There is a fun little Internet site called Yelp which is also a mobile phone app. The initial purpose behind Yelp was to give folks a chance to share their reviews of local restaurants. You could go to an eatery, enjoy a meal and then post your comments as if you were a critic at large. You can even snap a picture of your dinner and post that. As Yelp grew in popularity it began to expand its base of reviews. Now anything and everything can be reviewed on Yelp. This holiday season even residential displays of Christmas lights were given the Yelp treatment. This was a great way for folks to find out where the hotspots around Oakland where for seeing Christmas lights.
One popular spot that received rave reviews on Yelp was Deacon Dave’s. Apparently this is an annual tradition of putting up Christmas lights which grows each year. This past season Deacon Dave put up 343,200 lights to the delight of every passerby. Then there is the Christmas Tree Lane which is a block of homes down Thompson Avenue that take their holiday decorating very seriously. It’s great when an entire neighborhood can coordinate their lights!
Beyond the Yelp reviews there are many other online resources for Oakland residents to track down where the best Christmas lights were on display. It seems like at least one home in every neighborhood goes a little bit crazy for Christmas with the Christmas lights. There are some who even take decorating to the next level by coordinating their flashing lights with synchronized musical accompaniment. It’s all in good fun.
While it’s great to watch these lights each year, you need to give pause for the effort it takes to not only put up these displays but also take them down. Think about Deacon Dave. He had to string over 300,000 lights and now he’s got a take them all down and pack them up again. Wouldn’t it be great if you can keep them up all year round? He probably wouldn’t have much complaints in that! Hopefully Deacon Dave will have some help when it comes to taking down those lights. As for taking down your own Christmas displays, perhaps you can entice your family to help take them down with another round of fresh baked cookies.
One thing is for sure is that after all the ornaments are packed up and the lights to come down you also need to make sure you’ll be getting rid of your Christmas tree properly. If you’ve got your own tree shredder then you’re good to go. However, most of us need to make special arrangements to get rid of our Christmas trees. That can happen by calling upon the services of professional junk haulers like Junk King Alameda who will be making the rounds in the next couple of weeks picking up Christmas trees from all over Oakland. The same top Oakland junk haulers can also pick up all your other trash and garbage that might have piled up over the holiday. And if you want to get rid of that old sofa or refrigerator with the same pickup for your Christmas tree go right ahead!
As any artist will tell you, “art isn’t easy.” Creating art is especially challenging if you don’t even have the proper space to create in. Perhaps it’s time to convert a spare room or garage into your own private art studio. Of course, you don’t have to be a professional artist to have an art studio. You could convert that spare room into a kind of arts and crafts room that allows you to explore your creative side through some of the many craft or gift making type of projects you enjoy. Even if you just had a hobby that you like to explore wouldn’t it be great to have a room in your home dedicated just to that? To accomplish this goal it might mean making clearing out the junk you’re keeping in storage in your spare room. That’s easy to handle especially when you can call upon professional Oakland Junk Haulers like Junk King to do the deed. The bigger question will be what your arts and craft room is going to look like?
How you design this arts and craft or hobby room will depend on exactly what you want to accomplish. There are some model train enthusiasts who convert a spare room into their own miniature world which is constantly changed and updated. Someone who likes to work with pottery can set up a spinning wheel and even find a small kiln to fire up their creations with. Naturally, there’s nothing wrong with turning his room into a kind of tinkering space. All you really need for that is a workbench and some tools which will allow any DIY builder the space to take apart and put back together all kinds of gadgets.
You might even have the opportunity to surprise someone you’re living with by converting a spare room into an arts and crafts studio as a present for them. This could certainly be a welcomed holiday gift. You’re essentially giving someone a space all to their own that is quiet and allows them to focus on their hobby. It really wouldn’t take much effort to get this together. You can hire Junk King to show up on a specific day to “sneak” into the house and take away all the junk that’s crammed into that spare room. Once the clutter is cleared out you can get to work setting up that space to make a perfect hobby room for your loved one. All you really need to do is make sure they stay out of the room until you’re ready for the unveiling!
