Family Spring Break Fun In Monterey

Monterey is one of those California destinations that folks can’t seem to get enough of. If they vacation here once, they’ll keep coming back. That’s good for the local economy for sure. It also means as residents, you’re living in an amazing community even if you don’t take full advantage of all it has to offer. This spring break you should visit all those places in Monterey that makes it so special. Here are few to put on your list:

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

It stands to reason that a place so close to the ocean would have one of the world’s top aquariums. Here kids can have fun with the touch pools and watching the daily feedings. There are plenty of hungry sea otters and penguins looking for a snack. There’s also a serene jellyfish exhibit and big window where you can get lost watching waves crash in from the ocean.

Dennis the Menace Playground

This park has been named one of the best parks in the entire country. High praise that is well earned. There are multiple play structures for kids of all ages can climb around. This is a terrific spot for a family picnic and for getting the kids tired!

Monterey Zoo

Your spring break exploration of animal life can continue at the Monterey Zoo. This is home to many former animal stars who have retired from Hollywood and are just enjoying life. You can stroll the grounds on your own or take one of the informative guided tours.

Whale Watching Tours

These tours are seasonal but they are worth investigating. It means a trip out on the ocean and chance to get close to whales. Really close. Just be sure to dress warmly even on a spring day. It can get chilly on the ocean.

The best way to enjoy spring break is to take care of things at home first. That means tackling those projects you’ve been putting off like clearing out the rubbish from your garage or closets. When you hire Junk King Monterey, you can take care of that chore and still have plenty of time left to enjoy spring break. The amount of time it takes to decide what you want tossed out is all the time you need. Once Junk King shows up, they’ll work fast to get everything load. Start this spring break in a junk free home thanks to a little help from Junk King Monterey.

 

Smart Ways To Buy A New Car

You might be anticipating that buying a new car is going to be a very stressful and time consuming affair. The thought of negotiating with a car salesperson who you think is going to rip you off might just have you avoiding the situation all together. You can avoid a lot of that stress by taking care of some of the prep work first. You’ll still need to devote time to test driving a few cars so you can get a feel for them but there are smart ways to buy a new car that will make it less of a hassle.

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Prequalify

The first step is to work out your budget. Just how much can you spend on monthly payments and insurance? It will help you talk to your insurance agent to find out if your premiums will go up at all. Next, go to your credit union or bank and see if you can prequalify for a loan. You will probably get a much better rate than you would at a dealer. Plus, all the paperwork will be done and you’ll know exactly what the range is for what you can spend.

Research Cars

Before you head to the dealer, you should narrow down your choices. Today, many dealers carry a variety of models from several different car companies. That might mean focusing your attention on one dealership. You’ll find everything to need to know about a car and it’s features online.

Researching cars is also researching the price for those cars. There is the cost to the dealer and the suggested cost. The final price can be somewhere in between. Many car manufacturers allow you to “build” you own car by adding all the features you want. This might not be where you will buy the car from but it can show you what it will cost.

Get Email Quotes

Armed with the information of the make and model of the car you’re considering, you can go contact dealerships online and ask for quotes. This is a good way to start the ball rolling and get a lot of negotiating out of the way. They will be doing all they can to get you to come out to their dealership and getting a quote you like in writing is a good motivator.

Get Your Garage Ready

The good news is that after all of this hard work, you’ll be coming home with a new car. The bad news is that your garage might not be ready. One call to Junk King Monterey can take care of that. You decide which things you want hauled away from your garage and the Junk King crew will swiftly make that happen. The smart way to get your garage ready for a new car is to let Junk King Monterey clear out the rubbish first.

Smart Ways To Organize A Kitchen

Do you spend a lot of time looking for things in your kitchen? It’s not just about finding the perfect snack but the perfect utensil or pot needed for whatever you’re cooking. Often when you do find that item, it is buried under a lot of other utensils or pots which means rearranging everything to get to what you need. A better approach would be to organize your kitchen. Here are some smarts ways to get that accomplished.

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Store Food in the Fridge Properly

Did you know that you should keep your dairy on the upper shelf of your fridge? That’s’ because the temperatures are the most constant. Your meat should always go on the bottom in case there is any accidental leakage. Much easier to clean up one shelf than all the shelves. Take the time to clear out all the expired foods and old condiments. Once everything is cleaned out, get into the habit of grouping things together on inside shelf doors. You can also use plastic containers as a kind of makeshift drawer. It is easy to slide out the container to find a jar than constantly rearranging those jars.

