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Basement Organization

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Have not been done in the basement for a while? Well it is time to take a walk down there and declutter that basement. Do not let that little voice in your mind say that this task is too overwhelming or you cannot find the time. Organizing the basement is a task that is not overwhelming and will make your life easier once is it completed. Here are some pro tips when it comes to organizing the basement.

Throw it Out

Some things are meant to be thrown away. If you are someone that has a lot of stuff stored in the basement then you should go through all of those items and throw some of them out. Ask yourself, “Has this been used in the last year?” If the answer to that question is no, then you should probably throw it away.

Bin, Bins, Bins

Storage bins are a great way to organize things easily and quickly. Everything needs its place and bins can become the home to almost everything. When you are putting things away make sure they have a rhyme to the reasoning. Labeling the bins are another secret to organizing and staying organized.

Everything off the Floor

There should be nothing lying around on the floor by the time you are done cleaning out the basement. If everything is supposed to have a spot for it, then there should not be anything on the floor. The floor should be clean and empty. The more things that are on the floor, the more a room can feel cluttered.

Creative Storage

Get creative with how you store things. Not everything has to be thrown into a been. Use free wall space and hang up some things in a cool design. You can create your own cubbies and shelves and can be easy clean up toys.

Home Cleaning Remedies

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Natural cleaners do not have to be some super expensive product you have to hunt down at some store that is ten miles away. You can make your own home cleaning remedies and it does not even have to cost you that much. Some of these home cleaning remedies can be made with products that could already be lying around the house. The benefits for natural cleaners is good for the health and can be stronger than unleashing a ton of chemicals into the home.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is able to work wonders when it comes to cleaning. Baking soda can easily clean away any stains or chemicals that are stuck on any surface. Got a serious mess in the kitchen? Add a coat of baking soda and some water and watch as the stain starts to go away. This is a natural miracle worker.

Vinegar + Citrus

Vinegar infused with citrus is a great all-natural cleanser to have around the home. This product is typically used as a window cleaner, good for mopping the floors and disinfecting surfaces around the home. Reach for some chemical filled wipes, go for the vinegar with citrus and disinfect all naturally.

Toothpaste

Believe it or not, and you should believe it, toothpaste is an all-natural cleaner. Have any marks on the walls? Toothpaste is home cleaning remedy that can remove those stains. Add some toothpaste to a warm wash cloth and apply directly to the stain. Watch as the marker stains start to disappear.

There are many more home remedies that are out there to explore. Wellness Mama is a great place that has plenty of tips and tricks for home cleaning remedies. Natural cleaners are always the better option for any home. The best part is that most of these ingredients can be found already in the home.

5 Cleaning Habits to Have

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Some people have a lot of cleaning habits and some people probably do not even know what a cleaning habit is. Cleaning habits are good to have. There is no need to go crazy when it comes to cleaning habits, but some of them are extremely useful to have. Some can be simple and easily added in anyone’s daily routine. These five cleaning habits will have your home looking spotless.

Wipe Things Down

Pay attention to the things that you constantly touch around your home. Those are the things you should be regularly wiping down. Some objects that are highly used are remotes, light switches and door knobs. Wipe them down at least 2-3 times a week. This is a great habit to have, especially with the flu going around this year.

Organize

If you have a lot of things lying around the home, because they just do not have a specific home then make them one. Labeling baskets is a great way to organize. The home for many things should not be on the floor.

Make the Bed

Once you get out of bed, make it. Fit this into the morning routine. A made bed can make a room feel cleaner and make you feel ready to start your day. This is the easiest task you will do all day.

Daily Laundry

Do not try to tackle to overflowing laundry basket once a week. Doing little loads a laundry throughout the week will ensure that your entire Sunday is not solely dedicated to cleaning clothes.

Clean as You Go

Clean up around the house as you are doing your daily routines. Wipe down the counters as you are done in the kitchen. Do not leave things out after you just touched them. Put things back in their place and keep up with the little cleaning around the home.

 

5 Tips to Declutter Attic

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Does going up to your attic strike some fear into your heart? Can you even see the floor when you pop your head up into the attic? Well, it might be time to declutter the attic is you answered yes to either or both of these questions. The attic does not have to be a clutter disaster. It can be organized and you will be able to find anything with ease. These decluttering tips will have your attic looking brand new and you might have some more storage space available.

