A pocket door system can maximize space, storage and organization; consider the Demi Tall Pantry Cabinet from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. It works for kitchens of all sizes. Pull-out units, sliding shelves and motion sense lighting make locating items and organizing a breeze, while adding a pleasing environment to the room. More style can be added to the pantry area with shelving that’s not only functional, but looks good as well, with Closet Maid Close Mesh wire shelving. Available in white, nickel and satin chrome finishes, the deck wires are spaced 5/8 inches apart instead of the standard 1 inch, to keep small items from tipping. Storage space can be increased by combining the shelving with the shelving with the Shelf Track adjustable bracket system (more room for items of various sizes. Source: “Useful items to keep your home elegantly organized” by Family Features-Vindy Homes-The(Sunday) Vindicator, September 6, 2015).
Has an item been in your pantry for three months or longer? Chances are, you´re not going to use it; pitch it. Wipe down any shelves to remove dirt and crumbs. Before restocking, lay down a non-adhesive shelf liner to protect the shelves. Easy Liner by Duck brand is a good choice, especially the new Solid and Super Grip shelf liner products featuring Clorox antimicrobial protection of the liner. The liners are also machine washable (Source: “Common kitchen cleaning conundrums solved” by StatePoint-Vindy Homes-The (Sunday)Vindicator, August 23, 2015).
Did you know that according to the United Nations Environment Program, as much as 30 to 40 percent of all food in America is wasted? It amounts to about 20 pounds per person every month, and money-wise, $165 billion in wasted food annually (the National Resources Defense Council). A good freezer storage plan and buying in bulk can save time, money and stop waste. Here’s a few easy tips:
- Making more room can save more. $750 annually can be saved on your food bill if you buy in bulk. A freezer will not only provide much-needed additional space, it also provides the option of storing larger food amounts out of the way while items for immediate use can be kept close by.
- Find someone else who wants to buy in bulk; you may not need a 10-pound bag of beans, but a friend or neighbor possibly might and would be willing to split the cost with you.
- Have a meal prep day. Save money with a little planning and always have home-cooked meals on hand by taking a few hours of spare time once a week to prep and cook your meals (for food you’re eating early within the week, keep in the fridge until dinnertime; later- in-the-week meals can be stored in containers and frozen until use).
- Prepare for and expect the unexpected; If the power goes out, the freezer can be a great asset to prevent food and money loss due to uncontrollable events like this; consider the new Frigidaire Gallery, a first-of-its-kind upright freezer with ArticLock Technology that offers thicker walls to keep foods frozen for over two days during a power outage. The Gallery is also garage ready and can handle extreme hot and cold weather (Source:”Get ahead of back-to-school season with a food storage plan” by Family Features-Vindy Homes-The (Sunday)Vindicator, July 19, 2015).
Kitchen Cleaning Remedies
- The Refrigerator-Make a habit every few months of cleaning out the inside of your fridge, even the shelfs and drawers; Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner is a good option. It can be used on a variety of surfaces and is 98 percent naturally derived.
- Grease and grim on kitchen cabinets and door handles can build up quickly; to deodorize and disinfect, consider Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. First, remove any excess dirt, then use enough wipes for the surface to remain visibly wet for four minutes for food-contact surfaces, rinse with clean water. For hard, nonporous kitchen cabinet exteriors, wipe the outside and let it dry. Try to wipe down the cabinets weekly to prevent dirt and grease build-up.
- Did you know that sponges can be the most germ-filled item in the kitchen? And they can stink after only a few uses. But here´s a quick remedy: Just wet the sponge and put in the the microwave for two minutes. Germs are now gone, and it´s good to go (Source: “Common kitchen cleaning conundrums solved” by StatePoint-Vindy Homes-The (Sunday) Vindicator, August 23, 2015).