5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

We don’t always get spacious open kitchen, but we all need to cook nice homemade meals and food no matter you live in big mansion or tiny apartment. We all need the basic whiteware, cooking utensils, dining sets, herbs, spices and all sorts of kitchen accessories.

It’s okay to keep them all, but it is not okay if you don’t keep them tidy. You sure need to believe, if you already find yourself hard to turn around in piles of cluttered kitchen, then you just won’t be able to make nice steamy food of your dream home.

First thing you need to know about kitchen storage is that it does NOT mean to hide away everything and make it look all cleared.  It is about the great balance of appearance and convenience, how things are supposed to have their own places and in certain order for them to look nice.

So lets go through few tips on kitchen storage:

1.  Get them on the wall

Use your kitchen wall wisely, hang up the utensils, add on floating shelf or wall mounted storage shelves. Easiest way would be installing some metal rods or racks then use as many as S-shaped hooks to hang anything that can be hooked.

For the rest that doesn’t come with handle, shelves with flat top would be best.  Store your tea sets, coffee beans, spices and maybe something green as decorations. This extra open and flat area boosts convenience where you could see and get things you need in seconds. Magnetic knife holder is another great tool to have, tiny in size that would only take up small wall space but it allows you to stick metal tools on the wall effortless.

2. Categorised and designated areas

Just like you won’t find a book in your fridge, your kitchen items should have their own designated place to be too. Categorise them upon their purpose? Baking accessories should be grouped together, utensils should be hanged side by side, cutleries should be stored in one single drawer, seasoning all grouped up on a spice rack stand, snacks in the cupboard …etc.

Stack things up whenever possible, plates, saucers, bowls pots and so on. Remember you want to store things vertically instead of horizontally spread out.  By grouping stuff together it also helps you to find things you need much faster, just like supermarket shelves categories.

If storing spices and food ingredients in open area, using same or similar style of containers would be a great idea – it is one of the tips I found most useful for me.  It would help on general appearance by retaining consistency.  Oh! Remember to think about if the food you are storing away is light-sensitive though, as in this case you would want something non-transparent and air tight.

3. storage containers

Internal storage is just as important this includes your cupboard spaces, drawers and even fridge. You don’t want to open the cupboard and risk of something falls off – gets worse if you have kids at home. Make good use of assorted food containers! They are amazing and sometimes magical.

The store-away items should be categorised just as above. Food ingredients best stored away with container sets and they are most likely stackable now.

I’d like to apply this particularly in the fridge as the smell of the fridge could be one of the most horrible thing ever. Don’t know about you, but I find this image is a great example and soooothing! You want to separate meat and eggs and avoid direct contact with other food to prevent food contamination, mostly I just hate the idea of how germs (which have most numbers on meat and fish) could be easily passed onto something else in the fridge. Also think again about smell, exposed fish meat? Not a great idea even wrapped up in cling wrap.  Personally, I would choose glass containers over plastic, since you don’t need to carry them around, it is okay for them to carry a bit of weight. Glass containers are much more easy to clean, leaves no stain, dishwasher safe (for sanitise purpose) and less likely to smell, it also lasts forever!

4. Use corner spaces

You might have blind spots you never use in your kitchen, it might be the tiny corners or simply too small to have any shelving.  These spaces can be useful when you find the right way. Maybe nail up some clothes hooks to hang your apron and tea towels? Maybe mount up a cling wrap paper towel dispenser to add on much more convenience?

5. Kitchen Storage Shelves

Use of kitchen storage shelves would be the most handy and effective way to get more storage spaces sorted.  You would once again see the application of vertical storage as the fundamental idea. For the kitchen that doesn’t come with built-in microwave space, this is a great solution too. These shelves are also super awesome when you have extra kitchen appliance – if you are a baker at home, where would you put your mixer, beater, mixing bowls and all sorts of cool stuff? Try to leave most heavy things and stuff that you use most often on lower shelves, considering convenience and safety.

 

Mattress Buying Guide – How To Choose A Mattress?

Mattress Buying Guide – How To Choose A Mattress Just Right For You

Does ‘sleep like a baby’ been sound like a myth to you?  Couldn’t even have good night sleep? Or wake up with pain every now and then?

We spend one third of our life in bed and we talked about how some people just don’t have good sleeping quality. I am sure there are people changing several mattresses throughout the years just to get improved sleeping quality.

The hard part is that sleeping quality does not have a certain standard, everyone would have their own unique experience by sleeping on a same mattress, and because it varies from one to another, the definition of ‘best mattress’ would be different for everyone.

