19 Clever Uses for Magazine Holders

Magazine holders can be utilised for so much more than, well …, holding magazines. Here are some ideas that show how you can repurpose these clever little storage products that not only come in cardboard versions but also in metal, wood, or plastic. The wooden ones are especially suitable to be transformed into something else.

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Magazine Holders in the Kitchen

Source: http://www.pbjstories.com/2011/08/kitchen-pantry-reveal.html

This solution doesn’t work for all tins. As always with storage supplies, measure first to avoid disappointment.

Source: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/storage/organization/affordable-kitchen-storage-ideas/#page=2

I use this storage idea in our home and I just love it! Previously, I had stored the bottles in one big container but it was a bit messy. This solution is so much cleaner and it also shows the space limits very clearly as well.

Source: http://mimiscraftyworld.blogspot.com.au

This is a very sleek solution to store onions and potatoes in your pantry. These vegetables like to be stored in an airy, dark, and cool place. Always take them out of the plastic bags.
These particular magazine holders are from Amazon.

Magazine Holder as Glad Wrap Storage

Source: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/06/15/scrapbook-paper-organizers-in-the-kitchen/

This is a very neat solution to store things like Glad wrap, baking paper, or aluminium foil.

Magazine Holder as Cutting Board Storage

Source: http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/06/15/scrapbook-paper-organizers-in-the-kitchen/

Store your smaller chopping boards neatly in a magazine holder. I’m not sure about the plastic one used in this example. I would probably rather try with a metal or wooden one so it’s actually strong enough to stand alone.

Magazine Holder as Storage for little boxes

Source: http://www.apartmentapothecary.com/photo/ikea-kitchen-storage-solutions/

Who doesn’t love IKEA products? Well, I really like this wooden magazine holder that is used in this example to store smaller items. If you don’t want to damage your door, you could use another favourite product of mine: 3M Command hanging strips.

 

Magazine Holder as Storage for Paper Plates and Picnic Ware

Source: http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/rv-organizing-and-storage-hacks-small.html

Do you throw parties from time to time? How about storing your paper or plastic plates, serviettes, or even placemats in a magazine holder? As you can see in this example, a wider than usual one has been used.

Magazine Holder as Freezer Organizer

Source: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/diy-storage-ideas/

Struggling with a messy freezer? Try to use plastic magazine holders to keep it organised!

Magazine Holders as Gift Hampers

Magazine Holder as Gift Hamper

Source: http://www.anniefranceschi.com/anniemade/1250)

Well, this is quite an extraordinary idea and can of course not only be used for engagement gifts but all kinds of other gift hampers.

Magazine Holder as a Gift Hamper

Source: http://bethybrat-bloomingwhereimplanted.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/scs-box-swap-mini-magazine-holders.html

If you’re creative you can transform a simple magazine holder into a beautifully decorated gift as this example shows.

Magazine Holders in the Wardrobe

Magazine Holders as Shoe Storage

Source: http://www.hgtv.ca/photos/photo/?gid=ed71764833367af39ec95184a35a966b&pid=f45c27df6203cc2400d402c6f5f9e075&crlt.pid=camp.XinLgFbofrEl

In Aussie land people just loooove thongs and this storage idea could come in handy if you’ve got more than one pair. You could of course also use it for other flat shoes.

 

Magazine Holders used in your hobby / craft space

Magazine Holders for Wool Storage

Source: http://laughingpurplegoldfish.blogspot.com.au/2008/08/spring-cleaning.html

I love to knit and crochet but my stock fits into one box. However, if you do have heaps of yarn, you might like this storage option.

Use Magazine Holders in your Office

Magazine Holders used as Mail Station

Source: https://tipjunkie.com/how-to-make-a-mail-station-ikea-hack-3/

Do you need a mail station? Why not use the versatile KNUFF magazine holder from IKEA?

 

Magazine Holders used for Paper Storage

Source: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/07/knuff-is-e-knuff.html

Another simple yet effective idea about how spare paper can be stored in your home office.

