6 Tips for Cleaning & Organizing Your Kitchen

clean kitchenThe kitchen tends to be the most used area of a home, sees a lot of foot traffic, and tends to be a dumping ground for various items that don’t belong in the kitchen. In combination with cooking and eating in the space, surfaces get dirty and junk piles up very quickly. In order to keep junk to a minimum, deep cleaning your kitchen will help keep it clean even on the busiest of days. Ever 3-4 months, go through and organize your space with these tips:

Sort Through Everything

Start your kitchen cleaning process by organizing and cleaning out all of the items in your cabinets, in drawers, and on top of your counters. As you go thruogh each area, put each item into two piles: “to keep” and “toss”. Ask youself when the last time you used it and if it’s not a seasonal item, get rid of it if you haven’t used it within the last year. This will give you more space to store the items you do use on a regular basis. For the items you use regularly, keep them in easy-to-reach areas such as top drawers and cabinets close by to your main cooking area.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Starting with the wood molding, wipe down and dust the surfaces in your kitchen from top to bottom including cabinet fronts, knobs and pulls, appliances, and even your backsplash. You’ll be amazed at the amount of grime that has built up on these surfaces over time and once theyr’e wiped down, they’ll look brand new. For the hard to reach areas, use a long-handled duster to make sure they aren’t neglected.

Clean the Microwave

Over time, food splatters and and over flows, causing grime to build up in your microwave over time. Combined with the heat, the splatters become caked on and hard to clean. To eliminate harsh scrubbing, place a microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and several several tablespoons of vinegar in the microwave for 5 minutes (or until the window is steamy). Let the microwave sit for few minutes to cool down before wiping the grime away.

Empty the Refridgerator

Since you’re already deep cleaning your kitchen, you mine as well clean out the refriderator! Take everything out of the fridge, wipe down all of the surfaces, and throw away any of the items you no longer use or are expired. Take all of the remaining items that you do use and organize them as you place them back in the fridge. Before you know it, you’ll havea clean and organized refridgerator and plenty of space to store the items you pick up on your next trip to the grocery store.

Empty & Clean the Trash

Once you’re done throwing away any item you no longer use, bring the trash bag to the garabage bin and clean out the inside of the trash can. Using an antibacterial soap, clean the bin out with soap and water in your kitchen sink, or outside with the hose, to prevent mold and bacteria fom growing inside the can. Once dry, replace the trash bag for a clean, fresh start.

Sweep & Mop the Floor

Now that you’ve wiped down all of the surfaces in your kitchen, it’s time to clean the floor! Once you’ve swept the floor clean, pull out all of your appliances to sweep and mop behind them before mopping the rest of the floor. This will ensure that any of the debris from the rest of your kitchen don’t make their way back there once pushing the appliances back in.

Once you’ve cleaned your kitchen, give Elite Services Junk Removal a call at (978) 317-5388 to schedule your junk removal appointment.

Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Super Bowl

super bowl watch partyAs the Patriots bring home the Lamar Hunt trophy for a second year in a row, New England football fans are preparing for the biggest game of the season, just a short two weeks away. Whether your team is in the Super Bowl or not, it’s always fun to head to or host a Super Bowl party with all of your friends and family members. The most stressful part is not the party itself but the process of getting your home ready for your guests. Follow these tips and you’ll be ready to host the biggest party of the year.

Determine Your Storage Needs

When you have any sort of company over your house the main focus is getting rid of all the clutter in the common spaces in your home. Allocate any storage to items that you have multiple of – children’s toys, electronics/clickers, mail, and other odds and ends that are bulky and wasting counter space. Once you have done so, consider what type of organizer you are and the needs of your family members. If you have children, open-top containers will work best for any toys and items they will need regular access to.

Get Your Rooms Ready

Once you’ve determined your storage needs, you’ll want to go through each room in your house starting with the entry way and organize each of the spaces.

ENTRY WAY

Having additional storage in your entry way is especially important as it will be where your guests enter through and take off their coats and shoes and place any personal items. If you don’t have a closet or entry way large enough for a clothing rack, consider placing affordable baskets in other easily accessible areas for guests to place their shoes, keys, and wallets.

