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.

 

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

 

Happy New Year 2019!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holidays, got to go somewhere and had lots of laughter.

This summer, Te Papa museum has an very interesting exhibition:

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Here’s brief info about it:

This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.

Also on display are more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade, and bronze. The works date from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE), and were found in imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.

While you might be familiar of what terracotta is but you would have NO IDEA on what it is like when they happen to be in your room and even became part of your bedroom furniture!

There was a hotel review being posted online recently where a traveler went to Xi’an China and happened to stayed in terracotta themed hotel.

HAHAHAHA! Seriously?! You won’t believe this and I hope you don’t laugh too hard about his experience:


The moment you turn on the light, this is what you see, they all stares at you….to welcome you….

to……welcome you….

Enter the bedroom….to find four warriors staring at you right next to your bed.  Now you may never feel such wide awake before…..

“How was your sleep dude.”

The other room had five of terracotta warriors right above your head, yea…you kinda have them as your headboard.

“Go head and sleep tight, we will be guarding you!”

Or even better – your bed could be sitting on top of tens of these little terracotta…..and they don’t seem to have hands…

“Sweet dreams!”

Would you be happy to take the flower?

Or you may not mind how they just show up like this…

Look around you and find yourself in need of turning the bedside lamp on, only to discover woah! A terracotta warrior on its knee and the lamp….seemed to be its helmet.

So here’s the question, exactly how many of them are there in the room?!

Take the full view in the living room won’t you?

After the tour so far you might just want to chill in the bathroom and splash some fresh cold water on your face, only to discover…..

The great wall art right in your sight……you surely won’t feel alone in the shower!

Best of all, you get these two staring right at you when you are doing your business…..look at it as per part of….cheer leading?

If you really can’t sleep, just get up and go around in the room, you will find terracotta in various sizes at different places just like hide-and-seek game.

If you sleep with the lights on, you get to see lots of them standing right next to you…

If you sleep with lights off, then you get to feel them looking at you and guarding you in the dark…

If you sleep facing towards them, it might creeps you out but it feels even creepier by knowing they are at the back…

The owner of the hotel says the whole idea is to create an unique theme where customers could find themselves back to dynasty Qin again.

Okay, no joke, ever since this review being posted online, the hotel became famous and hotel manager happily mentioned they got fully booked almost at all times.

I think it is quite interesting to see them outside a museum for sure while we should always respect the actual terracotta and get to know the history behind it. It would be great to visit Te Papa if you have the chance to stop by Wellington this summer.

Will you stay in this hotel on your next visit in China?

 

10 Coolest Bunk Beds Ever Kids Bedroom Ideas

10 Coolest Bunk Beds Ever Kids Bedroom Ideas

From the post about bedroom storage, we talked about the ideas of having bunk beds combining bedroom furniture and from doing all the searching, I’ve found quite a few interesting bunk bed designs that I thought it would be fun to share.

Most of them are kids room design ideas while using bunk bed as the main character of the room and wow! Kids these days do get a lot of cool stuff that we could not have imagined when we were little!

This bunk bed features a beach watch station and it is my personal favourite as it includes my most favoured elements navy stripes, anchor, rustic white and WHALES!!

I believe there are so many boys obsessed about planes and this bunk bed with slide would be one of the best place to have a daydream. Climb up and slide down, feel the wind and imagine being on an aeroplane.

Oooooooo this is a rather ‘crazy’ one – yeah…crazy for adults to look at shockingly and crazy for kids to wanting to sleep in one. I can’t even figure how many kids could fit in this room but by looking at how these beds are all connected together, slide and ball pit, I could see a sleep-over heaven!

The loft style is stunning and I reckon the highlight in this bedroom is the baby cot at the bottom of the bunks. Would totally work for families with 2 kids one being still a baby. Only downside is the bars around top bunks doesn’t look so safe to me though.

This bedroom is definitely going on the top 10 list and I am sure you would agree too. Pendant light on bedroom ceiling, pink single couch, the castle, princessy stairs, bows and ribbons…..everything you need to make a little girl cry out of joy!

Solution for getting two kids insist on having their own ‘territory’ to share one bedroom – awesome tree house bunk beds, one each!! They all get to decide what to put underneath bunk beds. How wonderful!

This bedroom would be one of my favourite too and would be a dreamy bedroom for a lot of kiwi kids I believe. A great theme to bring out our amazing New Zealand beaches for kids have passions towards surfing. Would be awesome to accompany with a star light projector at night with the open bed, urrhh I am jealous of this bed owner already!

Another awesome top sleep-over heaven! Kids always love tree houses because how private it is and they seemed to like having a daydream at higher altitudes haha. Slide looks fun again but just not the stairs though…..I am scared to climb up a rope ladder being an adult so definitely not safe for kids.

I like this bedroom idea because of how much it brought out a wooden tree theme, it makes me feel like I am sleeping inside a tree trunk in a forest. So mysterious, and I am definitely bringing over my best buddy this weekend to share this secret spot – as a child of course  XD.

I saw this one and immediately thought about ALL BOYS hahaha! I put this one at last because from what I could see, super heroes are eternal favoured and it is the most realistic amongst all. All you need is to use your creativity on decorating the bed. Even it may not be as many features as shown on the ones above, but kids would still looooove it! I would!! Toy storage or a private (but open) play room underneath the bunk bed is such a brilliant idea.

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.