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Kitchen cupboard clean up

Posted by Head Chiquita on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : Home Tips 
Organise your cabinets into several categories such as plates, glasses, plastic containers, kid's plates etc. Place the plates on one shelf, the glasses on another, and so on.

This way, putting things away is child's play and when you empty the dishwasher, you or other family members will always know where everything goes.

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Tame your hair product mess

Posted by Head Chiquita on Friday, June 15, 2012, In : Home Tips 
Hair products take up a lot of space in a bathroom - there's gels, sprays, straighteners etc etc so they take up a lot of space.

To sort it out, use a plastic container (no lid) for under the sink and load it up with all that stuff. Then when it's time to make yourself beautiful, you simply take out the tub, use what you need and put the whole thing back.

No mess no fuss and it's easy to see what you need to buy when you run out of stock.

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A quick space-saver in the kitchen

Posted by Head Chiquita on Monday, April 30, 2012, In : Home Tips 
To save drawer space, hang your oven mitts in a hook inside a cabinet door near the oven, and hang your aprons on the pantry door or a wall hook.

These are very nifty from the online shop: http://www.neatfreakshop.co.za/pORG-0063/Door-Hook.aspx

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The ultimate sock-loss solution

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : Home Tips 
 If you are not all that fussed about the same old socks (and can bare to part with the mickey mouse ones) then a great solution is to buy loads of black and white socks. That way, you have one draw for each colour. When they've been washed, they just get dumped into the right coloured sock draw and voila.

No more missing socks.

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Cutlery tray to the rescue

Posted by on Monday, August 1, 2011, In : Home Tips 
So often that space in the front entrance becomes the dumping ground for everything, resulting in some serious frustration.

An easy solution to organizing this space is to use one of those cutlery trays that you find in your kitchen drawers (or a fancy wicker one if aesthetics are important to you). This gives you a functional storage solution: use one divider for keys, one for electronics such as your cellphone, the other for wallets and yet another for sunglasses (or whatever you need the...

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Keeping the underwear drawer in check

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 
When I decided that enough was enough and that I simply had to acquire nicer underwear, I also realised that I needed a better system to keep the matching items together.

So I've placed old shoe boxes in my lingerie draw with panty and bra neatly tucked together (panty in the cup of the bra). Now when I reach for that lovely number I don't have to go in search of the parts that make up the sum...

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Take care of them snazzy boots

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

You want your snazzy boots to last a few winters and not loose their shape so keep them upright by placing a rolled up magazine or two into them. They'll keep their shape and be good to go for their next fashion stint.

p.s. you can also use old cardboard poster rolls.


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Use luggage to store clothes

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

Winter is on its way out and soon we'll all be whipping out bikinis and beach towels. But that winter clothing is taking up so much space in your cupboard that you can't fit anything new in.

So, why not use suitcases that you don't often need, to store your winter clothes and shoes. That way you don't have to spend money on storage, and you have space for all those new goodies.


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Identify kitchen zones

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

The kitchen is where we go to 'nourish' our bodies and families and is often a space that is bulging with things. So many different mugs, and pots, and bowls... we have more dishes, more utensils then we have space to house. We think we need all these lovely things but actually, what we really need is to sort through all our things, keep what we really use, give away what we don't and organise ourselves into work zones.

Basically, you need to access what you do in the kitchen...


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Divide your drawers to keep your sanity

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

Most drawers are not deep enough for large jerseys and pants so use them instead for the small stuff that gets completely lost in a big cupboard. But the trick is to keep them altogether in the draw so you know where everything is when you need it.

You can keep like with like by using old shoe boxes, plastic veggie trays, or splurge on the organising dividers - practically anything that will divide the space for you. In these new 'segments', store CDs, make-up (lip sticks, eye shadow an...


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Organise your groceries

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

If your groceries are driving you insane because you don't know where to put them and you keep buying more because you can't see what you have, then these tips are for you.

  • Remove all grocery items from where you are currently keeping them. You need to see the space you have available.
  • Clean the space you will be using and purge what has expired or you know you aren't going to use (remembering to donate where you can).
  • Now group items together: tins, baking suppl...

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When you are moving house...

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

Each person in the family should have their own storage box which they can fill with those things they simply cannot pack away and want as soon as they reach their new home.

These could be a favourite teddy bear, a notebook, towels and sheets or that awesome straightening iron! Whatever you'll need as soon as you get there, is what you should put in the box AND each person should be responsible for their box (it isn't mom's fault if it doesn't get to the other side).


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Bathroom cleaning in a snap

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

If you have the space available in your bathroom, you can save a lot of time off cleaning it by creating a bathroom cleaning kit that you store in the room. Fill a cleaning caddy with everything you need to clean - not having to search for these things will make cleaning more efficient.


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Make that garage work for you

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

Whether you have one garage or two, it needs to be organised otherwise it risks becoming the dumping ground for all manner of household items.  So, if your garage isn't working for you, resulting in you parking one of your largest assets outside, then you need to make a plan!

Start, as usual, by taking everything out so you can see what you have and what you don't need. It is a process, but the best tip, once you have sorted through everything, is to group your items by cate...


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Bring order to groceries

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

My grocery cupboard has been a challenge of late (even though I admit that there isn't always a huge stock in it). So when I recently did a monthly shop, I thought it the most opportune time to sort it out. And here are a few tricks I learnt:

  • Divide cans into categories and try to line them up next to each other. This means that when you only have two cans of the tomato mix available, you know straight away.
  • If your cupboard space is deep, take advantage of this space by ...

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Quick fix for your cupboard

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

The golden rule of organising your cupboard is "if you haven't worn it in a year - toss it". SO, first things first - you have to toss all those clothes that are collecting dust. BUT in the event that you really aren't sure if you should toss an item of clothing, then 'flag' the hanger. During the next 6 weeks, if you wear a 'flagged' item, it is in the clear but after the 6 weeks, toss what is still 'flagged'.


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Pack of linen

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Home Tips 

I have finally labeled my linen shelves so that I can find what I am looking for but I recently saw a television programme where the presenter stored her sheets by folding the fitted and flat sheet and one pillowcase into a neat square and then placed this into the remaining pillowcase.

This makes it easy to recognise the set and everything is all together when you need it.


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Trays for large appliances

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Home Tips 

To save yourself lots of backache, store heavy appliances (liquidizes, mixers, food processors) on a sturdy tray in your cupboard. That way, when you need to use it, you can slide the tray out and get what you need out with minimal strain on your back.


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