Thursday, 9 March 2017

Kitchen Storage

Ideas here with products mostly from IKEA and Daiso, are on how to organize your kitchen storage. IKEA's website shows all the prices of their products. Most of Daiso's items are sold at RM5.90 (effective 1st Mar 2017) each. 

Storage boxes are a fridge's best friends. They can help you divide your items according to their types and ease the process of locating them. If the stuffs in your fridge/ shelve are relatively short and there is still space above, try putting a rack to save some space.

If you have so much food in your kitchen that you have to pack cans all the way to the back, you need the help of drawers so you can actually find what you need.

Pull out rack for kitchen/ fridge storage to save space. Plastic storage boxes

Shelf helper/ organizer from

Divide the pots from their lids using dividers.  Tin cans work well for your not-so-cute under-the-sink tools, like dish scrubbers. Use adhesive tabs to hang them on the inside of your cabinet so they're easy to reach.
Pull-out compartments are always a good idea for easy access.

Height order: If your kitchen has deep drawers, use every bit of that height to store jars upright. Save your shallower drawers for items like cutlery or flat tins.

Dish drainer can be placed on top of the sink or hung from the wall to save counter space and help air get to wet crockery. (Ideas by Ikea)

From cutlery trays to spice racks, IKEA's VARIERA kitchen storage series fits inside drawers to give everything an organised home.

Tension rods are handy for instant storage. They can be used as lines to hang clothes, divider to make more storage room in your shelves. You just have to tighten or loosen the screw at the end of the rod to adjust length to fit the space. 
Tension rods and Frosted plastic boxes from Daiso. Food containers from Ikea.

Build a pantry cabinet with racks on the door or have a modern huge pantry with sliding door.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Konmari Method of Organizing

Marie “KonMari” Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a best seller in United States, Japan, Germany, and the UK, with more than six million copies sold worldwide. 

The first step in KonMari method is to visualize the life you wish to have with a clutter-free space. Maybe it means hosting more parties for your friends, more space for your hobby, etc. The magic of tidying can dramatically transform your life. The goal is to be surrounded only by the things you love (or need) and to be inspired by your possessions rather than stressed out by them.

Tidy by category instead of tidying room by room, Marie advises we tackle clutter by category in the following order: clothes, books, papers, miscellany (komono), and then things with sentimental value. You’ll put all your clothes on the floor and sort through them, then all the books, “komono”, etc.

Finish discarding first. During sorting, go through everything, do the purge first before putting and arranging the things back in the storage. Evaluate each item whether it sparks joy for you or not. You should ask yourself “why should I keep this?”. It is like you have a relationship with every object you own, if you don’t need some of them in your life anymore, you can thank them for their service and get rid of them (or send them to charity/ recycling station). 

After discarding, designate a specific home for every single item you keep to avoid a clutter relapse. Ideally, it should be just as effortless to put something away as it is to locate it later. Store the stuff you do decide to keep with respect, in the best way to see and appreciate them. KonMari offers suggestions, such as storing bags within bags, decorating the back of your closet, and keeping bath and kitchen items stored outside of the bath and kitchen sink area (to avoid grimy buildup). [source]

Folding Method
Rather than haphazardly laying things flat in a drawer, they should stand upright; the more folds there are, the less wrinkled the item will be once ready for wear. The objectives are to be able to locate them easily and to grant clothes the respect they deserve by touching, appreciating, and properly storing each item. [source]

KonMari folding method - shirt

For jeans

They should stand upright; the more folds there are, the less wrinkled the item will be. You can locate the item easily and it grants clothes the respect they deserve.

Organizing Clothes Closet
First, hang the clothes that you are storing on hangers on the pole from the longest item to the shortest. If you have too many to hang, fold as many as possible to save space and store them in a set of drawers placed underneath the pole. Use these drawers to store clothing-related komono as well, and any other komono categories that seem to fit, such as accessories and items you use daily. In general, the shelf in the top of the closet is for bags, hats, off-season komono, and sentimental items. If more than one person uses the closet, be sure to assign individual space for each person. [source]

Marie Kondo