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10 Useful products from Singapore Daiso

Where do you wish to go most during the circuit breaker period?

For me, DAISO!

Daiso originates from Japan with everything selling at 100yen, and in Singapore, all items are selling at S$2. They have a wide variety of products – from Bento tools to household items to stationery, there’s almost something for every part of your house.

Some of the drinks are very worth it at 2 for S$2
They have so many varieties of everything, even pot stand!

In this post, I will be sharing 10 items from Daiso which I find useful and worth buying.

Kitchen

Trapped at home and looking around the house for almost 24hrs a day, my temporary OCD symptom kicked in and I have the urge to clean up the house. I started KonMari, from my most neglected area of the house – the kitchen….

1. Food container with cover

Since the circuit breaker, my social media feeds began to show up delicious looking cakes and bread photos. Inspired by these photos, I also started to attempt baking. This means I will need different types of flour for different recipes. I used to keep flour in their original package, but always feel frustrated with the ‘flying flour’ when I was baking. So I started to repackage the flours into food storages with cover and labeled them. This means less hassle when I need more flour in the middle of preparing the dough; and in cases when I need help, Kpo Kia Papa, or even Kpo Kia can easily help me to get the correct flour.

I decided that I do not need a $15 airtight container to keep the flour since they are 'moving fast' especially during this period. And this size is good if I decided to transfer them into my fridge.
I decided that I do not need a $15 airtight container to keep the flour since they are ‘moving fast’ especially during this period. And this size is good if I decided to transfer them into my fridge.

In case you are interested to know, since 1kg of flour is equivalent to 1.89litre, I am using a 2.1L “airtight” food container for my flour.

2. Stackable storage boxes with handle (Natural series, Large and Deep size)

Recently, I fell in love with this Natual series of stackable storage boxes. They are usually found under the Stationary section, but I think they are super useful for my kitchen also. The size is just nice for me to pack all my coffee, and also other items that are slightly taller.

Rather than having uneven shape packing of coffee lying around, packing them in this way is easier for us to take the coffee
Rather than having uneven shape packing of coffee lying around, packing them in this way is easier for us to take the coffee
3. Basket with handles

These basket with handles are very useful to storage items at the upper deck of the hanging cupboard. As a shortie, I used to drag a chair into the kitchen so I can climb up to get the items at the upper deck. Now, as long as I can reach the basket handle, I can easily get the whole basket of items out, to get whatever I need.

I didn't manage to buy back the semi-translucent basket, so I got the white version. But the handle expands wider out of the cupboard and I can't close my cupboard door, =.=" Luckily a cable tie managed to save it.
I didn’t manage to buy back the semi-translucent basket, so I got the white version. But the handle expands wider out of the cupboard and I can’t close my cupboard door, =.=” Luckily a cable tie managed to save it.
4. Round glass jar

Similar to the flour, I used to keep the salt and sugar in their original package. But when I was cooking/baking halfway and find a need to  more salt/sugar, it’s always a struggle to get them out of the package. Putting them in these jars means I can use one hand to open the jar and scope the salt/sugar while my other hand can still manage the food I am processing.

Opps. I'm running out of salt
Opps. I’m running out of salt
5. Oil-Absorbing Cooking Paper

The Kpo Kia family loves fried food. Even though I try to mitigate the amount of oil by using an air fryer for most of the fried food, there’s still a substantial amount of oil in them. I like to lay the fried food on a piece of oil-absorbing cooking paper. It not only absorbs oil from the food but also helps to make my cleaning easier (since the plates will be less oily).

I nearly run into a panic attack when we finished the cooking paper during the circuit breaker period
I nearly run into a panic attack when we finished the cooking paper during the circuit breaker period
6. Strainer and bowl with handler

I have been using the big strainer and basket (also from Daiso!) for washing the vegetables, but using it for smaller food items can be a wastage of water. Recently I bought this small strainer and bowl with handles, it doesn’t really hold heavy items well (easily bend over and the water will spill out), but is really useful for rinsing smaller food items.

These strainer and bowl are very handy
These strainer and bowl are very handy
7. S&B Seasonings

Some people have doubts about getting food items from value stores like Daiso. But having eating their food products for years and still surviving, I would reckon their food is safe to be consumed. However, you can sometimes get the same food items from Daiso at a cheaper price outside, so, shop smart!

I think these S&B seasonings are really worth it. I ever got the same brand items (probably slightly different packaging) from other supermarkets at a price which is almost double of S$2.

Unfortunately, at times I still can't finish these small bottles of seasonings before the expiry dates
Unfortunately, at times I still can’t finish these small bottles of seasonings before the expiry dates
I'm always amazed at the organizers and storages I can find in Daiso, there's always something for the kitchen items that come in different size and shapes
I’m always amazed at the organizers and storages I can find in Daiso, there’s always something for the kitchen items that come in different size and shapes
Study room

I spend most of the time at home sitting at my desk – working, blogging, photo editing, Netflixing. My desk area might not be the most organized, but having my stuff in the correct ‘home’ is important for me to focus on whatever I am doing.

8. Pen and mobile phone holder

I was ‘poisoned’ by my colleagues when I first saw it. Almost every one of them bought one and I finally gave in… and bought 2 (one for Kpo Kia Papa)! It has a pen holder compartment, a loose item compartment, and a mobile phone stand at a comfortable angle for me to read my phone screen. The mobile phone cable can be neatly slid through the small holes in the holder, to charge my phone.

I no longer have aching neck due to constantly looking down at the phone on my table while working on my laptop
I no longer have aching neck due to constantly looking down at the phone on my table while working on my laptop
A little compartment for me to hide the loose items. It used to be my 'piggy bank' in my office where I put all the loose change in it
A little compartment for me to hide the loose items. It used to be my ‘piggy bank’ in my office where I put all the loose change in it
9. Three drawers case

I recently found this and got one for Kpo Kia to keep her stationery, but she kept taking the drawers out so I confiscated them back. Since it is stackable, I now have a six drawers case. I can easily see what’s in each drawer since it is see-through transparent.

I only know these clear drawers are meant for jewelry after I read about them on the ‘We Love DAISO’ facebook group – and you can purchase the velvet inserts separately.

My stacked 'six drawers case' is quite shallow and short - a small calculator can fill up one drawer
My stacked ‘six drawers case’ is quite shallow and short – a small calculator can fill up one drawer
10. Cutting Mat(22.5cm x 15cm)

There are various sizes of multi-purpose cutting mat available in Daiso, and this 22.5cm x 15cm cutting mat size suits my usage best. Most of the time it’s functioning as a mouse pad for me since the material is not reflective. When I need to do crafting/cutting, it will immediately change back into a cutting mat, protecting my table for getting hurt by the penknife/sharp objects I am using.

This 'mouse pad' had been with me for years so it's full of injuries
This ‘mouse pad’ had been with me for years so it’s full of injuries

Interested to know how my fellow blogger’s friends make use of Daiso products to organize and improve their life? Read them on:

Do you have other Daiso products that you find useful but I didn’t list them down? Leave a comment so I can check it out!

 

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  1. Oh! I want the pen and mobile phone holder. It would be a good addition on my table. Will check out the spices on my next visit to Daiso which will be tomorrow. 😂😂

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