Recycling Toilet Paper Rolls

Empty toilet paper rolls have so many uses. You just need a bit of imagination to give it an afterlife.

A bit of twine, some felt paper, a few buttons and strings, and you have yourself a cute pencil holder!

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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!

Book Upcycle Ideas

Do you have a lot of old books lying around? This can be one of the major causes of clutter around your home. For books that aren’t readable anymore, don’t relegate them to the recycle bin just yet. You can still re-purpose them into something useful again!

You can turn your old books into a one-of-a-kind lamp just like this. What a wonderful idea for a reading room!

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If you feel like taking on this project, you can get the step by step instructions for it here.

Here is another version of that project except that in this one, the books were painted in a solid color.

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An old book with some printed fabric can become your next stylish bag.

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For all you fashionistas out there, you can find the step by step instructions of this project here.

Here is another example of a book-turned-bag. So cute!

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 You can make use of your old book covers to come up with statement furniture like these.

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Then you can use the inside pages to come up with different home centerpieces like these.

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Here is an easy project to do with all those old books. Turn them into book marks! They will make unique and memorable gifts this Christmas time.

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Whatever you choose to do with your old books, may it bring you happiness again just like it did when you first opened it.

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!

 

OCfied Organizer for Earrings

In one of my OCfied videos, I showed a silkscreen earrings organizer.  It’s a project that you can also do!  So here’s a step by step guide on how to make your own Silkscreen Earring Organizer.

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Materials:

Picture Frame

Silk Screen

Glue Gun or Super Glue

Steps:

1. Remove the backing in a picture frame you like.

2. Take a silkscreen the same size as the picture frame border.

3. Attach the picture frame border on the silkscreen’s frame by using a glue gun. If you want it to be more permanent, use superglue.

Option: Instead of a picture frame border, you can also cover the silkscreen’s frame with cute washi tape!

Have fun with this project! If you want to see the video with this Silkscreen Earring Organizer, click on the link below!

HATS OFF!

Summer is here and for those who love to accessorize, it’s hat and cap season! Here are some ways to organize them.

 

I use binder rings to organize my caps on a hanger!

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My friend uses command hooks to organize his collection on his bedroom wall.

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If you have a spare china cabinet, you can showcase your collection there!

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Whatever system you choose to OCfy your hats and caps with, don’t forget to use them to stay protected from the sun this summer! 🙂

Your Own BOWtique

My daughter has a lot of clips and bows in all sizes and colors! So here are some ways on how I OCfied them!

 

1.     Plastic Containers

There are lots of plastic containers out there that have adjustable partitions so that you can modify them according to your needs.  I found this one at National Book Store.  We like it a lot because of its pink color!

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2.     Ice Trays

Ice trays make really good hair accessory containers especially for small items like hair pins and small rubber bands.

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3.     Carabiners

I like using carabiners to keep all of my extra hair ties together which I usually buy in bulk.  

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4.     Ribbons

Here’s a great idea!  You can attach some ribbons to a board or frame for your clips and hair pins.

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