Complete Kitchen Overhaul!

Complete Kitchen Overhaul!

We are going to spring clean, declutter and organize our kitchen!!


Kitchens are tough to manage. Everyone uses this room, it is used for multiple functions and it often becomes the drop-off point for all the stuff! It is definitely one of the more difficult places in the home to keep clean, organized, and uncluttered. 

But it is totally worth it…


There is something very calming and refreshing about a clean, organized and uncluttered kitchen. We spend so much of our time in the kitchen it can actually set the tone for our entire home. Having everything in its proper place makes prepping, cooking and even cleaning easier and more fun.


When you think about your own kitchen, what kinds of clutter come to mind? If it is anything but joy, read on…

Step 1: Start by thinking about what your kitchen goals are!

Is it to enable you to cook yummy, healthy meals for your family without too much fuss? Is it to be easy to keep clean so it offers you a sense of peace and doesn’t waste your time? Is it to serve as a comfortable space for family or friends to spend time?

Your goals help you decide what to keep and where to put it, or what to let go. Creating a space that truly serves you will bring you more freedom and joy in the kitchen.  Your kitchen should work for you, not the other way round. 


Step 2: Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen

Kitchens are a dumping ground for everyone and all kinds of stuff! Get a basket or a box and put everything in that doesn’t belong in the kitchen. Then either put it away or give it to another family member to do. 

WARNING: Grab a Ningxia Nitro or diffuse some Motivation Essential Oil before moving on the next step!!


Step 3: Pull it all out!

Yes, you read that right! We are going to "Kondo" our kitchens! There are no short cuts here! We are overhauling our kitchen!! Empty the cabinets, empty the drawers (the only exception is not to empty the fridge right now- but you can take everything off of it!!)

You are going to want to have a box or basket for all the items you are going to sell or donate, and a big trash bag on hand too! Discard or donate all the things are duplicates, not used or broken will not be returning. Throw away anything expired, forgotten or stale. 

Be ruthless. Most kitchens are short on storage space, so the goal is to only have things you love and use.

Mark Bittman, a professional chef, stocked an entire kitchen for about $300, he summarized his kitchen utensil philosophy this way: “It needs only to be functional, not prestigious, lavish or expensive.”

Don’t forget under the kitchen sink! Do you a dozen half-used bottles of cleaners? Check out this short video

Step 4: Wipe it all down


This is the spring cleaning portion! Grab your Thieves cleaner. Spray all the walls, drawers, cabinets, shelves, counters… you name it! Spay it and clean it!


Step 5: Break Time

Get a glass of water and think about your kitchen goals again. 

Don't like to drink water? Tired of drinking water? Read this!  

How do you want your kitchen to look when you walk in first thing in the morning to drink your Ningxia? How do you want to feel?


What do you want to see when you open your pantry? Cabinets? Drawers?

Got that happy, clean, organized image in your head? Great, let’s get back to it!


Step 6: Go through your items AGAIN!

Yep- I know you are soft. You kept a lot of items because you hesitated, were unsure, thought you might need it someday!

The right question is not, Might I use this someday? The right question is, Do I need it.  There are limited spaces for storage. Rather than shoving as much as you can inside these spaces, use their limitations as helpful guidelines on how much stuff to keep. 

Did you really go through your pantry items?? Now might even be a great time to get rid of the unhealthy stuff and set goals to eat better?? But the bottom line is if it is expired, nobody likes it, or stale- throw it out!!! 


Tip: Keep one set of lidded food containers that nest together and discard the others.

Step 7: Decide on an organizational plan

Think practically. Decide where each item should be stored. Cooking and baking pieces should be kept close to where you do food preparation. Utensils should be in the drawer nearest to the prep area as well. Glassware might be best near the sink or refrigerator. Sort all your baking items and pile them together. Sort your cooking items and pile them together. Group the dishes by every day or special occasion. Do you want a coffee or tea station that includes sugar, mugs, and filters?