Maximize Pantry Space

Some kitchens have separate pantry rooms while others utilize pantry cabinets. In either scenario, you want to make things easy to reach and find. You can incorporate Lazy Susans and more clear storage containers to hold all your canned goods, spices and packages. The back a pantry door is a good spot for one of those over-the-door shoe holders. Those can now hold favorite family snacks, seasoning mixes and a lot more.

Create Kitchen Work Zones

When creating a work zone for the kitchen think triangle. The three points are fridge, oven and sink. Keeping what you need to cook close to those zones will help with the process. You don’t want dishes near the stove or pots next to the sink. The ultimate goal would be able to get what you need blindfolded!

Remove Clutter

As you go through your cabinets and drawers to organize, you’ll be tossing out a lot of clutter. However, there might be some items you don’t want to throw in the trash or they won’t fit in the trash. That is when to call in Junk King Monterey. Everything Junk King collects has a chance to get dropped off at a charity. That means your things won’t be wasted. You can take full advantage of the Junk King crew to get rid of all the rest of your unwanted clutter in the same trip. One junk clearing session with Junk King Monterey will help get your kitchen organized and home empty of clutter.

Will Your Garden Be Ready For Spring?

Part of what makes Monterey such a great place to live is the pride that homeowners take in their property. You can see that pride on full display outside starting with the gardens. Whether you’re planting in the front yard or back, there is some prep work you need to do to get your garden ready for spring. Here’s what needs to happen:

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Collect Rain Fall

Rain is always an issue in California. There is a lot all at once and then long periods of dry spells. That mean you need to do the extra watering for your garden. Those efforts can be helped by collecting rainwater. A barrel can be position under your rainspout to collect gallons after every storm. That water will go a long way towards keeping your garden fed all spring long.

Fix Stakes and Trellis

Part of your garden might involve stakes and trellis. Now is the time to make sure those items have survived the winter and are ready to be put to use again. This is also a good time to move those things around if you want to reconfigure your garden area.

Clean Gardening Tools

Tools matter even in gardening. You want to make sure your garden tools are sharp and clean for the season. If they are rusty, then you might want to think about replacing them. Whatever is on the tools could make its way into your garden.

Create a Composting Area

Seasoned gardeners know the value of a compost area. This can be set up in a small bin or as a separate plot of your garden. Once it is set up, the compost area is a great spot for any organic waste from your kitchen and your actual garden. The goal is to keep the compost aerated. Before long, you’ll have nutrient rich fertilizer that your entire garden will benefit from.

Getting your garden ready for spring might require some heavy lifting. That is a job best left to Junk King Monterey. You can utilize the Junk King crew to remove all kinds of backyard rubbish old grills and patio furniture. They can even haul off a swing set or hot tub. Think of the gardening space you can reclaim once those things are gone. Let a rubbish hauling session from Junk King Monterey help you get your garden ready for spring.

Junk Hauling That Matters

There are probably a half a dozen items in your home that you’d like to get rid of. These objects can range in size or weight but what they all have in common is that they can’t go into a trashcan. It stands to reason that if you have something to get rid of you should just be able to give it to the weekly garbage collectors. Unfortunately, things don’t work that easily. The city isn’t inclined to pick up bulk items at random. Even when you do schedule a pickup, there are all kinds of restrictions. The least of these is the fact that you have to drag whatever you want take away down to the curb. That’s not always practical. A much better approach to this type of job is to hire a professional company that will be dedicated to providing you with quality junk removal services on your terms. For junk hauling that matters, you can always rely on Junk King Monterey.

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Junk King has been hauling rubbish from homes and businesses since 2005. They know how important it is to provide this type of service around a customer’s schedule. If you know exactly what you want removed, you could call Junk King first thing in the morning and have a pickup later that afternoon. If you need more time to sort through boxes in your garage or shelves in your closet, then you can lock down your appointment for Saturday morning.

When deciding what you want to get rid of you have to factor in the moving. No, you won’t have to move anything down to the curb. Instead, you’ll have a pair of movers at your disposal. This team will be able to lift and load just about anything you want to get rid of in your home. Don’t hesitate getting rid of a piece of heavy exercise equipment that is no longer being used or leftover pavers from a landscaping makeover. You’ll never be charged by the pound with Junk King. That makes this type of service very cost effective. For junk hauling and rubbish removal that matters, Junk King Monterey is the best option in town.

