Tips for Tackling 3 Household Projects You’ve Been Avoiding

Dated: 05/07/2020

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Tips for Tackling 3 Household Projects You’ve Been Avoiding

Household projects need not haunt you. Here are ways to tackle some of the jobs you’ve been putting off.

Jettison the Junk Drawer

That kitchen drawer. You know, the one where you stuff all of the mail and flyers that you say you’ll look at later. The one that won’t open without a good yank because it’s so full. Yeah, that one. It’s time to pull out the paper shredder and go to town. Chances are, if you haven’t gone through those items in months, most of them are irrelevant now.

Greet Your Garage

Every time you step into the garage you see them: the box with the dismantled artificial Christmas tree you don’t use anymore, the broken small appliances, the gallons of half-used interior paint, the bicycles that need repair or ones the children have outgrown, and a host of other odds-and-ends.

What to do? Give your tree and functioning bikes to interested friends, or to Goodwill. Drop-off broken bikes and non-functioning small appliances at your local recycler.

To get rid of the remains of gallons of paint, some states have paint take-back programs and provide take-back locations, which are listed at PaintCare.org. If your state doesn’t offer this service your options include mixing and reusing leftover latex paints—maybe you’d like to create an accent wall somewhere in your home—and recycling the empty cans. You can also pour latex paint into a cardboard box containing shredded paper or kitty letter, let it dry, and toss it into the trash. Oil-based paints should be disposed of at a local Household Hazardous Waste facility. 

Clean Out Your Closet

The clothes on the rack in your closet are packed tighter than a can of sardines. Some items may have regrettably become too small, others pleasantly too big.

The answer here is simple: give clothes away. Comb through your pieces and try to recall when you last wore them. If you draw a blank, or you no longer fit an item, or your tastes have simply changed—it’s time to give clothes to an interested friend, or to make a donation to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or your favorite charity.

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Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

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