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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Personalized Leuchtturm Journals

Leuchtturm Journals

I just met my perfect notebook — Leuchtturm Journals!  Last April 29, National Book Store launched the “Personalize Your Leuchtturm (loy-turm) Journal” event at their branch in Glorietta, Makati. We got to engrave our names on the soft leather cover of our chosen journal. Here’s me with mine.  You will fall in love with this notebook’s details! From its ink proof and acid proof paper, its numbered pages, its detachable sheets, to its page marker, elastic enclosure band and most of all, the myriad of colors that you can choose from!

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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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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!

Collect Them All!

I’ve collected plenty of these throughout the years… no, they’re not action figures nor art… they’re business cards!  Some from clients, others from publications and networks, a big chunk from suppliers, and then some from doctors, professionals, resorts, salons and many, many more!

I do save the important numbers on my mobile phone but I keep the card anyway for future reference.  And I’m sure glad I did because one time when my phone bogged down, I lost all my contacts!

Here’s how to “OCfy” your big business card collection:

1. Organize According to Category

I know a lot of business card organizers have those little tabs that keep them alphabetized. But I would rather organize according to category since I won’t be able to remember the name of the company or person I need to look for them under the correct letter.  So what I did was to remove all the alphabet tabs and replace them with labels of my own (using my label maker of course!).  So now if for example I need an events supplier, I go through the “Suppliers” tab.  If I need to contact my hairstylist, then I look through the “Beauty and Health” tab.

2.Write Notes.

I add my own notes at the back of some cards especially if it’s not easy to remember what the company is for, or where I met that person, or his or her nickname.

3. Find the Perfect Organization Tool

Now the fun part… choose an organization tool that will keep your business cards together in an easy to access system.

You can use a puncher and a ball chain or heavy string.

 

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Binder snap rings work well, too!

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Or use a good ol’ rolodex.  Jazz it up by covering the dividers with craft paper.

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