What’s Best for Long Hikes: Survival Hatchet vs Folding Saw

If you’re going on a long hike it’s essential that you are prepared and bring with you the best tools and gear. This will not only help to keep you safer, but it will also improve your experience and make the whole trip more fun and rewarding.

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Things that you should absolutely have in your rucksack to this end include: compass, first aid kit, torch, food supplies, rope, masking tape and blade.
But not just any blade. Bring the right blade and it will be able to help you in a large number of different scenarios and give you more options for feeling self-sufficient and resourceful. The ideal choice will be something that is versatile and that is portable. And this presents two interesting options: the survival hatchet and the folding saw.

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Both will meet those requirements. But which is the best choice for long hikes? Let’s find out by looking at what you can use them for and what their pros and cons will be.

The Folding Saw
A folding saw is a saw that can be easily stowed away in a bag. The fact it folds means it will take up less space in your carry and at the same time, cover the otherwise-exposed blade so that nothing gets damaged in your bag.

From there, a saw will be able to cut pretty much anything you could possibly throw at it and no branch or log will be too big or thick. All that’s required is a little persistence on your part and you should be able to make your way through nearly anything. This is ideal then for splitting fire wood, for cutting logs to use for a shelter, or for removing shoes etc. in case of an injury.

The Hatchet
But while a folding saw might sound appealing, the hatchet is pretty much superior in every way for hiking, camping and survival.

The hatchet works like a splitting maul, making it perfect for chopping firewood in a single blow. While the saw will provide a straighter cut, that really doesn’t matter if you’re just going to burn the wood. The problem with a maul is that it’s too large to fit into a back, but a hatchet is much smaller – so there’s no such issues. A saw also requires significantly more effort to cut anything with and if you’re hiking long distances, then energy management is one of your primary concerns. You need to do everything as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Likewise, a hatchet has the significant advantage of being much more versatile. You can use it for hunting should you need to, you can use it as a hammer – to drive a tent stake into the ground for instance – and you can use it to chop through foliage and branches blocking your path (though a machete would be better for this). You can even throw a hatchet if you have to, though this is a very dangerous move and one you should never attempt unless you have had training and there is no alternative.

The point is though, that a hatchet has a lot more options and can therefore be used by more people in more situations – you should definitely take a survival hatchet.

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That said, there is no reason not to bring both! And while you’re at it, you could also bring a knife of some sort or perhaps a machete. At this point, your ruckstack starts to become heavy and laden with sharp implements though, so you need to weigh up the likelihood of needing these items versus the costs of bringing them.

Health And Wellness 101: Strategies For Success

Once you make the connection between great health and optimized living, it’s time to begin implementing wellness techniques that will help you take your life to the next level. Below you’ll find two health strategies that will empower you to lead the life of extraordinary wellness you deserve to have:

1. Incorporate More Veggies And Fruits Into Your Diet
One strategy you can implement to make wellness your new normal is incorporating more veggies and fruits into your diet. This strategy will help ensure that you don’t have any nutritional gaps that preclude your body from completing important regulatory functions quickly and correctly. Note that there are a wide range of nutrient-dense fruits and veggies you can start integrating into your daily meals so that your body can function optimally. One of them is broccoli. Some of the nutrients that abound in broccoli include vitamin K, chromium, vitamin C, fiber, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. One fruit you might want to consider consuming in larger quantities is grapes. Grapes have ample amounts of vitamin K, copper, and vitamin B2. Another fruit that will provide you with stellar nutritional support is bananas. Bananas come chock full of vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin C.

As you begin your process of optimizing your eating habits, note that there are a wide range of products and services you can utilize to eliminate behavioral modalities that don’t serve you. An example would be overeating, a reality which can lead to unwanted outcomes such as weight gain, diabetes, and depression. Luckily, there are several natural remedies for overeating. Note that health practitioners such as Dr. Kshamica Nimalasuryia provide people with a wide range of all natural herbal supplements that can help them address and resolve their overeating issues.

