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DeClutter Coach: Organizing hacks to keep your home tidy

Before you go out to buy products to get organized, look around your home. You’ll be surprised at the possibilities! Here are some of my favorite organizing hacks using things you already own.

 

1. Mason Jars

I am addicted to Mason Jars and have them in all sizes. My favorite are the very large jars that I use when making homemade iced tea. Mason jars can also be used to store items in the kitchen such as dried goods like nuts or flour, to hold cupcake liners, loose change or leave the top off the jar to store straws. For the bathroom, use them to organize cotton swabs or razors. In the garage or basement, they’re perfect for screws or nails. Be creative!

 

2. Baskets

Who doesn’t have baskets around their house? Depending on the size, store towels and washcloths, magazines, clothes or hair accessories. It’s also fun to spray paint baskets to add a pop of color to any room. In addition, they make a perfect gift. Fill it with the person’s favorite items, add a pretty ribbon and you’ve got a thoughtful gift.

 

3. Shoe boxes

Whether you keep the cardboard box from a pair of recently purchased shoes or you’ve invested in clear plastic shoe boxes, the options for organizing with them are limitless. Create a small memory box, store greeting cards, fill with crayons and markers or organize socks. If you’re crafty, cover the shoe boxes with pretty paper and ribbon.

 

4. Magazine Files

Cardboard magazine files are perfect in the kitchen to store aluminum foil, saran wrap and wax paper. The metal magazine files can be used in the bathroom to store curling irons, small blow dryers and brushes. In the kitchen, store canned goods on their side in the rack and place it in the pantry.

 

5. Plastic Shoe Organizers

Use them in the kitchen for small canned goods, in the bathroom for toiletries and in a playroom for small toys such as Legos, Barbie Dolls and Matchbox cars. Cut the organizer in half and use Velcro to attach it to the back of a car’s front seats to create an area to organize toys and a first aid kit.

Look for more tips from Deb in the Observer Dispatch every Sunday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! at organizationmotivation.com.

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Ikea’s first Indian store to open in Hyderabad in July – Nikkei Asian …

NEW DELHI — Six years after announcing its ambitious long-term goal of opening 25 outlets in India, Swedish furniture group Ikea is ready to launch its first store next month, in the southern city of Hyderabad. It will offer affordable home furnishings and an in-house restaurant serving local delicacies — but not the company’s regular meatballs.

Ikea has invested close to 10 billion rupees ($147.4 million) in its Hyderabad store, and recruited about 1,000 people, half of them women, an Ikea India spokesperson told the Nikkei Asian Review on Friday.

The 1,000-seat restaurant in the store will not offer Swedish meatballs made of beef and pork, bearing in mind cultural sensitivities, and instead there will be chicken and vegetarian varieties. India’s majority Hindu population consider cows to be sacred and do not eat beef, while pork is taboo for Muslims, who make up 14% of the country’s population of 1.25 billion.

The restaurant “will have chicken and vegetarian balls,” spokesperson Nivedeeta Moirangthem said. There will also be popular Hyderabad delicacy biryani and other famous Indian dishes such as samosas and dal makhani. “We will localize as per the market,” Moirangthem said.

Spread over 37,000 sq. meters, the first Indian store of the world’s largest furniture retailer, which is expected to open in the second half of July, will feature about 7,500 home furnishing products aimed at middle and low-income buyers. “About 1,000 products will be priced at less than 200 rupees ($3) so that it becomes affordable for many people,” the spokesperson said. Low-priced products will include home and kitchen accessories such as candles, cups and mugs.

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Ikea’s next stores will be in India’s financial hub of Mumbai, the southern city of Bangalore, and Gurugram near New Delhi. Of these, the Mumbai store will open in 2019. “When we launch in Mumbai, we will also launch our e-commerce [business in India],” Moirangthem said.

In the Indian furniture market online retailers such as Urban Ladder and Pepperfry — which also have some offline stores — are popular. Ikea’s entry will surely add to the competition.

Ikea sees huge opportunity in India, Asia’s third-largest economy. It began construction of its Hyderabad store in 2016, more than three years after the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approved the company’s long-term investment plan of 105 billion rupees, to open up to 25 stores. In 2012 India approved reforms allowing 100% foreign direct investment in single-brand retail and 51% in multi-brand retail, with some riders.