If you embrace the concept of hiring pro Oakland Haulers to clear out one room then you could use that same appointment to get rid of a lot of other junk that might be taking up space in closets, basements, attics and garages. In fact, you don’t need a second bedroom to convert into a hobby space if you have a garage or basement or attic that can accommodate that same purpose. It all comes down to a question of junk: are you ready to get rid of your junk?
There is a lot we need to do to get ready for the holidays but if you work in office one thing that will be on the schedule could be the annual Christmas party. An office Christmas party is a tradition that has been around as long as there have been offices. Just as long as there have been these Christmas parties there have also been legendary stories of coworkers enjoying too much eggnog which leads to some embarrassing situations that go down in the annals of office history. If this is the first Christmas party you’ll be going to at your Oakland office there are some things to keep in mind to make sure you do not become the stuff of office legend.
First and foremost, you need to embrace the simple fact that you have to make an appearance at your office Christmas party. Whatever you think of your bosses, the mere fact that a party is being thrown for the office means they are putting forth a little effort. You should respond in kind by graciously making an appearance. Think of it as an extension of office business. Because of that, you need to dress appropriately. This might not be a factor if the party is being thrown right after work hours. However, if a special venue has been set up for Saturday night that doesn’t give you license to dress like you would going to a club. You still want to appear as professional as possible. This could mean just avoiding outfits that are too short, too tight, or too transparent.
A holiday office party is supposed to be a festive party. This means leaving your sour work attitude at the door. In fact, this could also be a perfect opportunity for you to bury the hatchet with any coworker who you might have had an issue with throughout the year. Once at the party you will be encouraged to have a good time and for some people that means having a few drinks. This is usually where all the trouble starts! A cocktail at two shouldn’t set off any alarms. However, if you find yourself wavering and drinking more than you should it might be time to call a cab and get out of their before something goes awry.
If your office Christmas party is actually being thrown in the office than there is going to be a bit of a cleanup that’s likely to happen afterwards. What might not be so obvious is the cleanup that should occur before the office Christmas party. This will mean getting rid of all the junk that has been taking up valuable space in the Oakland office that you work in. You or your manager can easily accomplish this by bringing in some outside help in the form of professional junk haulers like Junk King Oakland. This pro hauling crews is well versed with carting off large and bulky items. They’ll also have a big enough truck to facilitate the removal of your office junk in just one trip. Even if it’s not your job responsibility, you could score some major points by suggesting a professional cleanup crew. What a perfect way to end the year!
There is one way to make sure your teenage kids stay safe this Halloween: Let them throw a party in your Oakland home. Before you freak out at the prospect, this can actually be a great learning and bonding experience. Plus, if all goes according to plan it should be a lot of fun. First, you’ll want to lay down some ground rules. Determine who is going to be responsible for what and put it in writing. This way there shouldn’t be any confusion as the party approaches.
The first phase of your teen’s Halloween party should be the planning. How many friends do they want to invite. Whatever number they tell you, factor in at least 10 to 15 more as word spreads. You also have to set out the times for the party. This should go on the invitations and will be important facts for other parents to know. Then there is the budget to consider. While you’ll probably be funding this gathering that doesn’t mean your teen should begin spending away. Set a budget and make sure they work within that budget.
One way to make this party unique is to set a theme. Yes, it’s Halloween but that doesn’t mean it can’t be specific. For instance, you could have an all zombie party or an all superhero party. By providing a theme, it helps the guests figure out what to wear. And for those party poopers who show up without a costume, have a few selections on hand for them to slip into. That will teach them! Don’t forget, if you are chaperoning then you should also get into the spirit with your own costume. Just try not to embarrass your teen with your choice (good luck with that!).
For food choices, you can keep it simple with the classic teen fare of hot dogs or pizzas. Of course, there should also be plenty of Halloween candy on hand to satisfy any trick or treat flashbacks. Depending on the size of your home, you might want to secure areas of your home from wandering teens. This can be easily accomplished and stay within the theme by draping spider webs across any door you don’t want crossed. One quick glance will show you right away if the webs were disturbed.
Another important aspect of the party planning is to make sure your teen is going to be on hand for the cleanup both before and after. You can aid in this task by having a professional Oakland junk hauling team like Junk King Alameda on call to clear out the clutter. This might also be the perfect time to finally clean up that disaster area known as your teen’s bedroom. Knowing that a junk hauler is going to be pulling up with a truck is a perfect motivator. If this clean up is part of the ground rules you put in writing then there should be no griping!