2. Exercise Regularly
Another strategy you can implement to get healthy is exercising regularly. This technique will empower you to attain a wide range of wonderful wellness outcomes. Some of them include improved body composition, increased aerobic capacity, increased respiratory capacity, and decreased blood pressure (amongst individuals who have moderate hypertension). Some forms of exercise you can engage in to attain these outcomes include jump rope, cycling, and weight-lifting!

You deserve to lead an incredible life in which you have tons of energy and the mood stability necessary to complete your professional and personal goals with ease and passion. To get on the road to life optimization right now, start using one or both of the wellness techniques listed here!

7 Common Mistakes Made With Wine Coolers

Wine coolers are handy and last a long time when treated well. Below are a few of the more common mistakes people make with this appliance.

Tipping It When Moving
Tipping and upending appliances that use coolant is a bad idea. In fact, it can ultimately render the item useless. Always get help in moving your wine cooler from one area of the room to another, or to another location altogether.

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Setting the Temperature Wrong
If your wine is coming straight out of the cooler too warm or cold, check the thermostat setting. You should keep it an average of 50 degrees Fahrenheit for most wines. You will lose much of the body and boldness when it is off one way or the other.

Using the Cooler for Other Drinks
The temperature required for the perfect glass of wine is a little higher than for other types of beverages. Keep in mind that the wine cooler is for wine only. Place all other drinks to chill in the refrigerator.

Blocking the Vents
The series of vents located on the back, sides, or front of your cooler is there to intake fresh air and keep the motor from overheating. Blocking these can be a death sentence for your wine cooler. Keep adequate space and clearance for your cooler to breath through these vents.

Placing It Near Heat
Heat sources found in many areas of the home, and you need to avoid placing the wine cooler nearby. Keep the cooler out of direct sunlight, away from microwaves, toaster ovens, countertop ovens, coffee pots, and heater vents. Having this appliance too close to heat will make it nearly impossible to regulate the temperature.

Constant Door Opening
Take advantage of the clear glass door on your wine cooler and make a selection before opening. With the increased opening and closing of the door, the more the temperature climbs inside the unit.

Inconsistent Cleaning
Take a few minutes to clean the wine cooler inside and out. Cleaning should be done every week or two to keep it in excellent condition. Wipe the inside down with a damp cloth that has dish soap and water. Use the same cloth to rinse with pure water. Wipe the exterior with the manufacturers suggested cleaner. Vacuum the vents to remove dust. Clean the door glass with paper towels and window cleaner.

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Call on refrigeration specialists like Sub Zero Repair Centers if you suspect any problems and need Sub Zero wine cooler repair right away!

Tips For Buying Wedding Dresses Online

When the hubs and I did our wedding photo shoot in a bridal studio 18 years ago, we spent the entire day there.  We reached the studio at 10 a.m. and the shooting only ended 8 hours later.  The hubs and I left the bridal studio feeling famished, exhausted and with achy jaw (from giving our best smiles for hours) and body.  It was definitely not a pleasant experience for us.

Thus, if you are one who has no patience for spending hours on end choosing and getting in and out of gowns with thick make-up and a hair-do thickened with hair sprays and colors, you can always opt to buy your wedding dresses online.

Shopping online for your wedding dress definitely has its benefits: you do not need to wait in line, leave the house or even change out of your comfy pajamas.  And while it comes with a lengthy list of pros, it can have a few drawbacks too… like those Backless Lace Wedding Dresses with Sash arriving two sizes too small.

To save yourself time and aggravation, here are some quick and handy tips for online shopping for affordable wedding dresses:

1. Know your measurements. Sizes vary depending on the brand and even the batch the products were made in.  Refer to the size chart and measurements provided by the seller and you’ll also need to whip out the good old measurement tape and take note of your bust, waist hips, inseam and your preferred length of dress.  If you are not sure how to do it, head to your tailor or seamstress and have them measure you.  This ensures that you’ll get the most accurate measurements possible.