Before opening the store, Ikea first wanted to understand how Indian people live in their homes so that it could make its products relevant to them. It studied hundreds of Indian homes.

The company has been sourcing for three decades from India, where it has about 50 suppliers with 45,000 direct employees and 400,000 people in the extended supply chain.

Indian customers, meanwhile, are unused to Ikea’s core concept of “do it yourself” — buying furniture, taking it home and assembling it on your own. To overcome this, the company has tied up with UrbanClap, a mobile-based services marketplace, to offer furniture assembly services in Hyderabad.

Adjusting to local requirements will be key for the company to grab a slice of India’s retail market which, according to an India Brand Equity Foundation report, is projected to touch $1.3 trillion by 2020, from $672 billion in 2016.

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Things We Get, Summer Edition – Post

Businesses send us stuff. Every so often, we feature these items in the magazine, in a section called Things We Get. Then, periodically, we give away these Things We Get to our readers. Look for those contests on our Facebook page.

The thing we got: The Root Assassin


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Their description: “Imagine only using one tool to trim trees, cut out dead shrubbery, and clear out overgrown gardens. The Root Assassin—an innovative three-in-one tool—takes most of the effort out of gardening. The shovel has unique ‘teeth’ instead of the typical serrated edges you might find elsewhere. The Root Assassin also has a sharp pointed blade so digging into the ground is easy and smooth.”  

How much (and where to get): $49.99. rootassassinshovel.com

The thing we got: Navona Dinnerware Set


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Their description: “Navona dinnerware collections from Gaia Group USA feature irregular glazes, natural color schemes, and unique textures reminiscent of the beauty contained in the natural world, perfect for an outdoor dinner party on a warm summer’s eve. Set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls, and four mugs made of stoneware.

How much (and where to get): $89.99. wayfair.com

The thing we got: Rollors


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Their description: “Rollors has been a backyard sensation since it first hit the market. The game combines the old and familiar with a new and exciting twist. Like a combination of bocce ball and horsehoes, players roll the durable wooden disks toward goal posts across any flat surface. Points are earned depending on how and where the disks land. It is addictive fun for the whole family.”

How much (and where to get): $49.99. Available at 600 retailers nationwide, including Dicks Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Cabelas, Amazon, Wayfair, and other specialty boutiques

The thing we got: Western Chief rain boots


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Their description: “Western Chief brand is home to some adorable rain boots (some of them even light up), umbrellas, raincoats, sandals, clogs, garden shoes and more for kids, women, and men! What’s awesome about kiddo rain boots in particular is that when kids grow out of them (as they quickly do), the boots can be transformed for a completely different use—an overlooked way to display beautiful plants, flowers, or herbs.”

How much (and where to get): Kids’ boots start at $25, adults’ start at $27.99. westernchief.com

The thing we got: Looeegee toilet wand


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Their description: “Looeegee (pronounced LO–EE-JEE) is the revolutionary Toilet Squeegee from Better Living Products. Looeegee is a toilet wand, not a nasty toilet brush that will collect and breed bacteria. It provides an effortless and effective way to clean the curved surface of the toilet bowl by accessing those areas that are almost impossible to clean. Looeegee will swipe the toilet clean in no time without the need of annoying scrubbing and bleach.”

How much (and where to get): $39.99. betterlivingproducts.ca

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There’s a KitchenAid attachment that slices veggies and fruits into ribbons

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Ikea’s first Indian store to open in Hyderabad in July

NEW DELHI — Six years after announcing its ambitious long-term goal of opening 25 outlets in India, Swedish furniture group Ikea is ready to launch its first store next month, in the southern city of Hyderabad. It will offer affordable home furnishings and an in-house restaurant serving local delicacies — but not the company’s regular meatballs.

Ikea has invested close to 10 billion rupees ($147.4 million) in its Hyderabad store, and recruited about 1,000 people, half of them women, an Ikea India spokesperson told the Nikkei Asian Review on Friday.

