Spring Clean Your Life!

 

Enjoying the nature

 

We are all probably ready for spring and the warm weather and flowers blooming. Spring might also bring to mind Spring Cleaning. Some of us dread it, some of us love it. While it is great to get your home in shape, what about the rest of your life?

People

You may not think about people when mentioning spring cleaning. Spring is a time for change and blooming. If there are people in your life that are negative or holding you back, it may be time to sweep them out of your life for good. While this may sound harsh, do some soul searching. There might be that one person that you just don’t need to hang around with any longer.

Social Media

When was the last time you cleaned up old pictures or posts on your social media accounts? Maybe you have photos that looked fun but now are embarrassing. Delete, delete! If you are in a different place in your life, let your new posts and pics reflect that. Get rid of pictures with people that are not in your life- who needs a reminder of that ex you dumped? Make a fresh start.

Music and Media

Have an Ipod or store a lot of music on your tablet or laptop? It is probably time to shake your selections up a little. Get rid of the songs that you always skip over or really don’t like that much. Make an effort to try something new and download some upbeat songs. Maybe clean up your playlists or make new ones. Get a new groove on while working out or something to keep you motivated at work.

Unwelcome Gifts

You probably have a drawer or closet with gifts or old cards from your exes. Why keep this stuff? Even ticket stubs from fun events don’t need to clutter up your life. If you aren’t going to make a scrapbook, either take a photo with your phone or just trash it.  Anything with a bad memory you need to dump, now! Even good memories stay in our minds, and we don’t always need to keep a physical reminder.

Now that you’ve done some spring cleaning in your life you will feel like a weight is gone. Maybe you have the energy now to tackle that spring cleaning around the house, too!

7 Foods to Start Freezing NOW!

Young woman looking for some snack in fridge late at night.

I am sure you are a frugal shopper and meal planner, and you already are smart about freezing certain food items. There are lots of foods that can be stored in the freezer, but here are some that might surprise you!

Nuts

Nuts go bad quickly and if you are not going to use them right away, go ahead and freeze. You can freeze nuts in the shell or shelled. For walnuts, peanuts, cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds or hazelnuts, just wrap them tightly with plastic wrap before putting in the freezer. The same goes for nut butters, too.

Bacon

Freezing bacon is great, especially if you need to chop up for recipes since frozen bacon will be easy to cut. Place a few uncooked bacon slices flat on waxed paper and wrap up. Then put this into a freezer bag and you are all set!

Yogurt

Did you stock up on yogurt and now it is expiring? You can freeze yogurt, but you won’t want to eat it that way. Use the frozen yogurt to make a yummy dip. You can also use it in sauces.

Coffee

If you love iced coffee, there is nothing better than adding some frozen coffee cubes to your drink! Just pour any leftover coffee you have into any sized ice cube trays and you can have a special treat later!

Ginger

If you love cooking or baking with ginger, then freezing it can make your life easier. Leave the ginger whole and unpeeled, use plastic wrap around it, and then place in a freezer bag. When you want to use some, you just take the frozen piece of ginger out and scrape off what you need- no defrosting needed!

Cheese

While cheese will not slice well after being frozen, it is still great to use in recipes. If you use a lot of shredded cheese for casseroles, just grate the cheese before you stick it in the freezer.

Garlic

You can freeze garlic in whole heads, break apart, or even chopped up. The easiest way to freeze is to leave the garlic whole. Store in a freezer bag or container. You can easily take off a clove at a time. Garlic does have a different consistency after freezing, but should be fine for cooking.