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Keep Your Garden Alive

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Over the summer so many people pick up gardening as their hobby, including myself. Not everyone can be blessed with a natural green thumb. Keeping a garden alive and healthy may not always be easy, but these tips will help it keep going all summer long.

Native plants
  • Growing plants that are native to the area you live at is the best. Those plants are used to the weather changes that happen and are strong enough to survive storms or the hot sun. Since they are used to their surroundings they help with the ecosystem and require less maintenance than a non-native plant.
Bug watch
  • Make sure that you are checking your plants out for any sign of harmful bugs. Check the leaves to see if any bugs have been chomping down on your homegrown plants. Bugs can end up bringing bacteria and viruses to your plants and end up doing serious damage.
Water properly
  • Plants need water to survive, just like humans. Do not forget and end up depriving your plants of water. When those rain showers come along, go ahead and sit your plants out so that they can catch some rain. Get it down first thing in the morning and your plants will be hydrated for the day.
Compost
  • If you have not started composting, now is the time. Your garden will fall head over hills in love with you. The materials used in the compost can create a rich, healthy soil for your plants.
There’s an app for that
  • Yes, there are many apps for gardening. If you are a beginner and want to make sure your garden survives in your home, then go look for a gardening app. Gardening Tool Kit is an app that gives you advice on your garden and helps you maintain it.

Gardening is a good summer hobby that relaxes you and is good for your health. Not everyone is a natural born plant lover, but these tips will help that garden survive a little bit longer on their own.

Small Space Tips

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Living in a smaller space means that everything should have a function. Every item that is in your living space has to serve a purpose. Living small can be difficult, but with these space saving tips living small can become easier. Small space require creativity and functionality.

Functional Furniture
  • Every piece of furniture should serve more than one purpose. Living in a small space gives your furniture an opportunity to do more than just supply a place for you to sit. Your bed can have extra storage space. There are beds that have built in drawers and are able to hold more clothes when your closet is two sizes too small.
Cabinets, cabinets, cabinets!
  • Cabinet space is everything when living in a small space. Storage boxes are a cute and clever way to gain more storage place in your home. You can mix and match any colors and patterns you want. It is also an organization hack that many parents can use to fine some sanity in their children’s messes.
Small closet, no problem
  • Do not panic. Having a small closet is not the end of the world when you know how to handle the situation. You can get a hanger holder that can hold up to five hangers on one single line. This allows for so much space open for more clothes. If you are a shoe lover, then you can invest in a show holder to go on the back of your door.
Stairs with drawers
  • Stairs are more than just something to walk on. They can be one more storage space to make living in your tiny place more comfortable. Stairs that have drawers can be great place for your family’s shoes to be stored. You can also place your own personal library into each step.
Triple threat table
  • Your dining table, pool table and Ping-Pong table can all function as one great table. Once you and your family and friends are done eating, slide off the diner table to reveal and a nice, fun pool table. After you are done shooting the balls around, go ahead and slide on the Ping-Pong table and get ready for battle. It is a triple threat no great entertainer can resist using.

 

 

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

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You do not have to toss those paper rolls away anymore. Save them for afternoon crafts with the kids. Make them put down those electronics and have their creative juices flowing. There is an abundance of toilet paper rolls if you collect them all. There are plenty of creative crafts you can make and you are also recycling.

Paper roll fish

What you need:
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue
Steps:
  1. First, flatten the cardboard tube
  2. Cut a rounded end for the head of the fish
  3. Next, cut two slits at 45 degrees on the other side for the tail
  4. Paint your design for the fish
  5. Finally, glue the eyes to both sides of the roll and draw a mouth

Here is a link to a video that shows you how to make a paper roll fish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZUV61YxxME