Magazine Holders as Mail Sorting Station

Source: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/10/a-bigger-better-mail-sorter-with-knuff.html?utm_source=pulsenews&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Feed:+Ikeahacker+(ikeahacker)

This creator has been even more creative and decorated the KNUFF magazine holders. You’ll find the instructions by clicking on the link to the source.

Magazine Holder to hide Modem and Router

Source: http://www.designocd.com/2012/08/equipment-organization/

Routers or modems don’t look very good and there are a few solutions out there showing us how to hide these machines. However, I reckon none of them is as simple as using a nice magazine holder.

 

Use Magazine Holders for various stuff around the house

Magazine Holder to store little bits and pieces such as keys or phones

Source: http://www.designsponge.com/2008/09/diy-wednesdays-catch-all-shelf.html

Here’s another use for the KNUFF magazine holder that is rather simple but very effective. Finally there are no more excuses for losing the keys in a messy home because everything now has its place, right?!

 

Magazine Holders as Bedside Table

Source: http://brickcitylove.com/2009/10/27/bedside-tables/

Who would have thought that you can even make furniture out of a simple magazine holder!? Click on the above link if you’re interested in building one yourself.

Magazine Holders in your Bathroom

Magazine Holder to store your Hair Dryer

Source: http://thesuels.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/i-only-have-time-for-quick-post-this.html

An oldie but a goodie … store your hair dryer, your hair straightener, your razor, or other grooming utensils in a simple magazine holder. Whether you affix it to the door, or to the side of your vanity using 3M Command hanging strips, or just put it in the cupboard, it will keep your appliances tamed.

 

3 Steps to Your Easy Meal Plan or …

… how meal planning gives me an extra 90 minutes each week!

What would you do with an extra 90 minutes each week? Would you read a good book? Would you spend that time with your kids? Would you hit the gym and do a little cardio? No doubt you’d rather spend that 90 minutes doing something fun, not spending it grocery shopping.

 

 

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Years ago, I was no fan of meal planning. In the meantime however, it has become a great habit, which has saved my family a lot of money and time over the years.

Before we had children and were living in Switzerland, we worked full-time. In Switzerland, people tend to eat a big lunch and then a small dinner – cold meat and cheese with bread or a soup. Our workplaces offered a canteen so we typically ate there for lunch. There was no real reason to meal plan.

The weekend was the only time we really cooked, and that was if we didn’t go out. A few times I tried to implement meal planning, but it just wasn’t for me. I was also under the misconception that meal planning would take away any flexibility, spontaneity and freedom. I mean what if I wanted one thing but planned for something else?

You know what’s coming … once we had kids, everything changed! It didn’t happen right away of course. It actually happened after we moved to Australia… a whole new culture to contend with. You see, I was a stay-at-home mom with two toddlers (one and three years old). My husband’s workplace offered a canteen but he’d rarely eat there. And, this is when I found myself cooking dinner every single night.

It was becoming quite clear that meal planning may be a good idea after all. So, I started it and tried several things. When you check out Pinterest, you get all kinds of ideas and pictures on meal planning systems. The reality though is who has time for doing all of this so elegantly and beautifully? I don’t, and I don’t really care to do it so creatively. If you are the creative type, more power to you and have fun!

Let me share what worked for me.

 

3 Helpful Tips To Create Your Own Easy-To-Follow Meal Plans

 

Do Your Math

Meal planners are going to tell you that you save yourself a ton of time. However, I’m a bit of a skeptic so I sat down and did some calculations. If I did a weekly plan and the grocery shopping takes me roughly an hour and half each week for a family of four (combining my trip with a school run and shopping), I spent about 78 hour or three and quarter days a year doing this.

If, for some reason, I have to shop more than once a week, I’d still need approximately the same amount of time to do the shopping. However, no meal plan and a trip to the grocery store all the time would take me three hours a week or nearly one week a year. And, that cuts into my work hours or dragging the kids to the shop. Talk about added stress there!

So, what did I learn? I learned that meal planning is a big payoff for both me and my family.

