Clean your Fridge ……. PERIOD!

Forget the diet , Forget the TV Shows , Forget all those weight loss schemes !! JUST FORGET IT !!!!!.

If you want to feel more energetic, improve your health and perhaps lose a few pounds, cleanse your fridge instead. Taking stock of what’s inside your refrigerator – and deciding what to keep and what to toss – is the first step toward making nutritious food choices.

Giving your fridge – and pantry (more on that next week) – a spring makeover will help ensure you have the right foods on hand for healthy meal prep and, if stored properly, you’ll reduce food waste, too.

The thing called Refrigerator !!

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ANATOMY OF A NUTRIENT-PACKED FRIDGE

Start by emptying your fridge and cleaning the shelves with hot soapy water. As you return items, check best-before dates on salad dressings, condiments, nut butters and other packaged foods. (Read to the bottom for more details.)

Now you’re ready to stock up on nutrient-packed, minimally processed foods. Here’s my go-to guide to a healthy fridge – it’s actually a peek inside my own fridge – that will keep your eating habits on track.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables

I prep my produce in advance for the week to ensure I actually eat what I buy instead of tossing out wilted, rotting vegetables. To do this, wash and dry lettuce, SPINACH,Coriander ..blah blah in short all those leave veggies , then wrap it in paper towels and store it in resealable produce bags, or best brown baggies .

To prolong freshness, use your crisper drawers properly. Produce that releases ethylene gas, which cause them to rot prematurely, should be stored on the low-humidity setting. These include apples, pears, ripe bananas, ripe avocados, mangoes,  melons, papayas to name a few .

IMG_5976Store produce that wilts from moisture loss, as well and fruits and vegetables sensitive to ethylene gas, in the high-humidity drawer (e.g. leafy greens, fresh herbs, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant,  zucchini).

Stock produce strategically, too. I store a bowl of fresh fruit on a shelf where my family can see it as soon as they open the fridge. It makes healthy snacking easier when hunger strikes.

Dairy

My staples include plain yogurt, cheese , cottage cheese , sometimes  all the times Cream cheese !

You won’t find highly processed margarine in my fridge. Instead, I stock butter and, since I always  use it, I store it in the door of my Fridge .

Eggs

Eggs will last longer in the fridge, provided you don’t put them in the door. The cold does make them last, but constant changes in temperature can make them go off quicker. They should be kept nearer the back of the fridge, where the temperature is more constant.

Nuts

Packed with healthy fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals, nuts are a regular feature in my fridge. (They go rancid more quickly when stored at room temperature due to their high fat content.) My staples include raw almonds, cashews and walnut halves, all tasty pairings with dried fruit.

Roasted nuts also have a reserved spot in my freezer . I alternate between roasted slivered almonds, pine nuts, shelled pistachios and pumpkin seeds.

I toss roasted nuts into salads, add them to yogurt and sprinkle them over stir-fries. It takes only 3 to 8 minutes to roast them in a 350-degree oven.

Plant proteins.

Canned beans are super convenient,( bangalore has a lot of canned beans on the shelves these days ) but I have always been soaking and cooking dried beans on the weekend. It’s easy to do and can be done while you’re doing something else, including sleeping.

Cooked beans keep in the fridge for up to four days (or up to three months in the freezer). Seasoning with salt will prolong their refrigerated shelf life to one week. I add them to soup, salad and tacos.

Condiments

My condiment shelf includes mustard, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salsa, fish sauce, curry paste, sesame oil, walnut oil, capers, olives, hummus and Hot sauce . I buy small jars and bottles of everything so I can use it before the best-before date.

Leftovers

I purposely make enough to have leftovers for quick, healthy meals during the week. To prevent left-over mysteries – and food waste – I store them in clear glass containers so I can easily see what’s inside. Leftovers will keep for four days in the fridge.


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WHAT TO TOSS AND WHAT TO KEEP

“Best-before” dates indicate how long a product will retain its peak freshness, flavour and quality; they don’t tell you about the food’s safety. Once you open a food package, best-before dates no longer apply.

Many refrigerated foods can be eaten safely soon after their best-before dates have passed, provided they’ve been stored properly. That’s true for milk, yogurt, eggs and many condiments. (They may not taste as fresh, though.)

However, the quality and safety of fresh meat and poultry, deli meats and smoked fish decrease after the best-before date. Once past their prime, throw these foods out.

