How to Store Christmas Wrappers

Christmas is an exciting time for everybody. In Manila, we don’t only celebrate Christmas, we overdo Christmas! We start it as early as October and end the season just after New Year. As soon as the “ber” months come in, malls start playing Christmas carols and décor is up just as soon as Halloween ends.

Along with all the festivities are loads of present wrapping. So today’s blog are some suggestions to keep your wrappers under wraps!

You can store them in a specially made station using rods and pegs.

Here’s another version. If you want to make your own, I think thin tension rods will work well, too.

Your wrapping station can house your ribbons, too. This is smart because it keeps your ribbons from becoming a tangled mess.

Professional organizer, Alejandra Costello, keeps her wrappers organized this way.

You know that little space in the corner of your closet? It makes a great storage place for wrappers.

Or how about the ceiling inside your closet? What a space saver!

If you’re not the DIY type, then use an old wine rack to store your wrappers.

I myself like the idea of using a free standing towel rack to create a complete wrapping station. This way everything you need for gift wrapping comes from just one place. Photo courtesy of my Tita Chito Vasquez.

Good luck finding the perfect solution for your wrappers. Until next time, this is a wrap!

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!

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.

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!

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!

Dish It Out!

Looking for ways to organize your work station? Here is a great idea using something that you probably already own!

If you have an EXTRA DISH RACK at home, you can use this to organize your envelopes, folders and pens!

Here is a dish rack I bought a year ago but then I decided to get another one that could fit in more dinnerware.  So instead of giving it away, I repurposed it as an OFFICE CADDY. 

The slots meant to hold your dishes up are perfect for files and paper.  This particular one I have is just the right length for short sized folders and envelopes.

The finish is perfect as it is made of rubber and so the material acts like a slip guard.

The drying cup meant for kitchen utensils is perfect for keeping pens, highlighters, scissors and other small things.

The thin edges are useful too as it makes a perfect home for my binder clips.

Organizing makes our tasks a lot more manageable. The less clutter we have, the easier it is to take control of other things in our life.

Happy organizing!