Monthly Archives: February 2018

Smart Ways To Motivate Your Family To Clean

When it comes to messes around the house, do you have a single worst offender or does the entire family equally create clutter? It is ironic that the same amount of effort exerted to dropping a backpack on the floor could be used to put that backpack in a bedroom. That’s true for shoes, coats, hats and the rest of items you’re family leaves in a trail. Maybe it is time to switch up your game to find a better way to motivate your family to clean. Here are some ideas to consider:

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Make Them Understand

There is a chain reaction for not cleaning that you should make your kids aware of. If you’re the one doing the cleaning, then that means less time you can spend with those kids. It also means you get aggravated which leads to stress. That isn’t good for anyone in the house.

What about not finding things? How much time is wasted looking for a particular outfit or toy? If those things were put back where they belong, then everyone would know where to find them. Simple.

Provide Incentives

You are motivated to go to work because you know at the end of the week, you’ll be getting a paycheck. It is understandable that your kids could benefit from the same kind of incentive based motivation. Yes, you can give them an allowance in exchange for doing chores but there are other ways to get them excited about cleaning. Maybe there is a movie they want to go see or a favorite restaurant they want to order dinner from. Those are all things that can show your appreciation for a job well done.

Make It a Competition

If you have more than one child, then you have fierce competitors. You can turn cleaning into a competition. Set a timer and tell them they have five minutes to pick up the stuff in their room. Just watch how fast they spring into action.

Once you get your kids motivated to clean, they should stay in the habit. You can offer assistance for the big junk removal by bringing in Junk King Boston. These are the pro junk haulers who can help get rid of old furniture, boxes of clothes and any other big clutter item you can’t toss in the trash. Your family will appreciate living in a junk free home thanks to Junk King Boston. That’s great motivation.

Hobby Ideas For Fun And Profit

A vast majority of successful small business owners will tell you that they got started with a hobby. That is true for bakers, stamp collectors and florists. It can also be true for you. There are a lot of hobby ideas that can start out as a fun way to fill up a weekend but can soon turn into a decent small business. What you make as your hobby can be sold online, at flea markets or even on consignment. Here are some of those hobby ideas you might want to take up.

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Decoupage

Decoupage is a process whereby you give a bland box a makeover. You can also decoupage Christmas tree ornaments, suitcases and just about anything else that glue will stick to. As for what you’re using for the decoupage, that is totally up to you. Old magazines are a great source material. So are postcards, newspapers and paper tissue. What you use for decoupage should be inexpensive. As for the object, any old hat box, shoebox, jewelry box or small container will work. All of these projects make unique gift ideas.

Calendar Making

Custom calendars are terrific ideas for the family. You can use all those photos you’ve been taking at parties and gatherings over the last year. As for the templates, you’ll find plenty of free ones on the computer. Cut, paste and print. Then take the pages to a copy story for professional binding. In no time at all, you’ve got one of a kind calendars. You can turn this into a small business by having your friends send you their photos.

Making Cards

Hallmark doesn’t have to be the only company to buy greeting cards from. You can take your artistic skills and craft handmade cards for any occasion. Think of all the fonts you have at your disposal on your computer. Find a poem or passage, print it out and apply it to the card. There are dozens of variations you can adapt for your cards.

Working at a crafting hobby requires some room in the house. You don’t want to set up on the kitchen table. Instead, you should have a dedicated space where you can keep all your supplies and work uninterrupted. To help set up that space, call on Junk King Boston. You’ll get a fast moving crew who can go through every room in your home to pull out the things you need to get rid of. To set up your hobby space, bring in Junk King Boston for some serious decluttering action.

Middlesex Dumpsters for Rent: Where to Start

If you are researching dumpsters for rent in Middlesex County, you’ll probably find that you have quite a few options. With so many different companies to choose from, it can be daunting to pick the “right” service for your needs. How do you start to narrow down the possible providers and zeroing in on an ideal rental? Should you just pick one out of a hat? Or should you do a deep dive and start doing some research? This blog post will help you answer these questions and others, with the goal of helping you pick the right dumpster service in Middlesex.

Doing Your Homework

Dumpsters for RentThe most important thing to remember when choosing a company that offers dumpsters for rent is that no two companies are the same. A dumpster rental is a deceptively simple service. Sure, the basics of the job are the same no matter the company you choose. You rent a dumpster, they drop off a bin, you fill it, and they pick it up. Done. However, there are a range of complicating factors—from bin size to price and beyond—that can determine whether a service is a good fit or not.

