Well Done

The long-awaited day finally came today. Cass brought back her report card for the final term exam. She gave me a huge surprise!  From almost rock-bottom in her class in the 2nd term exam and was told by her teacher that she would be out of the elite class next year if her final exam scores are bad,  she worked her way up to 4th in class and 5th in the entire Standard 3.  Way to go baby girl!

My promise to her if she gets a position of top 20 in the entire Standard 3 is two Land of Stories novels costing over RM50 each and a spin at the Japanese soft toy claw machine.  Though already 9, Cass secretly adores  cute soft toys and figurines. In fact, she has an eye for everything kawaii. Currently, she’s eyeing a Samoyed and Corgi puppy. Real life pups, that is, and has been bugging me to get us a pup. Yeah, keeping a dog in our condo.

And with this, Cass gets to remain in the elite class next year, something that both of us are not too excited about.  I want us to be more relaxed and not be too academic-centered.  We both do not want the pressure of being in this class. For 2 years, we went through the same sentiments and situations. Hopefully by next year, the school will stop segregating students as per the latest directive from the FT Education Director.

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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.

Stacking Plate Rack

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.

magazine file to store aluminum foil, plastic wrap, zip bags, etc. I'm kind of into space savers...

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.

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