2. Read the reviews. Customer reviews are extremely valuable pieces of info, since they give you real perspective on the piece you’re considering. Scan for comments touching on size, fit and quality of material to get a better idea of whether an item fits true to size, or if you’ll need to size up or down.

3. Know the materials. The feel of a material is just as important as the size. There’s nothing worse than finally receiving that dress you’ve been eying for months, only to find that the fabric is not the type that you want. Since you can’t touch the fabric and often can’t distinguish what the texture of a piece is like just by looking at a photo, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the fabric content. Get to know what satin, chiffon, silk, ice cotton, gauze, etc. feels like.

4. Read thoroughly the return policies. Even if you’ve followed all of the above steps, there still might be the occasional disappointment. Be prepared and familiarize yourself with the return policies before you order. Things to look for: free returns, how long you have to send the product back, whether or not you can make exchanges, if returns can be made in store and if there is a restocking fee.

5. Opt for a reliable website such as Dressywomen for purchasing wedding dresses.

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6. Watch the videos. If there is a video of a model wearing the gown that you want to buy, always watch it. You’ll get a good idea of the weight and quality of the fabric as they walk.

7. If you are also looking for elegant and cheap mother of the bride dresses like the ones below for your mum or mother-in-law, get them to sit together with you at the computer when you browse the websites. Discuss on the color, design, theme and sizes of the dresses together to save time.

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Try not to be a last minute shopper. Plan the purchase of your wedding dresses at least 6 months before your big day. In case you are not too satisfied with the dresses, you can still return them to the seller and find alternative dresses.  With proper planning and sufficient time to shop for your wedding dresses, the photo shooting and wedding reception will be a beautiful memory  to last for a life time.

Back To School

Today I dropped off the big girl at the hair salon for a hair cut before the new school term next starts next week.  The high school that she’s studying at is pretty strict with students’ hair styles.  Girls with long hair must have their hair tied into a bun. Hair must be kept to a length of 5 cm above the collar for  girls with short hair. And there can be no fanciful styles and no concave cut for those who wish to spot a bob haircut. Absolutely no hair bundles  or lace closure on your hair. Failure to abide by this rule would risk the student having his/her hair cut by the disciplinary teacher. Thus, if you see a high school girl spotting a neatly bundled up bun or a  general bob up to  ear or chin level  you would have guessed it right that she’s from a Chinese school.  After going through eight years of Chinese school with my girls, I now have the ‘expertise’ to set apart a Chinese school kid vs. a national school kid vs. an international school kid at just one glance.

Sherilyn is finally over and done with Chinese schools with draconian rules.  Next week she will be going to a national school.  There will be no more struggles with coiffuring her hair into grandma buns every morning. She can keep her hair long again and all she needs to do is to tie it up into a pony tail. Her hair is now at an awkward length. It is neither long nor short. Leaving it alone would be too unkempt while tying it up would render her hair looking like a pig’s tail.  But this is just temporary. She’s pretty unperturbed by her hair and has not asked me for a hair extension with lace frontal yet.

In just two days the girls will be back to school and back to the grind.  While I will terribly miss sleep ins, I am so glad that we will be back to reality. I have been slacking in my daily exercise regimen this school holidays. I miss getting back on the tracks and pool again at 6:30 every morning.

Here’s wishing all my readers a very happy new year. My new year resolution is to get an extra  hour of sleep each day, stay healthier and get more hair growing on my head. After a turbulent year with a couple of major scares to my health and losing some hair caused by anemia, I am now hell bent on loving myself more.   In the meantime, perhaps I’ll get myself some wigs if I really have to look elegant and pretty for the bunch of upcoming wedding dinners in 2018 😉








Responsibility & Finances Are A Match Made In Heaven

When it comes to developing habits that will last you positively for the rest of your life, considering your financial ability should always be at the top of the agenda. Being responsible with your finances is often the best way to keep a form of safety blanket throughout life. Everyone stumbles and is dry on funding sometimes, but overall having the right attitudes and discipline regarding how you behave with money will give you that peace of mind no one could artificially give you.

