How to Spring Clean your Garage

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The garage is usually the last place people consider cleaning however, it is an extension of your home, so if should garner the same attention in terms of organization. So before you get started, take some time to map out on paper, how you want the space to function. Draw where the cars will go and from there, create zones. You can incorporate vertical hanging and ceiling hanging in your drawing. By taking the time now to do this, it will make it easier to purge items and know that likely everything cannot go back in there! Here are the how tos for spring cleaning your garage.

Getting Started – You will need:

  • Several durable plastic containers with lids, preferable clear so you can see what’s in them
  • Packing tape, markers and/or label-maker
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Recycle bins
  • Loose comfortable clothing to wear
  • Closed toes shoes or boots
  • Dust mask

Empty Garage Completely

  • Create four piles as you clear
    • Keep
    • Donate
    • Toss
    • Sell
  • Sweep floor
  • Wash down the floor and walls
  • Brush away cobwebs in the corners
  • Clean any garage windows

Sorting

  • Get rid of unnecessary duplicates
  • Put Seasonal items together
  • Seasonal tires – store on a strong sturdy shelf, at the back
  • Seasonal décor – labelled and placed on top shelf, at the back
  • Rakes, Bikes & shovels can all be stored hanging on the wall, with large hooks
  • Pail, bucket and all car care products on the shelf unit or near hose
  • Sort all tools, manual and electrical
  • Purge – Be ruthless, otherwise you hang on to things you don’t need or haven’t used in a year

Store Smartly

  • Store items based on their type and use – location is important
  • Use the back corner to store snow blower & lawnmower
  • Put all gardening tools, pots, dirt and gloves on shelf
  • Hang Bikes from the ceiling, if possible (seasonal)
  • Put all tools in a tool box or hung on a peg board, back wall – get rid of duplicates
  • Put all small screws, nails etc., in clearly labelled containers

Keep it Neat & Tidy

  • Remember, it’s not a dumping ground
  • Keep the floor areas clear
  • Spray for pests/insects from time to time
  • Sweep and hose monthly
  • Place a door mat to dust off shoes before entering the house

This is a big job, so pat yourself on the back for taking the time to do this and remember to ask yourself the following questions during the process:

  • Do I love it?
  • Have I used this item in the last year?
  • Do I really need it? – If not – get rid of it!!!!

Hope some of these suggestions help you or motivate you to get the garage in order this spring! Need help? We’re only a phone call away.

As always, I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,

Kathy

5 Tips of what’s Trending for Summer 2015 Weddings

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1. Reception Entrances

  • Trending are dramatic entrances, perhaps a choreographed dance
  • Couples are opting to introduce themselves
  • Getting away from introducing parents, bridal party etc.

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4 Tips on Spring Cleaning Your Car

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5 Steps to Organizing your Personal Documents

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Tips to Setting up Your Home Office

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3 Re-Gifting Etiquette Guidelines

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5 Funeral Etiquette Courtesies to Honour Bereaving Families

funeral etiquetteOver the last little while I have had some inquiries from people wanting to understand current, proper funeral etiquette. Here are 5 common courtesies that people need to consider when attending a service, wake or memorial celebration to honour a bereaving family.

1. Arrive on time

One should plan ahead and arrive at least 8-10 minutes before the service begins. Leave yourself enough time for traffic, parking etc.  I have attended a number of funeral services where people show up late. Interrupting or holding up a service is not respectful of the family.

2. What to wear to a funeral service

While wearing black is no longer required, wearing conservative (darker) clothing is still generally preferred*. Men should choose a dark suit/blazer, pressed shirt, pants and tie and a dress shoe. A dark dress or plain pant suit is appropriate for ladies. No cologne, perfume or flashy jewellery should be worn to the service. Items of clothing that are considered unacceptable are gym attire, jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops. One should be dressed in a manner that conveys respect for a grieving family.

3. What to say

Everyone deals differently with the loss of a loved one so be considerate of their feelings when you are offering sympathy. Mentioning a kind word (I’m sorry for your loss”) is appreciated and then move along. Don’t overstay unless no one else is there. Fifteen minutes is usually considered acceptable to pay your respects, sign the guest book and then you may leave quietly.

4. Cell Phone

Several times I have witnessed improper behavior regarding cell phones during a service; hearing one ringing or seeing a person checking their messages. One should check and double check that your cell phone is turned off during the service. If you are at all tempted, leave it in the car. There is nothing critical enough that you can’t do without it for 30 minutes.

5. Other Cultures & Practices

When attending a service in another culture or faith and you are not aware of their customs, it is best to ask someone (friend or relative of the family) or research what takes place. Some have very strict customs, rituals and styles, so be prepared. The last thing you would want to do is offend anyone during this difficult time.

I sincerely hope the above points will be a helpful when you need to attend a viewing, religious service or a memorial celebration. It’s all about being respectful of the bereaving family.

I have assisted a number of grieving families during this difficult time so if you have any questions, I am here to help.

As always, I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via telephone or email, leave a comment directly on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,

Kathy

* If the family has specifically requested more colourful attire, one may respect the family’s wishes.

5 Strategies on Parting With “Sentimental” Clutter

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1. Set a Limit

  • Decide before you begin to keep between 5-10 items
  • Choose only those items from your past that really mean something special
  • Set a time limit and start small but start NOW!

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10 New Year’s Resolutions that are Realistic and Attainable!

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3 Tips on Organizing your Living-room for the Holidays

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