Life fhaac­ct­sks

Tips, tricks and reme­dies that will change how you go about ev­ery­day tasks, for the bet­ter.

Good - - HANDY HINTS -

Ripen­ing a rock-hard av­o­cado is easy if you have a banana on hand. Place your un­ripe av­o­cado and banana in a brown pa­per bag (or other con­tainer) and store at room tem­per­a­ture. Av­o­ca­dos and ba­nanas re­lease eth­yl­ene gas, which is key to the ripen­ing process. Pop­ping them in a bag or con­tainer to­gether traps the eth­yl­ene gas and helps it ripen more quickly. The Good­ness of Av­o­cado: 40 De­li­cious Health-boost­ing Recipes by Lucy Jes­sop

Buy or­ganic

Eat with the planet in mind. Or­ganic agri­cul­ture uses 30–50 per cent less en­ergy than tra­di­tional agri­cul­ture. Cut down on the amount of meat you eat, es­pe­cially red meat, and buy foods that don’t con­trib­ute to de­for­esta­tion, which causes 10 per cent of all GHG emis­sions. Truth to Power by Al Gore

To keep or not to keep?

How do you make the most of ‘use­less’ things that still spark joy? If it makes you happy, keep it con­fi­dently and put it on dis­play. Things that seem sense­less to oth­ers, things that only you could ever love – these are pre­cisely the things you should dis­play. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Succulent set­ting

If you have an abun­dance of suc­cu­lents and are plan­ning a din­ner party, use suc­cu­lents to make rosette-like place set­tings. Col­lect an equal num­ber of succulent heads to place set­tings, plus the same num­ber of 10cm-long pieces of rib­bon. Cut a V-tongue into one end of a piece of rib­bon. Us­ing a dot of flo­ral glue, at­tach rib­bon to un­der­side of the succulent head. Re­peat with re­main­ing suc­cu­lents. Branches & Blooms by Alethea Haram­po­lis and Jill Rizzo

Beau­tify your shelves

Apart from hold­ing books, book­shelves can make a beau­ti­ful state­ment in the room. Place a se­lec­tion of your most-loved books, some ver­ti­cally and some hor­i­zon­tally, then add ob­jects of in­ter­est and some­thing or­ganic, like a small cac­tus plant – and en­sure you change it up of­ten. The Art of Sim­ple by Eleanor Ozich

Re­cy­cled china

A dresser full of mis­matched vin­tage china can be a pretty thing. Not only is mis­matched china cheaper, more in­ter­est­ing and a beau­ti­ful ex­er­cise in re­cy­cling, it avoids the prob­lem of re­plac­ing a bro­ken piece from a dis­con­tin­ued range. If you start in a mud­dle, you can con­tinue in a mud­dle and cre­ate beauty. A Guide to Nat­u­ral House­keep­ing: Recipes and So­lu­tions for a Cleaner, Greener Home by Christina Strutt

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