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We’re here to offer you some of the most useful money tips to keep you in the black for the longest amount of time possible.

Save 10% Off Your Paycheck
Saving 10% of your paycheck, no matter when you are paid it or how frequently, will always give you a slowly increasing funding reserve. You can expand this as much as you’d like, but we’d always recommend you to keep it at 10% as a minimum. This will help cover you for emergency spending such as your car breaking down, while also allowing you to treat yourself every so often. You never know when a job might be lost, when you have to reassess your income, or how hard the taxes are going to hit you every year. For that reason, developing a wise attitude around money is one of the best habits you can ever develop.

Hide Some Cash
Hiding some cash in a shoebox in your wardrobe can help you out if you otherwise are prevented access to your bank account. This can happen more than people realize. A power outage, emergency maintenance your bank decides to conduct along with being fraudulently mimicked from an identity perspective can hurt your funding access. It can be as simple as accidentally snapping your debit card.

It’s important to hide some cash for this reason. Not a lot, maybe one to two hundred dollars. Maybe more. You should keep this in case you need to buy groceries, you need emergency gas, or you need temporary accommodation. While we hope you will never need it, having $200 in cash only you know about just might save your life.

The consumer culture we live in often leads us down avenues of thinking. One of these pathways includes thinking you need the biggest and baddest thing to be happy. While material possessions are nice, and none of us practice a sufi-level of wisdom to neglect the material world, we often do feel chained to our belongings. Imagine how bad you would feel if you spilt milk on your laptop. Sure the laptop is expensive, and it will limit your online functionality until it’s repaired, but it’s not important for your survival. You can, in the final analysis, do without it.

Practicing this temperance allows you to view every purchase like this. Do you truly need that new watch? Could you do without that iced latte? Maybe catching the bus to work instead of an Uber exec could save you a little disposable income this week. Even when you’re doing well and have the funding to backup a great lifestyle, practising a little temperance in your purchasing decisions can be wise and make you happier.

After all, there will always be something new to spend your money on. Saving and purchasing the things which truly matter (especially experiences,) are often the best way forward.

Loans Aren’t Evil
Loans are not evil. They serve many purposes. Needing to use one does not signify you are bad at financial planning and should never be given a paycheck again. It simply means something is out of your reach for now, and provided you can pay the instalments, you are securing the object of your desires while it is still competently priced.

Of course, there are many loan terms you need to know to stay a wise loan recipient. You must never enter a loan out of desperation, but out of a sense of convenience. You must always be willing to accept the consequences to your financial reputation and credit if you are unable to pay. You must understand who you will affect if you do not use loans correctly. You should understand, always, that it’s a privilege and not a right to receive one.

What You Do Matters
If you have children, they are directly impacted by your financial decisions. Of course, not only are they impacted by this, but they can see your struggles. If you are constantly in a sense of money tightness, it will show, and you will set a negative example to your children. As they come of age, you should have examples from their childhood to show them times you saved, times you were responsible, and how it helped you. This demonstrative approach will allow your child to feel positive in your example, and hopefully adopt these money attitudes for future use.

Consider Your Expenses
Of course, we needn’t give you advice about budgeting. It’s likely you know how important that is already. However, you must consider your expenses, and limit them where necessary. We’re not talking about large purchases; we’re talking about the everyday items which can truly hurt your working budget if you’re not careful.

For example, if your phone contract is coming up for renewal, consider the cost of purchasing a sim-only package you can tailor each month and purchasing a new handset outright. This can lessen your overall costs, even if it might take a big initial hit to your finances. Purchasing items in bulk or now can often rival a long-term constant renewal of expenses, but it’s up to you to gauge the affordability of this idea.

It’s also important to consider which items you should spend lavishly on, and which you should keep humble. For example, an off-brand or supermarket developed handwash or towel is likely similar to the branded towels you find in any home furnishings store, and can be much cheaper. Knowing where to pick your expenses can save you plenty of money in the long term.