The 1,000-seat restaurant in the store will not offer Swedish meatballs made of beef and pork, bearing in mind cultural sensitivities, and instead there will be chicken and vegetarian varieties. India’s majority Hindu population consider cows to be sacred and do not eat beef, while pork is taboo for Muslims, who make up 14% of the country’s population of 1.25 billion.

The restaurant “will have chicken and vegetarian balls,” spokesperson Nivedeeta Moirangthem said. There will also be popular Hyderabad delicacy biryani and other famous Indian dishes such as samosas and dal makhani. “We will localize as per the market,” Moirangthem said.

Spread over 37,000 sq. meters, the first Indian store of the world’s largest furniture retailer, which is expected to open in the second half of July, will feature about 7,500 home furnishing products aimed at middle and low-income buyers. “About 1,000 products will be priced at less than 200 rupees ($3) so that it becomes affordable for many people,” the spokesperson said. Low-priced products will include home and kitchen accessories such as candles, cups and mugs.

See also

Ikea’s next stores will be in India’s financial hub of Mumbai, the southern city of Bangalore, and Gurugram near New Delhi. Of these, the Mumbai store will open in 2019. “When we launch in Mumbai, we will also launch our e-commerce [business in India],” Moirangthem said.

In the Indian furniture market online retailers such as Urban Ladder and Pepperfry — which also have some offline stores — are popular. Ikea’s entry will surely add to the competition.

Ikea sees huge opportunity in India, Asia’s third-largest economy. It began construction of its Hyderabad store in 2016, more than three years after the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approved the company’s long-term investment plan of 105 billion rupees, to open up to 25 stores. In 2012 India approved reforms allowing 100% foreign direct investment in single-brand retail and 51% in multi-brand retail, with some riders.

Before opening the store, Ikea first wanted to understand how Indian people live in their homes so that it could make its products relevant to them. It studied hundreds of Indian homes.

The company has been sourcing for three decades from India, where it has about 50 suppliers with 45,000 direct employees and 400,000 people in the extended supply chain.

Indian customers, meanwhile, are unused to Ikea’s core concept of “do it yourself” — buying furniture, taking it home and assembling it on your own. To overcome this, the company has tied up with UrbanClap, a mobile-based services marketplace, to offer furniture assembly services in Hyderabad.

Adjusting to local requirements will be key for the company to grab a slice of India’s retail market which, according to an India Brand Equity Foundation report, is projected to touch $1.3 trillion by 2020, from $672 billion in 2016.

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Ikea’s first Indian store to open in Hyderabad in July

NEW DELHI — Six years after announcing its ambitious long-term goal of opening 25 outlets in India, Swedish furniture group Ikea is ready to launch its first store next month, in the southern city of Hyderabad. It will offer affordable home furnishings and an in-house restaurant serving local delicacies — but not the company’s regular meatballs.

Ikea has invested close to 10 billion rupees ($147.4 million) in its Hyderabad store, and recruited about 1,000 people, half of them women, an Ikea India spokesperson told the Nikkei Asian Review on Friday.

The 1,000-seat restaurant in the store will not offer Swedish meatballs made of beef and pork, bearing in mind cultural sensitivities, and instead there will be chicken and vegetarian varieties. India’s majority Hindu population consider cows to be sacred and do not eat beef, while pork is taboo for Muslims, who make up 14% of the country’s population of 1.25 billion.

The restaurant “will have chicken and vegetarian balls,” spokesperson Nivedeeta Moirangthem said. There will also be popular Hyderabad delicacy biryani and other famous Indian dishes such as samosas and dal makhani. “We will localize as per the market,” Moirangthem said.

Spread over 37,000 sq. meters, the first Indian store of the world’s largest furniture retailer, which is expected to open in the second half of July, will feature about 7,500 home furnishing products aimed at middle and low-income buyers. “About 1,000 products will be priced at less than 200 rupees ($3) so that it becomes affordable for many people,” the spokesperson said. Low-priced products will include home and kitchen accessories such as candles, cups and mugs.

See also

Ikea’s next stores will be in India’s financial hub of Mumbai, the southern city of Bangalore, and Gurugram near New Delhi. Of these, the Mumbai store will open in 2019. “When we launch in Mumbai, we will also launch our e-commerce [business in India],” Moirangthem said.

