6 tips for selling books online

6 tips for sellling books online -- A Pinch of Joy
6 tips for sellling books online -- A Pinch of Joy

We are redecorating, renovating and renewing.   Of course, you can’t do that without moving everything you own twice.  Once to get it out the work space and once to put it back or in a new space.  Or you can use the opportunity to declutter – big time.  This is part one of an occasional series on the Big Rid:  Decluttering or How to get rid of things that no longer support the life we live!  

The Big Rid actually started with a huge collection of nonfiction books.  [Read more...]

Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days – Day Three

A Pinch of Joy: Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days -Day 3
  A Pinch of Joy: Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days -Day 3

We’ve broken a big job into three smaller components that you can do at different times.  Small task components help utilize your time and energy more efficiently, to work around physical limitations or demanding babies, to reduce stress and find time for you.  This little secret of breaking a big job into smaller ones is invaluable!

You can find Day One  and Day Two by clicking the links.  Today we pay attention to the freezer compartment.   Cleaning the freezer is  easy because generally it does not get the traffic or the spills that the refrigerator compartment does.   I leave the refrigerator running as I do this because it is a fairly quick process.   I also usually plan cleaning the refrigerator/ freezer just before a stock up time so the shelves are somewhat empty.

First, remove the ice bin and dump the ice cubes.  If you have a garbage disposal, run the ice through to clean it.   I’ve also heard that keeps the disposal blades sharp, but I’ve just taken that as a fact.  Not sticking my fingers down there to find out!  Running ice through will help clean the disposal, as it tosses sharp ice chunks around and down the drain.  Let the cold water trickle during the process and be prepared to give a shot of hot water if a clog develops.

A Pinch of Joy: Refrigerator Freezer

In the meantime, wipe down the walls of the freezer compartment where the ice maker and bin belong.  Use warm water and a sponge.  My manufacturer’s manual says to add soda to the water if there are any odors in the freezer.  Wipe down the door gasket and the area where the gasket rests when the door is closed.   By now the ice should be through the disposal (bonus chore done!).  Wash the ice bin with warm water.  Use soda, sponge and elbow grease to remove any buildup.  Vinegar will also help remove buildup and is safe to use around food.   If there are any crevices in the ice bin and mechanism, pay special attention to them using a small brush or a toothpick point if needed.   Dry and replace the bin.

Clean the door shelves.  In my refrigerator these are not removable so I wipe them with a wet and squeezed sponge.  Mostly I use these for storing gel ice packs, nuts for cooking and, sometimes, Bytes’ burritos and other small things that might be needed quickly without a lot of hunting.  If the shelves in your refrigerator are removable, wash them with soap and water in the sink or throw them into the dishwasher with another load.   BTW,  I am compelled to tell you — those lines across the door pictured above are perforated vent holes, NOT dirt! :-)

Begin with the top shelf.  Remove and sort through all the food, setting it on the counter or in empty laundry basket.  Wipe the walls, clean the shelf and replace the foods that belong there.   Move onto the next shelf.

A Pinch of Joy: Discard!

Discard anything that looks like this!  The USDA says that frozen foods will not spoil, but anything with freezer burn has lost its good qualities of taste and texture.  Out!   Click the link for a printable USDA  Freezer Storage Chart showing the optimum storage time of various foods at 0 degrees.

The refrigerator freezer is where I keep packages of vegetables, frozen dinners for quick meals and opened packages of frozen food.  These things get “lost” in the bigger freezer  and eventually just thrown away.  In the refrigerator freezer, I know what I have and where it is.  That package of peas that was opened to add half to a salad gets the other half added to a pot of soup because I will see it and remember to use it.  I also store meat here that I’ve purchased for a special recipe (usually for you, my lovelies!)  and sometimes it gets sidelined, like that package above.  For the most part however, using this method has greatly reduced the amount of food that has to be thrown out.

Drain

By now, we are at the bottom of the freezer where there is often a drawer.  Remove.  Don’t ask me how, but this area seems to collect dust, especially around that opening at the back.   The opening on yours may look differently or be located in a different spot.  It is where the water from the self defrosting process drains to a pan below where it evaporates into the air.  Clean by pouring or squirting  a  solution of 1 teaspoon soda mixed into two cups of hot water into the opening.  This water will also evaporate into the air.  You can do this regularly as a preventive or when necessary if you notice odors.

drawer

Clean the drawer area, wash the drawer in the sink with warm water, dry and replace in freezer.  Add food.  This is where I keep the larger opened packages of things like chicken breast.  And the inside of the refrigerator/freezer is all done.

We still have about ten minutes left in our thirty minutes allocated.  Clean the outside of the unit.  We did the top on Day ONE so no need to repeat.  Use your favorite cleaner– squirty stuff or mix in water stuff or special stainless cleaner.  Clean the doors and any sides that can be reached. Pay special attention to door handles and any crevices.  Thoroughly clean the water dispenser if you have one on the door.  Vinegar will help remove any water stains.

Basket

One last tip to help keep things in order for the next cleaning – and to make your life easier everyday.  That wire bin that holds the bags of vegetables is wonderful.  If you know me, you know I seldom pay regular price for anything.  I did for that basket and it was worth every penny!   You can pull it out, rifle through to find what you want and push it back in.  No balancing act or scooping packages off the floor necessary.

Shhh!  I know you should also clean underneath and behind but let’s do that when we deep clean the kitchen.