Today, I am going to go through a few things about mattresses and hopefully you would be able to find a mattress just right for you.

Types of Mattresses

Pocket Spring Mattress

Pocket spring mattress are made by vertical spring individually enclosed into a non-woven fabric pocket, it forms fundamental structure by sitting tightly next to each other. Because they are individually placed in, they offered unique feature of minimised partner disturbance by greatly reduced motion transfer.  These pocket spring can be arranged in zones for its different support ability – ie: Harder spring being placed in the hip zone to offer more support.

Bonnell Spring Mattress

It is the most cost efficient choice, it is structured by using inter-connecting metal coil to link all spring together, so it acts as a whole spring block. However structure like this would make partner disturbance inevitable and another common issue is the spring tends to squeak after a while from coil rubbing against  the springs.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is mold-able hence provides better contour and support to your body. Does not create any noise coming from inner mattress and for its porous nature, it is hypoallergenic. It is often being combined and layered with specialised gel to provide better temperature so it doesn’t get too hot in summer.  But it is not hard to imagine you would have to increase your budget. I think a good layer of mattress topper would be a great alternative.

Latex Foam Mattress

Latex is the most costy material amongst all, it shares the common of support and contour as memory foam, good flexibility, makes no noise and excellent resistance to motion. It is a natural mold-able material with porous structure, hence better breath-ability and it is also hypoallergenic.  It is comfortable and suitable for people who have back problems.

Tips on Choosing a Mattress

1. VIEW it – take a general look to see if the surface is leveled flat, quilting is done without exposing threads of holes.

2. PRESS it – give the mattress a firm press, also on the corners to see how it responds to pressure. See if the filling material collapse or weakens with pressure and also to see how the material bounces back to your palm.

3. LISTEN to it – Does it squeak when you press on?

4. SMELL it – Although it is completely normal to smell a little ‘man-made’, see if you recognise any irritating chemical odour.

Factors to Consider when buying a mattress

1. Size and Thickness – Buy mattress size that matches to your bed frame and pay attention to how thick it is, as this would result in overall height of your bed to hop on every night.

2. Firmness – This would greatly depend on personal preference however parents need to consider getting a medium to medium-firm mattresses for your young ones given children and young teens’ spine is still developing hence firmness matters the most to them.

3. How much support do you need – for people who has back problems you want to choose something like zoned pocket spring mattresses or mattress with higher bouncing ability. If you have someone like a sick patient at home who need to spend all time in bed, you want to choose mattress with best breath-ability and comfort. If you have rather sensitive skin then you would want to choose mattress made with hypoallergenic material.

4. Packaging – although it sounds rather irrelevant but if you ask people who lives in an apartment or 3-leveled townhouse, they would tell you mattress packaging matters! It would be sensible to choose vacuum packed mattress in cases like this. It is rolled up for transport purpose – so it can be send to you through courier or freight. So it could stay small and trouble-free until your bed is all set and ready to go.

When do I need a new mattress?

1. When your current mattress is no longer working for you, for example, if you recently changed your job that involves more walking and labour, then you really want to treat yourself with mattress with higher comfort level.

2. When your current mattress is 7-10 years old. No mattress can last forever and the generally they last 7 to 10 years. The innerspring would become fatigue results in decreased elasticity; the filling material such as foam would deform over time; not to think about the accumulated moist and dead skin over the years……. Okay! No matter how expensive your mattress is, sooner or later it needs to be replaced.

3. When your current mattress is showing signs of sagging or great abrasions, odour, inner squeaky noise.

Mattress general Maintenance

1. Keep the label – especially when they are sewn into the edge of the mattress.

2. Use mattress protectors – waterproof ones would be great! You want to minimise any moist that could go into the deep inner mattress.

3. Turn your mattress – depending on if you have a double-sided mattress, you could flip it over and upside down from time to time. Single-sided mattress could only be turned upside down. This is to even out the weight pressure to prevent it from sagging.

4. Apply even pressure – this means no jumping up and down on the bed and even if your mattress would be okay, you gotta also consider if it is okay for your bed frame to bear this acute weight.

5. Avoid sitting on the edge – this could result in uneven pressure being applied and could damage structure of the mattress edge causing it to deform. Vacuum packed on the other hand generally don’t have edge support in order to be rolled up so you would find these mattresses less supportive on the edge.

