How to eat your pantry

How to eat your pantry & reduce food waste

Let’s eat your pantry….not literally, although you’ll learn how

  • Save time
  • Money
  • And reduce food waste.

Have you ever bought something only to discover you already had 1,2, 3 or more cluttering your cupboard?

It was during my first declutter job, my client was shocked when we found 36 jars of red jam in the pantry. She said “Tanya, I didn’t know I had it, so I bought more”  

If this sounds familiar, you are suffering from “the clutter spiral” and the pantry is a common place for this to occur, so it’s the perfect time  time to sort, store and eat your pantry Continue reading


Eat your freezer

How to eat your freezer & reduce food waste

Freezing is a great way to reduce food waste

  • Freeze left overs or cook a little extra for those times when you just don’t feel like cooking
  • Buy that little extra when your favourites are on special

Spoiler Alert: Freezing does not mean set and forget, if left for too long food starts to lose it’s nutritional value. It’s good practice to eat your freezer within 2-3 months, but if you have teenagers, this should not cause any concerns.

When it comes to managing your freezer there are few things simple to consider. Continue reading


eat your fridge reduce food waste

How to eat your fridge & reduce food waste

Let’s eat your fridge, not literally, although you’ll learn how to eat everything in your fridge to save time, money and reduce food waste.

Did you know, the best place to store the Tim Tams is not the fridge but the dish washer- kids never go there.

Let’s start by checking your fridge is working for you Continue reading


Repair

Repair it, don’t waste it

Would you like to repair stuff rather than throwing it out?

Australia’s consumer affairs ministers have agreed to consider laws boosting people’s ability to repair their phones and other electronic goods, rather than send them to the dump. ABC News

But what about everyday stuff, for your everyday household repairs there are a few tools to throw in the tool box. Continue reading


Ten top tips to eco organise your home & feel secure through Covid-19

Covid-19 is impacting us all, staying at home is the best way to avoid the virus, save lives and feel secure. Worried about how your will function in clutter? Self-isolation is your opportunity  eco organise your home and rethink stuff that stops you from living well.

Rethink

  • Shelves filled with recipes you never cook
  • Filing cabinets filled with paper
  • Excuses “I don’t have time to declutter and organise”
  • Magazines cluttering the coffee table and never read
  • Rethink important things such as health, happiness, home and friendship

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Fear of missing out on stuff- FOMOS

Fear of missing out (FOMO) is described as a social anxiety, a fear of regret, which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, or other satisfying events or items. Source: Wikipedia- Fear of missing out

Common indicators are, over-committing to work, helping others, living in a state of constant busyness, leading to a sense of failure, fatigue, increased stress and inability to satisfy personal expectations.

Everything we buy comes with a carbon footprint, with panic buying on the increase discover how to reduce FOMOS and reduce waste.

10 Top Tips to reduce FOMOS & your carbon footrpint Continue reading


50 quick tips to reduce waste and move towards zero waste living

Are you struggling to reduce waste and live the zero waste lifestyle?

You are not alone, people often share their struggles and anxiety with me, aiming for what we call “pantry porn”, it’s the one with perfectly matched glass jars, perfect labels, perfectly placed in the pantry. With a busy lifestyle of work, kids, caring for family or friends, study, we need quick and easy tips to reduce waste. But let’s start with some myth busting

Myth:    You need to buy storage products to get organised and reduce waste.

Fact:      Reducing waste reduces our carbon emissions, so let’s start there.

50 quick tips to reduce waste move towards zero waste living Continue reading


Bush Fire- How to prepare

Fire has no boundaries (except for water), whether you live in the bush or an inner-city home, fire can impact us all. I am no hero but living and working in a bushfire area, being prepared and taking responsibility for my environment is the one thing I can do.

My fire plan is to leave, but if I cannot this is my plan

No. 1 Self-Protection Continue reading


Top 10 Tips to reduce food waste for a sustainable Christmas

Did you know reducing food waste not only saves money its good for the planet? When you chuck a wilted lettuce in your normal household bin, it ends up in landfill.

As there’s no oxygen in the depths of a pile of landfill rubbish, the bacteria helping to decompose your lettuce release methane instead of carbon dioxide. Methane is 28 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, over a 100-year period. Source ABC Science

Keep the faith, there are many ways to still enjoy the festive season and do good by the planet save money and enjoy a sustainable Christmas.

Ten Top Tips to reduce food waste for a Sustainable Christmas

  1. Plan meals and portions sizes

Christmas is the time we often overindulge then complain about the increase in our waist line, by planning our portions and serving on a smaller plate we are given the impression we have plenty to eat.

Planning the menu and meal planning, writing a shopping list and sticking to it is the best way to reduce food waste.

  1. Declutter your cupboards

Why buy what you already have? Declutter your cupboards and discover what’s lurking there, you may find just what you are looking for to finish that special recipe. Also, let your imagination run wild and try new recipes with the household staples.

  1. Check the freezer before buying more

With lots of food coming into the house, now is a good time to declutter your freezer, compost out of date food, and be on the look out for food you can use for Christmas.

  1. Ask guests their likes and dislikes

Stop guessing and ask your guests what they like, don’t like, check for allergies and dietary requirements. There is no point spending your time or money on food that won’t be eating

  1. Buy fresh local produce, it last longer

When we buy locally grown food, we are supporting our local farmers, the food has travelled less miles and generally fresh lasts longer when stored under the right conditions. In January 2020 Tanya is sharing her 30 years’ experience of sustainable living and 10 years as an Eco Organiser® with 10 lovely ladies at a 2-day women’s retreat in Hepburn Springs. Not only learning how to ethically declutter and live a more sustainable lifestyle you will be nourished by food that is grown no more than 15km from your plate.  To find out more visit Re treat Re store get organised for the rest of your life

 

 

  1. Store food at the right temperature

At Christmas we often try new recipes requiring ingredients that maybe foreign to us, if in doubt on how to store these new delights ask your butcher, fish monger, green grocer, cheese and dairy supplier. Prepare yourself for hot weather when shopping so ensure you have a cooler bag, esky, car fridge ready to your non-perishables.

  1. Keep it simple, why spend the day cooking!

Plan ahead and prepare any dishes helps keep things simple, giving you more time to enjoy the day. Choose quality ingredients over quantity and let the produce speak for itself, this helps keep it simple, reduce waste and saves you time.

  1. Compost food scraps and freezer leftovers

Compost any food scraps and to feed back into your garden, or feed pot plants on the balcony or window sill. When freezing leftovers ensure they are clearly labelled and dated to avoid turning into lost frozen deposits lurking in the freezer!

  1. Ask guests to bring an empty doggy bag for leftovers

No warm in asking guest to bring a clean reusable container.

  1. Recycle Food Waste with others

Check out Share Waste a great app for sharing your waste within your community, your leftovers may make a lovely Christmas surprise for the neighbour chooks. Want to recycle more? Check out Eco Organiser Useful Links there are over 100 ways to responsibly reduce, reuse and recycle waste and clutter.

 

 


Beeswax Wraps Help Reduce Food Waste

Beeswax coated wraps have been used to preserve food since in the seventh century when the Ancient Egyptians domesticated bee hives to harvest beeswax and honey. One of their uses for beeswax was to make waxed cloths which they used in the preservation of food.

In 1933 the first cling wrap was invented in America as a new use for a substance named Saran, originally discovered in by a worker at the Dow Chemical company. Although we don’t know how much plastic cling film has been sent to landfill and polluted our oceans, there is a natural way to preserve our food and reduce waste. Continue reading