Packing for Trips

It’s summer time! Holy Week is fast approaching, too! So if you are planning on a family vacation, an office holiday or a barkada pampering trip, here are some of my tips on how to pack efficiently.

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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.

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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.

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BAG IT!

Sale season is here!  And whether you are a shopaholic or not, every purchase means you come home with a paper or plastic bag.  If you are not that careful, these bags just might take over your kitchen drawers and cabinets!

Here are some storage ideas to keep your paper and plastic bag clutter under control.

Mount a used tissue box using velcro stickers to the back of your cabinet door for an instant plastic bag dispenser!

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Another way to make your own plastic dispenser is by recycling an old cardboard tube and cutting out some plastic holes in them.

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If you are any good with sewing, you can use old tea towels to create a pretty plastic dispenser to be hung on any door or hook!

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Why not use a paper filer for your paper bags, just like this one?

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How about mounting an old paper tray to the wall and knotting across some bungee cords to keep your paper bags in place?

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You can also use a tension rod with shower hooks to hang all your paper bags nicely.

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A magazine file will also keep all your paper bags neatly stored under your sink.

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Whatever you do, don’t throw that plastic or paper bag without re-using it.  It’s a small step we can all do to help save the environment.