4 Gallon Buckets Are My New Best Friend

4 Gallon Buckets Are My New Best Friend

Have you discovered 4 gallon square buckets yet for your home organization, preparedness efforts, and clutter control? Truly, 4 gallon square buckets have revolutionized the way I store my food and household supplies, and organize my closets and pantries! In fact, 4 gallon buckets are my new best friend.


For starters, due to the shape of the 4 gallon square buckets wasted space is eliminated that you have by using round buckets.  The square buckets line up flush with the wall, including corners, and they are easier to fill without wasted space. Since the 4 gallon buckets are a bit shorter as well as square, they make for better storage bins in the trunk of your car as well. Additionally, due to the flat lid surface of square buckets, it’s easier to make use of the height of your available storage space by being able to stack as many as 6 to 8 high.


The 4 gallon square bucket size is also much easier to handle by all (petite females, kids, elderly and out-of-shape computer geeks.)  Unlike some of the five gallon round buckets I’ve hefted, my back does not yell and scream at me when I load up the 4 gallon buckets with wheat, rice, beans, or toothpaste.


Instead of spending tons of money on plastic organizers for your home, purchase some 4 gallon square buckets. You can store first aid supplies, bulk foods, nails, spare wires/cables, and so many other goods inside.  When I fill the buckets, I like to print out a full color label with large font and then tape it to the side with clear packing tape. I deliberately try to keep track of the colors of my labels as well so that just at a glance I can tell what category of goods i.e.: food, carpentry supplies, medical supplies, etc., the bucket contains. (Thank goodness for the color technology printers nowadays that makes this method so easy.) As such, 4 gallon buckets make for a very organized tool shed, pantry, garage, and closets for a very small fraction of the cost of what you normally spend on plastic organizers. I personally have been shocked by how much more space I have once I organize items into these buckets. I suppose it’s just simple physics. When it comes to food storage, square is definitely better than round.


Be sure that the storage buckets you purchase with the intent to preserve food storage don’t allow light penetration. When you’re trying to store food long-term, such as wheat, beans, and rice, light will quickly zap the nutrients from your food, making it virtually worthless.  So be sure that your food storage buckets are opaque in color, and are not made of a clear or flimsy plastic.  Additionally with a rugged, snug lid that typically accompanies your square bucket you can rest assured that items inside your buckets will be better preserved in the event of an earthquake or flood. 


4 gallon square buckets also protect their contents better than the traditional round buckets. Pure and simple, a square shape provides a better foundation than a round one does. In fact, it’s for this very reason that I like to wrap my small jarred goods and put them inside these buckets.  For instance, when we get bottles of salad dressing on sale, I wrap them up thickly in newspaper and then put them inside a square bucket. This way if any of the square buckets were to get toppled due to an earthquake the contents inside would be more likely to survive as opposed to simply having the bottles sitting on a shelf.  Since they are only 4 gallons in size, it’s also more likely that I’ll have a sufficient amount of one type of item to fill it with. The difference in weight between a 5 gallon bucket and a 4 gallon bucket seems to be significant to my back as well.


I love how the square buckets neatly lay on their sides on my shelves. That way I can fill them up with the various types of pasta we get and have it all stay organized and neatly stacked—something I’m not able to accomplish simply with shelves or with round food storage buckets.  Let’s hear it for 4 gallon square buckets!


While I am convinced that the 4 gallon square bucket is the size that fits most scenarios, I also recommend you take a look at 8 gallon and 2 gallon square buckets as well. An 8 gallon bucket could hold more of light bulky items whereas a 2 gallon square bucket may be better suited for something heavy such as nails.


One last thing—whether you purchase 2, 4, or 8 gallon square buckets, be sure to check out the availability of rubber sealed flip-top gasket lids to use with them. The flip-top lid makes it so that you can easily get in and out of your buckets conveniently without breaking a nail or cussing and swearing while you’re wrestling with the typical snap-on lids. (Yes, I’ve had this very problem.)  The small rubber gasket going around the lid will give you a better seal so that you can store food in your square buckets with peace of mind.


Copyright 2010 Five Star Preparedness and Eliza Vaile.  All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to http://fivestarpreparedness.com/ and Eliza Vaile.


Eliza Vaile, Orem, UT is the owner of Five Star Preparedness, which is the largest supplier of used square food storage buckets in the United States. Five Star Preparedness purchases used, food-grade buckets from several suppliers then meticulously hand-cleans each one of them using a proprietary method—ensuring that your buckets are ideal for food storage and anything else you’d like to use them for. You can contact Five Star Preparedness by going to http://fivestarpreparedness.com/

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So What if you Have an Organised Kitchen? ? Part 2

So What if you Have an Organised Kitchen? ? Part 2

Nowadays, many kitchen models boasts of spaciousness: spacious cabinets, spacious cupboards, inexhaustible drawers. We just can’t get enough of space. And yet, what we didn’t know is that we have all the space we need in our kitchens if we only knew how to maximise them.

