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7 Organizing Essentials that Need to Be On Your Wish List

Something chic and functional are perfect for your home sweet home

Original Article: Tala Singson Photography: Paolo Feliciano and Ocs Alvarez (Main Photos)

Have you prepared your Christmas wish list already? Aside from listing down cool new gadgets or a pair of shoes, you might want to wish for items that can prettify and organize the home! Remember, a clean and organized home is easier to decorate—and it can also give you a positive outlook for the coming New Year.

If you're still finalizing your list, here are seven items that are worth checking out:

Magazine Racks

You can use these must-haves to keep your reading materials in place. If you're extra creative, these can hold a pair or two of your shoes or flip flops. You may also place one rack in the kitchen to hold towels.

Aric Magazine Rack in Natural Finish, P1,995, Our Home and White Bentwood Magazine Rack, P750, Mandaue Foam.


Aside from using these to store food and ingredients, jars come in handy when you need to organize accessories, jewelry, and even cotton balls! You can even use it as tabletop decor.

Ceramic Jar with Lid, P1,699.75, L'Indochine.


Say goodbye to the perils of having a small kitchen! With this trolley, you can prepare food on the side while using the space underneath for storage. And don't limit its use in the kitchen! It can serve as a coffee station in the dining area and a mobile library in your bedroom.

Kitchen Trolley, P1,199.75, SM Home.

Coat Stand

There are many ways to maximize this coat stand! Use it as an extension of your closet—display a few pieces and your bags, too! You can also place it by the foyer.

Loop Stand Hall, price available upon request, Hay.

Open Shelving

Imagine how you can use this piece to organize books, shoes, magazines, and even sheets! Keep things organized by designating spots for the different items. You may want to opt for adjustable shelves as these are flexible and can be altered depending on your needs.

Red Cabinet, price available upon request, Hay.


Bookends nowadays come in different colors, forms, and designs. Aside from organizing your favorite reads, these serve as unique decor pieces too.

Toto Bookshelf, P1,999.75, L’Indochine.

Pedestal Drawer

A pedestal drawer can serve two purposes at home: it can work as a mobile home office—just put your laptop on top and work away—and as a storage spot for important documents and valuables. If the color is too plain and boring for you, you can repaint it with a bold hue like red. Remember to choose a color that works well with your interiors.

Howard Office Cabinet, P8,995, Our Home.

This snippet originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. See more products and learn more tips when you download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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