6 Awesome fridge tips and tricks

Is cleaning and organising the fridge your least favourite chore? We have scoured the internet for the best tips and "6 Awesome fridge tips and tricks"

6 Awesome fridge tips and tricks

Is cleaning and organising the fridge your least favourite chore? We have scoured the internet for the best tips and tricks to help you stay on top of your fridge situation; here are six of our favourites.

1.   Clean your fridge religiously

Exactly what you didn’t want to hear, right? To keep your refrigerator in tip top condition, you need to keep it clean so it can function properly; and the more often you do it, the less effort involved.  If you only clean it out once or twice a year, you might find it has to work harder to keep things cool. Having a shelf full of expired products that you’ll never be able to use is a waste of space and energy. Do a basic clean just once a month, and you’ll find your fridge functions better, and looks much more inviting!

Tip: Using a food safe solution to wipe your fridge out regularly is a good idea. Try a commercial product like Vanilla Fresh (or mix up your own DIY solution); it’ll tidy up surfaces and deodorise things nicely.

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Source: CHUBBY HUBBY

2.   Sort your fridge with baskets

Using small baskets to sort different products on shelves and in doors (and even in the freezer) is an awesome way to get some organisation going in your refrigerator.  Not only will using baskets help you sort the contents of your fridge, but the base of the basket also acts as a protectant layer to capture any spills or food mess; instead of having to clean a whole shelf when the milk leaks, you can just clean the basket. You could even have a basket for nutritious snacks to help keep you on track with a healthy eating plan.

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3.   Label everything

Using labels on baskets, shelves, doors, and drawers is an excellent way to achieve fridge utopia! Labelling by product category, meal type or by ‘use by’ date are popular fridge organisation ideas. You can do this in your refrigerator, freezer and pantry!

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4.   Put things in the right spot

You can actually optimise the shelf life of your refrigerator contents by storing products in the best spot possible. Squawkfox has a fantastic guide on what to store where in your refrigerator. For example, don’t store milk in the fridge door because the temperature fluctuates too much. Instead, store it on a middle shelf.

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5.   Keep a list of the contents on the door

What smarter way to shop than having a full view of what you do and don’t have? Make use of the space on your outer fridge door by keeping an inventory of what you’ve got and what you need.  Some popular ideas include using magnetic shopping lists, white board markers, or even painting the door with blackboard paint.

Get the DIY tutorial for a blackboard fridge door from The Kurtz Corner.

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6.  Use a Lazy Susan

What a brilliant idea; a spinning mini shelf in your refrigerator! By using a Lazy Susan to organise your condiments, canned and jarred items, you can easily see and reach what you’ve got available to top your gourmet sandwich with.

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Image credit: UNIKIA via Apartment Therapy

Airtasker have a great network of experienced domestic cleaners with some awesome fridge tips and tricks up their sleeve! Let them do your fridge cleaning and organisation for you.

How to prepare your home for selling and moving

If you’re putting your home on the market, there are a number of things other than paperwork that you’ll need "How to prepare your home for selling and moving"

If you’re putting your home on the market, there are a number of things other than paperwork that you’ll need to do in preparation for selling and moving.

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Focus areas

The front door

Great first impressions matter. Make sure the entrance to your home is clean, tidy and looks nice. Gurnie the driveway, weed the front garden, and give the front door has a fresh lick of paint.

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Key rooms

The homemaker will want to focus on the kitchen, bathroom, toilet and laundry, so make sure repairs and cleaning for these rooms are on point. The other rooms of the house can usually be sorted out with a coat paint.

Repairs

Generally, you don’t need to fully renovate your home prior to selling and moving, but it should be in good, working condition. Little issues like mouldy shower grouting can put off people off. Small expenses and a little effort will go a long way in making your property more attractive to prospective buyers.

Do you need to?…

  • Re-grout bathrooms
  • Fix the fence
  • Fix leaking taps
  • Replace fixtures, e.g. chipped door knobs, rusty towel rails
  • Replace blown light bulbs

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Source: Getty via Popular Mechanics

Any investment you make in more expensive improvements prior to selling and moving, should be driven by where you’ll get the best return.

