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Household Clutter

Stop Household Clutter:  Things to Get Rid of Right Now

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Cardboard Food Boxes

Ditch the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that go with your cereal, snacks and dry goods. They’re ugly, take up lots of space and don’t keep your food fresh. Instead, opt for glass jars  or airtight food storage containers. Source: HGTV Magazine

 

18 Easy Kitchen Organizing Tips

 

These simple 18 easy kitchen tips can be greatly helpful.

  1. Stash plastic bags in empty paper towel tubes, hanging bag holders or even fold them so they take up less room yet still convenient to grab and go.

2. A crock can be used to hold frequently needed utensils and set on the counter for easy access (wooden spoons, spatulas, soup ladles, etc.). Also helps keep the large utensils drawer better sorted since less is packed inside (dividers or shallow baskets come in handy here). Can also hang a wall basket to stash lightweight larger items. 18 tips

3. Store a hand mixer, its beaters and attachments into a basket before tucking away into a cupboard. No more fussing with wrapping cords, digging around for attachments-everything is neatly tucked in the basket. This works for all kinds of small appliances and their attachments (electric knives, food choppers, electric juicers, etc.). (Source: Marilyn Bohn).
4. Spices can take up a lot of precious space–get them off the shelf and up on the wall. Mount a spice rack inside the pantry on a wall or hang a narrow basket shelf inside the door (not over the stove, heat degrades the quality of stored herbs and spices).

5. A well stocked and sorted pantry will save time, money and effort. See Beginner Guide to Pantry Pride for helpful information.

6. Consider stashing measuring cups right in the bins along with the sugar, flour, etc. If you have big bins, consider sticking the sifter right in with the flour too. Great trick and no more digging for lost measuring cups!

7. Use shallow tubs and boxes to contain like items in the refrigerator (idea from Susie j). Just pull out the tub and grab what’s needed (condiments box for relish, etc.). No more digging through the fridge trying to find that elusive jar of mustard!

8. Keep pouches of dry soup mixes, seasonings, etc., in small bins (empty margarine tubs work great) or baskets…now they’re neat & tidy in one place.

9. Insert kitchen reference charts and favorite recipes in clear plastic sleeves then hang on the inside of cupboard doors for easy access. They can easily be wiped clean and frequently referenced info will be right at your fingertips.

10. Pack lids for plastic containers or Tupperware in a clear tub or large ziploc bags so it’s easy to see just where the required lid is…no more rampaging foot loose and fancy free!

 

11. Get the knife block off the counter by installing a magnetic bar along a back counter wall–will hold knives securely. A magnetic bar can be installed on the pantry wall to hold small tools (screwdriver, pliers, etc.) or make a hanging tool organizer found on this page.

11. Lazy susans are a great tool to store like things together and you’ll know just where to grab what’s needed.


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12. Cup hooks: Affix to the inside of cupboard doors and on pantry walls. Hang things like measuring spoons, large bbq & kitchen utensils (with straps or holes for hanging), trivets, etc.

13. Ziploc bags neatly carry small like-items (like twisty ties, corn cob handles, etc.) then stash all the bags together in a basket or tub.

14. Utilize the space underneath cupboards by installing a paper towel or plastic wrap holder, knife holders, etc.

15. Charts or magnets will nicely track food items in the freezer…you’ll be able to keep on top of what should be eaten soon (less to throw out).

16.  A bamboo steamer makes an ideal counter top food container, stash bulbs of garlic, onions, shallots, and other items that don’t require refrigeration and need ventilation. (Source: Martha Stewart).

17. Fabric totes, plastic bins, big glass jars can be used as containers. Also see Martha Stewart’s list of How To Stock Home Essentials.

18. Pot Lid Taming Options: Spring-tension curtain rods! Run them front-to-back in the drawer to make dividers.
If drawer is deep enough for the lid to be stored standing up on its edge, buy 1/2″ dowling. Cut the length of the inside of drawer, front to back, plus 1/2 inch. Measure the thickness of the lid(s). Add 1/8″. Drill 1/4″ deep holes (that are a hair over 1/2″ diameter) on the front and back of the drawer. These holes should be the thickness-of-lid-plus-1/8″ from the side. Pop dowel into holes. Presto….a lid-holding-rod on the side.
These two techniques also work great in all skinny cabinets that you use to store cookie sheets and cutting boards…..

Super-Chunky Christmas Cookies Jar
Surprise your friends this year with a homemade gift jar: a recipe-in-a-jar. chuck xmas cookie jar
Simple to make and best homemade gifts are from the heart.
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Super-Chunky Christmas Cookies Jar
 
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Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • uper-Chunky Christmas Cookies Ingredient List
  • 1 cup toasted shredded coconut
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • ½ cup chopped cashews
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup red and green M&M's
  • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½-liter glass jar
Instructions
  1. eat 1¼ cups sugar and 1 stick butter with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add the Super-Chunky Christmas Cookie mix and mix until well combined. Scoop big round cookies (about 2 heaping tablespoons each) onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Hot Cocoa Mix

We love Hot Cocoa and have tried many recipes! Laura, my daughter, has “tweaked” this recipe to become one of our favorite homemade hot cocoa recipes.

Hot-Cocoa-Mix-in-JarIt’s very easy to make at home or share as a gift in a jar for a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

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California Walnut Breakfast Cookie Gift Jar

Walnuts and cranberries are a wonderful holiday flavor pairing. Give this wholesome cookie jar as a fun (and delicious) gift this season.


California Walnut Breakfast Cookie Gift Jar
 
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Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Amercian
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • Dry ingredients (layer into a glass jar):
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup instant skim milk powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1-3/4 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup California Walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Additional ingredients listed on a gift tag or card:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 can (14 oz.) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 jar of cookie mix
Instructions
  1. In a glass jar, layer the dry ingredients in the order they are listed. On a gift tag or card, list the additional ingredients and the following instructions.
  2. "In large mixing bowl, with electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy; beat in the vanilla. Next, stir in the crushed pineapple.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together the contents of the cookie mix from the jar until well combined. Add the dry ingredients into the pineapple mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake in 350F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking rack.
  5. Makes about 2 dozen large cookies."
Notes
The healthy benefits of walnuts.

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