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!

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The Painless Secret to Removing Splinters

Save your household a lot of wailing the next time one of your kids accidentally get a splinter.  Instead of removing it with a tweezer, try glue!
Just pour a drop of glue all over the splinter, let it dry, then peel off the dried glue from the skin.  The splinter sticks to the glue!
I tried this on my 4 year old and for the first time, splinter removal was finally fuss free!  Yay!
A word of caution though, if the splinter is in too deep, I suggest going to a doctor to have it professionally removed. Don’t ever try to cut open the skin to remove the splinter yourself.
Now since I’m on the subject of glue, here are more uses for it!
1. I fix the frayed corners of my bag by simply dabbing some glue on the corners.
2. I seal small nail holes on my wall by adding glue before adding touch up paint.
Do you have your own unusual uses for glue?
Stay glued to OCfied for more tips and life hacks!

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.

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!