If you’re thinking of renovating prior to putting your home on the market, check out some Top renovations mistakes to avoid.

Rules and regulations

When selling and moving, there will be a number of rules and regulations that you’ll need to comply with, e.g. a pool safety certificate needs to obtained by the seller or purchaser in Queensland (Department of Housing and Public Works, 2015). It’ll make your property more attractive to a prospective buyer to have these things taken care of prior to sale.

Walls and painting

Check walls for marks, scratches and stains that might require plastering and a fresh coat of paint. Paint walls and ceilings in neutral colours; your property will appeal to a larger market (not everyone loves a bedroom in each colour of the rainbow).

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Declutter and depersonalise

The sale of your property is a great excuse to clean out your belongings!  Declutter to maximise space for the open house and inspections. Depersonalise so buyers can imagine their own belongings in the space.

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Source: Homey Oh My!

Cleaning

It’s important to give the impression that your property has been kept in good condition all the time (not just for the sale), so attention to detail is a must!  For the best results, you should do an ‘end of lease’ style clean.

Inside

Here’s a list to start you off:

  • All surfaces, benchtops and cupboards
  • Walls, skirting boards, power points
  • Windows, window sills, doors, screen doors, fly screens
  • Floors, carpets, tiles, timber
  • All built in appliances, e.g. dishwasher, oven, stove, range hood, etc.
  • Sinks, basins, taps (descaling)
  • Baths, showers, shower screens
  • Mirrors and wardrobes
  • Fans, air conditioners
  • etc.!

If the thought of scrubbing the oven makes you die a little bit inside, get some help from Airtasker’s reliable and flexible residential home cleaners.

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Source: Pinterest

Outdoors

Outdoor areas should not be forgotten.  Make sure the:

  • Gardens and garage are tidy
  • Lawn is mowed
  • Garden beds are weeded
  • Gutters are cleaned
  • Pools are cleaned
  • Patios and driveways are clean
  • Cobwebs are removed

For open houses and inspections, you should also remove all rubbish, empty and wash bins, and make sure pet poo and pet bedding is removed.

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Odours

Sometimes if you’re living in it, you don’t notice it… Invite an honest friend with a keen nose over and get them to check for smells.  Odours in the home are usually from pets, mould and mildew. Find the source and address the problem, rather than trying to ‘mask’ it.

Staging your home for display

Put your best foot forward when presenting your home to prospective buyers.

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Source: Home Adore

Furniture and décor

If your furniture is a worn, mismatched, or a little ‘dated’, consider hiring a home stylist to furnish your home during the sale period. It might be necessary to put your furniture in to storage temporarily.

If you need some assistance with heavy lifting and getting things in to storage, consider hiring a local furniture removalist to help you out.

Greenery

Create a calm and inviting atmosphere by adding some healthy, green plants to your home’s indoor and outdoor areas.  Little potted herbs perched on the window sill can freshen up the aesthetic of the kitchen.  Hire larger plants if you don’t want to purchase them.

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Source: BLOGLOVIN’

Good smells

Make your home smell inviting by roasting some coffee beans or baking fresh bread on the day of the open house.

Selling and moving

You’re on the home stretch when you’ve sold your property and the time comes to sort out furniture removal and storage. If you’re lucky, you’ve got access to a ute or small truck and the manpower to do the moving yourself. If not, seeking a professional furniture removalist will be on your list.

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Source: Moving Company Brisbane

If you’re in the market for a trusted, reliable removalist, check out the removalists for hire via Airtasker. They’re located across Australia and covered by insurance.

Let us know if you have any other great tips, and best of luck with selling and moving your home!

Laundry organisation and storage tips

The laundry is usually one of the smallest spaces in your home, so to optimise it’s functionality, it pays to "Laundry organisation and storage tips"

Laundry organisation and storage tips

The laundry is usually one of the smallest spaces in your home, so to optimise it’s functionality, it pays to be super smart with how you set it up. Here are some clever laundry organisation and storage tips.

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Source: Decorating Your Small Space

Floating shelves

DIY floating shelves are an easy and inexpensive way to create additional space for storing detergents and stacking towels. Snazz up the look of the boring old laundry room by choosing something simple and stylish, like these wooden shelves.