LIVING ROOM

Once you make your way to the living room, make sure the television is working and already on the correct channel to eliminate fumbling through trying to find the game at kickoff. You’ll also want to prepare for extra seating to ensure guests have somewhere to sit and watch the game, even if it is on a few comfy floor pillows!

KITCHEN

Although your living room will be the main area of attraction during the game, the kitchen is where the food will be so it’s important to put as much time into the space as you do the “watch room.” Since kitchens get messy fast, you’ll want to spend the most time cleaning and organizing this area prior to your guests arriving. Use this as a time to clean out our cabinets and donate the items you no longer need or use and utilize this new space for any items clustering up the counter tops. Don’t forget to wipe down the counters and put out any utensils, drinkwear, plates, and napkins that will be needed during the game.

Utilize the Garage

If you have a garage and are able to utlize it during the game, we highly recommend you do so! It’ll keep the mess out of your house and will make clean up that much easier. If you’re going to utlize your garage for the Super Bowl, be certain your television can be connected in the space and get the game. If your garage is messy, this is the perfect time to purge it of the items you no longer need or use and incorporate various organization units to store seasonal clothing, sports equipment, tools and holiday decor.

Ask for Help

Preparing to host company at your home is a big task and no one is going to blame you for asking for help! Your friends and family members are going to be more than willing to help you set up, do an grocery shopping, and help you organize. With all of the items you no longer use or need, utilize junk removal services to save time and ensure everything is disposed of through the proper channels.

For all of your junk removal needs during your Super Bowl party prep, give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388

Tips for a Stress-Free Move

moving boxesWith the housing market in a good place, many people are taking this opportunity to sell their home and make memories in a new place. While moving is known as being a stressful time, there are various steps one can take to help make the process a little easier. Regardless if you’re moving near or far, downsizing or moving into a larger home, implement these tips and the moving process will be that much easier.

Hire a Moving Company

The actual process of moving is always the most stressful but it doesn’t have to be. By hiring a moving company, you’ll optimize efficiency, be able to focus on last minute details, and your friends and family won’t have to give up a weekend helping you move your things from your old home to your new one.

Utilize Junk Removal Services

The process of packing up all of your belongings and moving into a new place is going to make you realize how much stuff you have in your current home that you no longer utilize. Use this as an opportunity to purge your attic, basement, and closets of all of these items and give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call. We’ll pick up your junk and ensure it gets disposed of through the correct channels.

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to make the necessary arrangements for your big move. Procrastination causes unnecessary stress and we’re trying to avoid that.

One Month Out: Take stock of your belongings, get rid of the items you don’t need, and hire a moving comapny

Two Weeks Out: Purchase any moving supplies you’ll need to pack up your home including boxes, moving tape, sharp scissors, bubble wrap, markers, and moving blankes. Confirm a time with your moving company to start the process (the earlier, the better!) and start packing up your home.

One Week Out: Finish packing up the rooms in your home but leaving the items you use on a daily basis in boxes that aren’t taped so you can easily access them if need be. Leave out enough items you’ll need over the next seven days – toiletries, dishes/utensils, clothing. Eat what you have in your fridge and don’t do any big grocery store runs.

Day Before: Put all of the remaining items into their designated boxes and tape them shut. Make sure to have your clothing for the next day and any essentials in a designated container so you can easily put the lid on it and stick it in the car once you’re ready to head to your new place. Opt for takeout for dinner so you don’t have to worry about dishes. Do a walk through of your home to make sure everything is packed up and ready to go.

Morning Of: Wake up early to pick up breakfast, coffee, and extra water bottles for your family. While the movers pack up your boxes and furniture, do any last minute cleaning and a final walk through of your home to make sure you don’t forget anything.

For all of your junk removal services before your big move, give Elite Junk Removal Services & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388.

Tips for Organizing Your Attic

AtticAttics are known for being a dumping ground for seasonal decorations, unused furniture, luggage, childrens toys, and other items that aren’t used on a frequent basis. After awhile, the junk starts piling high and you begin to run out of storage space. By simply organizing your attic and getting rid of the items you no longer need, you’ll create more storage space and save yourself from a lot of frustration.