Fairy Houses

What you need:
  • Paper rolls
  • Ruler
  • Paint
  • Craft knife
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Brushes
  • Tea light candles
Steps:
  1. First, draw the windows with the marker on the paper roll
  2. Take the craft knife and cut the outline of your windows out
  3. Then, paint your rolls any color you desire
  4. Draw a circle on a piece of paper and cut it out
  5. Divide the circle into 3 parts
  6. Cut the 3 parts and roll them into a small cone, roof created!
  7. Next, paint the roofs bright colors
  8. Glue the roof on top of your fairy home
  9. Lastly, paint any design you want onto your homes

Here is a link to a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMUspvdaJKM

Cat in the Hat

What you need:
  • Paper rolls
  • Red paper
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stick
Steps:
  1. First, cut out strips of white and red paper and make stripes
  2. Next, cut out a circle and glue it to the bottom on the paper roll
  3. Then, cut out another circle, larger that the paper roll and glue it to the other side of the hat
  4. Glue the red and white stripes around the paper roll
  5. Take the long stick and stick it through the hat

Remodeling Trends

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There are always some types of remodeling trends that are going on. Sometimes it can be hard to decide which home trend is best for you. After doing some research on what is going on in the remodeling world, here are some of the coolest trends. Best part, they are not so difficult to do to your own home.

Bathroom

Three-dimensional tile: This one may sound a little crazy but it looks crazy good in any bathroom. Instead of looking at that old, boring two-dimensional tiles, you can style it up with three-dimensional tiles. You could soft waves swimming around your bathtub or bubbles circling near your mirror.

Kitchen

Quartz countertops: Quartz has skyrocketed in their popularity amongst people’s kitchen counters. This pretty stone has taken money people by storm and there does not seem to be anything stopping it. It may be a little bit pricier than other options, but it is worth the investment.

Bedroom

Darker colors: Bye, bye pastels, whites and bright colors. Dark colors have made their way into the bedroom scene and are not going away anytime soon. Dark, cool colors make someone feel calm and help can help with those sleepless nights. When deciding on a new bedroom color, do not forget about the little darker colors for a change.

Going Green

Switch it up: Going green has been around for a while now, but that is because this trend will not be going away for a long, long time. Why? Going green is never going to go out of style, because our planet is never out of style. There can be little changes you can make around the house like: using reusable water bottles, taking shorter showers and unplugging electronics when not in use.

Remolding trends change up every single year and 2017 is no different. There are so many different trends out there that it can be hard to decide which one you want to tackle. These trends have been seeing increase and do not seem to be slowing down. If you want to stay in style for a while then you may want to consider a few of the trends from above.

Reasons for Renting a Dumpster

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Deciding whether or not renting a dumpster is necessary for your project can be a tad bit difficult. Well, we are here to help with that decision making for you. Dumpsters are actually handier than most would think. Below are some of the reason why you may need a dumpster for you next task on hand.

  1. Home renovations
    • Home renovations can be a huge project, even if you did not plan on it. An onsite dumpster is a great resource to have. You can load up all of the household waste in the dumpster. Also, Bargain Dumpster delivers and picks up the rental whenever you are ready and you do not have to be present.
  2. Landscaping
    • Ripping up your yard and tearing down those bushes need a place to be disposed. One of our residential dumpsters is perfect for that job. Just throw all of that debris into the rental dumpster and we will come take it off of your hands when you have completed your project.
  3. Moving and Clean Up
    • Moving or cleaning out a house can be a huge stress on anyone, but Bargain Dumpster can help with that heavy load. Go ahead and load all of your furniture up and we will be there to help with the move. Those piles of trash bags you have collected after that massive clean up can all be placed into one of the rental dumpsters. You can use a rental dumpster for junk removal, disaster clean up or damage repair.
  4. Construction
    • During any construction project, there is going to be debris and waste you have to throw away. Bargain Dumpster has the perfect rental dumpsters for any construction project. From roofing to concrete and dirt, our rental dumpsters can handle the task.
  5. Yard Waste
    • Cleaning up a yard can be challenging and the waste can pile up quickly. A rental dumpster is helpful when dealing with the cleanup. It can even handle piles and piles of plants if that is what you need to clean up.

