"Ask Gitta" My wife died earlier this year and I'm having trouble managing the kitchen on my own.


Working with Seniors, in selling their real estate, I am often asked questions that you might find helpful in your own home. Here is the first of 6 articles featured in the “Ask Gitta” section of my website, www.gittalevi.com or www.gtahomesforsale.com .

Question: My wife died earlier this year and I’m finding it difficult to manage the kitchen on my own. Do you have any “helpful hints” for me?

Answer: Here are some easy “tips” for you to follow in the kitchen:

 When cooking or using the microwave:

 Keep curtains, towels and potholders away from the cooking range.

 Never leave food that you are cooking unattended on the stove.

 Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove.

 Don’t wear baggy clothes when working around a gas stove.

 Always keep the stove burners clean.

 Vent gas stoves to the outside of the house.

 When cooking or warming up your food in the microwave, don’t overcook it, as this might result in a fire.

 Be aware of foods that will explode in a microwave.

 When using knives:

 Use a good sharp knife that does not require you to apply too much pressure.

 Choose a large knife whenever possible; it makes you aware of the danger.

 Don’t try to grab a knife when it falls accidentally – instead, step backwards quickly and then pick it up off the floor.

 Electrical fires:

 Be aware that modern coffee makers, blenders and toasters carry enough electricity to start a fire.

 Frequent overloads, the smell of burning plastic and flickering lights are all signs of inadequate wiring. Have an electrician check the        situation promptly.

 Keep motors on refrigerators and other appliances clean to avoid overheating.

 Housekeeping and storage:

 Use the lower cupboards and shelves for heavy pots and pans.

 Don’t store food above the stove where your grandchildren may try to climb for it.

 Reach high places with a step stool or utility ladder.

 Wipe up food and drink spills immediately so it will be easier to maintain the kitchen in a clean and orderly state.

If you think of the kitchen as your “workshop” – where each tool is in its place, so that you can find it easily when you need it -- you’ll have no problem keeping a safe and orderly kitchen.

The best of luck!

Gitta Levi, B.A. Broker, Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. “Servicing the needs of Seniors in the Greater Toronto Area”

Direct line 416-587-8222 or email gitta@gittalevi.com

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