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Source: Thrifty Decor Chick

Pull out storage tower

You can either build pull out storage tower drawers in to your laundry design, or if you’re renting, you can purchase freestanding slim storage carts to achieve the same effect. These are a great way to store and easily access your laundry products as needed.

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Source: Listotic

Build yourself a benchtop

If you’re in to DIY and up for a challenge, you can create your own bench space building a floating bench top just above the height of your front loader washing machine.

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Source: Notes from Wild Ink Press

Laundry organisation and storage shelves

Built in shelves that neatly fit your laundry hampers or baskets make laundry organisation and storage so much easier. If you don’t have built ins, you can do a DIY version. If you want to get really space-savvy, make one on wheels so it can be kept in the bathroom then rolled in to your laundry when the time comes to do the washing.

laundry organisation and storage tips mobile hamper storage

Source: Hoosier Homemade

Odd socks and small change

Where do you put all of the odd socks, random receipts, and unclaimed undies without making a mess? Hanging ‘junk drawers’ are a great way to keep all of the random bits and pieces in one spot. Buy one online, or use a large photo frame, pegs, string and chicken wire to make your own. Wall hooks are also great for hanging items and little jars or containers for collecting loose change, pegs and bobby pins.

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Source: Southern Belles Decorative Art

Hanging hampers

Save space and make laundry organisation and storage a piece of cake by hanging hampers from the wall. You can pop these away when not needed and easily move them in between rooms.

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Source: The Pin Junkie

Drying space

You can purchase drying racks that are mountable, foldable, extendable and more. You can even repurpose almost anything to become a drying rack. How about hanging a ladder from the ceiling, or suspending an old bed frame with wire springs to hang coat hangers from?

laundry organisation and storage tips hanging ladder

Source: Little Lucy Lu

Lint is not for belly buttons!

You can wall mount little tidy bins for lint and disposing of other unwanted laundry items (tissues in pockets, anyone?). A Polished Habitat has a great DIY tutorial on how to make one.

laundry organisation and storage tips DIY lint bin
Image credit: Melissa George

Source: Polished Habitat

Dispensers and containers

Don’t you hate it when your kid has grass stains on his white cricket shirt and when you open the laundry cupboard to pull out the Vanish Preen, you’ve only got a dusting left? Fancy up the laundry room and make storing laundry products easy to keep stock of by using clear containers. Using dispenser taps is a great way to store liquid products too.

laundry organisation and storage tips dispensers and containers
Source: Container Store

Hang your ironing board

You can buy purpose-made wall mountable racks to hang your ironing board and iron. This will save you space and stop the ironing board from crashing down on you when your open the storage cupboard. Towel hooks are a really effective option too.

laundry organisation and storage tips hanging ironing board
Source: Right Up My Alley

If you’re not really the DIY type, you can post a Handyman task on Airtasker to have someone do the dirty work for you. Have you got any additional laundry organisation and storage tips that you’d like to share with us? Please comment below!

Revealed: 8 Interior Turnoffs That Scare Off Your Date

According to new stats from relationship site eHarmony.com.au, a messy or tackily decorated home is a deal breaker for many "Revealed: 8 Interior Turnoffs That Scare Off Your Date"

Revealed: 8 Interior Turnoffs That Scare Off Your Date

According to new stats from relationship site eHarmony.com.au, a messy or tackily decorated home is a deal breaker for many singles.

“If you invite a love interest into your outdated and dirty home, they will undoubtedly question your taste and hygiene – or more specifically, lack thereof,” explains homewares retailer TheHome.com.au’s interior stylist Emma Blomfield.

“Your home says a lot about you, so you should make sure it’s sending your love interest all the right messages,” she adds.
Next time you invite a date over, make sure you’re not committing any of these decorating sins!

Dirty habits

A dirty home will make your question your hygiene and your lack of effort, so do the right thing and clean if you’re expecting guests. Pay extra attention to the kitchen and bathroom – that means empty loo rolls go in the bin. Too lazy? Get an affordable home cleaning service from Airtasker and get the dirty work done for you!