  1. Clear It Out

Clear that attic out! It may seem like a big job to tackle, but once you start it does not seem as massive as you think. Labeling things would be a great system to clear out the attic. Decide on what to keep, get rid of and what to donate. Use labels to decide and watch the clutter to dwindle away little by little

2. Time to Clean

Once you have the attic cleared out, time to sweep and clean away the dirt. Time to start the cleaning process and make sure all the dirt and dust is long gone. A good tip is try using a vacuum if there is a lot of dust, because a broom might keep spreading it around.

3. Inspection

Next, have the attic inspected for insulation. It never hurts to have an inspection on the attic and a well insulated attic is key to a well insulated home. This is easier to do in a decluttered attic.

4. Sort Items Out

Once everything is in order, it is time to put the belongings back in the attic. Sort the items out with a system, so you know where everything is whenever you go back up in the attic. Only deal with once section at a time. This prevents confusion and more disorganization.

5. Keeping It Clean

Keep each item where it belongs. Do not go switching things around or just throwing an item to the closest bin. Cleaning the attic monthly will insure that dust does not pile up and your items are well taken care of through the years. Keep that attic decluttered.

Check out these checklist to make sure attic stays decluttered.

Furniture Removal Costs

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Furniture Removal Costs

If you’re ready to rid yourself of your old furniture, you could hire a junk removal company. If you’ve got one to three smaller pieces of furniture, you could pay from $50-$125. Bigger jobs, however will cost closer to $150 or $175. These prices are generally all-inclusive, so the pick-up, disposal, labor, fuel cost and taxes are all included in the quoted cost. Make sure you ask if there are any other charges before you agree to pay the company, though, to avoid any hidden fees.

If you’re not completely sold on this method of furniture removal, then there are some alternatives to consider as well.

Rent a Dumpster

When there is more than just a few pieces of furniture to get rid of, you could consider renting a 10 or 20 yard dumpster. You can expect to pay around $200 or $350 for a dumpster. The cost may be higher or lower depending on where you are located. If you’re cleaning out your whole home, for example, then a dumpster can be a cost-effective option and you can complete the removal at your own pace.

Take it Yourself

You could always haul the furniture to the landfill yourself if you have a trailer or truck that can fit the furniture. This could seem like the cheapest option, but be sure to consider a few factors before deciding to load up your stuff just yet:

  • If the nearest landfill isn’t very close, then fuel costs can add up quickly.
  • Do you have a lot of furniture to get rid of? You may have to make multiple trips to the dump to complete the job and could be charged multiple dump fees at the landfill.
  • This method is the most time-consuming. You will have to do all of the removal, loading, hauling and unloading yourself.

Sell, Donate or Give Away

If your furniture is still in usable condition, then consider selling it or giving it away online. A popular site for these sorts of deals is Craigslist. If you live in a well-populated area, then your furniture should go quickly. You could also reach out to a local organization to donate the furniture. This way, you are helping your community and can write the donation off on your taxes. Some organizations may have furniture pick up services that you could take advantage of as well. Keep in mind though that these pieces need to be in good condition. If there are excessive rips, stains or sags then you should probably just throw the furniture away.

What Factors Affect Cost

Location:

  • Where you live will influence the cost of your furniture removal. Some geographic areas just generally charge more for a furniture removal compared to others.
  • The distance between your house and the junk hauling company could potentially increase the price to cover extra fuel costs and time.

Volume of Furniture:

  • Many junk removal companies base their fees on how much space your furniture takes up in the trucks. So a couple of dining room chairs will cost less than a large sofa because the chairs are taking up less volume.

Ease of Access:

  • If your furniture is up five flights of stairs instead of by the curb already, then the junk removal company could potentially charge you more for the complexity of the job.

If you can improve any of these factors to lessen your cost, you should do so before contacting the junk removal company.

Should I Tip?

If the company did a good job, then typical tipping amounts are usually around 5-10% of the cost of the job. If it’s a longer job, then you could even offer the workers drinks or snacks.

What about Discounts?

You won’t know if you don’t ask—there could be a military or senior discount. Additionally, there could be discounts related to the size of the job or if you’re a first time customer. There could be a promotion running on the company’s website or social media page. Check online before calling the company.