Resist the temptation to combine the contents of open jars of identical products since their best-before dates may be different depending on when you bought them and how long they’ve been opened.

Pitch any leftovers that have been refrigerated for more than four days.

Next post on how to Clean your fridge 🙂

until then happy Housekeeping !!

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Ewww! Clutter !

Clutter can be a devastating thing for some people. The stress and anxiety people develop over clutter in their homes, work and lives, can cause adverse health issues. Did you know that clutter affects women differently than men? The take away from this is to understand that you need to deal with the clutter in your life before if causes you personal issues:(

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Why Decluttering Your Home Can Make Your Life Better!!

Yep, decluttering your home could have a profound and uplifting effect on your life and even your bank account. But you don’t have to take my word for it. These five eye-opening clutter facts reveal why a tidy home could change your life for the better.

Fact: Clutter is Picking Your Pockets!

pinIs your refrigerator covered with stuck-on-stuff like magnets, schedules and photos? Then welcome to the clutter bug club, which includes many of you.

A study by anthropologists reported that the average  fridge around the world  has around 52 different items plastered to it, and if yours is junked up, it’s a reliable sign that the rooms you use daily in your home are cluttered. And that’s bad news for your bank account.

The same study also revealed that clutter is connected to buying more stuff than you use, which contributes big to those disorderly junk taking up space in your life !

Fact: Clutter Can Ruin Your Career.

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Do you have piles of stuff cluttering your office?  Well, those stacks of files and discarded takeout cups may have cost you a job promotion. And it seems well-founded. A recent survey revealed that a whopping 77 percent said that their office clutter reduced their productivity. Another 50 percent agreed that their untidy office slashed motivation levels while also doing a number on their state of mind.

Fact: Clutter Can Bust Up Your Marriage.

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Now there’s scientific proof that a messy home is truly a bummer — especially for women.

A study by the University of California revealed that while women’s stress hormones spiked when dealing with clutter, their male counterparts didn’t.

What gives this away ?

The study’s findings suggest that men and women view clutter differently.

For women, an uncluttered household is one that’s also successful and happy. For men, the accumulation of stuff is a source of pride even if it’s all kept in disorderly heaps.

It’s no wonder why two recent surveys concluded that clutter has become one of biggest conflicts at home for couples.

Fact: You Have More Closet Space Than You Think??

confettiThink you got nothing to wear? Then your closet may be busting at the seams with ill-fitting clothing. A whopping 80 percent of the stuff we wear come from a mere 20 percent of our wardrobe.

And in case you are holding onto to clothes that you think will fit better once you lost a few pounds, consider this. Our body weight can move around from year to year, so even if you dropped the weight, some of your clothing might not work for your current body type.

Now do yourself a big favor. You can make room for clothing that will look great on you now by donating the stuff that doesn’t fit.

Fact: A Cluttered Desk May Boost Creativity But at a Cost????????

Einstein’s desk was always a cluttered mess. Did his untidiness fuel his creativity? Maybe.

A scientific study by researchers at the University of Minnesota revealed that clutter can boost creative thinking and inspire new ideas. However, they noted a few downsides.

People in messy workspaces were less generous than those in clean ones. They also made unhealthy food choices.

And in case you believe that random mess on your desk means you’re super gifted, sorry!

A genius’s mess is methodical, not haphazard.

That’s all folks , Writing this post made me realize small stuff do matter in the long period of time frame !

 

Daily Cleaning Checklist

To maintain order and keep your housework under control, it's a good idea to perform these chores every day.
  • Make the beds.
  • Put away clothes and children's toys.
  • Wash dishes, spray and wipe off counters and cooktop or range.
  • Take out trash and recycling.
  • Clean cat litter boxes.
  • Wipe out bathroom sinks and spray shower doors.
But don't worry. If you work long days or have after-work pursuits such as continuing education or children's activities, basic chores, meal preparation, and some laundry may be all you manage in one day.
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8 Effortless ways to get Organized

It’s obviously not your desire, capability, or common sense that prevents you from finally decluttering your home — it’s the effort that’s often the major roadblock. Here’s how to change your habits and organize your space so it starts doing the work for you:

 

1. Label everything, even if it seems like overkill & overRated ! 

If your organizing efforts just aren’t transferring to the rest of your family, put the answers to their storage questions right in front of their faces. “Labels help everyone in your household know where things go, and also impart a sense of responsibility on each family member to put things back,”  A label is a subtle, but clear nudge toward tidiness all over your house.

