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Food and Storage- November 2011
The family refrigerator, freezer and pantry can be frightening at times,
you can have it functioning at peak efficiency following these helpful tips:
  • Cleaning Freezer Quickly
  • Empty Refrigerator Often
  • Pantry Organization
  • Useful Containers
Freezer: After empting freezer, toss out any outdated packages they may have freezer burn that will make it identifiable. Defrost freezer quickly using a hairdryer and plastic scraper, rearrange shelfs and baskets. Before replacing items into freezer make a list of these items and cross them off when they are used. When replacing items in freezer put like items together, example various meats together, chicken, pork, beef, Storing often used items close to top or within reach.

Refrigerator: Same applies to the refrigerator as does the freezer, keeping like items together will give you a better sense of what needs to be put on the shopping list. Keep dairy products in bins provided and produce in another bin. Set leaky items on mats or paper towels to make clean up easier. Put older food items towards the front so they get used first. How many times do you return to the refrigerator to look for an item and there seems to be two or three of the same item opened and all of them are not empty.

Panty: Remove all items from pantry - clean up shelves and re-adjust levels of shelves and/or baskets. Remember to purchase only enough that is usable otherwise you may end up throwing out half of the contents. Keep like products together when moving items back into the Panry. In the pantry or low cupboard, consider setting up a child friendly serving area with cups, snacks and plastic plates to allow the children to help themselves safely and also will encourage independence without risking your fine china. Spices and herbs should be in small quantities for maximum flavours or freshness.

Storage Containers: Consider adding organizing helpers such as turntables or stackers. Clear storage containers are best for most food storage, making sure they are air tight to protect against deterioration from air, moisture and bugs. All items that are used on a regualar bases should be kept up front and asseccible, keep spices and herbs in small quantities for maximum flavour. Large containers or boxes should be stored on the lower levels and light items up higher.

Other Essentials:
If you have a refrigerator full of magnets - consider putting a lot of them inside a cupboard door or other out of sight area.

Keeping a supply of cleaners and scrappers under the sink will ensure you have the tools to keep things clean and organized!


September 2011 - Tip of the Month
A lot of people spend as much time, if not more, in their office as in the kitchen or family room, so make it a cosy and homey place to work by adding beautiful accessories and flowers. Try a tall glass vase filled with water and a water plant on top, then add a Fish! Don't forget to feed it though! -- they'll make you feel better when paying the bills!

Keep it clean while you work in the kitchen
Whenever you are preparing meals, keep a plastic or paper bag in the sink beside where you're working. Adding onion skins, food wrappers and other garbage right into the bag as you go along will eliminate walking back and forth to the garbage bin.

In addition, while shredding or peeling, do it right over the opened bag instead of the sink. By the time you're done preparing the meal, the mess is already in the plastic or paper bag that gets put into the garbage right away.
Paper bag
 
Organized Vehicle Essentials - October 2011
The family vehicle is not just a vehicle to drive around, we use it for our businesses, family events, and much more.
Yours should be your tool when you are "away from home" Some of these areas are in need to be kept organized:
  • Glove Compartment
  • Inside - reachable
  • Inside - backseat
  • Truck
 
Glove: Keep copies of registrations, insurance and maintenance records, remember the auto club contact information as well. TIP: If you keep your auto garage door opener inside your car, try hiding any documents that may expose your address, instead of your glove compartment.

Within Reach: CD's, sunglasses, maps, tissues, and a litter bag, not to forget your wallet or purse for when you stop at the drive throughs.

Inside the Back or Front Passengers Seat: Uumbrella, bottled water, coupons, first aid kit, change for tolls (soon to be hitting BC), parking meters and pay phones, now all replaced with mobile apps for parking and cell phones, and maybe an air freshener.

Trunk: Organizer to hold tool kit and jumper cables, windshield fluid, extra can of oil, flashlight, ropes or cords, and spare bags for grocery stores.

Other Essentials:
If you use your vehicle for business, remember to keep an organizer for files, paper, pens, take, cards and any other forms or business items you may need.

Keeping a supply of brush or comb, possibly hairspray or mouthwash, remember your vehicle is not suppose to contain everything you use in the morning but just enough to get you by during the day. Don't go overboard!

Now if you are toting toddlers, you may need a diaper bag, wipes, extra clothes for them, hand-wash, maybe even snacks or drinks. Just don't forget to store away a roll or two of paper towels.

September 2011 - Tip of the Month
A lot of people spend as much time, if not more, in their office as in the kitchen or family room, so make it a cosy and homey place to work by adding beautiful accessories and flowers. Try a tall glass vase filled with water and a water plant on top, then add a Fish! Don't forget to feed it though! -- they'll make you feel better when paying the bills!

Keep it clean while you work in the kitchen
Whenever you are preparing meals, keep a plastic or paper bag in the sink beside where you're working. Adding onion skins, food wrappers and other garbage right into the bag as you go along will eliminate walking back and forth to the garbage bin.

In addition, while shredding or peeling, do it right over the opened bag instead of the sink. By the time you're done preparing the meal, the mess is already in the plastic or paper bag that gets put into the garbage right away.
Paper bag


Tips for Dealing with Clutter
          1. Commit to doing something about it - this is an important first step.
          2. Set a goal for your room - plan the space to serve you and your way of living.
          3. Start small - begin with a manageable project such as a junk drawer or bookshelf.
          4. Edit items - keep only things which serve your goal for the space.
          5. Think green - items you no longer need can be donated or sold.
          6. Schedule time to organize - even 20 minutes a day will go a long way.
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