By Paula Huffingham-Suhey
The long, wet, dreary winter that Northeast Florida has endured is finally over. We are welcoming the bright sunshine of spring. And now we can see the clutter that has found its way into our homes.
And it’s time to put away some of those things that are making our homes (and our lives) a mess.
It’s time to declutter. Lest you think this task too daunting, here are some steps that should help.
1) Plan your work and work your plan. Knowing what you need to do and when you can do it is half the battle.
2) Schedule a pick up: Vietnam Vets, Goodwill, Lutheran Social Services – “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”
3) Do you need more storage space or containers? Measuring the space you have available before you make a purchase will save time.
4) Enlist the help of family or a friend. The company of another person will be helpful, coupled with the fact that another viewpoint will help you decide what to toss and what to save.
5) When you make your shopping list, include a box of disposable gloves, a bottle of spray cleanser and another bottle for bleach. (You will be amazed what spraying a little bleach on that mildewed area will do.)
6) For each room, have an extra box that will be a “holding area” for things that belong in another room: the extra sock, earring back, or ink pen that have found their way under a bed or chair.
7) Don’t try to do it all at once. Take time to enjoy what you are doing…don’t be so task oriented that you miss the fact that the sun is finally shining.
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Ever wonder which cooking oil is best? The answer is, it depends. Here’s a short list of some everyday oils and how and when you should use them.
Olive oil: Its flavor depends on its point of origin. A Spanish and California olive oils are fruity, Italian olive oils are herbal and Greek olive oils tend to be green in color and very strong. Olive oil has a low smoke point and is best used for cold dishes, pestos and salads.
Canola oil: Canola oil has a neutral flavor and a high smoke point. It’s a good all-purpose cooking oil and is fine to use when cooking on high.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is mild in flavor, has a lower smoke point and is good as a substitute for butter and other oils in baking.
Sunflower oil: Sunflower is a neutral tasting oil and has a high smoke point. It’s a good all-purpose cooking oil and is fine to use when cooking on high.
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Here are a few homemade beauty remedies.
Avocado face mask: Mash whole avocado and mix with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons orange juice until it forms a paste. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. This mask helps cleanse and moisturize your skin.
Oatmeal face mask: Add 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to clean face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize. The mask cleanses and replenishes skin.
Sugar scrub: 2 tablespoons of sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons of water exfoliates the skin. Mix, scrub and rinse, then follow with your favorite moisturizer.