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2. Pair decluttering with a habit you never skip.

Creating new habits is tough, but this trick can help you succeed. “For example, if you always take out the trash on Tuesday nights, start doing a little decluttering before or afterward,”  Eventually, it will feel weird to do one task without the other, and your tidying-up efforts will become second-nature.

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3. Make  the “drop zone.”

If you find your flat surfaces filling with clutter, it’s time to designate a spot for everything coming into your home. Once you get the hang of it, the piles will disappear. A dedicated spot for everyday items is the stop gap that prevents your entire home from eventually looking like a tornado hit it.

The drop zone I am referring to is a recent trend in home organizing. Also called a “drop spot,” this is a shelf, table, or other fixture located right in the entryway, and it is replacing mudrooms in many houses.

An entryway offers a home’s first impression, but it’s often covered with coats, backbacks, shoes and more. The solution? “Rearrange the coat closet in the entryway where kids can hang things,Or put a basket by the door to toss shoes inside. If the shoes can just make it inside, it can make a huge difference.”

( I have a bench at the entry way of my house so thats my drop Zone ) .as simple as that .

4. Where there’s a pile, there should be a bin.

The truth is that your clutter probably won’t ever completely go away. But, a well-placed container makes even the most random collection looks much neater, and forces you to corral unwieldy items.

“Even junk drawers need a bit of structure, “With boxes or drawer dividers, there’s no place to dump things that don’t belong.”

Throwing your stuff in a box or drawer doesn’t make it organized. “Every drawer, cabinet and shelf is a container, but consider taking it a step further by using additional containers within those storage areas to organize your things even more. Use bins, baskets, cups, tin cans, stackable bins and dividers to help keep your items better contained and visually appealing”

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5. Block potential messes with something pretty.

Since it’s often too easy to just throw things anywhere, flip the script and make it harder to cause a pile-up. “Place a plant, a figurine, or a framed photo on your side tables, or add a table runner or centerpiece to a dining room table,”

When an item’s dedicated spot is the only place you can actually put it down, you don’t have to think about it, and tidying up becomes automatic.

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This lamp is next to the Bench at the door way so all eyes go to the lamp n not to the bench 🙂

6. Assign each family member a bin.

As you’re noticing random items piling up around the house, it can be easier to sort them first by person than figure out exactly where they go, It’s a low-effort intermediary system that helps you tidy up quickly. And when your husband or kids are hunting for their stuff or have more time to put them away, they know exactly where to look first.

7. Get some hooks, stat.

If we had to give an organizer the “most valuable” award, the humble hook would be a strong contender for the win – and many of the professional organizers we’ve spoken to totally agree. They’re just insanely easy to use – no opening drawers, stuffing bins, or pulling out hangers. You’re going to put your stuff down somewhere, and a hook is just as easy a spot as the back of a chair or the floor (but looks much neater)..

8. Make putting things away as easy as possible.

This seems like a no-brainer, but the way homes are often designed (closets at the end of a hall, shelves stacked only in the basement) place stored items in one big pile, far away from where we actually use them.

“Your storage system needs to be handy and logical,For instance, store school supplies near where your kids do their homework. If they have to raid Dad’s office every time they need a pencil sharpener or Scotch tape, it’s not likely the items will get put back.”

Here are some of the Tips & Tricks I use Daily thought U guys will love it too ..

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You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

20 Minutes or Less in the Kitchen a Day !

Your kitchen can be one of the grimiest and dirtiest rooms in your home. With the clutter that seems to amass here daily, and the grime of cooking residue on stoves, counter tops and cupboards, these issues need to be addressed. There are some speedy cleaning methods of getting your kitchen spic and span with some easy to do cleaning tips.

Cleaning your place is the last thing you want to do with your free time, which is why I  will show you how to get in, get out, and get it done so you can get back to your real life.

I don’t know about you, but my sink is often overflowing with dirty dishes accompanied by the Gas stove  covered with used pans, resulting in some serious scrubbing in the kitchen. Instead of wasting time tackling baked-on grime, take 20 minutes (or less!) to get your space clean, leaving you more time for other fun things — like catching up on your favorite shows. 

Here’s my  checklist, with suggested times, for getting your kitchen clean in minutes.

