How to Organize a Lot of Clothes in a Small Closet

Weekend project done! I just fit in 206 items of clothing into an itsy bitsy closet! If you are spatially challenged but don’t want to give up your well loved wardrobe, here’s how I did this.

1. Double up your hanging space by installing an extra clothing rod in the middle.

Yeah, yeah, you’ll probably ask – but what about my long dresses? What I did was that I hung them folded on a hanger. That top clothing rod in the picture? Most of those are dresses. 🙂

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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!

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.

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!