10 steps to getting organised- OptiMum Frugal

Here are my 10 steps to getting organised!.

It’s hard holding down a job,  juggling children, cooking and keeping up with those dreaded household chores.

Organisation is the key!.

  1. Sew whilst watching TV – Keep a sewing kit in the living room, I sew all buttons on and make essential repairs, whilst enjoying my favourite documentary.10 steps to getting organised
  2. Get fire organised – Keep all important documents in a fire retardant box. I keep passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, and driving license in mine.10 steps to getting organised
  3. Remember birthdays – I’m always forgetting birthdays! now I have a book with names, dates, and addresses….no more excuses.10 steps to getting organised
  4. Double up – Have 2 laundry baskets, one for whites, one for darks.10 steps to getting organised
  5. Be prepared – Have a few essentials in your freezer to combat those off days; Milk, bread, and butter.10 steps to getting organised
  6. Get those cupboards organised – Clean one or two cupboards a week and rearrange items. Leaving it until all at once always feels more of a chore.10 steps to getting organised
  7. Tidy in the evenings – Spend 10 minutes each evening tidying up, it’s always a great feeling to wake up to a tidy house…start your day on a positive note!.
  8. Success if KEY – don’t lose your keys…I always leave mine in the door. Find a good place and always put them there! this will eliminate the ten minutes searching for them when you’re already running late.10 steps to getting organised
  9. Make a contacts book – Include names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. I’ve recently done this due to forgetting to back up my phone contacts when my phone went in for repairs. 200 contacts lost…foolish me!.10 steps to getting organised
  10. Plan your clothes weekly – I have a 5 day (Mon-Fri) clothes plan…I plan for a month and then rotate the clothes and mix up the outfits. At the weekends I end up looking like worzel gummage!!.10 steps to getting organised - optimum frugal

I hope you have enjoyed my 10 steps to getting organised. What do you do to keep your household organised? I would love to hear!.

 

Love Lynsey x

60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your Household

60 Reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your Household

Coconut Oil cleansing kit
Coconut oil cleansing kit

I recently purchased a jar of The Groovy Food Company Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for cleansing.

The jar is 283ml,  so I decided to look into other uses, as you only need a tiny amount to cleanse with.

I found 60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your household.

It’s so versatile

My 60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your household

1. Cooking – Replace your usual oil with Coconut oil for a healthy and tasty alternative.

2. Gluten Free / Vegan – Compatible with both Gluten free and Vegan cooking

3. Cleanser/Moisturiser – This is my new favorite ritual and leaves your skin silky smooth.

4. Nail treatment – Rub into the cuticles, smoothes flaws and encourages growth.. Trust me this works!!.

5. Removes chewing gum and lots of other sticky substances off carpets and fabrics! Trust me this works!!.

6. Headlice – Use Coconut Oil instead of conditioner…again trust me this works, beats any chemical solution on the market!. Wash as normal then apply a small amount, leave on for 10-15 minutes, comb through with the “Nitty Gritty” comb and rinse.

7. Massage Oil – Feeling achy? in need of a relaxing massage? get your loved one to use Coconut Oil…the lovely aroma is an added bonus.

8. Athletes Foot – Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and rub into the affected area.

9. Acne – Dab directly onto offending spots. (Gently fights bacteria that causes acne).

10. Stretch Marks – Apply on growing bump though pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks. And apply after birth to reduce scars.

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60 Reasons why coconut oil should be in your household

11. Wrinkles – Keeps wrinkles at bay and softens them away.

12. Ringworm – Natural method to eradicate this pesky contagious itching skin disease.                     

13. Lipbalm – Fed up with buying little compact tins of branded balms? Opt for Coconut Oil, a super minimal cost “Au Natural” DIY option…it also appears to offer some protection against the sun approx SPF4.                                                             

14. Cold SoresRub onto cold sore when needed, adding a drop of oregano to speed up the process.  

15. Nappy rashA natural non-chemical way to clear up irritation.                                               

16. BreastfeedingRub onto cracked and sore nipples to ease and moisturise, Also far better than having a Cos shoved down your bra. (Partners/Husbands), please refrain from offering to do the “rubbing”, talking from experience, you have more chance winning the lottery than having your most generous offer accepted).


17. Nosebleedsrub onto the dry areas that can lead to nosebleeds.                                                   

18. Makeup removerOne of my personal favorites…takes waterproof mascara and lipstick off within seconds.                                                  

19. Frizz Ease Tame those wild curls or frizz (warning use half a pea size amount, rubbed onto your hands prior to application). Applying large amounts 10 minutes prior to the school run is not advisable…unless you have a rather large hood or a wooly hat.                                                                    

20. D.I.Y dyeing your hair  Put it around your ears, forehead, and neck to prevent staining (I now use coconut oil rather than vaseline.

63 reasons why coconut oil should be in your household.