Clear countertops:

Leave any appliances you use daily out on countertops and wipe clean. If your blender is only used a few times per month, it’s just collecting dust, meaning it’s time to stash. Get rid of any clutter and toss garbage in the trash. (2 to 3 minutes)

Wipe cabinets and pulls:

This is an important step in keeping your kitchen sanitary, so give your cabinets, especially handles and pulls, a quick spray with cleaner and then wipe. Don’t forget the door to the cabinet holding your garbage. (2 minutes)

Spray your Stove top:

While you’re working, give your range top a spritz with cleaner and let it work its magic while you tackle the rest of the kitchen. Don’t worry about wiping clean, we’ll get to that later. (30 seconds)

Empty the dishwasher:

Clear your dishwasher of clean dishes leaving space for all your dirty ones. And if you reposition your plates, glasses, and silverware storage as close to your dishwasher as possible, emptying the dishwasher takes minutes. (2 minutes)

Rinse dishes and place in dishwasher:

Give all those dishes in your sink a quick rinse and then load into the dishwasher. And many of your pots and pans are safe to toss in there too. (3 minutes)

Soak dishes:

If you have any dishes that are a total mess, add some liquid dish soap to your sink, plug the drain, and fill with hot water. You can also use this time to hand-wash dishes if you don’t have a dishwasher. Don’t worry about finishing those baked-on pans now, let them soak until later. (3 to 4 minutes)

Sweep the floor:

Quickly sweep your floor of debris and whisk away the mess into your garbage can. Spot clean any marks on the floor as needed with a damp paper towel. You can give your floor a deep cleaning on another day. (3 minutes)

Wipe down Stove top:

Remember how you gave your stove top a spritz with cleaner? Give it a quick swipe, getting rid of any grime. (30 seconds)

Finish pots and pans:

Finish washing pots and pans then drain sink and wipe it clean, too. (2 minutes)

Wipe fridge handles:

Spray your fridge handles with cleaner and wipe. (30 seconds)

Fold kitchen towels:

All that’s left is to do is fold your kitchen towels, straighten anything that needs it, and take a quick look at your clean kitchen! All done in less than 20 minutes!

 

And if you keep up with this quick kitchen-cleaning routine, you’ll find it takes less and less time every day! Dedicate a couple of minutes right when you get home, after cooking dinner, or while you’re enjoying your morning coffee just to your kitchen.

Then pick  one  afternoon once a month to really deep clean your cooking space, helping your home sparkle.

 

De-Cluttering your Bedroom

DE CLUTTERING THE BEDROOM 

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The process of decluttering your home isn’t always easy, and it can be downright stressful when you have to say goodbye to some of your possessions, but it’s a great idea. If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, almost certainly you’ll need to declutter in order to make your house look larger, more open and, in a word, better. When you declutter prior to sale, you’ll also make your move down the road lighter and thus easier and less expensive. 

 Many people assume that kitchen as the most important part remove away some clutters, but decluttering your bedroom is more important. That’s all because you do some important tasks in your bedroom. Keeping things tidy and neat is the initial step you need to take to remove away all clutters as well as organizing your bedroom space. Following are smart ways to cut clutter in your bedroom. check it out!

I was surprised to see the overwhelming majority of folks who say that clutter is their biggest problem in the bedroom. It seems that even the room that’s supposed to be your sanctuary can’t escape the mess of everyday life. 

To de-clutter the bedroom: (1) get rid of anything you don’t use, and (2) find storage solutions to deal with what you have left. Step-by-step plan below…

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Keep in mind that the often you remove clutter, the less time you will need to take when cut cluter in your bedroom. First of all, clean your closet through your dresser and other parts. Clean some clutters all over the room. During your declutter activity, try to place a recycle bin to make sure that you have got rid of what you’ve already read. In addition, you can also tailor it as your own habits.

Regularly declutter your clothes closet

If you are searching for the biggest culprit in your bedroom, try with the closet at first. Even if, it is often behind the closed doors and commonly occupied with clothes that no longer you wear and some clothes that never got back on the right hanger. A little habit will help you out:

  • Take for about five seconds to hang up your clothes
  • Fold and put them into the right pile on your shelves.
  • Put the dirty clothes into the basket instead of putting it in between stack on the floor.

Spending a little time can make your decluttering time way easier and less time consuming as well.

