Kitchen Tidying in a 15 Minute Session

Kitchen tidying continues to be the area of our home I struggle with the most. The surfaces are tidy and clean but each cupboard and drawer have a lot of stuff inside. This weekend I decide to take on tidying up my rolling island cart. Inside we keep our coffee and tea, dish towels, pot…

Grocery Budget Tips

Here at our untidy life we are really working on our finances. Very specifically our debt snowball. One way we can keep our debt snowball rolling is to keep careful track of our grocery budget. Our food budget is one of the few expenses we can really control. We have tried lot of ways to…

Tips for Reducing Food Waste

Last Wednesday I wrote about our after holiday trash. This week, one of the topics I am focused on is the kitchen. Continuing that theme, I have come up with four tips to help reduce food waste in the kitchen. Tip 1: Don’t overbuy produce at the store Sometimes when we go grocery shopping we…

Making Fruit Sauce

At our untidy house, we do a lot of cooking from scratch. There are a few reasons for this. First, it is less expensive than eating out or purchasing prepackaged food. Second, we use less plastic and thus create less plastic waste. And third, cooking from scratch can help keep food waste to a minimum….

Clean Kitchen Routine

One thing that helps around our untidy house is keeping a clean kitchen routine. Keeping up with the clean kitchen routine before messes grow into larger ones goes a long way to help. It sounds corny, but waking up to a clean kitchen helps me have a better day. Nothing can put me in a…

Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

After my post about all the after holiday trash, I was trying to think of ways to reduce the amount of one time use trash we bring into our home. I figured starting in the kitchen would be the easiest. We typically bring home a lot of fruit and veggies from the grocery store every…

Pausing the Debt Snowball

In our untidy household, we try very hard to follow a budget and are working on our debt snowball. We have found that pausing the debt snowball is sometimes necessary. Many of you will probably recognize the term “debt snowball” from personal finance guru Dave Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey developed the Baby Steps and outlines them…

Date Night Prescription

In our untidy household, Thursday night is (usually) date night. My husband and I are the parents to four children; one grown and moved out, one in college, one in middle school, and one in elementary school. Our two youngest children have very involved special needs. For us, taking time out together to celebrate our…

Hard Truths

So it is time for some hard truths about our untidy life. We create so much trash in our household! Sometimes it is mind boggling the amount of one use items we throw away. I figure we are about average compared to other Americans. We try to recycle but our town has recently changed the…

Borrowing Words of Wisdom

“Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without” borrowing some words of wisdom from the 1930’s to guide us in the New Year. Past generations have not had the spending power (or debt) that we have today. However, their wisdom with regard to a frugal, low waste approach to life has not…