Now What?

Now that you know some of the facts about furniture removal, it’s time to decide. Whether you choose a junk removal company, a dumpster rental, to do it yourself or to donate, make sure you weigh all of your options first. If you find out that your decision wasn’t the most cost-effective, then there’s always next time!  Call us today we are always here to help! (803) 573-0003

Unpacking Tips

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Unpacking after a move can seem like another hassle that you do not feel like tackling right at the moment. Well, unpacking does not need to feel that way any longer. These unpacking tips will make unpacking seem like a breeze instead of a heavy burden. Post move can be simple and get down quickly with these pro tips.

Organization is Key

Organize, organize, organize. You can never be too organized when it comes to moving. Organization also makes it easier on you when it comes time to unpack. Label your boxes so you know what is inside them and where they belong. Color coating is also a good organization tip that will help with unpacking.

Essential Box

An essential box is something that you can easily access and has all of the essentials you will need to get to during unpacking. It could have your toothbrush, toothpaste and other hygiene products. It can include some of your favorite snacks and maybe something to do when you need a break. An essential box is all what you need.

One Room at a Time

Taking on one room at a time is a good way to stay organized and in order. Tackling too many rooms at one time can become overwhelming and make you become disorganized. Plan ahead and decide which rooms are important to get done with first and then move on to the others.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead of time can be an advantage when it comes to unpacking. Make sure you know where everything is going to go and that everything has a place. Plan where you want the decorations to go, instead of letting them sit for weeks. Plan on what needs to get done first and what can wait to get done last.

Cleaning Supplies Handy

Keep those cleaning supplies close by because you are going to need them constantly. Messes happen when it come to unpacking. Moving can also give a helping hand to the mess making. Keep a basket of cleaning supplies handy in order to clean up along the way.

Get Organized by Getting Out Clutter

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Get Organized by Getting Out Clutter

As the end of summer quickly approaches and the hot days turn milder, take the opportunity of the longer days and cooler weather by giving your home a good cleanout.

So, you’re moving. When did four boxes of sweaters become seven? Even if you don’t need to downsize and you just want to get from point A to point B, we can agree that getting rid of a few things would help this process tremendously.

Now, it might be easy just to put everything in a trash bag and take it to your dumpster, but by doing that you’re adding to your local landfill, which should be avoided if possible. If you take a little time to plan out what you’re getting rid of, then you would be surprised at how much of your “junk” is valuable in some way after all. Reach out to local non-profit organizations or shelters and see what their needs are right now. If you have anything to meet those needs, make the extra trip over to donate. If you need some incentive, you can write these donations off on your taxes.

Once you’ve figured out what to do with your junk, you need to stay organized so another one of these serious clutter removals doesn’t happen again any time soon. Here are some tips to make your life a little more organized and hopefully stay that way.

One Space At A Time

Though you may want to take a swing at your entire home or store, start small. Make a list of each space in the house, from the basement to the attic, and complete each space one at a time. When one space is finished, move on to the next one. Before you know it, your entire place is finished.

This Takes Time

Don’t make the mistake of underestimating how long decluttering your space will take you. Overestimate each task so that when you’ve finished before your deadline you aren’t stressing to meet an unrealistic goal.

Two Years Is All

If you haven’t used an item in two years, then it no longer needs to be in your building. It’s time to donate or sell these items.

Make It A Cubby

Separate shelf or drawer spaces into smaller compartments to more efficiently use your available space. This will also help with organizing your space instead of allowing a variety of items to accumulate into a large area. Now, you have to use the smaller spaces efficiently to avoid confusion.

Pick A System

Whether you choose shapes, numbers or colors, choose a method that will help you keep your items and paperwork in place. One of these systems could also help to more easily put away scattered items. With this system, everything has a place.

Don’t Waste That Space

Chances are that your home or office has a space you’re overlooking. Or, if you use it, it’s probably not being used to its full potential. Store items under beds or dressers, or store your items on shelves hung from garage or warehouse ceilings. Opt for a hanging shoe rack instead of putting all of your shoes on the closet floor. If you can consolidate, do it.

