Archives for September 2013

What To Do With Pots And Pans

pots and pans

Over the years I’ve been in many homes that are incredible organized and even those homes have a mismatch of pots and pans. Could be because new clever pots have come out over the years that make cooking more exciting and efficient.

One idea is to hang on racks. This is supposed to make it easier to grab, cook, clean and hang.

But before we look into how to organize it is a good idea to pull out all of the pots and pans. What haven’t you used in a year? Not using something for a year makes it likely you won’t use this year but you make the decision, maybe for you it is 2 years or 5 years.

Trust me, I know how this works. I have a couple of pans from my great grandma that I use and a few that I haven’t used in years. It is time.

DECLUTTER THE POTS AND PANS TODAY

Consider the lids as well. I have a favorite lid I use that actually doesn’t properly fit the pans but it works. I also had lids that didn’t match anything I own. I’m not even sure how they are in my cupboards.

With everything out of the drawers and cupboards, it would be a good time to scrub. Followed by covering with vinyl paper, rubbery material, painting, sticky paper, or any special material designed for covering and updating the kitchen.

Only put back what you use. The rest need to go.

Gift to someone else, goodwill it, or sell it.

If It Sounds To Good To Be True Then………

Aren’t we all looking for a good deal? The satisfaction of getting the most for our money is enjoyed world wide. The chance to brag to others about those deals is exhilarating. But what happens when we have been taken?

As seen on TV!

First, there were the traveling salesman. Then, As Seen on TV. Now for most of us, it is the INTERNET.

photo (1)My brother in law thought that he had found a deal that would give the family toothpaste for the next year. He ordered it online. When the box arrived, he was surprised.

“This isn’t what I ordered”

They will have toothpaste for about half the year because the tubes of toothpaste were mini size.

Live and Learn

If this is the worse buying experience he ever has, then he’ll be on the luckier side.

What To Do With Old Candles

candlesChances are you have received one as a gift and have gifted one as well.

Candles

Some people…Aunt Debbie… have thousands of them. This might be the very thing you collect. All shapes, sizes, colors and fragrances are available all over the world. Actually if you collect these, then buying a gift for you is easy.

But how many is too many and when is it time to get rid them? Some of you will use them until there is hardly any candle left and even then won’t through it out.  I have never been a candle person but when I started to look up what to do with candles, it made me want to collect and melt and create. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of the creative things that are out there to do.

Did you know that there is actually a Candle Association?

http://www.candles.org/about_history.html

So if you are looking at your candle collection and you use, enjoy and even need for light then maybe your desire is to keep all of them. If you are ready to shed a few then today is a good day to start.

What to Do With Old Candles

Collect the candles around the house. Be brave and simplify.  If you cannot part with them, then try melting and creating new ones instead of buying more.

Remember to “keep out of reach” for children. Lighting candles can be fun for a 3 year old. Just ask my younger brother!

YIKES!

 

 

How to Organize Batteries

BatteriesIt’s hard to keep batteries in one area. No matter how determined we are, they pop up in unusual places, including the refrigerator.  I tried to keep all of them in a plastic box  but because I live with others, that box would often disappear.

We had a prompt family meeting to announce “don’t put old batteries in with the new.” You would think that is a given, but apparently not.

Battery Recycling

I was confused as to what to do with the old ones. In the olden days we would toss batteries in the trash, but laws have changed and we can’t do that anymore. Local companies often have “electronic drop off days that include batteries”

Home Depot in my area had one not long ago. They said I could drop off all batteries except for “Forklift batteries”. Assuming you don’t have any forklift batteries, you should be fine.

Replacing Batteries

The reason the battery box came out today was, I have those little solar lights for my backyard and many of them were not lighting up. After finding the battery box, I replaced most of them until I ran out of batteries. About half of them worked after that, the rest didn’t.

So now I don’t know if the battery didn’t work or if the little light bulb was broken.   This is why it is important to have a battery tester.

I had no idea in researching, what to do with batteries, that it was so complicated. The government website explains everything. Everything I ever wanted to know about batteries.

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/battery.htm

Bottom line is….laws have changed. You can’t just toss in the trash anymore. One option is get the rechargeable batteries. Then you would have less to get rid of. The other option for today is gather all of your batteries.

How to Organize Batteries That Are Still Good

The best thing I’ve seen so far is this battery organizer on Amazon.

Battery Organizer/Tester

So take today to organize your batteries, and take back the power!