Empty booze bottles

There’s nothing attractive about empty booze bottles scattered around the home, and it might even make your love interest question if you’ve got a drinking problem. If you insist on displaying your booze collection, a cabinet dedicated to this is perfect, or place a tray under a small grouping of the bottles.

Old photos

Photos of exes are the quickest way to kill the vibe in the bedroom. Get rid of them, there’s no point hanging onto these photos because as long as they will be present in your everyday life, you will struggle to move on. If you’re still pining over your ex, pop the photos in a drawer well away!

Bedlam bed

An unmade bed with dirty sheets is uninviting and a no-no if you’re hoping to take your relationship to the next level. Freshly washed sheets with all pillows and sheets accounted for are much more inviting.

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Makeshift furniture

If you are using a makeshift table in place of purchasing real furniture, it’s time to go shopping. Splashing out on a new dining table doesn’t need to cost the earth but propping up shipping crates to create a dining effect is frowned upon by romantic interests.

Extreme hobbies

It’s fine to have your hobbies, just make sure you don’t go overboard displaying your trophies, fishing gear and framed jerseys on every surface of your home – you’re no longer a proud ten-year-old soccer player, so hinting at your hobbies with tasteful elements is much more sophisticated.

Stuffed toys or dolls

It’s time to grow up and accept that no one finds adults displaying their love of soft toys endearing.

Overflowing dirty laundry

There’s no need to air your dirty laundry on a date – both figuratively and literally speaking. Ain’t nobody got time for dirty slobs. You know where the laundry is, get cleaning!

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning the house from the ceiling to floor can seem like an overwhelming task however if you’re organised and prepared "Spring Cleaning Checklist"

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning the house from the ceiling to floor can seem like an overwhelming task however if you’re organised and prepared with all your equipment and products the home cleaning will be over before you know it.

To help you get started, we’ve created this simple spring cleaning checklist.

Hallway/ General area
– Dust lighting fixtures
– Wash walls and windows
– Clean door knobs, light switches etc
– Clean floors
– Clean windows and window sills
– Dust ceiling fans

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Bedroom
– Dust furniture
– Dust ceiling fans
– Move bed, clean underneath
– Remove clothes from draws, wash draws
– Air out mattress

Make cleaning even easier with spring cleaning hacks.

Bathroom
– Empty and clean vanity units
– Clean drains, mirrors, bathtub, faucets, grout
– Wash shower curtains
– Clean air vents

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Kitchen
– Clean pantry/ throw out old food
– Remove fridge shelving and clean
– Remove cookware and glasses, wash out cupboards
– Wash chopping boards
– Sharpen knives
– Wash outside of cupboards (including on top)
– Clean crumbs out of toaster
– Descale kettle
– Clean under fridge and coils at the back
– Clean dishwasher
– Wash down stove and inside oven

Living room
– Vacum sofas
– Wash sofa cases
– Dust/ clean bookshelves, cd/ dvd racks
– Dust electrical products e.g. gaming consoles, amps etc (warning: make sure they are unplugged and be careful)
– Wash kids toys

Laundry
– Clean washing machine. dryer lint build up traps
– Wash sink, faucets etc

Garden
– Sweep front porch and verandah
– Wash doors
– Remove spider webs
– Prune plants

Hedge trimming

Moving house? Use this End of Lease Cleaning Guide.

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning: How To

Home cleaning is something that must be done and the benefits of a clean home can’t be argued with. However "Non-Toxic Home Cleaning: How To"

Non-Toxic Home Cleaning: How To

Home cleaning is something that must be done and the benefits of a clean home can’t be argued with. However chemicals such as bleach are often debated in terms of the effects on the health and safety of yourself and your family.

One of the main benefits is that non-toxic cleaners are safe around children in terms of storage and also it’s safe for kids to be around while you’re cleaning. Your kids could even pick up a sponge and help you out.

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The air quality will be much higher as it will be clean and free of harsh fumes that you would otherwise breathe in. This will benefit your long-term health.

A couple of other benefits are the low cost because many of the alternatives are items you would use in the kitchen, and also non-toxic cleaners are a lot better for the environment.

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So how do you make the switch?