21. Alzheimer’s – Research shows that the oil slows down the progression of this disease.

22. Calcium – Helps the body absorb the Calcium and Magnesium.

23. Leather cleaner – Use a “pea” size amount on a uncoloured cloth and rub in circular motion.

24. Cracked Heels – This generous moisturiser is ideal to revitalise those unsightly heels.

25. Coffee – Add to coffee (my favorite one!) You need to whisk the oil into the coffee…which with form a froth (or you could use a bullet)..just adding it to your coffee will leave an oil effect on top of the coffee.                                                                         

26. Salad dressing – warm and drizzle on your salad..this tastes divine, but once it cools it will set again.

27. Facial Scrub – Add a teaspoon of Coconut Oil to a handful of Himalayan Crystal salt for a refreshing facial scrub.

28. After Sun – Soothes sunburn…but use once the heat has reduced (recommended 72 hours).

29. Forget Butter – Reduce those calories and spread your toast and crackers with Coconut oil..very tasty and a healthier alternative.

30. Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dermatitis – Rub onto affected areas to soothe pain and reduce scarring. I personally do this method for my Psoriasis and it really does keep it at bay with twice daily applications.

Cooking with Coconut Oil
Cooking with Coconut Oil

31. Energy –  Boosts your energy (Even more so with a low/zero carbohydrates diet).

32. Deodorant – Mix with Bi-Carbonate Of Soda, Cornstarch and your favourite essential oils for that Au Natural deodoriser.

33. Furniture Oil – Coconut Oil is a fabulous wood restorer which smells divine(Most oils are good at restoring wood, but they are not all completely Organic Raw oils).

34. Chicken Pox – Dab onto the affected spots to soothe and reduce any scarring.

35. Stings/Bites – Rub into the bite, Soothes the infection.

36. Toothpaste – (I really want to try this!) Mix 1 part Coconut Oil with 1 part Bi-Carbonate of Soda and a few drops of Peppermint Oil. Naturally, whitens teeth, freshens breath without added fluoride, sweeteners, preservatives or Chemicals.

37. Aftershave – Rub into hands and apply as you would your usual balm.

38. Toothache – Mix with Clove oil and gargle…whilst cloves are strong and over powering, I personally find that the Coconut balances this out.

39. Haemorrhoids – Said to be a natural remedy (not personally tried this one out) Rub into or around the affected area.

40. Metabolism – Increases Metabolism.

Coconut Oil whisked into coffee is so tasty...just like a coconut shot.
Coconut Oil whisked into coffee is so tasty…just like a coconut shot.

41. Thyroid -Improves the Thyroid Function.            

42. Preserves Eggs – Paint a thin layer over the shell to extend shelf life.                                                

43. Hair Conditioner – Strengthens and repairs. Massage in, leave in for 10-15 and rinse thoroughly (I personally wrap my hair up in a warm towel after).

44. Cradle cap My 3 suffered terribly with cradle cap..it drove me crazy! when the light from a flash hit their heads, the cradle cap shone like a beacon!. Gently massage in the coconut oil (teaspoon measure) leave for 10 minutes and gently comb through, rinse thoroughly.

45. Lubricant – (Not tried this to date) All-natural lubricant for those most intimate moments **NOT TO BE USED WITH CONDOMS, AS COMPROMISES PROTECTION***                                                        

46. Stye  – Rub onto affected eyelid. reduces inflammation and redness.

47. Bruises – Rub onto bruised area to moisturise and bring out the bruise.

48. Shaving cream – use as neat Coconut Oil, allows the razor to glide smoothly over your skin.

49. Curbs appetiteThis really should be in the top 10 for me really (but as usual I didn’t plan ahead!). I have a minimum of 10 teaspoons a day (plus in my foods) and my appetite has noticeably dropped).

50. Pet care – Improves breath as well as giving a shiny coat. Help’s reduce fur balls, rub onto your cat’s paws (or dogs I guess) to help improve digestion and reduce hairballs (fur balls).

60 Reasons why coconut oil should be in your household

51. Sore Throats – Use one teaspoon and let it trickle slowly down your throat, I found this really helps but it does take a bit of getting used to.

52. Smoothies – Add a tablespoon to your smoothie and blend thoroughly (Coconut Oil needs to be whisked in order to eradicate the oil film effect.

53. High heat cooking – Coconut oil is ideal for high heat cooking.

54. Bath – Add to your bath to give a refreshing moisturising relaxing bath.

55. Alternative spread – Use on toast, crackers, and bread instead of butter or spread.                

56. Popcorn – This is a favorite with my three kids. add a tablespoon of oil in with the kernels on a high head with a deep based pan with a lid.                      

57. Pan seasoner – Ideal for cast iron seasoning.    

58. Acid reflux/Heartburn – Small teaspoons with foods to keep them at bay.

59. Vapor rub – Mix with peppermint oil, rub onto chest and back.                                                          

60. Detangler – Put a couple of melted drops into a water spray bottle and spritz over hair before brushing.

Refreshing Coconut and Pineapple Smoothie.
60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your household

I hope you have enjoyed my 60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your household.

I would love to hear from you if you have any great ways of using Coconut oil.

I will soon be sharing my Coconut Oil detox journey….so keep checking in.

Love Lynsey x