Make Smart Home Improvement Decisions

The money you invest in a home improvement project will be directly tied into your home’s value. That will come into play when you reach the point where you want to sell you home. Before that, you might refinance a mortgage and smart home improvement projects will help with the appraisal. Here are some home improvement projects that provide a decent return on your investment.

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Bonus Room Updates

A bonus room is that area in your home that you’ve upgraded from its original condition. Maybe you finished the basement to make it into a family room. You could have converted your attic into a guest bedroom. Even a screened in deck on your patio would be considered a bonus room. Those are all going to be great selling features. Anytime you can add a bedroom or any room, you’ll be able to boost your home’s value.

Living Room Updates

Remember that the home improvements you make need to be the things you would “leave behind.” You can buy new furniture to make your living room nicer but you’ll be taking that furniture with you. However, you could redo the floors or replace carpeting, add crown molding and upgrade electrical outlets. Those are the kinds of details that won’t cost a lot but can ultimately provide a solid return on your investment.

Bedroom Updates

Again, think about what you’re going to leave behind. In the bedroom, you might opt for replacing lighting with dimmers or adding a ceiling fan. Here you might also consider redoing the floors as part of the improvement. If you can upgrade you closets with better storage shelving, then that could be very attractive to prospective buyers.

All of the improvements suggested above are minor fixes. You can also go for the bigger projects like a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Before diving into those, talk to a realtor to find out what is popular with the buyers.

Of course, one of the easiest home improvement projects you can undertake is to get rid of all the rubbish that is cluttering up cabinets, closets, the garage and attic. Do you really need all the stuff you’re holding onto? Junk King Monterey can help with that clean up. It will only take one appointment with Junk King Monterey to haul away all the stuff that is cluttering up your home. That is an improvement project that is always worth making.

Game Changing New Year’s Resolutions

Any New Year’s resolution is meant to transform your life for the better. There is nothing wrong with aiming high with your resolutions. The goal is to stay motivated and consistent. It also helps to be realistic about your resolutions. Here are some game changing New Year’s resolutions you can start today:

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Reduce Stress

How many times do you feel like you’re under stress? Pressure could be coming at you from all kinds of angles between work and family. The challenge for this resolution is to find a way to make that stress diminish. If you feel pressure from work, then try coming in an hour earlier a few times each week. It’s amazing what you can get done when no one else is around. At home, you can reduce stress by addressing problems head on instead of letting them simmer. Take the time to have fun nights where the focus is on the family.

Get More Quality Sleep

We all have certain “wind down” routines that help us get ready for bed. However, some of these routines might be working against you. If you get under the covers and use that time to go onto social media and enter into debates, then you’re not going to get any rest. The same thing can happen if you try to fall asleep with the television set on. No light. Comfortable mattress. Cool temperature. That’s the way for more quality sleep. Social media can wait until the morning.

Read More, Watch Less

What was the last good book you read? If you’re an avid reader, then you’ve found time in your schedule to enrich yourself through literature. Maybe you were once an avid reader but now the days have gotten away from you. Time to get back to those books. It might help to watch a bit less TV. Thanks to DVRs, you can record your favorite program and watch it later. Take that extra hour to crack open a book or magazine.

Get Rid of Clutter

Along with getting into shape, many folks put “getting organized” on the top of their New Year’s resolutions list. That is a very good goal but it’s not just your desk at work that needs to be organized. You can conduct a top to bottom review of your home to get every room, drawer, cabinet and closet better organized. Part of that will mean getting rid of a lot of clutter. That’s where Junk King Monterey comes into play. The team of movers assigned to your appointment can do a quick sweep through your entire home picking up unwanted items from every room. Size and weight don’t matter with Junk King. If getting rid of clutter is one of your New Year’s resolutions, the Junk King Monterey is the company that can make it happen.

Senior Proof Your Home The Right Way

Getting a home ready for seniors is a lot like getting a home ready for a toddler. There are a lot of potential hazards for both groups that might not be obvious. The best approach to take is to inspect those areas in the home with a “worst case scenario” perspective. Whatever the worst thing you can imagine happening, try to stop it from happening. Consider these tips to senior proof your home:

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For the Bathroom

Water and floors are a bad combination. Anytime you run a shower or bath you run the risk of a slip. That is why the tub and the floors need to have non-slip mats. It also helps to have grip bars to assist getting in and out of the tub.

For the Living Room

Living rooms will often be filled with a lot of tables, chairs, ottomans and cords. These all need to be reevaluated. Is there a clear path from one room to the next? What about from the TV to the sofa? Any piece of furniture that is low to the ground could become a tripping hazard. The same can be said for throw rugs that aren’t properly secured to the floor. Although it might seem convenient to run electric cords under the rug, those can actually be another potential tripping hazard.

