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Category: Staying Organised (Page 1 of 2)

HOW TO AVOID FOOD WASTE – A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

 

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If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

In Australia, we waste about 20 per cent of the food we buy. Around half of all fruit and veggies we buy gets tossed. Around four million tonnes of food ends up in landfill.

That’s a recipe for disaster for sure.

If climate change isn’t enough incentive to avoid this waste, consider this; the estimated cost of food waste in Australia is $20 million.

The cost of food waste for EACH New South Wales household is estimated at $3,800 per year. It’s like throwing away one in every five bags of shopping you buy.

Want to save money and help save the world? It’s easy, don’t waste food.

Here are some tips and a few recipes to help you save food, money and the environment.

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HOW TO SLOW DOWN TIME IN A MOMENT 

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Of course, we can’t actually slow down time – yet.

Whether it appears to be flying by or dragging on, our watches and clocks will tell us the measurement of a moment, an hour, a day, is the same.

So if time flies, how can we hang onto it a little longer? Or at least slow that flight into a more pleasant and calm walk?

The answer may be easier than you think.

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HOW TO USE YOUR SMARTPHONE SMARTLY

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Want to know who invented pet rocks? Push a button on your phone and you’ll have the answer.

What song is this? Your phone will tell you.

What should I be doing today? Ask your phone.

How wonderful are smartphones?

With those little pockets of technology you can shop, speak, bank, pay bills, research, write, take photographs, make videos – is there anything they can’t do?

I don’t know how I’d live without one. Oh, wait, I did, for more than half my life.

 

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GRAND DESIGNS – HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR GRANDKIDS

 

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Just when you think it is safe to reclaim your home, along come the grandkids.

It’s not always easy for us grandparents, who have not had to think about safety locks on cupboards, or the dangers of low-lying glass ornaments, for years.

We may have been revelling in the enjoyment of being able to put things where we want to without these concerns. Not to mention the absolute joy of a house that stays clean for longer than 24 hours.

It can be easy to overlook the dangers, to our property and tiny hands and feet, of carelessly placed treasures.

The thing about grandkids is that they come to you having learned a different set of rules.

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SECRETS TO PLANNING A STRESS-FREE CHILDREN’S PARTY  

 

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Planning a party for the little ones? What can possibly go wrong?

The comedian, W.C. Fields knew what he was talking about when he advised; “Never work with children or animals”.

Why? Because they’re unpredictable and you can never be certain of outcomes when they’re involved.

That being said, it is possible to host a stress-free children’s party and these tips will show you how.

 

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BALANCE YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS WITH THESE TIPS

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ARE YOU LIVING A BALANCED LIFE?

And look! With my tail I can hold a red fan! I can fan with the fan as I hop on the ball! But that is not all. Oh, no. That is not all…” – from the Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss.

Ever have those days when you feel like the Cat in the Hat, right after he’s dropped his bundle, creating an enormous mess?

We all have them. It’s the nightmare we create when we try to do too much and forget about keeping the balance in our lives.

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3 BRILLIANT STEPS TO SAVE CHRISTMAS STRESS AND MONEY

READ ON – I HAVE A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU

Do you want to know why Santa is such a successful gift giver? It’s because of his list.

I’m not kidding – a properly thought out Christmas list will save you loads of stress plus lots of money.

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As an early Christmas pressie for my readers, I have made a free printable Christmas list to help you get started.

First, let me ask you – are you hoping for a fun filled stress-free Christmas this year? Do you want to avoid the last minute crowd fight to buy the perfect gifts and save money at the same time?

There’s one very simple way to achieve this – START NOW.

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6 ESSENTIALS FOR A MOBILE DEN

AND 1 ESSENTIAL FOR A HAPPY LIFE

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Coping with life’s constant changes can often be challenging, particularly when there’s a part of us that resists the change.

Take the empty nest syndrome. When our youngest son left home, shortly after his two brothers, my urge was to grab him, hold on tight and never let go.

This was totally impractical, unglamorous and uncool. So I decided to create The Den, instead.

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SPRING CLEANING SECRETS

MORE SPRING CLEANING SECRETS

PART TWO – THE BIG CLEAN AND MAINTENANCE CHECK-LIST

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Spring cleaning – not the most glamorous fun…but someone has to do it

So you’ve de-cluttered your cupboards, wardrobes and drawers now it’s time for the big spring cleaning jobs.

It’s amazing how having a list to refer to can help you remember all those little jobs that only need to be done once in a while.

A few years ago I downloaded the Bushfire Survival Plan provided by the government to help us get ready for the season. I was sure I knew all that needed doing but I wanted the check-list.

To my surprise, there were things on the list I hadn’t considered, such as moving welcome mats inside. Welcome mats are particularly flammable – this I didn’t know.

Read on and use this guide as a checklist. You never know, you might even come across something you hadn’t considered.

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SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL SPRING CLEANING

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Beautiful freesias in bloom everywhere

PART ONE – DE-CLUTTERING

Spring has sprung in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Freesias are bursting with fragrance and beauty, birds are merrily chirping and the days are longer and brighter.

With all this excitement and enthusiasm comes a new determination to get things in order and make everything lighter. We start replacing the heavy comfort meals of winter with lighter salads and fruits. We start replacing the heavy layers of clothing with t-shirts and sandals. And there’s an urge to clear and organise our homes and to, well…spring clean.

I always feel the biggest part of spring cleaning is getting rid of unused and unappreciated items. I have several friends who feel the same way but get stuck right at the beginning of the task. I believe there’s a little bit of hoarder in us all.

People with a hoarding disorder are psychologically unable to get rid of stuff. In the worst of cases, their homes are a cluttered mess of newspapers, junk mail and all manner of other ‘treasures’ they cannot part with. Ironically, given the mess and chaos of their homes, often hoarders are perfectionists. It’s their fear of not making the right or perfect decision about what to do with things that keep them from doing anything.

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