In other words, you will always want to do your homework before picking a dumpster rental company.

Asking the Right Questions

The first step to the “homework” process isn’t even research. Instead, the first thing you should do is set aside some time for self-reflection. To figure out which service is best for your situation, you need to decide what your situation requires. Here are some questions to ask yourself, to help orient your search:

  • Why are you renting a dumpster? What does your project entail? Are you doing a standard spring cleaning? Preparing for a move? Renovating? The size, scope, and nature of your project will affect what type of dumpster you need, how big it needs to be, and how long you need it for—among other things.

  • What kind of waste do you have? What do you plan on tossing in your bin? Paper waste? Standard household junk? Old furniture? TVs? Appliances? If you have a bunch of big items, you will want a dumpster big enough to fit them. More than that, though, you need to know what types of waste you have because some companies don’t let you put certain items in their dumpsters. For instance, it’s not at all unusual for dumpster rental companies to prohibit electronic waste. If you have a dozen old TVs you need to get rid of; you want to make sure you find a service whose dumpsters for rent allow for e-waste.

  • How much stuff do you have? A full-house cleanout is probably going to produce more junk than a garage cleanout. Do a walkthrough of your home or business and try to get a sense of how much stuff you’ll be putting in your dumpster. Many companies offer dumpsters of various sizes, and you don’t want to rent a bin that is too small (or too big) for your project.

  • Are you worried about being sustainable? Some dumpster rental companies have made a concentrated effort to “go green.” Others are less concerned with sustainability. If you are renting a dumpster for a big office move and your business operates on a platform that includes sustainability and environmental care, you are probably going to want to find a green dumpster rental service.

  • What is your budget? Dumpster rental prices will vary from place to place. Of course, different factors can impact the rate, including the size of the dumpster and how long you expect your project to last. Still, it’s not a bad idea to have a budget target you want to hit. That way, you can shop around and make price comparisons for different companies that offer dumpsters for rent.

Answering these questions will give you a rough sketch of the dumpster rental service agreement you want. From there, all you need to do is find a company that can give it to you!

Finding the Right Answers

The bad news is that researching different dumpster rental companies is going to take some time. You will probably want to set aside a few hours to sit down, look up different businesses online, and call around for quotes.

The good news is that, by creating a general profile of the type of dumpster rental service you need, you’ve made things a lot easier on yourself. If you need to be able to dispose of computers or stereo equipment in your dumpster, you can start Googling around for Middlesex dumpster rental services that allow E-waste. If you want a company that cares about sustainability, you might search “green dumpster rentals Middlesex.” You have the keywords you need, so use them.

As you research, you should be able to identify a few companies as finalists (while also crossing a few others off your list). Along the way, take note of things that make different dumpster rental companies unique. For instance, if you aren’t sure what size of dumpster rental you need, you might choose a company that bills you not for the size of dumpster you rent, but for the amount of space you use. These kinds of perks will help you make your ultimate decision when the time comes to do so.

Price Transparency: Why It Matters

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of bin rental companies to three or four companies, start making phone calls. You want to know 1) if the companies in question have rental bins available when you need them, and 2) how much it would cost to rent a container for the duration of your project.

As you make these calls and speak with representatives, take note of how they approach pricing. Do they bill flat rates according to bin size? This practice is common but can be risky if you don’t have a good idea of how much space you will use. If they are billing according to a flat rate system, are they willing to lock those rates in for you? If not, you could end up with hidden fees or unexpected expenses when your invoice comes.

The more transparent and upfront companies are about pricing, the better. You want a company that promises not to hit you with hidden fees and that offers you a firm price estimate (or at least a price range). If you are working with a company that bills based on the amount of dumpster space you use, getting an estimate can be tougher, so pay attention to how they quote. Ideally, someone will come to your premises and provide an on-site estimate. A business that is willing to provide this type of service (for free, and without obligation) is one you can trust.

Setting up Your Dumpsters for Rent

When you’ve finally decided which dumpster rental company you want to work with, make plans! You’ll need to set up specific dates and times for delivery and pickup. Of course, you’ll need to be on hand for both the delivery and the pickup, so mark the dates on your calendar. Most “dumpsters for rent” companies will have their drivers give you a call before a drop-off or pickup, to confirm the time and make sure you are good to go. Still, it’s always better to prepare ahead of time. That way, you can get your cleaning or renovation project the moment the dumpster arrives.

We invite you to investigate our Junk King Sarasota dumpster service by dropping a line at (941) 256-0044 – we’ll help you pick the right solution. Contact us for more information.