Feel Good Story of the Day…
Minnesota woman bakes ‘sacred’ Sweet Potato Comfort Pies for mourning community: “Remember to eat, pray and love”
While communities in Minneapolis and across the nation have been rocked by George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed calling for police reform, one woman is trying to help heal through food. “Remember to eat, pray and love as you partake in making a difference, for there is much to be proud of,” reads a note included with the Sweet Potato Comfort Pies that Minneapolis baker Rose McGee is handing out to protesters and others for free.
“This is the sacred dessert of Black people, and it has power,” McGee said on her organization’s website, referencing her signature sweet potato pie.
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Tips From Real Simple Magazine…What To Toss In Our Homes Right Now
As all of us have spent more time at home over the past few months, decluttering has landed on the top of many to-do lists. In some ways, there’s never been a better time to organize. When we’re spending more time cooking at home, we learn exactly which kitchen tools and appliances we use—and which we will probably never touch. And taking a break from work outfits helps us focus in on which pieces we actually need in our wardrobes.
On the flip side, donations can be difficult right now, with many organizations overloaded, or switching to remote work. Plus, there are some things we would normally place at the top of our “to toss” list that we decided to hang on to during quarantine. As you declutter your closet, kitchen, and bathroom, here’s what to do with the stuff you no longer need, as well as the items we’d recommend keeping, at least for right now.
Toss: Kitchen Appliances You Never Use
Let’s face it: If you aren’t going to use that bread maker during quarantine—at a time when it feels like everyone is baking sourdough—you may never use it. As you spend more time in the kitchen, set aside all of the tools or appliances you notice you never use.
Donating or selling these items can be challenging right now, so if you’re able to stash them in an attic or basement for the time being, it may be your best bet. Make sure they are clean and dry, and then store them in plastic bins or container that protects them from dust. You can donate the entire box to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, or sell each item on eBay or Craigslist.
Toss: Clothes You No Longer Wear
As many people have already figured out, this has been a great time to comb through your closet. If you’ve been living in comfy lounge clothes and sweatpants for the past few months, you now know which items you wear and which you don’t. Sort through your loungewear first so you feel like you’re making progess.
Next, take a look at your work wardrobe. Especially if you haven’t been to the office in a while, some time apart may give you a fresh perspective. Considering that some items may only be worn for special events or big presentations, set aside anything you haven’t worn in the past 12 months.
You’ll likely want to wait to donate or sell your clothing at a later time. Considering how long coronavirus may last on clothes, it’s safer to wait to donate these belongings. For now, wash any garments that should be cleaned, then fold them neatly in bags or boxes so they’re ready to donate.
Toss: Old Cosmetics and Toiletries
If you’re going to the store less frequently, you may find yourself rummaging for extra soap, shampoo, or makeup in the back of your medicine cabinet. But be careful and check that you’re not using products that may be expired and could cause skin irritation. Consult our Makeup Expiration Date Checklist to make sure. If you have empty bottles to toss out, check to see if they can be recycled.
Toss: Old Papers and Mail
This a great time to go through your documents and papers. Start by getting rid of any papers you definitely don’t need, like expired coupons and all of those mailed credit card offers. Then, sort through old bank statements, medical bills, and other papers, filing those that you need to keep into clear categories. As many of us are finding ways to do everything, if you have resisted, it might be the right time to switch to digital bank statements to cut down on paper clutter in the future.
If you have a shredder at home, put it to use. If not, cutting the papers by hand may work if you don’t have an overwhelming amount.
Toss: Expired Pantry Items
It’s likely you’ve already crossed this to-do off of your list, but if not, there’s never been a better time to toss out expired items in your fridge or pantry. This way, you won’t have to worry about your family eating food that’s past its prime. An added bonus: You’ll gain so much extra space for the food you’re suddenly stockpiling.
What can you tackle in the next 10 minutes? Check these 6 common foods that are likely expired, and learn exactly how long things will last in the fridge or freezer.
Keep: Extra Bedding Sets
If you have more spare bedding sets than you need, you might want to hang onto them right now. As we’re trying to wash our bed sheets more often, having a couple extra sets in the rotation will let you always have clean sheets without devoting all of your time to laundry. The same goes for bath towels.
Keep: Food Storage Containers
If you have a cabinet overflowing with plastic food storage containers and lids, sorry, it may not be the right time to toss them out. While these containers often land on the top of our declutter checklists, during quarantine, they’ve become an essential. As many of us cook more at home and are avoiding food waste, these containers can be used to store and label leftovers and prepped ingredients. Also, if you’re regularly transferring packaged grocery items to containers, this storage is a must-have.
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