How to Save Time In the Kitchen

How to Save Time In the Kitchen

Handling the kitchen is a tough job, especially if you are working and have kids. Your workload and responsibilities are increased many folds; preparing food quickly and keeping everything in order can be a challenge.

It is very important that you streamline your routine in order to stay right on schedule, spend less time in the kitchen, and more quality time with your family.

Attaining an efficient kitchen can be a challenge, but if you follow these tips you can achieve something close. Do you know what you require? Do you enjoy having your things on the counter, or do you prefer clean counters with everything inside cupboards? What are your routines pertaining to work and kids and other social activities?

Answering these questions is your key to kitchen time-saving nirvana. But understanding this issue is like handling any project with requirements and scope.


Make a list of what you want to be done and the time you have.

Then plan your layout keeping in mind the following 5 tips:

1. Organize your kitchen

It is very important that you organize your kitchen. If you have to look for things in your kitchen, then you are actually spending more time searching through the clutter and less time doing work.

But if you put everything in its assigned place, then all you need to do is grab the items you need and use them, then put it back in its place. Place pans and pots, etc. where you want; in fact, it helps to assign places to different things according to their usage.


2. Keep your kitchen clean

Sort the things and keep the items you need daily handy. Keep your cleaning supplies under the sink. It is very important that you keep your kitchen clean. This gives your kitchen a hygienic look.

It is a very healthy habit, which not only benefits you by saving time, but also keeps you and your family healthy. If you use insecticides in problem areas, make sure you are using them safely, and do not use them on surfaces you would touch or set food on.

3. Cutting and chopping equipment

Make sure all your chopping and cutting equipment are washed, dried, and placed in a handy spot. They save more than half of your time. You can use electric choppers or mandolin slicers and dicers. Note that the best mandolin slicer always has a solid grip, allowing users to stop using them in case of any accident.

Mandolin slicers are more useful as you can use them anywhere as they don’t require electricity.


They are more affordable as well and you can use them and wash them and store in small spaces as well. So having one can save lots of time and can prove to be a good and facilitating purchase.

4. Keep your larder/pantry stocked

It is important that you keep your pantry well stalked with items you use most or all the time. Things like rice and pasta, and canned food, etc., so whenever you need to quickly prepare dinner or lunch you don’t need to rush to the market.

Also keep your freezer well stalked as well. You can freeze meat, chopped vegetables, waffles, etc., and then use them for instant dinner. I personally advise you to do your weekly grocery shopping on the weekends according to the menu of the coming week.

This way you will always be prepared for assembling food.


5. Make menus and plans

It is very helpful if you have a notice board placed somewhere in the kitchen where you can see it clearly. Pin up menus and other important reminders on it. If you write down your weekly menus then it will be very easy for you to shop ahead and keep the pantry stocked.

In today’s fast paced time, it is important that we manage our lives in an organized manner to save time from routine work, and plan to spend more time with family and friends. Save time in your kitchen and plan an outing with the kids!

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.


Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.


4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.


For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.


With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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