 

Home Renovations Need a Dumpster

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Starting to renovate your home or changing up your yards boring look needs help from a dumpster. A dumpster is incredibly useful when it comes to throwing out all of that waste you no longer need. Having one of these bad boys on site will help with left that heavy renovation off of your shoulders.

There are several common home renovations that could require a dumpster. One of the main ones is remodeling the kitchen. Transforming the basement into a home gym or completely giving the bathroom the spa treatment it deserves. People who flip houses would need to have a dumpster on site to help with all the waste leftover.

Choosing Bargain Dumpster for your dumpster rental is already a great start to your renovation. We can save you time and money when it comes to your dumpster rental. The best part is that we deliver your dumpster exactly where you need it. You do not even have to be present for the drop off, as long as we know exactly where to leave it.

When it comes to loading up one of our dumpster rentals, please fill it up as evenly as possible. Also, do not over fill the dumpster. All of the waste inside the dumpster must be even to the lid and nothing should be hanging out over the sides. There is a list of items on our website that cannot be placed inside the dumpster.

You can take as long as you need with the onsite dumpster. After you are all finished with your home renovation give us a call at 1-803-573-0003. Surprise! You do not have to be present when we come and take the dumpster rental away.

Home renovations are sometimes a stressful task, but having an easy dumpster rental is resourceful for any challenge. Bargain Dumpster is here to help you with any questions you may have on what type of dumpster you may need for your renovation.

Eco-Friendly Fourth Party

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Fourth of July parties can be a fun time for the entire family. It can leave behind a lot of trash and hurt the environment. Here are some ways to change your usual Fourth of July party plans and make your party go green.

Reuse those old decorations

Instead of throwing away all of those decorations you buy every year, save them. The theme for a Fourth of July party is never going to change. Red, white and blue will be the main colors for forever, so those decorations will still work.

Green Fireworks

I am not talking about only buying the color green fireworks. There are types of fireworks that are full of nitrogen and these are a little better for the environment. Fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition, but it may be time for a greener choice and change up tradition.

Recycle!

When it comes to leftovers and trash left behind by the party, remember to recycle. You can have one bag for trash and another bag for all of the recyclable items. You could make a fun pick up game for the kids and this could educate them on what can and cannot be recycled. Also a compost never hurt anyone.

Carpool

You and all of your friends are going to end up in the same place, so just ride together. This may seem simple, but it is a great way to help reducing your carbon footprint. Carpooling is one of the easiest things to change in order to make your Fourth of July a little more eco friendly for everyone involved.

 No more plastic

Plastic utensils seem easier to deal with, but it is not easy on our planet. Use reusable silverware instead of pulling out those plastic spoons and forks. Reusable silverware is a greener way and easy to do to help the environment and still have a great Fourth of July party for the entire group.

 

Natural Stain Cleaners

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All of those cleaners you have stock piled underneath you sink are filled with chemicals. Yuck! There is another, healthier way to clean your home and it is cheaper. You may have some of these products already in your house. Natural cleaners are cleaners that have no harmful chemicals in them. Here are some of the most common natural cleaners and what they can clean up for you around your home. Summer can create a lot of stains, so here are some ways to kill the summer stains.

Food stains: That nice white shirt or perfect little white dress can be easily ruined by that delicious summer barbecue. The dark colors and oil from the sauce can make these stains difficult to get out. Mixing together dishwasher detergent and vinegar can make that stain go far away and those nice whites bright once again.

Grass stains: Without a doubt, there will be grass stains all over the kids’ shirts, pants, and face, everywhere! Instead of putting harsh chemicals on those clothes, you can make your own natural cleaner. Start by treating the stain with hot water. Then mix in 1 part dish soap and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Go ahead and scrub that stain away and glance at all the “hard” work you have done.

