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Kitchen Upgrade: 10 Simple Kitchen Hacks That Make A Huge Difference

Kitchen Upgrade: 10 Simple Kitchen Hacks That Make A Huge Difference

If you start thinking about your kitchen like it is a playroom, you open up many entertaining and efficient options for yourself. No matter if you have a huge roomy kitchen or you have a small and cozy one, there are numerous interesting ways to improve it. Applying all sorts of different hacks is a smart way to increase your overall efficiency, and even allow you to play with your food a little bit – who says it just needs to be used for nutrition?

Food preparation is actually a form of art, and it should be treated as such.

Use the Inside of Cabinet Doors

03 Cabinets

    This is the one obvious thing that everyone seem to miss.The fact that the manufacturer that made your kitchen cabinets didn’t mention you could use the doors for storage too doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this hack. By installing a rack or just a couple of nails on the doors themselves, you’ll be able to organize the lids of your pots neatly and store them properly without taking up much space.

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    04 Tablet

      There are all sorts of smart kitchen tools and devices you can use to make your meals faster, but equally tasty, and you should definitely invest in at least some of those. My suggestion is to start with a tablet and a tablet holder. Trying new recipes will look completely different – you won’t have to check your notes every two seconds, because there are all sorts of tutorials that run in real time, so you can cook along with them, without pausing or rewinding all the time.

      It’s More than Just a Cutting Board

      05 Cutting Board

        People who have a small kitchen know that the biggest problem is the work surface – or better put, the lack of it. This very simple hack I started applying recently is probably the cheapest and the most efficient solution to this problem you could ever find. You just need to open the closest drawer, place your cutting board over it and voila – a new extension of your work surface just appeared.

        Frozen Dairy Products?

        07 Frozen Dairy

          Dairy products are delicious and necessary for a proper nutrition, but coincidentally they also become inedible in a very short period of time. Also, some cheeses tend to be on the expensive side. Fortunately, there’s a simple hack that will solve these problems for you – the next time there’s a sale on milk or cheese or some sort of other dairy product sale, you can get a larger amount and simply freeze the items. When stored in your freezer, dairy products can last anywhere from a month to six months, depending on the type of product.

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          Light It Up

          06 Lighting

            A huge percentage of kitchens have improper lighting, which is a major oversight, but, on the other hand, it’s completely understandable – it somehow never climbs to the top of your priority list. However, this can really damage your eyesight and overall efficiency, especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals for a big family. It’s a common misconception that this is an expensive investment – you should explore your options because there are all sorts of simple DIYs you can utilize. Basically, a quality lamp could make a huge difference.

            Ice, Ice, Baby

            08 Seasoning

              The internet is overflowing with different ways to use ice cubes. Don’t you hate it when you try to chill down your drink but it becomes watery instead? It’s quite simple really – instead of making ice cubes out of water, make them out of that drink you want chilled and this works with absolutely everything!

              Other than drinks, this works with food, as well. I’m sure you have a favorite seasoning, but the thing with them is they only last for a season – obviously. Take an ice tray, fill it with your favorite combination of herbs and pour some olive oil over it. The next time you want to achieve that particular taste in a meal, simply extract one cube and that’s it.

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              Play with Cookie Cutters

              09 Cookie Cutter

                If you have problems with your kids who avoid certain types of foods, you should try to change your approach. It’s quite important for their development to ensure that they consume all of their required nutrients, and screaming and yelling usually just has a contrary effect. By using cookie cutters, you can easily shape that undesired food item into flowers, stars or hearts. This simple hack will make your children fall in love with all sorts of foods they found to be icky in the first place.

                Straws for Pips

                Cherry

                  Many delicious and healthy deserts can be made out of red fruits, but the problem with them is in their core – literally. Cleaning them and trying to get rid of pips can be extremely time-consuming, which is why you should turn to straws. Make sure to get firmer ones, so they don’t bend too much and simply pull them through a cherry – it’s a lot faster and a lot more efficient, especially if you want your cherries to stay in their original shape.

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                  10 Lemon

                    This could be another time-taking and expensive issue. We are all aware of how important it is for a kitchen to be impeccably clean. Instead of trying to find a cleaner that’s efficient but cheap, you should make your own. With a balanced mixture of lemon, baking soda and vinegar, you’ll be able to have a spotless kitchen.

                    Organization Is a Powerful Time-Saver

                    01 Magnetic

                      In order to get everything done properly, you need your space and you need to know exactly where every item is. This is more of a piece of advice than a hack, but it can be considered as one if you consider how much time you can save simply through setting up an organised kitchen system. You should use jars and bottles of all sorts, label them properly and have a special place for each of them. Also, consider implementing magnets in your kitchen, because they are an efficient way to organize your spices and your knives. Implementing a pegboard is also a great idea – it can hold anything from a pan to a ladle.

                      Once you start applying these hacks to your kitchen, you’ll be able to see how clever they are. Perhaps it’s not a bad idea to take it slow and implement them one by one – if you do them all at once, you won’t be able to recognize your kitchen.

                      Let me know how it goes!

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                      Ivan Dimitrijevic

                      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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