3 Simple Steps To Save Time and Get You Out of the Kitchen Faster
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Cleanliness is a great start. We can all be in a hurry and, sometimes, leave a counter with crumbs– but that isn’t the best practice. Clean up counters and table-tops after meals and snacks. Sweep the kitchen floor, as well. Don’t give them things to feed on.
Another tip: your kitchen cupboards, themselves, may be making it all-too-easy for the moths to stay. If the cupboards are not flush to the wall, or do not go up to the ceiling, then there are a lot of hiding places that you’ll never get at no matter how well you clean.
First: get busy and do the “spring or fall cleaning” routine. Forget waiting for the right time of year. Do it now. Empty the cupboards and toss all the infested food out. Play it safe. Don’t try to hang onto anything questionable. You’ll get more food.
Unless it’s canned soup or tuna, most things will probably have to go. Cereal, mashed potatoes, pancake mix, rice, pasta, packaged mixes like cake mix, tea bags…say “goodbye” to it.
Desperate, having been under siege for well over a month, I stopped trying home remedies and began to search the internet. The chats and forums all were saying that moth traps were the only thing that really works.
So, I found a highly recommended brand–Catchmaster—and called the local home improvement store. They did not have any in stock. Though I didn’t really want to have to wait any longer, I knew that Amazon shipped quickly. I placed my order for two packs and kept on squirting the varmints out of the air with glass cleaner until my order arrived. LOL
The traps are easy to assemble and non-toxic. They are small little tents. I was skeptical that just one trap could do much but I was utterly amazed to watch it work. Literally 30 seconds after I had the trap assembled, the first moth flew into it and got stuck. Then two more arrived. Whoosh. They were gone, caught in its proverbial jaws.
What is there about kitchen counters that attracts clutter so easily? I hate it but am so guilty of letting it happen. Well, no more! Tonight I totally cleared off my peninsula kitchen counter and decorated it with a simple centerpiece plus a decorative notepad on a stand.
It was time to decorate. I had a clear glass plate left over from the holidays that made a simple tray for my trio of flicker candles. They needed something to add a little “pizzazz” so I grabbed three sparkly red pine cones from a different decoration and put them around the candles. They look really nice, especially with the candles turned on.
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I could have kept it to just the centerpiece, as centerpieces do discourage clutter from collecting. I chose to add one more piece as I always want a notebook at hand to jot down reminders and create my next grocery list. This one has a cover that I like to look at so I put it on a stand as a display. So my kitchen counter has two clutter deterrents!
Here are some tips to help you through the process:
Plan ahead – think about what you won’t be able to do while your kitchen is being redone and have an alternative. Eat out? Grill? Will you have refrigeration? How long will the stove, microwave, dishwasher and kitchen sink be unavailable? Know what you will do before you are in the midst of it and it becomes a problem.
Make room – you are going to have to empty every cupboard and drawer. It is a great opportunity to purge kitchen items, such as old plastic storage containers that you never use. Lids with no bowls? Bowls with no lids? Say “goodbye” to whatever has been just taking up space unnecessarily. Give away good stuff that you do not want anymore.
Use up your food – this is the perfect time to get rid of all items on your shelves that are expired. Read labels and toss ’em. With the rest, use it up before the project starts. The less you have to move the better.
Expect things to be a mess – this is inevitable, no matter how organized you are. Hey, you’ve got “invaders” in your home ripping it apart! Keep in mind that it is not forever. Our kitchen adventure lasted about 2 weeks.
Setting up your new kitchen – this isn’t as simple as it may sound. It is unlikely that you will do it in one day, especially if you are on your own. Plan on taking a couple of days and try to enjoy it. Put on some music. Pour your favorite beverage and savor the moment. Your kitchen is NEW!
What about picking out the materials for your new kitchen? There are some great companies that offer a large variety of brands and styles. PlumbTile.com is one of them. I like the idea of “one stop shopping.” Why not go to someone who has all of the choices available for you? Check them out!
Thank you for letting me share my kitchen renovation adventure with you. This post was sponsored by Plumb Tile – the story, tips and opinions are totally mine.
There are numerous benefits to improving the home but the scope of many home improvement projects makes them inconvenient and less than cost-effective. Of course, it is up to the homeowner as to which home-improvement project is going to be considered. They need to weigh the costs involved, as well as the benefits to the home and to those that live in it. If you are considering selling the home within a few years, here are some home improvement projects that may give you a low ROI.
High-End Bathroom Additions – Redoing the bathroom is similar to redoing the kitchen. Making a few smaller changes to the bathroom, such as cleaning it up and the modernizing it may get you a decent ROI.
How efficient do you think your kitchen is? It seems like every home owner has their vision of a dream kitchen, but it can cost a lot of money to make their dreams a reality.
HGTV did a survey on the average cost of kitchen remodeling projects on homes in the United States, and they found that remodeling a 12×12 kitchen space can cost people anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000. If that sounds a little out of your price range, you don’t have to worry. You may think that your kitchen needs to be redone so that you can work more efficiently in it, but it may be your cooking and cleaning methods that need to be changed. If you want to make your kitchen more efficient, follow these simple tips.
Are you planning on cooking dinner? Are you ready to take on a big cleaning project in your kitchen. Before you start to do any work your kitchen, gather everything together that you’re going to need. This will make sure that you won’t waste time digging through your fridge, spice cabinet, or cleaning supply closet to find what you need. It also makes sure that you’ll have everything
you need on hand in case you end up making a mess during your project.
Do you ever wonder how some people can keep their kitchen looking organized right after they cook a large meal? Do you want to know their secret? They don’t wait until they finish cooking to start cleaning up, they start cleaning as soon as they start cooking.
Instead of leaving certain ingredients out after you use them, put them away as soon as you’re done. When something is steaming, frying, baking or sautéing, take some time to start scrubbing your mixing bowls and other cooking utensils. You’ll save a considerable amount of time cleaning up at the end, and you won’t have to dread cleaning mountains of dishes when you’re done.
Some people like to plan out their menu for the week, and others will plan their meals for an entire month. Regardless of how you want to space out the time, make sure that plan a menu. Planning what you’re going to eat ahead of time makes cooking so much easier. You’ll know exactly what you need to have, and you won’t have to spend time thinking about what you’re going to cook.