You Get Four Boxes

Bring four boxes into an area: Trash, Give Away, Keep, Relocate. Every item in that area must be put in a box. Do not overlook a single item, and BE HONEST with yourself about what you really need.

After you’ve made it through your space and gotten to a point you’re pleased with, stay there. Be mindful of what you are holding on to and why. If you have something similar to what you see in a store, put the new item back. This new mindset will take time—and willpower—before it’s perfected. But with constant practice, you will end up with less clutter than you began with for sure.

Next time, don’t wait until your clutter is unbearable to try to change. Make organization a lifestyle and keep the clutter out. There will be cleanups where your “Trash” pile may be bigger than the others, and if that’s the case call us. We can discuss recycling and sizing options with you and figure out how we can help clean out your home.  And if all that clutter does need disposing don’t forget Bargain Dumpster is here to help!  (803) 573-0003

How To Creatively Declutter

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How To Creatively Declutter

Many people seem to like the idea of decluttering their homes, but the actual act of giving up things is harder than it looks. Or maybe it’s just the process of getting started—where do you even begin? Feelings of anxiousness or defeat may overrule any aspirations of a cleaner, simpler lifestyle. These 10 tips have taken a new stance on decluttering: have some fun. Read on and see which activity fits you best:

  1. Give yourself 5 minutes. Come up with a list of simple decluttering acts. This could include clearing a shelf, putting a load of items in your car to donate, set up folders, identifying clothes you don’t wear, cleaning out your medicine cabinet, clearing off a counter…the list of simple decluttering opportunities can go on and on. Number this list and each day, pick a number and give yourself five minutes to commit to that task. Only stop revisiting the number when the task is complete.
  2. Give away an item a day. Don’t try to completely empty a house, or even a room, in just a day. Instead, take your decluttering one literal item at a time. In a year, that amounts to 365 items. That could be a lot of clutter!
  3. Fill a trash bag. You could make this into a game, timing yourself and family members to see how quickly they can fill a trash bag with unneeded items. These items could be actual trash or could be for a donation center, like Goodwill.
  4. Reverse your hangers. Maybe you remember Oprah talking about this challenge. The idea is to turn every coat hanger the opposite direction, only turning them back the right way when you wear the item. After six months, it will be easy to see which items you no longer wear and can get rid of.
  5. Make a list. Create a list of places in your home that need to be decluttered. Start with the easiest room. When you complete a room, do not automatically move on to the next one. Give yourself a break. The next time you have a free moment, move to the next area.
  6. Take the 12-12-12 challenge. Find 12 items to throw away, 12 to donate, and 12 to find a place for in your house (or return to its place). This can be a quick way to organize 36 items in your house, and can also be made into a friendly competition.
  7. Get another point of view. Maybe there’s a place in your house that doesn’t seem too messy to you, but an outsider looking in notices a mess right away. So change your perspective—take some pictures of your house, invite over a child or a toddler or ask a coworker (maybe even your boss) to come over for a meeting. This way you will have a sort of desperation to see what they might be seeing…and clean it up.
  8. Play a numbers game. Wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. Too little? Adjust to your own needs, but challenge yourself to see how you live with less and reflect on what you learn from the unique experiment.
  9. Use your imagination. For those especially difficult objects to remove, ask yourself some questions about it, like, “If I bought this today, how much would I pay for it?” If you can’t see the value in the item you’ve had for a while, get rid of it. If it holds more sentimental value, then consider taking a picture of it and just keeping the picture. This frees up much more space than keeping the larger or bulky items.
  10. 10.Try the Four-Box Method. In every room of your house, place four boxes: trash, give away, keep and relocate. Every single item in the room has to be placed in a box. Some rooms may take an hour, but some may take days or weeks. Don’t let the time discourage you though; give yourself a chance to seriously consider every item.

So whether you try all 10 suggestions or you end up using none, find your own creative way to declutter so you can experience how nice it is to have more empty space.

Fall Yard Cleanup

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Fall Yard Cleanup

Don’t wait until spring to get your yard in order. Taking these ten preparatory steps before winter sets in will ensure you can make the most out of your yard next year.

