found another organizing fanatic who used adhesive hooks (try looking for Command Hooks at National Book Store).

For my pans, I have a 4-tier pan organizer I got from Dimensione.

I found someone who brilliantly used a shower rod and s-hooks to hang her pans.  For those who want to try this, both are easily available at any hardware store.  But I think this will work only for light aluminum pans; not the Cast Iron kind!

For my plastic lids, I love this letter organizer from National Book Store!  I can divide the smaller lids from the bigger lids!

May your kitchen continue to be a source of happy meals and bonding for yourself and your family!

Behind Closed Doors

If you live in a condominium like I do, every available nook and cranny counts! So if you are looking for ways to maximize space, one area of the kitchen that is under-utilized but can be taken full advantage of is the back of your cabinets.

I bought an over-the-door towel rack from Make Room.  This is perfect for me because one, I don’t like punching too many holes on anything, and two, I don’t like exposing my rags so this keeps them nicely hidden from public view.

 

I also bought a few over-the-door hooks from the same store, which I use for my oven glove and mitt. Again, this system keeps my things out of sight and it maximizes the space inside my kitchen cabinet.

 

At Howards Storage World, I found 2 kinds of units to keep used plastic bags in.  The first one is this white plastic dispenser that has suction cups at the back which keeps the thing attached to my kitchen cabinet.  When it gets too heavy though, the suction cups aren’t able to hold the unit up for too long.  There is an option though to replace the suction cups with screws since there are open holes at the back.

 

The second is this stainless steel dispenser.  When buying over-the-door units, always make sure that the hooks that will hang off your cabinet are padded because you don’t want to leave ugly marks on the cabinet once you remove them or replace them with something else.

 

Another way to maximize the back of kitchen cabinets is to get some Command Hooks from National Book Store which can be used to store smaller pans, measuring cups and spoons. Using this system, you don’t have to rummage through drawers when cooking or baking.  Now, don’t worry about the adhesives ruining your cabinet.  If you follow the instructions on the pack on how to remove the hooks, your cabinet finish will stay as is.

 

The same Command Hooks can also be used to store the lids of your pots, which you must agree, really takes up a lot of space!

By making use of all the precious space available, you and your kitchen can work wonders!

Stay organized and happy!