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Decluttering Tips: Items That You Can Recycle

Posted by K Clark on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : Homecare 

Embarking on a task like decluttering can be an emotional experience.  We can form attachments to objects, sometimes long after they are useful to us, so letting them go can feel hard.  Often knowing that the items are going to a new home or will be put to a new use can make this process easier to manage. Below are some ideas and suggestions of ways of disposing of some hoarded or unwanted items.

Books can be easy items to rehome, especially if they are in a good condition.  In this insta...

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Good Kitchen Hygiene - A Beginners Guide

Posted by K Clark on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, In : Homecare 

Maintaining a hygienic kitchen is vital for maintaining your own health and wellbeing.  Below are a few steps you can take to ensure that your food storage, preparation and eating space are up to scratch.

Food Storage

Ensure that meats and fish are stored in the fridge or freezer.  Pay close attention to the food labels as this will provide you with information on shelf life and cooking instructions.  Always store raw and cooked meats separately.  Ideally store refrigerated meat on the lowes...

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Getting Ready for Independence

Posted by K Clark on Monday, July 7, 2014, In : Homecare 

With so many students getting themselves geared up for moving away from home and going off to university it seemed like a good time to share some tips and suggestions on what to buy or acquire when moving out from home and into a shared house or halls of residence.

The Basics: Utensils for Cooking
  • 1 large and 1 small saucepan with lids
  • 1 non-stick frying pan
  • A wooden spoon
  • A knife, fork, teaspoon and tablespoon
  • A sharp knife for preparing food
  • A chopping board
  • A fish slice - plastic is best for using...

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Food Shopping for Beginners

Posted by K Clark on Monday, June 30, 2014, In : Homecare 

Shopping for food and other household products is a skill that is important to learn if you are living independently.  Below are a few tips to help get you on your way.

1. Make a list
Preparing for a shopping trip will help you stay focused and stick to a budget.  Go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and see what needs replacing or restocking.  Think about meals you enjoy and can easily prepare and check you have all the ingredients.  Any you don't already have can go down on your l...

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Getting on Top of Housework

Posted by K Clark on Monday, June 23, 2014, In : Homecare 

1.  Make a List

Slowly walk around your living area with a notepad and pen.  If it helps, imagine that you are at someone else's home and that you are helping them identify jobs that need doing.  As you work around each room jot down every job that you can see that needs doing.  Try to be as objective as possible and avoid getting into self critical conversations with yourself about what you should have done.  These kind of judgements will do nothing to motivate you and will just leave you fee...

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Tips For Decluttering Your Home

Posted by K Clark on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, In : Homecare 
1.  Plan
Before tackling each area get yourself 4 boxes.  Label one 'Keep', one 'Donate', one 'Sell' and one 'Throw'.  Every item you sort out must be allocated to one box and don't second guess yourself once you have made a decision. 

2. Break tasks down in to small chunks
Rather than deciding to tackle your whole house or even a whole room look for small areas that you can work on for a given period.  For example, start with a drawer or or shelf and work through each item in that area allocat...

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About Me

Katherine Clark I am experienced mental health worker with 15 years experience working with young people and adults with enduring mental health needs. I have set up this blog to share some of the tips and skills I have learnt along the way. If you have any suggestions or particular questions you would like me to answer feel free to email me at [email protected]

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