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Just keepin’ it real – many refrigerators have something magnetic stuck on them.  This is the time to throw away the magnet phone number from the dentist that retired, the broken seashell from your beach visit 10 years ago or whatever else.  We live far from family so Christmas card photos often end up on the freezer door for most of the year.  It gives me joy to see them each day.  Display only the newest and arrange neatly.  Those drawings by a three year old framed with blue paper also give me joy  – I’m the one wearing earrings on your left!

And now you have a sparkling clean refrigerator inside and out, a system to manage the contents  and haven’t let anything else in your busy life slide to do it!   Enjoy!

Links to   Day 1   Day 2

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Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days – Day Two

A Pinch of Joy: Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days - Day Two
 

Last week I shared with you a secret for which you would  have to pay hundreds of dollars normally.  But you got it here for Zero dollars!!!  The secret:  Have a job you dread, that is overwhelming, that needs to be done but you have too little time and/or energy to tackle?  Break that job into smaller chunks and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish without taxing your resources!  Don’t save this secret but start to apply that little secret to everyday jobs. No more letting things go until “you have time to get to it” while whatever chore it is continues to build, getting worse and more time consuming.    Things that used to drive you crazy because you know they need to be done, but you “just don’t have time”, will get accomplished easily.  And you will have  peace of mind that will let you enjoy life!

Last time we cleaned the door and the top of the refrigerator.  You can read about Day One here.   This week we are cleaning the refrigerator compartment itself.  Some folks will want to turn off the refrigerator to save energy.   And then you have the debate: does that save enough energy to compensate for the extra time needed to cool back down.  We are only going to allot about 30 minutes to this chore.  For me, I vote to leave it run — especially since I can barely reach the hard to move off switch at the very top and furthermost corner of the refrigerator.  You do what you think best for you.

A Pinch of Joy:  Clean Your Refrigeragor in Three Days - Day 2

Start with the top shelf.  Remove all food from the shelf, discarding any that is unusuable.  I use this time to also get rid of things that are on the edge of their storage life.  I usually time refrigerator cleaning just before I know I am going to restock the basics.   Sometimes I will put refrigerator soup on the menu for that evening — a beef based soup that will handle all sorts of leftover veggies, bits of meat. In that case, I empty them all together in one container.  Other times,  stuff will go right into the empty plastic grocery bag I put on the counter for the purpose of transporting discards to the trash can.  Empty containers go directly in the dishwasher.

When the shelf is empty, wash it with warm water.  This is the only way I have discovered that is effective.  Rest the shelf on the sink divider and wash in running water with a plastic scrubber.  If you need to scour, use baking soda and the sponge.  Soda’s grittiness will take off sticky substances, but is safe for using around food.  Rinse and dry.  Wipe the sides of the refrigerator with the sponge, again using soda as needed.  Replace each shelf as it is cleaned.  I usually let the food set out so I can see and “sort” before putting it back when everything is clean.

A Pinch of Joy: Clean Your Regrigerator in Three Days - Day Two

I clean the bottom drawers in the sink, as well, with running water.  A squirt of dishwashing detergent can be helpful, especially if something yucky had been residing on the bottom.

A Pinch of Joy: Clean Your Refrigerator in Three Days - Day Two

The hard part:   In most refrigerators the area under and behind the drawers can collect small items that have been dropped  and drips from spills can linger unnoticed until the drawers are removed.  It’s easiest to take the water to the refrigerator.  I have a beat up pan that works just great for cleaning — just the right size for rinsing and squeezing out a sponge.  A brush can be invaluable.   The long handle on this one lets me leverage the pressure so I can clean thoroughly.   Those pipes are the holding station for the chilled water.  A smaller brush makes quick work of cleaning them and the slots that hold the drawers.    Again use soda (and elbow grease) for your food safe scrubbing agent.  Rinse if needed.  Replace drawers and any remaining shelves.   Then sort and put all the food back!  All done!

A Pinch of Joy:  Clean Your Refrgerator in Three Days - Day Two

Hints # 1, 2 and 3

A Pinch of Joy:  Clean Your Refrgerator in Three Days - Day Two

Hint #1.  This refrigerator doesn’t have an egg keeper.  To protect the eggs, I put a wire shelf over them.  Otherwise, the eggs made a flat surface for OTHER people :-) to stack food.  I couldn’t get to the eggs quickly and when I did get them out to use them, there were always broken ones.    The wire shelf makes a good spot to set those little dabs of food that can be added to a hot lunch pack or are “free game” for snacks and off schedule meals.   (Is that hint #2?)

Next Hint:  Those flat plastic baskets — white and yellow — came from the dollar store.  Love them!  We eat lots of yogurt here so they are called the yogurt basket — and there are two because two people eat two different kinds.  When I bring 10 or 15 containers of each kind home from the grocery, I just pull out the correct basket and fill it on the counter from the bag and slide it back into place.   I can see at a glance which one needs replenishing when I am planning my grocery trips.  And if something gets spilled, cleaning the basket is better than cleaning the whole shelf.  Win, win!

Food fresh hints:  That white utility bin holds packaged deli meat.  No one can open another package of meat unless that bin is empty.    A rule from when Bytes and his brother would eat two slices out of a package and open a new package next time.   The first opened packages would get lost and then tossed every time!    And those fresh berries and little tomatoes are stacked there so the cook can see them and not forget to use them.

Find Day One here  and   Day Three here

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