Here are some tips as you plan out how to organize:


Tip #1: Store Containers and Lids Together

Tip #2: Make use of Vertical Space with hooks

Tip #3: Use Lazy Susans in deep cabinets

Tip #4: Use Drawer Dividers

Tip #5 Have a junk drawer for those random items 


Step #8: Put it all away

You have decided how you want your kitchen to feel and look now let’s create it! Don’t be afraid to continue weeding out items that don’t serve you as you put things away.


Tip: Arrange your pantry so you can see what you have— it means you won't constantly be buying the same thing at the supermarket. 


Step #9: Clean Out the Refrigerator

Now go back and do the same process for what is IN your fridge. Please don’t neglect this step or think I’ll do it tomorrow and then not do it. That same feeling you want to get when you enter your kitchen in the morning is the same feeling you want to get when you open your fridge door!


Step #10: Take a picture and share what you have done!

I’d love to see what you have accomplished! Share it in the comments or go to our FB group Break Free & Live and share it there!! Our supportive community would love to see! 

Love this info? You will love my guide "5 Ways Less is More" check it out here!

When your kitchen is clean, organized and decluttered, you have more time to make nutritious, delicious meals for your family and time to enjoy with your loved ones!!


Debt as Slavery

Debt as Slavery

What do Publiluis Syrus, Andrew Jackson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ezra Pound all have in common? 


Their words of WISDOM on DEBT and Slavery


Debt is the slavery of the free.” ~Publiluis Syrus

“When you get in debt you become a slave.” Andrew Jackson

“A man in debt is so far a slave.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt.” ~Ezra Pound


They all spoke about debt existing as a form of slavery. 


Even Proverbs 22:7 states that the borrower is slave to the lender


So WHY has debt quickly becoming a new form of modern slavery in this country when we know the DANGER? 


People have become increasingly more willing to borrow to purchase consumer items and lifestyle enhancements before they actually earn the money. Huh? What did I just say?


We spend money before we earn it. 


And its close cousin is true also...


We spend more than we make.

And let's not forget those od us that just don't save 

Although most people would agree that debt is not good- it still has a chokehold on so many of our friends and family members. Most normal people are just plain broke. 

If you’re in debt, you don’t have the FREEDOM to use your money the way you want.

72% of Americans have debt. Let’s take control of our money once and for all! It may not be easy but it is possible. It requires a plan, determination, and consistency. 

According to Dave Ramsey, “Winning at money is 80% behavior and 20% head knowledge. What to do isn't the problem; doing it is.”


So, How do I start?

First things first- cut spending. Not fun I know... but just think about how a temporary sacrifice can give you freedom later!

Next- sell things you don't need, don't use or don't like. Dave Ramsey has been quoted, "Sell so much stuff the kids think they are next." LOL
Finally- seek out another stream of income. That can be working overtime, a parttime job, babysitting, making and selling something or starting your own small business. If you don't like your current employment start to think about what you do enjoy doing. Sometimes we need to do things we don't enjoy for a season, but we should always be looking forward to creating the life we desire.  
(Check out my OolaLife Challenge in my FB group Break Free & Live if you want a more balanced life. The challenge will help you create a plan to get you to where you want your life to be)

Stop Creating Debt and…

Create a starter Emergency Fund of $1000


STOP: don't roll your eyes and dismiss this advice because you think you could never save $1000!! Often times an unexpected expense causes us to go into debt. If we have a backup plan, an emergency fund, it gives us that buffer we need to avoid pulling out that credit card. But first, we need to stop pulling out that credit card for items that we don’t have the money for…. And for a season I propose cutting spending to needs only so that you can put money aside for those rainy days. 

So, Where do I start?

Do you currently have an emergency fund?

Love this info? You will love my guide "5 Ways Less is More" check it out here!

To access the OolaLife Challenge which will launch April 1, 2020 click here.
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