In the Indian furniture market online retailers such as Urban Ladder and Pepperfry — which also have some offline stores — are popular. Ikea’s entry will surely add to the competition.

Ikea sees huge opportunity in India, Asia’s third-largest economy. It began construction of its Hyderabad store in 2016, more than three years after the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approved the company’s long-term investment plan of 105 billion rupees, to open up to 25 stores. In 2012 India approved reforms allowing 100% foreign direct investment in single-brand retail and 51% in multi-brand retail, with some riders.

Before opening the store, Ikea first wanted to understand how Indian people live in their homes so that it could make its products relevant to them. It studied hundreds of Indian homes.

The company has been sourcing for three decades from India, where it has about 50 suppliers with 45,000 direct employees and 400,000 people in the extended supply chain.

Indian customers, meanwhile, are unused to Ikea’s core concept of “do it yourself” — buying furniture, taking it home and assembling it on your own. To overcome this, the company has tied up with UrbanClap, a mobile-based services marketplace, to offer furniture assembly services in Hyderabad.

Adjusting to local requirements will be key for the company to grab a slice of India’s retail market which, according to an India Brand Equity Foundation report, is projected to touch $1.3 trillion by 2020, from $672 billion in 2016.

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8 Genius Egg Shortcuts To Make Any Meal Easier And More Delicious

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, if you have a carton of eggs in the fridge then you have a meal. And it’s a healthy one to boot! You might think you know everything there is to know about the various ways to cook eggs, but we found eight genius ways to make eggs even easier and more delicious. From proper preparation to time-saving tricks and make-ahead recipes, these ideas will take your eggs from ordinary to eggs-traordinary.

1. Crack eggs on a flat surface.

Instead of cracking an egg on the edge of a bowl, crack on the counter or other flat surface. “This will prevent eggshells from landing in your food,” Claudia Sidoti, Head Chef and Recipe Developer at HelloFresh, told Simplemost.

Additionally, crack eggs into a small bowl before adding them to whatever you’re cooking in order to more easily scoop out any misplaced shell.

Getty Images | Adam Berry

2. Whip eggs with water.

To make sure your omelet is as light and fluffy as possible, Sidoti recommended adding a bit of water as you beat the eggs. And while you’re at it, don’t overbeat them, either!

Hello Fresh

3. Cook with nonstick pans.

“Nonstick pans are the ultimate cooking tool when making eggs in order to avoid the egg sticking to the pan,” said Sidoti. If you use other cookware, the eggs are more likely to burn or brown too quickly.

Hello Fresh

4. Warm up your eggs to room temperature.

Yes, eggs need to be refrigerated long-term. But if you let eggs sit at room temperature before adding them to recipes, they will disperse more evenly into the batter. According to Sidoti, the batter will also cook more evenly, which leads to a lighter texture in cakes.

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5. Bake your hard-boiled eggs instead of boiling them.

If you’re feeding a crowd, or planning ahead for the week, it’s easier to prep hard-boiled eggs by baking them in the oven. Zested Lemon shared her fool-proof technique for making batches of hard-boiled eggs in a cupcake or individual brownie pan.

Zested Lemon

6. Great creative with your omelets by cooking them in bread.

Why make toast and eggs separately when you can bake them together in one delicious dish? This recipe for Baked Egg Boats from Spoon Fork Bacon is a perfect way to switch up how you usually eat eggs. The finished product is like an omelet tucked into crunchy bread.

Spoon Fork Bacon

7. Or use veggies as your vessel!

This quick recipe from Brooklyn Supper packs a balanced meal into an adorable fresh tomato. It’s equally delicious as an afternoon snack or a breakfast side dish.

For another tasty recipe, try baking your eggs in acorn squash.

Brooklyn Supper

8. Make the world’s easiest pancake recipe.

If you have one egg and one banana, then you have a recipe for pancakes. Yes, seriously. There are many variations on this simple theme — some add a little flour, protein powder, or other ingredients — but this basic recipe from Gimme Delicious is hard to beat.

Gimme Delicious

Time to get cracking!

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