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Find Your Best Day For Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

I used to do my meal planning on a Monday morning before school and doing the shopping first thing after the school run. Right now, I am doing my meal planning on Saturday. We talk about the next week over breakfast and consider what everybody’s plans are … sports, business trips, doctor visits, extracurricular activities, etc.

For instance, I don’t cook fish on Monday night because one of the boys and hubby come home after 7 p.m. My other son and I don’t want to eat that late and have dinner shortly after 6 pm. Keeping this kind of meal warm is not an option. And, I don’t feel like cooking twice. Therefore, I need a meal I can re-heat or keep warm easily, such as a one pot meal (find interesting recipes here).

I then pick the menus. During school holidays, each boy gets to choose the meals for one week. This encourages them to help with the cooking and, in my eyes, learn an important skill without even noticing. I see it as an added bonus.

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Find A Planning System That Works For You 

I tried meal planning using my computer, but I found that didn’t work for me. And, doing a paper and pencil system seemed too wasteful and time consuming (of course you could keep the plans and re-use them some weeks later).

What I did was create little cards using thick paper, printed the meals on them, laminated them and cut them into card size. You could also use empty laminated cards and write on them using a whiteboard marker.

I then used a cheap Ikea photo frame and put some fabric in the frame behind the glass, painted seven wooden pegs and glued them onto the glass. I didn’t bother writing the names of the days on them since we know the first day is Monday. Now, all I have to do is add one card per day. The board is situated in the kitchen and everybody can see it.

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Our Meal Plan

My meal planning doesn’t include breakfast or lunches. That’s because breakfast is generally the same every day. As for lunches, I don’t list them on the plan but they are considered. I don’t like giving our kids sandwiches. Perhaps that’s a cultural thing because, in Switzerland, we don’t have them for lunch. Rather, I give them the night before’s leftovers. I give them their food in Tupperware Heat ‘N Eat containers so they can use the school’s microwave to re-heat them.

Once I’m done with the planning, I make the shopping list, which can be done quickly. I go shopping and that’s it for the week. I rarely ever have to visit the shops again during the week for fresher vegetables and/or meat. If stored right, you can keep vegetables and fruit fresh for the week and I freeze the meat.

 

 

 

Extra Time Saver Tip: Combine Your Errands
Try combining your grocery shopping with other errands to save yourself time and petrol money.

Errands List

 

 

 

Remember earlier when I said I was afraid of losing my freedom, flexibility and spontaneity? Well, doing this for several years now, I can tell you that this just isn’t true. I am still flexible, and in fact often do move menus around the week. However, since everything is at home already, I don’t need to do any last minute shopping trips.

 

What kind of meal planning system do you use (if any)? What works for you? What doesn’t work for you? If you have a picture of your system, I’m sure we’d all love to see it!

How to organise food leftovers

How can you organise food? Today, I’m not talking about meal planning (of which I am a big advocate). Instead, I’d like to share an easy method to organise food leftovers.

 

Despite the best planning and organising efforts, we all will have food leftovers from time to time. I actually cook too much on purpose because I’m not a big fan of sandwiches. Whenever I do give our boys a sandwich for practical reasons, I can be sure to be greeted (if greeted at all that is …) by really hungry and grumpy children when I pick them up from school. Hence, I prefer to give them leftovers from the night before for lunch. They have a microwave at school and can heat it up themselves. When they were younger, I heated it up at home and used a food thermos to keep it warm. Often, I would have leftovers for lunch, too.

 

So, how do we make sure that we are not throwing out leftovers because we forget about them or can’t remember how old they are? If you are meal planning, you might think that you can just look at your plan and find out when you had which meal. However, if you’re anything like me, this is not always reliable. I do plan and do go shopping once a week. This means I have everything I need at home and sometimes we move things around. Because I then don’t change things on my plan, it’s not very reliable anymore.

 

So, I have come up with my own method to keep track of our leftovers which I share in this little video.

 

I hope you find this useful and – as always – I would love to hear about your method or experience.

 

 

 

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