Ever since humans first crawled out of a cave and into a thatched hut, they have been finding ways to improve their home décor. Perhaps that is stretching the analogy a bit, but our homes are a reflection of our personalities. You can tell a lot about a person by the décor in their home. If they are world travelers then there might be plenty of artifacts brought back from faraway places. If they are a bit fastidious then there won’t be a throw pillow out of place. And you’ll certainly be able to tell when a baby has come into a home; they have a way of taking over! If you are looking for ways to improve your own home décor in Oakland consider these five tips:
More Photographs: With all the new handheld devices, taking pictures has never been easier but that shouldn’t mean you stop printing out those pictures and hanging them up. Hanging photos of friends and special events gives any home a warm and cozy feeling. You can improve the décor by picking out distinctive frames and placing them in unique patterns along a wall or hallway. You might even want to dig into the old scrapbooks and see what family photos could be hung up to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Add Accents: Minimalism is a style that calls for reducing furnishings to the bare essentials. That’s look that many folks find pleasing. However, going too minimalistic could present a cold atmosphere. A few well placed accents like pillows, throws, or small sculptures can be just what a room needs to elevate its personality.
Consider Mirrors: Adding mirrors to any wall can give the illusion of creating more space. Just as with your photographs, you can also add a touch of flair to those mirrors by placing them within decorative frames. These can either be classic antiques or custom frames that blend in with the rest of your décor.
Fresh Paint: It’s amazing how something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can uplift any room and turn it from dull to vibrant in a snap. As long as you’re considering a fresh paint job you might decide to go bold with your choice of color. There is no need to stick with white walls (unless that is your thing). Do yourself a favor and spend some time considering the possibilities of paint choices as your local paint store. You’ll be amazed at all the choices you have.
Clear Out the Clutter: Finally, a positive way to improve your home décor is to make sure your home is free of clutter. This can easily be accomplished by calling upon the professional services of a dedicated team of junk haulers like Junk King Alameda. This crew can show up on the schedule day and take away all you unwanted furniture, rugs, boxes and other debris you’ve accumulated over the years. Once that clutter is gone, you’ll finally be free to turn your home into the kind of space you’ve always wanted it to be.
If you have reached the important decision to go out shopping for a new mattress then you will be presented with many options. You might want to stick with the same size bed that you’re sleeping on now but there’s no reason why you can’t upgrade to the next level. This would be especially true if you’re lucky enough to be sharing a bed with someone and have found that there is just not enough room for two! Among the sizes you’ll be able to pick from are the standard twin, the twin long, the double, the full and the Queen. There are also two types of king-size mattresses to select from: the Eastern King and the California King. If you’ve never had the simple pleasure of sleeping on the king-size mattress you really don’t know what you’re missing!
The King mattress is 76 inches wide and puts it at around 18 inches wider than your normal queen size bed. This allows each person 38 inches of elbow room. That’s about the same as you would get twin beds together. In fact most King mattresses come with twin box springs that make it easier to deliver. That’s because you can bend the mattress around the doorframe you can’t bend a box spring!
The California King is the same width as the Eastern King but it’s longer by about 4 inches. This is a great choice for people who are six tall or taller and also comes with twin box springs. It might seem like a bit of access to sleep on your own in a King size mattress but you certainly can’t complain about running out of space with a King mattress. Even with all that extra space you’ll still be able to “meet in the middle” if you so desire.
Before making the switch from a Queen to a King you need to make sure your bedroom can accommodate the extra space. This means it’s time to break out the tape measure. Although the rest of your bedroom furniture can still be part of the room you will definitely have to replace any headboard you have.
Additionally, you need to make arrangements to have your old mattress taken away. While it is true that some mattress companies offer mattress removal that is not something you can always guarantee will happen. If you hire an experienced mattress removal crew like Junk King Oakland then you can depend on them to get the job done. The other benefit is that this same crew probably will be able to remove some other junk items from your home during the same appointment. That is definitely something you won’t be able to accomplish with your mattress delivery guys.
This could mean you have the perfect opportunity to not only get rid of your old mattress but also get rid of some old furniture, electronic waste, garbage and other clutter that might be taking up space. You’ll get a good night sleep and have more room in your closets!
