Oftentimes spring is touted as the time to get busy organizing and cleaning the house. Another great time of year to focus in this direction is the fall and back to school time. Why? It’s the perfect transition to take your kids from holiday mode back into the routine of school. During summer vacation and long, days spent outdoors, kids’ bedrooms and closets are neglected, perhaps littered with beach toys, crumpled paperbacks, and summer clothes. Once they start nagging to go back-to-school shopping is the perfect time to schedule the back to school clean-up.
Follow our top tips for getting the house ready for back to school:
The kids are on summer break. They’re looking for something to do, and you want to keep them busy. Why not hold on to some of the ‘junk’ you were planning to throw away and use it to bond with the family?
If you have old clothes, books, and furniture that ‘needs to go’, consider keeping a few of these items to give them a new purpose and create something with the kids:
Keeping the environment top of mind when you are clearing out years of junk from your home can be a challenge if you don’t have a solid game plan. There are many reasons why we have so much stuff in our homes. Some of us have fallen victim to our increasingly consumer-driven society and have purchased too many new items without disposing of the old. Others may be supporting elderly parents who are downsizing after many years in the same home. Whatever the reason, a little planning for proper disposal can go a long way to helping reduce junk in our landfills.
‘Upcycling’ is the process of taking something destined for the trash, and repurposing it into a useful object. Our franchise partners regularly come across junk where the item, or its components, could potentially find other uses with just a little TLC!
Alison Belbin, Franchise Partner for Vancouver Island (Victoria and Nanaimo, BC), decorated her son’s room with used skateboard parts—what an impact it makes! Consider taking something you love and upcycling it into funky room décor: Read more…
Junk may seem harmless and unassuming (aside from being hazardous to look at, and the leading cause of stubbed toes), but did you know that junk can result in serious injuries? If you live in an area frequented by powerful storms, junk in your yard could become dangerous projectiles in a storm. Broken lawn furniture, old appliances and yard waste could be picked up by strong winds and damage property and threaten people. Here are some tips to protect yourself from unused items lying about your home or property during a storm:
Here’s your challenge for vacation season 2013: travel light. A house full of unnecessary junk can slow you down and so can an overstuffed suitcase. Whether it’s a weekend getaway to a local vineyard or a 2 week European romp – don’t take more than a bag and a carry on. Once you go unchecked you won’t go back. Here’s how!
These gifts are inspired by my Dad, Harry. Harry is a tough dad to buy for because he’s got everything he needs and isn’t exactly a collector-hobbyist-kind-of-guy. He doesn’t fish, his tie collection is retired and he has all the golf collateral one could ever need. I faced the Father’s Day gift challenge head on and found 6 offerings that even Harry would use and appreciate.