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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.

                  Homemade Cleaner

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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 September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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