With these tips you can be sure that your finances are well taken care of.

Make Over This Christmas

The girls and I will be making a trip back to my hometown tomorrow.  Besides planning on a day-trip to explore the  Gua Tempurung caves, I am bringing them to our regular hair salon for a no-frills and cheap hair cut. I definitely need a trim of my  waist-length hair.

After going through months of severe hair loss due to anemia, my hair has finally stopped shedding like dog’s fur.   My locks has now become really thin and limp.  I recall the days earlier this year where my hair would stick to my fingers and come off my scalp each time I go through my wet hair after a hair wash. It was so bad that  I would count how many strands of hair I shed each day.  I thought I was going to go bald. I Googled ’causes for hair fall’ and discovered that one of the reasons for severe hair fall is anemia.  Things are looking up now that my total blood count has improved significantly.

If I am invited to a  wedding dinner now, I think I will need to get some hair bundles or loose wave weave to conceal my less than perfect hair.

These days, wigs are fast becoming as commonplace as hair-color, acrylic nails and body-shapewear for that instant boost in beauty, confidence, and overall fabulousness.  I have never tried wearing a wig but am game to try.  My two younger daughters will definitely think it’s a cool and fun thing to wear a wig to a party, especially a colored one.

With wigs, there are limitless styles.  We can change our hair in an instant from long to bob, wavy to straight.  Whether it is a lace frontal closure or a hair extension, we can choose a wig that enhances our natural hair or make a statement with a bold, new look.  Either way, you have total control over your style, head to toe.

Are you game to try on some funky or natural looking wigs this Christmas and New Year’s Day? 😉


Why Your Wolf Brand Microwave Needs Periodic Service Checks

Your Wolf brand microwave might be operating beautifully today, but you never know when a service issue can arise. Spending a few extra dollars periodically to have a qualified Wolf technician check the performance of the appliance can solve problems that you may not realize are there.

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Optimal Cooking Performance
Your purchase of a Wolf brand microwave demonstrates your desire to have perfectly cooked food at all times. Keeping this appliance running at top performance levels is possible through periodic service visits from a licensed and trained Wolf brand appliance technician. The service call only takes a few minutes if there is nothing wrong. It will give you peace of mind to not have problems during a critical business dinner or get-together with friends and family.

Early Problem Detection
A qualified Wolf appliance technician can take a look at the entire microwave and diagnose any potential problems that can lead to breakdowns. Little problems that are not taken care of right away can lead to more extensive work or complete appliance failure. It is worth taking the time to have everything checked now and again.

Avoid Untimely Breakdown
Seeking emergency appliance repair can prove costly and inconvenient. It can difficult to switch gears in cooking foods when the unexpected happens. You should contact a service technician at the first hint of problems. Strange noises, overheating, excessive cold spots and alarm sounds should all be investigated to determine needed repairs.

Warranty Compliance
The warranty for Wolf brand microwaves demands that a certified Wolf technician handle all necessary repairs. You do not want to risk voiding the warranty if the appliance breaks down and are unable to contact a Wolf technician. Being proactive is the best option for maintaining warranty benefits.

Discuss Replacement Options
There are times that problems can be found that are not fixable. This is not a common problem, but it can happen. Your Wolf technician will discuss any replacement options available, based on the warranty you have. You should have a brand new replacement Wolf microwave in no time.

Call on expert Wolf microwave repair Florida like Wolf Appliance Repair Centers and schedule a preventative maintenance visit today!

11 Weight Loss Mistakes Everyone Makes

Many of us are thinking about trying to lose a little weight before Christmas. In most cases so that we can gain it back again with all of the holiday eating. But, then when January hits, you might want to start thinking about a more long-term plan. Losing weight, leading healthier lifestyle or toning up are typical new year’s resolutions.  Even those that are usually happy with their figures can be tempted to try and lose a little weight following some heavy festive overindulgence. Most people fail. We spend our years drifting from one diet to another, losing a few pounds only to put it straight back on again, never quite happy with the results or how we look. That’s because most of us are making at least some, if not all, of these 11 mistakes.


