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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 September 15, 2020

                      4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                      4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

                      Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

                      Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

                      Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

                      We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

                      Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

                      1. Don’t Fight It

                      I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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                      Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

                      Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

                      If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

                      If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

                      2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

                      Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

                      One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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                      The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

                      Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

                      If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

                      Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

                      3. Reframe Your Perspective

                      Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

                      Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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                      Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

                      4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

                      Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

                      As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

                      Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

                      Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                        Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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                        One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                        To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                        Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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