28 Days Purging Series: Day 4

Welcome to day four of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing The Pantry.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead. 

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series, if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Let’s jump in. Whatever kind of pantry you have start from the top and work your way down. This is not cleaning task, just a simple go through, tidy, and clear out. If you find something out of place, put aside and then once everything is done you can put it where it belongs. Look through all expiry dates, really look at everything. Get rid of anything that you are not using or/& have not used in a long while. If sealed in date you can donate it, if opened maybe you know someone who uses that product, or just toss it. Anything you think is stale get rid of, if you can’t remember how long it’s been there then it’s time to get rid of it. By getting rid of these things you will have more room. A cleaner and visible space, making it easier to see and know what you have. Also makes it easier to get what you need without pulling half of it out, or not knowing what you have and buying it again without really needing too.

Sharing mine with you, it was a hot mess.

This took me a while as we are a family of six and I store a lot in my pantry like baking supplies, healthy smoothie supplies, healthy snacks, kids snacks, chips, nuts, canned food, extras, etc… We really need a bigger pantry. (There maybe one soon, hint, hint.) I really was procrastinating this task. It also took me the whole time because as you can tell from the before and after pictures I did organize it as well as going thru all the items and getting rid of things. Honestly setting a timer is the best, you get it done and quick. I thought it would take me forever and it didn’t.
Tip: I have learned that if there is something I really am pushing off because of the time I think it would take, I set a timer and this motivates me to just do it. There’s something about setting a timer that makes it feel more fun to do. It’s like a game to beat the timer.
It motivates me to just get to it, also I used this method in my big basement clear out setting a timer for the amount of time I have that day and this was great, I knew I wouldn’t get it all done but it sure made me see the process and wanting to continue with it.

Also, these bins you can see in the pictures are from Dollarama and Dollar Tree, they are perfect for keeping things together in their categories and not having to keep every product box. It’s not perfect color coded or every bin matching, but it works and I love bins for organizing and keeping certain things contained.

Did you miss Day 1, 2, & 3 post? Click on the day number you missed, posts are linked.

Comment below and let me know if you took part in today’s task. How did today’s task go for you?Did you clear the clutter? How does it feel/look?

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 2

Welcome to day two of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing the freezer.
If you missed yesterday’s Day 1 you can find it here.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead.

With the freezer it depends what kind of freezer you have, if it’s upright and side by side of your fridge the process will be similar to what we did in our day one The Fridge. If you have the bottom drawer style freezer or the top door one it will be slightly different in how I am explaining it in steps, but the process will be to declutter & reorganizing. No matter which you have it should not take long.

If your freezer is the side by side, you can start at the top shelf area and work your way down and then to the door. If your freezer in the kitchen doesn’t need to be done and you have a deep freezer or another kind you can choose to do those instead. Organize items as you go thru putting them in order &/or in their correct spot. If you have a top or bottom freezer I would take everything out and put items back in once sorted. This will make it easier for you to know exactly what you have in there. It will also make it easier to regroup the items you want together. This should not take long enough where items can defrost.
Start with the items that can’t be out long like ice creams, popsicles, etc… You want to look for items that have been there way too long. For freezable meals (frozen pizza, microwave dinners, chicken nuggets), check the expiry date. For meat and fish, look for items that have been there too long or have freezer burn. Depending on how long they have been there, if you decided to keep it then insure you keep it on the top or/& front so they can be used. You can also look for items that you bought, but didn’t enjoy and are still in there, now is the perfect time to get rid of them and make space for things you use. Tip: I have a deep freezer in my garage, before every shopping trip I go thru that freezer and move what I need into my kitchen freezer so I am not one, over buying and two keep a good rotation. Also, when putting away items I have bought I make sure to put it at the bottom &/or back of the freezer and move what was there forward &/or top. This insures that I am using “the older” ones (which is not really old but you know what I mean).

A great organization tip, if you need some structure in your freezers, I use plastic bins from Dollarama, items I do not keep in their boxes can be put in them. It’s organized and easy to find. My freezer has sliding bins which is where I sort my fish and my meats. I have one shelf where breakfast items are stored and the other for things like frozen vegetables, fruit, fries, etc.. Bins work even better for those bottom drawer freezers & top freezers. It’s a great affordable way to have an organized freezer. You can also find similar ones at Dollar Tree.

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Comment below and let me know if you took part in today’s task. I am loving these tasks, keeping it simple without the overwhelming feelings is great motivation.

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Halloween 2020

This Halloween will be different for many of us thanks to Covid-19. I have been thinking of ways to make Halloween fun still for the kids and thought I would share some of the ideas with you. A few people have asked and I thought it would be great to share our plans along with some extra ideas from Pinterest. I have pinned many ideas on Pinterest which I would like to do and also some extras for ideas for you all.
Glad Halloween is on a Saturday so I can have time to prepare and bedtimes are no issue here. We have our costumes picked out and everyone’s happy.

The following is what I am planning for this Halloween with the kids,
1. Orange pancakes for breakfast
2. Halloween party- We will be decorating the inside of our house with halloween decorations and get out any “Halloween” serving trays and playing Halloween music.
3. Creating fun baking and snack creations with a halloween theme. (found some good ones on Pinterest)
4. Candy Scavenger Hunt, depending on the weather this may be done indoors. What’s great about the candy hunt is that it can be done indoors or outdoors.
5. Making Halloween theme slime (also found on Pinterest)
6. Colouring some printable Halloween pictures
7. A kid friendly Halloween movie night with orange and black colored popcorn made with food colouring) and some of the treats from the scavenger hunt.

This time is hard for everyone due to restrictions, but we can try to make the best out of every situation. As disappointed the kids may have been with the restrictions of not being able to trick or treat (in some areas) they will be ok. We parents can pull off a fun one at home. We took the time and spoke with the kids about the plan and they are ok about it, they are actually really excited for what we have planned. Hope you all have a Happy and Safe Halloween.

Dollarama and Dollar Tree are great budget friendly places to find decorations, crafts, treats, and so much more.

Another great place that has everything you need and more Party City.

Do you have some ideas to share? Comment below and share for everyone.

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Review: Dollar Tree Window Cleaner

I love testing new all kinds of products out, I came across this Window Cleaner from Dollar Tree and decided to try it out. I must say I was pretty impressed with it. Its does a great job and leaves no streaks, no film left behind, and it also leaves a great shine. I love that it is Ammonia Free. I have tested it on glass surfaces, windows, and mirrors. I love it so much, that’s what I now always use for a few years now! There is a smell of vinegar to it, but to me it is not strong, you do smell the vinegar when spraying. It’s a great product that is not highly priced, I paid $1.25 plus tax and am amazed at how well it works and cleans. I always have an extra bottle just in case I run out. I have also used it on glass shower doors, works greats on removing hard water stains leaving a nice clear glass.

This product from Dollar Tree is amazing.

I gave up on Windex because it was always leaving streaks and a bit of a film, I hated that. Made everything look like it was not properly cleaned. Windex isn’t cheap either for something that doesn’t work great. I did use Windex for years prior to starting to use this Window Cleaner from Dollar Tree. I use to love it, but noticed year after year the product results were changing and never was the same.

Who else loves affordable cleaning products? Do you know of other affordable cleaning products either from Dollar Tree or another place? Comment below and let me know, I am always into trying new things.

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