Setting Unrealistic Goals
The main reason we fail when it comes to losing weight is not setting realistic targets. We announce that we want to lose a huge amount of weight for a specific date, which is either too close to be realistic, or that far away that we’ve got no real motivation.

If you are a relatively fit and healthy person, you should aim to lose around 1lb per week. That’s about 3500 calories. So, to lose that one pound, you need to eat 3500 calories less than you use up. Which means cutting 500 calories a day, or burning off 500 extra with exercise.

A combination of both is for the best
Setting a weekly goal, while working towards a larger goal gives you a realistic, measurable target. While one pound a month doesn’t sound like much, it’s something that you can achieve, and quickly starts to become a noticeable amount.

Weighing in Too Often
A huge mistake people make is weighing in every day, sometimes twice a day. If you are only going to lose 1lb per week, daily you might not notice a change. So, you’ll be disappointed and much more likely to give up or overindulge. Instead, weigh in once a week to measure your success.

Not Exercising Enough
Cutting 500 calories a day can be a lot. And, even if you do manage it, it might not work for long. Or if it does, you’ll be left with a soft, flabby body. To lose weight consistently and look fantastic, you need to exercise. Home Improvement loans can give you the option to install a home gym if you don’t fancy exercising in public, but there are plenty of options, so you are sure to find an exercise regime that suits your tastes and lifestyle.

Making too Many Changes
Crash dieting is always a mistake. Making too many changes to your diet isn’t sustainable, and you’ll put all of the weight back on as soon as you stop. Instead make a few simple changes to your diet such as cutting sugar, switching to brown rice, pasta and bread and drinking more water. Cutting entire food groups is unlikely to help you lose weight and could affect your health.

Not Allowing Treats
Dieting doesn’t have to mean that you can’t have the occasional treat. Allowing yourself to have a little of what you love will help you to stick to a diet and see great results. If you try to stop yourself completely, you are more likely to give in and have a huge binge.

Eating the Wrong Things
Dieting isn’t just about cutting calories. If you are aiming to eat 1500 calories a day, then it’s important to realise that not all calories are equal. 1500 calories of nutritious and healthy food, such as brown pasta, salads, cereal and grilled meat can fill you up easily. 1500 calories of junk food and treats won’t seem half as filling.

Missing Breakfast
People think that cutting breakfast is the easiest way to cut calories from their diet. But, failing to eat breakfast can see you eating more calories throughout the day. Instead, opt for a healthy and filling breakfast such as eggs or porridge to start your day right.

Overestimating Exercise
When you diet, it’s important to track your calories. Sounds easy enough but when you are exercising and cooking your own meals, it can be hard to figure out. Overestimating the number of calories your exercise burns can allow you to think it’s safe to eat more than you should. A fitness tracker can help but as a guide, a 150lb person jogging at a 12-minute mile pace for one hour burns around 475 calories.

Underestimating Calories
Another common mistake people make is underestimating how much they eat. Portion control can be a massive problem for dieters. If a 50g Portion has 200 calories, you need to make sure you only have 50g to be able to record 200 calories. It can be useful to weigh your food or use a portion plate to help.

Drinking Too Much
Dieters often fail to track the calories from any drinks they consume. Fizzy drinks, alcohol and high-fat drinks such as milkshakes, contain as many calories as some meals. Try to avoid them and stick to water instead but if you do drink something else, track the calories accurately.

Going Low-Fat
Fat, in small quantities, can actually be very good for you. Low-fat foods often contain more sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. So, instead of switching to low-fat thinking you are making a healthy change, just try to eat smaller quantities of full-fat products.

Losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be difficult. With so much advice and so many different guidelines on what you should be doing or eating it can be easy to get confused and try to take everything to the extreme. But, for most of us, this won’t lead to lasting results. Instead, you need to make a few simple changes like eating less sugar, drinking more water and exercising more. Focus on eating a healthy and well-balanced diet and getting regular exercise, and you’ll soon find the lbs dropping off.