Whether you start gradually shifting or all in one go, here are a couple of essential ingredients and recipes that you should consider.

Must-have ingredients

1. Baking soda – cleans, deodorises, scours
2. Citrus – effective against bacteria
3. White vinegar – removes grease, stains and mildew
4. Borax – laundry booster, deodorises, stronger than baking soda
5. Tea tree oil – disinfect with a nice scent
6. Salt – gentle abrasive
7. Coconut oil – polish and shine

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Non-toxic cleaning product recipes

All-purpose cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
2L water

Mix together, store and keep to clean the bathroom.

Carpet stains
Mix equal vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray onto stain. Leave for a few minutes and clean with a brush or sponge with warm water.

Disinfectant
2 teaspoons borax
4 tablespoons vinegar
3 cups hot water

Mix together and place in bottle. To clean, use with a damp cloth on surface areas.

5 Foods To Clean Your Home

It’s hard to believe that cleaning products we’ve come to depend on for home cleaning such as Napisan and Spray "5 Foods To Clean Your Home"

5 Foods To Clean Your Home

It’s hard to believe that cleaning products we’ve come to depend on for home cleaning such as Napisan and Spray n’ Wipe didn’t always exist. These modern products are made up of complex chemical combinations however did you know that some foods can produce similar chemicals reactions.

It mainly has to do with acidity levels but also texture found in foods such as salt, and reactions between products for example baking soda and vinegar.

Lemon, baking soda and vinegar are excellent for cleaning however we’ve discovered that onions, herbs, tea, grapefruit and salt can also be used to leave the house looking spick ‘n span.

Onion

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At a bbq there is always one poor person left to chop up the onions however it can also be used around the home. Here are a few ways:

– Polish metal: On taps and other metal fixtures use a mixture of chopped up raw onion and equal parts water with a damp cloth and rub. Rinse off afterwards.
– Rust: jab the knife into a whole onion and leave for a few moments
– Paint smells: Slice onions and place in a bowl with some water to absorb the smells. Ideally leave overnight if possible.
– Clean bbq: Scrub the onion with a brush to remove the worst of it. Then using a chopped in half onion turn bbq off and run the onion over the grill

Herbs

Herbs not only great to add a punch of flavor to your cooking but they can also be added to your home cleaning regime. More than just creating lovely essential oils with rosemary, thyme and mint; herbs such as lemongrass and peppermint have great uses.

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Lemongrass can be used to clean glass with it placed in a spritz bottle with vinegar. Simply spray on mirrors or glass and wipe clean. You can also leave the lemongrass mixture in the bottom of vases to clean.

Peppermint is a great natural pest control. Using it around the home will ward you of any ants and mosquitos.

Tea

Tea with its tannic acid is great at cleaning wood, aluminium and musty smells.

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Floor cleaner
The harsh chemicals found in many floor cleaners can damage your hardwood floor however black tea is a perfect substitute. Providing it’s natural ability to protect and shine, it will extend the life of your flooring.

To mop the floor using a cloth/pad mop you will need to do the following:
1. Make a pot of tea and place in bucket
2. Put in mop and ring out extra liquid (wear gloves if using your hands to protect yourself)

Deodorise outdoor furniture
With wooden or wicker furniture the tea will replace the tannins that are taken out by the harsh sun, this means it will bring it’s lovely brown wooden look back to its full potential.

To clean make a strong pot of tea and pour into bucket half filled with hot water, dip in a broom into the mixture and lightly brush over the furniture. There’s no need to rinse.

Grapefruit

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An alternative to the fruity smell of an orange, a grapefruit is a perfect substitute and perhaps its best use is as a bath scrub when combined with salt. All you need to do is cut the grapefruit in half and sprinkle with loads of salt and get that elbow grease working.

Salt

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With it’s grainy texture and ability to be heated to a higher temperature it can be used in a variety of ways but here are a few useful ones we found.

Freshen up sponges: After use, soak sponges in a salt and water solution making them clean and rid of odours.

Carpet stains: Using a paste of ¼ cup of salt and 2 tablespoons vinegar, rub into carpet, leave to dry and then vacuum.

Have you got any other tips? Let us know in the comments below