  1. Clear out flower beds. You don’t want pests and critters settling in for the winter underneath the fallen leaves and weeds.
  2. Till your vegetable garden. Once you’ve picked all of your vegetables for the season, pull out the old vegetable plants and till the entire plot of dirt.
  3. Trim the trees. You don’t want any large or haphazard branches causing problems for your house during the winter. Snow or ice on those could result in a broken window, roof or even a power outage if it’s too close to a power line.
  4. Clean the gutters. Check that your gutters are draining and clear out any blockages if necessary.
  5. Drain your water pumps. Drain all water from hoses, fountains and irrigation systems and store them in a dry place. If you leave water in them during the winter you can risk damaging your equipment.
  6. Aerate your yard. Break up the soil in your yard to prevent water from pooling and guarantee that nutrients will reach the roots of your plants during the winter. If you have a large yard, you may need to rent a walk-behind aerator.
  7. Feed your lawn. Though your lawn will not look it for the winter, you should add a fall lawn fertilizer with a high phosphorous content to encourage your lawn’s root growth and have a green lawn by springtime.
  8. Rake your yard. Rake the leaves in your yard and shred them for mulch around the yard. An alternative shredding method would be mowing over the leaves.
  9. Mow the lawn. Give your lawn one more good trim before winter sets in. This will help dry out the soil more quickly in the spring.
  10. Wash your deck. Prevent mold and mildew by power washing your deck. Then add a weatherproof stain to protect the wood from moisture during the winter.

Follow these steps to be on your way to a winterized yard that’s ready for spring.  As always Bargain Dumpster is ready to help anyway we can!  (803) 573-0003

How To Organize Your House

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How to Organize your House

Here are 15 quick tips to get some of the messier areas of your house back under control.  How to organize your house doesn’t have to be difficult.

  1. Clear off your kitchen counter. Move packaged food to the pantry, put away your clean dishes, wipe down the counter and scrub the sink.
  2. Hang your kitchen tools. If you don’t have much cabinet space, attach a pegboard to the wall and loop in metal hooks to hang all of your most-used items in the kitchen.
  3. Clean out your fridge. Throw away your leftovers from too many days before, produce that’s starting to stink and anything with a past expiration date. Make a list of what needs replacing and post it on the fridge to take with you the next time you head to the store.
  4. Pair your storage containers. Empty the cabinet and match every container to its corresponding top. If there is a missing top or bottom, recycle the lone piece. If you have a large container with no lid, consider using it to hold lids.
  5. Empty your kitchen drawers. How many potato peelers will you find? Spoiler: you only need one. If you find any broken items, just throw them away.
  6. Create a master grocery list. Look at your old grocery receipts and see what you buy most often. Group those items by where they are in the store (if you go to the same one frequently) so you can grocery shop quicker.
  7. Color-coordinate. Assign each family member a color that only he or she can have, and use this as the organizing principle throughout the house. The towel, toothbrush, hamper and maybe even bed sheets could be coordinated. This will make it easier for everyone to find their own items…and put them away.
  8. Check those expiration dates. Go through your bathroom cabinets, drawers and your makeup bag to see what’s old or just unused. Then arrange what’s left in the order that you use it, so your face wash next to your moisturizer or your contact case next to your glasses.
  9. Check for wear and tear. Look over each towel, wash cloth and sheet set for stains, tears or general wear. More worn-out towels can be used for rags or given to a local animal shelter.
  10. Donate old books. Go through your bookshelf and donate any books that have been gathering dust. Return your books to the shelves by height or color order for a less cluttered look.
  11. Signature outfits. If you have an outfit you wear all the time, hang its components—shirt, pants, accessories—together for easier retrieval.
  12. Keep, Alter, Donate. Try every item on in your closet and put it in one of three piles…you guessed it! Keep, alter or donate. Then actually only keep the “Keep” pile. Store your seasonal items, styles and colors together.
  13. Heel-to-toe. Organizing your shoes heel to toe will maximize your closet space and gives you a quick survey of color, toe style and heel height, which can help speed up your decision-making process for what to wear.
  14. Magazine cut-outs. Walk through your home with a shopping back and compile all of the magazines you’ve already read. If there was a specific article or recipe you enjoyed, cut it out of the magazine and recycle the rest.
  15. Pair with plastic. Instead of guessing which cord goes with what on the power strip behind your TV or bed, save the tags from bread, write the name of the device and clip it around the relevant cord.
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