School’s out which means the neighbors will soon be teeming with kids looking for things to do. Recently, a group of youngsters from East Bay took a bus trip up to Sacramento to champion a high-quality summer program for low-income neighborhoods. This is actually a very serious issue facing kids and is called the “summer slide.” A study has found that for kids who take the summer off from being engaged in learning tend to drift further away from developing the skills they’ll need when they return to school. This doesn’t mean that kids should stay in school year round (although some parents might like that!). Instead, they should be given the opportunity to enroll in programs that bring them structure and fun activity like sports, reading and field trips.
That’s just what those East Bay kids were doing as they toured the capital and got to ask lawmakers what their favorite summers were when they were kids. Everyone has a fond memory of vacations by the beach or up in the mountains. Maybe it was a cross country trip with the whole family packed into a RV. Whatever the memory, summer is definitely a time for kids to be outdoors engaged in all kinds of fun. The goal is to have a safe summer. Every 4th of July we’re reminded of the dangers of playing with fireworks with displays of department store mannequins getting blown up by firecrackers. However, there is another danger that could be found around neighborhoods in the form of abandoned refrigerators.
All it takes is one tragedy to release how crucial it is to properly dispose of your old refrigerators. Even putting an old fridge in your garage isn’t 100% full proof. There is simply no telling what kind of exploration a kid will get into over the summer. And don’t try saying, “Stay out of the garage.” That’s just an open invitation to go there! The best course of action would be to hire a professional hauling company like Junk King to take away that refrigerator and dispose of it properly. Not only can you rest assured that you’re unused appliance won’t cause any harm; you’ll actually be in compliance with the law.
If you decide to keep that fridge then you either have to remove the door or padlock it. Taking off the door is easy but then you’ve got the door and the fridge sitting there collecting dust and rust. The padlock option is viable but the bigger question is why are you going to hold onto something that you’ll never use again? Do you really want to waste the storage space? One call and you can have the icebox taken away. And while you’re at it, you might also find several move large items worthy of the trash heap. Just because the junk haulers are taking away your fridge doesn’t mean they can’t also take away all your other trash!
An end of an era has hit Oakland. That would be the actual end of the last World War II-era military hospital in California, the Oak Knoll U.S. Naval Medical Center. It has been targeted for implosion. This is the last building standing from the original 167 acre medical complex in Oakland. In its heyday, this center was home to military barracks, stores and administration buildings along with the hospital. It’s going to take 800 pounds of dynamite to bring down this building and then the real clean-up can begin.
Imagine for a moment, if you were put in charge of that cleanup. First of all, this building was officially decommissioned 15 years ago. That meant it was probably stripped to its bare bones. All the hospital files, furniture and equipment would have been long gone. Anything else of value like lighting fixtures, sconces, copper pipes or scrap metal would have also been pulled out. Basically, what you would be left with would be tons of concrete, wood, rebar and glass. Not exactly the most “friendly” pile of garbage. It’s also probably going to take months to haul away all that garbage dump truck by dump truck.
What would happen if you had to decommission your Oakland home? Perhaps that’s a drastic question to ask, but you’ve probably got some big items in your house that you could do without; specifically some old furniture. The number one reason why people hang on to their old furniture is that they don’t have any viable way of getting rid of it. That has changed thanks to the emergence of your local Oakland based furniture pickup crew – Junk King. These are experienced haulers who have the muscle and the trucks to take away any large furniture item in your home that has seen better days. You don’t have to wait any longer to get rid of something that is an eyesore.
Having a professional team of haulers take away your furniture is a much better choice than dragging that sofa or easy chair out to the curb and hope it will magically disappear. The big problem with that option is that the furniture ends up getting wet, moldy and disgusting forcing the city to take out time from providing other services to pickup that sofa. Before that it’s just a plain hazard. Also consider that you could actually be fined for illegally dumping that furniture on the street. Yes, there are laws on the books in Oakland that target folks who want to make streets their own dumping ground.
The other benefit with hiring a professional company like Junk King to handle your furniture pickup is that you’ll know who you’re inviting into your home. You really don’t want to take a risk with day laborers. To schedule an Oakland Furniture Pickup appointment today simply call 1-888-888-JUNK or book a free on site estimate online.
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