Choose the right basket

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First thing you have to do to decluttering your bedroom is making sure that you already have a laundry basket in the bedroom. a laundry basket is one of the most important part to keep your bedroom neat and tidy as well. if you don’t have any laundry basket, you can opt for something that ally your bedroom décor such as sleek bin or a beautiful basket. Commit to put your dirty clothes in the basket to keep your bedroom neat and also tidy.

Make use bowls and trays to hold clutter

You bedroom tends to have some items such as earrings, knickknacks, books, watches and others. Streamline them by placing it in a tray or bowl to store those items and place it next to your bed. Instead, you can also install a mini drawer or an organizer to store them if you think tray and bowl is not an efficient way to decluttering your bedroom.

 In short Declutter the Bedroom:

  • Take everything out of the bedroom that doesn’t belong there. Remove any dishes, paperwork, loose change, etc. If possible, keep high-energy objects like TVs and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Get rid of any clothes, jewelry, or shoes that you don’t need. Be ruthless! Each thing you get rid of is one less thing to store and care for.
  • Clean all surfaces, wash sheets, and clean the floors.

Decluttering the Living Room

It can be tough keeping the living room tidy and clutter-free. There is some stuff that should be thrown out; some stuff that is very valuable but has taken the form of clutter because it is not being properly stored, or was

It can be tough keeping the living room tidy and clutter-free. There is some stuff that should be thrown out; some stuff that is very valuable but has taken the form of clutter because it is not being properly stored, or was bought and never used.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the range of items you need to store in your home’s gathering spots, look to this cohesive and clutter-free living room. Books, magazines, office supplies, and toys are cleverly tucked away without sacrificing style. Don’t go through your living room and throw everything into the dumpster at once. This may lead to strong feelings of regret and anxiety. Rather, learn how to declutter for a small amount of time a day following  these tips.

Take a look at each space within your living room. If there are piles all over your flat surface and you can’t make a case for it to stay there, it needs to go away. Make a quick sweep of all items that are hanging out in the living room that don’t belong and replace them back into their appropriate place (golf bags back in the garage, sneakers back on the shelves, gaming systems back in their bins).

Be practical with your furniture.

 Use an ottoman that doubles up as storage. That way, you give yourself the option of easily accessing items that may otherwise make your living room more cluttered.

Start with just one desk drawer.

This could be the jumble of papers or bills that should be neatly filed in a cabinet or the pile of knickknacks crammed into the coffee table’s storage space. There’s no reason to supply valuable real estate to items past their prime that are no longer of use to anyone.

Give your bookshelf a makeover.

It’s tough to get rid of books. However, if you’re not treating them with honor and respect and if they’re not beautifully displayed, today is the day to donate or recycle them. Have everyone in the family pile every single book in your home on the floor of the living room and sort them. For every four you keep, you have to take one to Goodwill or the used book store.

Use decorative containers to streamline clutter on bookshelves that straddle seating and working areas. Magazine holders mask catalogs, while woven bins and fabric-covered boxes hide office supplies.

Tackle kid and pet clutter.

Pick a location for bins that will help store the kid and pet clutter. Use bins to keep school photos, art, awards and sit down with your children after the school year and purge previous years’ contributions.

Use a coffee table with built-in storage.

If you’re struggling to find a home for various bits and pieces around your living room, use a coffee table that contains storage space – either drawers to tuck everything away, or an open shelf for your collection of books and magazines.

Re-decorate, or rather, de-decorate.

If there are too many colours in your living room, it will make it look overcrowded. A good rule of thumb (although rules are made to be broken) is to keep small rooms light, with darker colours restricted to larger rooms.

Remember, perfection is never a reasonable goal.

Small habits can make a big difference when it comes to having a calm, uncluttered space. Very few people have the energy and/or focus to spend 8 hours organizing. You’ll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It’s much better to spend a small amount of time on one project or space. Once you’ve decided where something is going to go—take it there. Never keep bags for charity or boxes for friends in your home to deliver later. Do it now. Finish the process. Take the bags and boxes out to the trash or recycling immediately.

Finally 

The goal is to set up a space that works well for your needs. You don’t have to live in an empty home to keep it flawlessly clean all the time, but if you’re having trouble keeping the living room clean regularly, you might want to examine what you can live without and whether there’s anything you can remove to make regular cleaning easier. Organization is about creating the life and the home you want: happy, fun, warm, welcoming, and most importantly of all, a reflection of who you are as a person. That is success.