Here’s part two of things you can do towards a kitchen you won’t lose your way in.

1. Keep them Contained!

Admit it, the first thing that comes to mind: Tupperware. Although of course, there are now lots of sorts of resealable food containers in the market today, stackable, watertight, and airtight, and in a wide variety of colours to complement your kitchen.

Obviously, your pantry is where foodstuffs are kept, so your main goal is to store them in such a way that they last longer. But keeping them from spoiling is one thing; making them accessible is another. Often, we store foods so well that we eventually forget them, and only remember when they’ve expired and inedible already. This of course defeats the purpose of storing foods in the first place.

Store each item then so that it is easily visible and reachable. Group them together whenever possible (you can enlist your kids’ help on this one), and have their labels, especially for canned goods, up front so that they’re easily read. Finally, discard foods that have passed their expiration dates or are more than a year old.

2. Use Jars, Bottles, Nooks in Walls, Ceilings to Your Advantage.

Store gravy packets, seasoning packets, etc. in a small, clear plastic or glass containers for easy access.

Line up boxes with their sides facing front. If possible, store the most often used items at eye level. Store heavy items, such as boxes of ‘long life’ juice, milk, and cordials on a lower shelf.

Choose a lower shelf for paper storage, cling wraps, foil etc. If you have school-age children who take their lunch to school, create an area in your kitchen for lunch making. Stock it with lunch boxes and/or brown bags, plastic wraps/bags, thermos containers, drink bottles and small food containers. For after school and weekends, create a snack shelf of parent-approved treats for children.

If you have extra wall space, consider storage hanging hooks, a notice board, and other helpful organising items.

Purchase handy space saving products such as stacking containers, and sturdy baskets for onions, garlic, and potatoes.

Organise spices which you use most often in the front row. If you have a shallow drawer near your stove, consider laying all of your small spice jars in there. Place them label side up so it is easy to view them all at once. Most dried spices lose their flavour in six months.

Any miscellaneous items can be stored labelled shoeboxes and use them to store items such as biscuit cutters, candles, appliance accessories, matches, batteries, and smaller items. Square containers take up less space and fit more efficiently on shelves than round ones. Place hooks inside a cabinet door to small utensils on. This will help to clear drawer space.

Anything that is still in good condition and can be sold, auctioned, or given away. If you feel that you have appliances that are in ‘as new’ condition and too good to throw out, consider OzFreeOnline.com. Log on and check out their free classified section where you can advertise anything you no longer have use for. Feeling generous then donate all the stuff you are no longer using by giving them to the salvos.org.au, or auctioning them off at OzFreeOnline.com

Barbara Thorp recommends Ozfreeonline Classifieds, online ads posting site and more!

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How to Wrap Your Home for Valentine’s Day With One Gift!

How to Wrap Your Home for Valentine’s Day With One Gift!

Valentines is around the corner and even if you are not in a relationship it is a perfect time to remember much we love – our friends, family, and ourselves.  And what better way to express our love then with a gift that lasts several days, even weeks, and years (in the fond memories of the occasion).
This article will show you how you can wrap your home with additional love and warmth with just ONE gift. What is the gift?
A bouquet of flowers with a “twist”. The “twist” is that instead of giving/having flowers that just sit in one area, aromatize your home with one of nature’s beauty to brighten your home and your heart every time you see it – throughout your home!  
So, are you ready to find out HOW to stretch a dozen roses to illuminate your home?
Now remember, you don’t have to stick to just roses for Valentines, any bouquet of your favorite flowers will do.   

Here’s how, start by:

1. Separating the bouquet; separate each flower, as well as, the decorative add-ons (leaves, etc.)

2. Get a variety of vases (you will need 6 for the below “decoration valentine recipe”). 6 vases for 6 rooms!

3. Trim the stems of the flowers to fit the proportion of your vase and remove any additional leaves ON the stems that seem to “stuffy” for the vase.

Don’t have enough vases in your home? Don’t worry! It only means that it is time to be unique and thrifty-chic by going to the following places in your home for additional vases: your pantry and refrigerator! 
Grab clear jars (e.g. from jams, spaghetti, pesto sauce, vinegar, olive jars, etc.) that have different shapes and different sizes. Remove the labels – soak in water for at least 20 minutes to facilitate removing the labels (and yes, remove the contents inside!!). Also, a good “vase” resource could be TALL narrow drinking glasses.
Here’s the recipe per room to glamourize your home for valentines: 
3 flowers         Foyer:           Place a few bunched up on your console table in a jar (um, I mean “vase”). Maybe seeing flowers next to bills can soften the thought of “bills”. 
0 flower           Kitchen:        Instead of flowers, showcase the add-ons that came with the flowers. Display them on the counter to keep you company when you are slicing and dicing away your dinner preps. 
1 flower           Dining:          Instead of tall flowers that may obstruct the vision when talking across the table, take a few pedals from 1 flower and have them float in water in a clear bowl. 
5 flowers         Living Room:   Since this room is one of the biggest and most used rooms in homes, I suggest using the most flowers in this room .. so go crazy and use FIVE flowers in a bunch!
2 flowers         Bedroom:        Place 1 single flower next to each night stand, and add an extra loving touch to your room décor – wrap a note on the stem with your valentines message or soulful declaration:

I love you

I am beautiful

I am strong

You brighten up my world

You are “marvelous”

Life is beautiful 

Wrap the message with a ribbon or thread or even ties from grocery bags (you know the ones that ties the loaf of bread, potato sack, etc.). 
 1 flower           Bathroom:      Place a single flower near your faucet or counter -basically the area that is most viewable to you in the morning. If you have a roomy window sill in your bathroom shove your toiletries to the side and add the flower onto the sill. If doing this, I recommend a “plastic” clear jar as a vase instead of glass since you may not be used to having glassware in the bathroom.

TOTAL = 12 flowers that WRAP your home!
So go ahead and whether you are getting flowers from a love one or treating yourSELF to a bouquet of flowers this valentines – wrap your home this valentines with flowers EVERYwhere!!! 
Yes, EVEN in the bathroom – ESPECIALLY in the bathroom – it will be a ray of delicate sunshine into your bathroom (like a subtle morning cup of tea). This is especially important with large household where the bathroom is the private quite time to brush your teeth and take a shower that invigorates you for the beautiful day ahead!
Forward this article to all those who you think would want to know how to easily stretch a bouquet of flowers to fill their homes with nature’s love. Have a happy valentines day! LIVE HAPPY!

© 2007 Ada’s Interior Design, Inc. All Rights Reserved | Website: www.adasdecoratingsolutions.com

Ada Gonzalez is the creative director of Ada’s Interior Design, Inc. in New York. She designs solutions that provide comfort & function with a BIG SPLASH of style without having to spend hi-end prices on furniture & furnishings. Her designs have appeared in the Life & Style section of The Journal News and the Lohub Blog of Westchester County. In April 2007 she won a design competition called “Interior Motives”. She was an Interior Decorating subject specialist for DETC (Distant Education Training Council) spring 2007. Her weekly newsletter called “Smart Decorating! E-News” is her way of reaching out and sharing decorating tips to people across the United States. To get more information go to www.adasdecoratingsolutions.com

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Discover Why The Australian Packaging Industry Is Important

Discover Why The Australian Packaging Industry Is Important

As large of an employer as it is, chances are that you already know somebody who works in the Australian packaging industry. Indeed, it is a reasonably sized industry that exerts a massive amount of influence over our daily lives. From recycling to protecting the food that we purchase, packaging is essential.

The Packaging Industry: Value And Employment –

Numbers are among the very best ways to get an idea about the size of something. Consider this: The Australian packaging industry accounts for approximately 1% of the country’s GDP, or Gross Domestic Product. That may sound small, but Australia is a massive country with a very high volume of output. Combine that fact with the fact that approximately 30,000 people are employed by the Australian packaging industry, and it’s easy to see why this industry is so important.

Material Statistics Related To The Packaging Industry –

At 36%, paper and cardboard packaging definitely corner the market when it comes to packaging materials. A simple glance in your pantry or refrigerator will confirm to you that this is the case. However, plastics have reached 30% – a very respectable figure that is easy to confirm, what with the popularity of plastic packaging these days. At 20%, metal packaging has diminished a bit but is still fairly common. Finally, as glass is the most breakable and least practical material, it only accounts for 10% of the total packaging that today is used in Australia.

Recycling And The Packaging Industry –

Considering that the packaging industry only contributes about 10% of urban solid waste, it is remarkable that the industry has, nonetheless, agreed to a National Packaging Covenant that will increase the levels at which it recycles various materials. For example: Plastics, which are currently recycled at a rate of approximately 20%, will now be recycled approximately 30% to 35% of the time. Paper and cardboard, which are currently recycled at a rate of approximately 64%, will now be recycled at a rate of approximately 70% to 80%.

Packaging: An Industry To Watch –

Whether you work in the packaging industry or not, there’s no question that it plays a major role in your life. Whether it’s the products you purchase or the physical recycling you and your family do, food packaging can play a role in the various aspects of your life. As time goes by, the industry itself will be amping up its recycling efforts and will be contributing to the health of the planet. In this way, consumers can feel good about the food products that they buy and can rest assured that the industry that packages them is always working to make the world a better place.

Recently, packaging suppliers such as Dabron Packaging have agreed to amp up their recycling efforts in order to help save the planet. It’s important to note, that food packaging only makes up a very small percentage of the solid urban waste in Australia every year. Still, every little bit counts and it is interesting that the packaging industry is doing its own part to contribute.

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