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Creating a clean house is essential for the health and well-being of the whole family. A messy environment will do nothing but increase your stress level. You should always declutter your space and keep your inner neat freak alive. Organizing your house does not have to be overwhelming. Take it from me; you can whip your house into shape by following the tips below.

Shoe Rack

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Do you take your shoes off when you get home? We travel to lots of places during the day. Every step we take picks up thousands of germs, which we end up traipsing with us everywhere we go. Taking your shoes off (and making sure guests do the same) can go a long way to sanitizing your house and have a positive effect on making sure your family members don’t get sick. I have used Home Complete’s Shoe Rack for years, and I happily recommend it to you, dear reader. Not only does it keep my footwear organized, but it is also quite stylish. It took me all of 60 seconds to assemble it — all by myself no less, without the help of any excess tools. All you need to do is to fasten the rails to the large white resin stands. It is great not only for entryways and closets but also for heavily trafficked areas like kitchens, garages and sheds. Given its shape, you can actually use it to store small kitchen appliances, food containers, toolboxes, paint and more. If you do use it for shoes, the 8-tier space saver can hold up to 48 pairs of shoes.

Bamboo Expandable Drawer Organizer

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Some people may have no problem living in a messy bedroom for months on end, feeling their lives are not impaired in any fundamental way. Even so, the kitchen is a whole different animal. There is no way any functional human being can survive (let alone thrive) without a clean kitchen. We cook there; we eat there; we hopefully do our dishes there. A messy kitchen can have a direct impact on our health. Having established the importance of keeping a clean kitchen, we now must figure out how to store our kitchen utensils — our forks and spoons that touch so much food that ultimately ends up in our bellies. Most American families have an abundance of such flatware, and it can be hard to find a container that can store them all. Artisware’s Bamboo Expandable Drawer Organizer is a great organizer to store cutlery and utensils. It features 7 to 9 compartments. Two of them are adjustable and expandable, maximizing our drawer space. This premium cutlery and utensil tray resists water and can be cleaned easily. The entire organizer is made of bamboo. You can wipe down all the dirt with a damp cloth.

SINARDO Wire Storage Basket Organizer

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As you may have noticed in your own abode, kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and living rooms are magnets for clutter. A set of storage bins can help us control the entropy. SINARDO’s Wire Storage Basket Organizer can organize anything making a mess in your house, including fruits, snacks, cans of food, cleaning products, makeup and more. Children can use these bin baskets to keep books and toys organized. With the built-in handles, we can transport the baskets from shelf to table and counter easily. The package comes with 2 large and 2 medium wire baskets. The large ones are perfect for storing apples and potatoes, and the medium ones are ideal for keeping snacks and wallets. The shiny rose gold color and the versatile design work well with all decor.

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What Comes To Mind? Is My Latest Quarantine Pastime

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Earlier this quarantine, I promised to feature suggestions of games to play with the family while stuck in isolation. Last time, I reviewed Trivillennial. Though I promise that will not prove to be the last trivia game in the series, this week I’ll profile a game of a different type. It is called What Comes To Mind?

The well-known game “What Comes To Mind?” most closely resembles is Scattergories. Like Scattergories, the object of the game is to come up with a word or phrase when given a prompt. Unlike Scattergories, instead of aiming to conjure a unique answer, you are rewarded based off how many other players you match. Instead of testing your creativity, “What Comes To Mind?” examines how well you know your competitors. That twist makes things a bit more interesting. Furthermore, eliminates the tension that inevitably arises in Scattergories, when someone lobbies for the acceptability of their undoubtedly unique but hare-brained response.

The one problem I have with What Comes To Mind? is with the format of each question card. Each double-sided card features an image on the front and six questions or statements to be answered on the back. The sixth prompt is always “What comes to mind when you look at the image on the other side of this card?” It is a clever idea, but it fails in implementation. Almost always, everyone just names the contents of the picture: “Ferris wheel,” “butterfly,” “squirrel.” The only possibility for amusement is when a player completely misidentifies a commonplace thing and ends up, for example, writing down “parrot” when the photograph depicts a parakeet.

What Comes To Mind? comes with 75 cards, allowing for many nights of family fun. When our long national nightmare is over and done, it will presumably make for an entertaining party game as well.

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It’s Time To Get An Instant Pot

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At this point, everybody knows about the Instant Pot. After four or five years of it being the most popular product on Amazon Prime Day, plus the proliferation of dedicated social media fan groups and fawning media profiles, the Instant Pot has exceeded its cult status. We Know Products even featured an article about the Instant Pot a year ago. If you don’t own an Instant Pot by now, it is because you made a conscious decision.

However, it may be time to rethink that decision. With still no end in sight to mandated social distancing, we have to come up with ways to make life less mundane. That means trying out new things, especially when it comes to recipes. There’s no doubt you’ve tired by now of making your pre-quarantine staples. The Instant Pot affords you the opportunity to experiment.

The Instant Pot, famously, is seven kitchen appliances in one. It comes with the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer. To some people, this might seem daunting. With so many options, how is one to know where to start? Now that we are in quarantine, it doesn’t matter as much. You have all the time in the world. If you fail, who cares? Just try another recipe the next day. There certainly is no shortage of Instant Pot recipes available.

The other day, we attempted our first foray into the wide world of Instant Pot by making beef and broccoli. It turned out great! I am already looking forward to the next quarantine creation.

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Lew Investigates: How Much Difference Does A Toaster Make?

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Are expensive toasters worth it? This is the question raised by Lew of Unbox Therapy after coming across the most expensive toaster on Amazon, a near-$400 model made by Mitsubishi (yes, that Mitsubishi — “Wake up and Toast”).

Can anyone justify paying that much for an appliance that, at the end of the day, does nothing more than make your bread a little browner? Lew and Willy Du conduct the ultimate test, comparing the Mitsubishi toaster with the cheapest version they could find, a $15 toaster made by Proctor Silex.

To make their experiment a little more robust, they tried both toasters out on two types of bread: a generic store brand bread as well as an expensive bakery-fresh bread.

Watch the video below to find out the results. Spoiler: The expensive toaster made superior bread. But for those not looking to splurge, you can increase the quality of your breakfast even with a cheap-o toaster just by buying better bread.

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