It is also important to replace any piece of furniture that is wobbly. Remember, getting up and down from a sofa and chair requires strong armrests. You should always inspect those for any damage.

For the Hallways and Stairs

The pathways around the entire house also need to be inspected for any lose rugs, cords or other potential tripping hazards. This is the time to get rid of all the clutter from stacks of magazines to unused furniture. A call to Junk King Monterey can help with this task. A junk removal session with this company will be staffed by two strong and friendly movers. This is the team that is going to do all the heavy lifting for you. That includes carrying anything down from upstairs. That is going to make a huge difference around the house. If you want to senior proof your home, then you’ll want to hire Junk King Monterey today.

How To Make Your Guestroom Holiday Ready

Preparations for the holidays are kicking into high gear. Do you even remember Thanksgiving at this point? It is time to focus on all the coming and goings that will be happening in the next few weeks. Top priority: Get your guestroom holiday ready for out of town visitors. That is easy to accomplish with a few simple tasks:

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Check the Mattress

The last time someone slept in the guestroom bed was probably the last time you had overnight guests. It’s not as if you take naps in there when you’re bed is available. It might have been an entire year since you changed the sheets from the last visit. That means it is time to strip the bed and get freshly laundered sheets, pillowcases and blankets on that bed. Double-check the pillows to make sure they’re still fluffy.

Clear Out the Closet

Your out of town guests will need some space in the closet and/or guestroom dresser. This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of outfits you’re never going to wear again. Just think of how much more room you’ll have when you’ve gone through everything.

Stock the Fridge

Check in with your out of town visitor to see what preferences they might have regarding drinks and snacks. That is especially true for the morning. Are they a coffee person or a tea person? You can even set up a mini coffee station in the kitchen with all the things they would need in the morning for a fresh cup of java.

Remove the Rubbish

Since the last time you had guests a year ago, that guestroom could have become filled up with a lot of “cast offs” from around the house. This is usually where things like old chairs, TVs and other storage items end up. You don’t want your guest sleeping in a room full of junk. Sounds like a big job but it’s not when you hire Junk King Monterey. The two-man crew assigned to your junk removal session can swoop in and clear out that guestroom in no time at all. They can also gather up all the discarded clothing items from the closet. Junk King can drop off all of that stuff at a local charity. Getting your guestroom ready begins with a call to Junk King Monterey.

Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

At times, it seems like getting your home ready for the holidays could be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you take an organized and methodical approach to prepping your home and then it won’t seem to be too big of a job. The goal is to do a little bit each day in the coming week and then you’ll be decked out in time for Christmas. Here’s what you should consider:

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Light Up Your Doorways

If you expect a lot of visitors over the holidays, then you’ll want to make sure your doorways are well lit. Not only should you make sure you’re swapping out the old incandescent bulbs for warm LED bulbs but also make sure your Christmas lights are secured. You don’t want them blowing off in the wind.

Inspect Your Appliances

This is the time of year that you want to make sure everything in your kitchen is in working order. There is going to be a lot of baking and cooking coming up the following weeks and you don’t want anything breaking down. Of course, an appliance that isn’t working or one that’s missing is a perfect excuse to make a special request of Santa. You might also want to think about buying a separate freezer. This is a smart investment given how much you can stock in there and not just during the holidays. A backup freezer can be placed in the garage without taking up a lot of room. You’ll find yourself buying a lot more in bulk this way and that’s a good thing.

Fireproof Your Home

If you have a fireplace, then you should make sure you have your annual fireplace clean up. Getting your hearth and chimney inspected by a pro is a good way to prevent accidents. But it is not just a fireplace that you need to be aware of. Make sure if you light a candle that you put it out before leaving the room. You don’t want those burning overnight. Hopefully, you swapped out your smoke alarm batteries at the last daylight saving time. If not, then add that to your list.

Get Rid Of Rubbish

Before you put up one sprig of Holly or string one strand of lights you want to make sure that all the rubbish is removed from your home. Even though you might not be decorating your garage with the inside of your closets, it’s going to help to clear out that clutter and make more room for other things. To get that job done you only have to hire Junk King Monterey. These are the junk removal pros who can remove all kinds of furniture, appliances, electronics and other household goods. Make sure your home is merry and bright for the holidays by getting rid of the junk first. Junk King Monterey can take care that!

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