Coffee stains: Bam! Someone has bumped into you and all that nice, brown iced coffee has spilt down the front of your brand new shirt. No need to worry, because natural cleaners are here to save the day. You have to make a paste like cleaner to get rid of this bad boy. Combine washing soda and hydrogen peroxide together and apply the mixture to the stain. Scrub the stain with an old toothbrush and let it sit overnight. In the morning, the coffee stain will have disappeared.

Dirt of any kind: There will be some kind of dirt stain on your pants, shirt, dress or anything when it comes to the summer. Lemon and the sun are the best natural cleaners to deal with these stains. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the stain and let the stain soak it up. Next, hang the dirty clothes up in the sun and watch as that stain starts to go away.

There is no need to have these harmful chemicals filling up the air in your house. Many natural cleaners are easy to put together and majority of the ingredients are probably already hiding about in your house. Do not let these summer stains get the best of you and take a helping hand from the natural stain cleaners.

Green Your Home

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There is nothing better than greening up your home and saving money by doing it. Making your home green is not some huge change and costs little to no money to make some of these changes. Here are some little changes to do around your home to help our planet and to save you a couple of bucks.

Door draft guards: These door guards help keep the heat in. This will help lower your electric bills and locking the heat in your room. You can find these guards at a home goods store and they come in cool patterns.

Low flow shower heads: Installing these low flow shower heads reduces about 77% of water that is used when taking a shower. It is not expensive and it lowers your water bill.

Unplug TV when not in use: This is the easiest green tip for you. Just walk over to your TV and pull that plug. You are not home all day, so unplug your TV and save some electricity. When you are going to bed, unplug it right before you rest your head.

Use CFL bulbs: It is time to hop on the compact fluorescent light bulbs, CFL for short, train. CFL bulbs save 66% of energy you use in your home. Fun fact: 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions will be saved if you trade one incandescent light bulb for one CFL.

Compost food scraps: Compost, compost, compost! It may take a little extra time to separate your trash from composting goods, but it is worth the little extra work. In the long run, it lowers the cost of runs you have to make to the dump. The amount of waste produced is hugely lowered.

Clean with vinegar: It is a natural, organic cleaner. Vinegar can kill bacteria, germs and mold and it does not have any chemicals to leave behind in your house. It is a lot healthier to clean with other than other cleaners with chemicals.

Now you can relax and believe me when I say that going green does not mean going broke. Making small changes around your house can have a major, long-term impact on our environment. These changes do not take a big chunk out of your wallet and are so easy to accomplish.

 

 

 

Regrow Vegetables

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Constantly buying vegetables can become expensive, but there is a way to save money. Stop throwing away what you don’t use and start regrowing vegetables at home. The best part is that there is no garden needed. All of these plants can be grown in the home. The time and effort put into this will create huge benefits! Here are a few common plants that you can easily grow in your own home.

  1. Romaine Lettuce
    • After you are finished making your salad, keep the bottom of the stump. Let the stump sit in half a cup of water until you see some leaves sprouting. Transfer the plant to a pot of soil and watch your creation grow.
  2. Green Onions
    • This is going to be the easiest one to grow. First, cut them an inch from the root and place them into some water. Bam! All you have to do after is sit and watch.
  3. Garlic
    • If you have a fear of vampires, here is how you can save money from over buying garlic. One sprout and a cup of water is all you need. Set the sprout in water and wait for it to grow.
  4. Sweet Potato
    • This is a marvelously cool plant to watch grow before your very own eyes. First, place the potato in a jar of water, in direct sunlight and watch as the potato’s roots sprout, it looks like a bunch of spider webs. After, place the sweet potato in some soil and let it grow.
  5. Leeks
    • If you like re-growing green onions, then you are going to love re-growing leeks. The process is the exact same. Cut them an inch or two from the root and place in a cup of water.

The best part about re-growing all of your own vegetables is that there is barely any hassle. It is not extremely time consuming and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Save time, money and your stress level and start re-growing your own vegetables!

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