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.

Remove Food Stains from your Chopping Board

For your family’s health, you should regularly clean and disinfect your plastic or wooden chopping boards.  Especially because these can be easily stained by various food.

To get your chopping boards looking like new again, give them a once a month spa treatment.  I’d like to share something that works for me.

All I need are lemons and salt.  Calamansi works, too! 

Here’s what I do:

1.    Sprinkle salt on the chopping board.

2.    Using lemon, squeeze the juice and scrub the surface of the chopping board.

3.    Leave for 20 minutes, and then scrape away the grey dirty liquid.

4.    Rinse the chopping board with a clean sponge.

The acid of the lemon works on the tough food stains while the salt helps exfoliate the surface.

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!

CD Upcycle

I have a big box of old CDs that are so badly scratched, they don’t play anymore.

Well, I don’t want them to go to waste so I found some great ideas on how to upcycle my old CDs!

Hanging CDs make very good bird deflectors in the garden especially for fruit trees.

There are many kinds of CD art.  To make foil scratch art, just coat the CD with paint then use an old ballpen, stylus or cutter to remove the paint to show the shiny surface below it.

Another CD art you can do with your kids is something like this!

Feeling Christmassy this early?  You can use old CDs to create a door wreath.

You can also use old CDs to create your own earrings holder.

Now if you have a lot more time and CDs on hand, I found this roof shingle project online! Though I think this will only work for smaller roofing projects like maybe a dog house or a garden accessory.

I love upcycling projects! If you’re thinking of doing any of these, good luck and tell me about 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!