5 Smart Bedroom Storage Ideas

5 Smart Bedroom Storage Ideas

For those of you who owns small rental house like apartments or townhouses or just a small single room, you might face common problem of not having a walk-in wardrobe and proper storage room.

If you are just renting a single room, this would’ve been a much greater issue for you.

Although I would love to tell you to go with minimalism but I know it is really hard for most of people including myself.

So how do you make the most out of a limited spaced bedroom? How do we choose bedroom furniture wisely to fit into smaller spaces?

storage bed with drawers

 It would be great if it is in-built like this. Although this is not very common renovation style in New Zealand but it always makes me wonder why not go elevated when you have small bedroom? It would give you much more spaces.

 

 

 

Very contemporary and practical option with under bed storage drawers. Choosing a wooden bed would usually lead matching bedroom furniture much easier to hunt.

 

 

 

bunk bed with desk and storage

 Although the idea of bunk bed with desk and storage is most commonly being applied to kids room, but I do find them more than fascinating! Another great idea make you go WHY NOT?!

Wisely use vertical spaces instead of horizontal spaces.

 

Not to mention you get cool adult ones like this. Workstation at the bottom and sleep on upper bed.

 

 

 

tallboys lowboys dressers

     

Tallboys, lowboys, it doesn’t matter – depending on floor area you have, just choose ones you like the most. Just one thing though, try your best to match them in the same style or colour to main the consistency.

Bedside Storage area

 Bedside area would be the most interesting topic, and you could see quite a few different creative renovation ideas that works around bedside area.

I am guessing this is because we spend so much time in our lives in bed haha.

This one combines floating shelves and bedside table and it is absolutely stunning.

 

multifunctional headboards

 This combines a bookshelf and headboard as a new bedroom furniture- awesome aye! Especially when you have it on the side so you don’t draw too much attention.

If you are the lucky ones who gets to decide on bedroom renovations , then worth to think about the idea of extending your headboard zone horizontally so you would have more shelving spaces for storage or decorations.

By stretching headboard zones vertically, you get much more possibilities.

This would be one of my favourite ideas – a double-sided headboard!

Yeah! Why didn’t we think about to make the room useful behind a headboard? Study desk with bookshelf if a brilliant design.  Not only this could sort your storage needs but also to offer working zones.

5 Great Living Room Furniture for Rental Houses

5 Great Living Room Furniture for Rental Houses

If you happen to live in populated Auckland city like our TreasureBox team for example, you may experience the living spaces could get smaller and smaller.

Students who rent your own living space like city apartments might experience frequent house moving, this is when you want to consider furniture that is affordable, compact, simple and modern to fit to all living spaces.

In this post, I am going to recommend a few living room furniture that I adore the most and found them most useful and definitely student-friendly!

3-Seater Lounge Suite Sofa with Chaise

If you really have to consider a couch then this would be one of the best, and as always, black, white and grey are the colours that fits into all living spaces. L-shape allows not just you but your friends or flat mates to spend times together.

3-Seater Fold Out Sofabed with Cup Holders

Otherwise, a couch that converts to sofa bed would be best recommended. This 3 seater couch is one of the most versatile model, comes with cup holders just perfect for renting couples. Enjoy a great movie night easy and transform it into a fold down bed if you have sleep overs.

Rattan Room Divider Screen

You might have seen some property with rather odd layouts, sometimes it could be a super narrow spaces or random shaped corners. This is when a foldable room divider is going to show you its charm. It provides instant separation of one space and helps you to ‘hide’ those odd corner or your storage boxes that you got no where to put away but stored in the living room.

LAGUNA 1.2M Entertainment Media TV Unit

Two main reasons that Laguna is my favourite entertainment unit amongst all – for the scandi design & colour and also for its size. I am a big fan of scandi furnishing and oak + white is the top combination that never goes wrong. 1.2m is just right for all apartments even better for people who is only renting a single room, 1.2m should always fit.You might want to consider matching coffee table and shoe storage cabinet too!

1 Drawer Wooden Coffee Table
TAHOE Shoe Rack Storage Shelf Cabinet Organiser

MALIGNE Storage Shelf Cabinet on Wheels

Something that is multipurpose or all-purpose is soooo handy! Have one in your own room, or extra dining storage, maybe around the entrance to be your show rack, under your study desk for the storage of your study material, in the living room as your side table…I could go on and on. Best of all, the feature of how it is on wheels allows mobility in the house, move it to wherever you need it. So this would be the furniture that I would regret on not sharing.

Of course they are so many more to choose from so visit our TreasureBox homepage and click on Furniture category and be ready to shop!