If you want to lose more than 10% of your body weight, it can be a good idea to chat with your doctor or a nutritionist to get help

Top Kitchen Organization Tips And Storage Ideas

There’s nothing more frustrating than having a kitchen space that doesn’t work for you. Whether it’s a lack of space for storage or that you have too much stuff and it looks cluttered no matter how often you clean and tidy it. There’s good news, though, even the smallest kitchen space can be organised to great effect. You just have to know the tips and tricks to pull it off. Check out these top tips for keeping your storage game tight to organise your kitchen.

1. Wall Storage
Professional kitchens make their tools accessible by making use of wall storage. Whether it’s a magnet strip for your knives or a wall mounted spice rack – it gives you another area of space to store your goods. Most importantly, that frees drawers and cupboards up for other items that you may not want on display. There are plenty of ready-made wall hanging storage solutions that provide a variety of different options.

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2. Hanging Storage
Having hanging pots and pans is a great way to make use of every area of your space. It means that you have more pantry space as your pots and pans aren’t hogging it all.  

3. High Level Cabinets
People tend to avoid installing cabinets that are near the ceiling, but you’re missing out on a lot of space. Yes, you will need a ladder to access it, however, it’s the perfect spot to store dishes and items that you only use once or twice a year. That type of thing is taking up valuable space in your kitchen that could be used by something else. So, think about where you could fit high level cabinets, above your kitchen window, is the perfect spot as it tends to be completely free and clear.  

4. Maximise Drawer Use
You may be one of those unlucky people who have drawers everywhere in the kitchen, yet not enough cupboards. There’s hope for you! Utilise wall storage for your cooking utensils and turn your drawers into a pantry. It’s the ideal spot for spices, jars, and even canned goods.

5. Pocket Organiser
Does the cupboard beneath your sink look terrifying? Is it impossible to put your hands on the cleaning products you need? Use a pocket organiser, which will hand on the back of the door, for your cleaning tools. It keeps everything handy so you don’t have to sift through piles of cleaning bottles to find the most important tools.

6. Cutting Board
If you struggle with counter space be sure to invest in a large cutting board that can sit comfortably over your kitchen sink. You have a ready-made workspace there and it’s important to utilise every aspect of it.

7. Rolling Drawers
Another excellent way to manage your cupboards is on rolling shelves. It’s the perfect solution if you have deep cupboards. You can push things to the back without worry as you know you can easily access the items when you need them and you won’t forget about a can of beans for three years because it got hidden at the back.

8. Corkboard
One trick for super-efficiency is to line the inside of your cupboard doors with cork. You can use it to pin recipes, measuring spoons, or other small items to get the most out of your space.

9. Shelves on Shelves
You can invest in stackable shelves which sit on your current shelves or even buy a shelf that hangs on an existing shelf. Of course, you’ll want to be sure the existing shelf is sturdy enough to hold additional weight, but this is a great trick to really harness your space. If the shelf isn’t particularly sturdy then you can use it for lighter items – they need storage space, too.

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10. Magazine Holders And More
You can take advantage of old magazine holders by using them to store your aluminium foil, parchment paper, and storage bags. You can either slip them into a cupboard or hang them on the inside of a cupboard door. An old filing rack can be repurposed to keep your baking trays completely organised. You can use magnets to store your spices, whether on the fridge or on the inside of a cupboard. Pan dividers are available and make storing your pans far easier and most importantly, easily accessible.

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Making the Most of a Pantry-Less Kitchen


Even the tiniest kitchen can be made to work – it’s all about using your innovative side to find ingenious ways to take advantage of every bit of space. If people can live comfortably in literal tiny houses, you can definitely take advantage of these awesome tips to create a kitchen space that works for you! Don’t forget to check out Currys promo codes to get the best deals on your kitchen gadgetry needs and more.