Here are our best tips for organizing your attic:

Make a Plan

Come up with an action plan for cleaning and organizing your attic. Attics aren’t always the most spacious so it’s best to find an area in your home that you can keep all of the storage containers and boxes while you’re going through everything. We recommend utilizing your garage, a patio area, or driveway for this!

Sort Through Everything

When you’re sorting through your things, make three different piles – keep, donate, trash. This will help keep the organization process as easy as possible and will give you a better overview about what you should keep and what you should get rid of. Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition will make sure any of the items you no longer need are donated, recycled and disposed of through the proper channels.

Consider Shelving, Bins & Labels

Once you’ve gone through all of the items, consider how you are going to organize them when you bring them back up to your attic. A good place to start is with bins and labels to ensure you know what’s in each box whether they are family memories, holiday decorations, or seasonal clothing. If you have space, consider shelving units and rods to further organize your things and keep your attic as neat as possible.

For help organizing and cleaning your attic or to get your junk removed, call Elite Services Junk Removal today at (978) 317-5388.

Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

HouseMoving is a stressful and emotional process and downsizing to a smaller home is no different, no matter what the circumstance is. Depending on the size of your new home and the amount of storage it offers, you might have to say goodbye to some of your beloved item – including furniture, clothing, and various knick knacks. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed during this process, Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition is here to help!

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

Moving is a long and tiring process and the last thing you want to do is leave all of your moving tasks until the last minute. Three months out, start looking for a moving company, take measurements of your new space, and figure out what items you can and cannot take with you. Knowing what furniture will fit in your new house will make the moving process easier, you won’t have to worry about moving the pieces you won’t be using!

Tip #2: Get an Objective Opinion

We understand that getting rid of the items you cherish can be a difficult process and that’s where you can benefit the most from an objective opinion. Enlist someone that knows you well that can be realistic about your new space and can tell you what you should be keeping and what isn’t necessary to keep.

Tip #3: Reuse, Recycle, Donate & Sell

When you’re in the movig process, don’t throw away any of the items you won’t use in your new space. Seperate them into four pile: reuse/repurpose, recycle, donate, and sell. Bring the items you’re planning to sell to a consignment shop and drop off any donations at your favorite local charity. This way, other people can benefit from the items you’re not going to use. If you’re unsure of the proper way of recycling the remaining items or don’t have time to deal with it yourself, call Elite Junk Removal Services to recycle them for you!

Tip #4: Organize the Items You Plan on Moving

When you’re packing up your current home, organize the items you’re boxing up depending on the room they are meant for and properly label the box with the room in the house and what’s in the box (i.e. utensiles, plates, etc.). This will make it easier for the movers to place the boxes in the correct spaces and will make finding things much easier when you’re unpacking.

Tip #5: Think Multipurpose Items

Smaller homes means less storage and getting creative with the pieces you currently own or plan on purchasing. When deciding between what to bring to your new home and what to leave behind, ask yourself whether or not the piece can be used for multiple purposes. This will help you eliminate having too many items crammed into one space.

Are you getting ready to downsize? Give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call for all of your junk removal and recyclng needs at (978) 317-5388.

Frequently Asked Questions About Recycling

RecyclablesRecycling is one of the easiest ways society can improve the economy, the environment, and prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming innocent animals. The average person only recycles a fraction of the waste they use every day and through education, we can help change the way people view their waste.

What is the Recycling Process?

There are three parts of the recycling process:

  • Collection – The process of recovering recyclables to be processed down to the raw material
  • Manufacturing – After the materials are processed down to raw material, they are then remanufactured to their new consumer good
  • Buying – Buying the recycled goods is the final step in the recycling process

Are Batteries Recyclable?

Yes, batteries (especially rechargeable ones) contain heavy metals that can contaminate the environment. If your batteries are no longer working, it’s important to never throw them away and recycle them instead. During the junk removal process, we can recycle your old batteries for you but if you’re looking to dispose of them faster, your local office supply store, electronics store, and hardware store typically offer battery recycling free of charge.

Can My Electronics be Recycled?

Yes! If your electronics are still intact, whether they are working properly or not, they can be recycled and used to repair other electronics. One of the ways older electronics are repaired are with parts from the electronics that people have recycled in the past. If there are fluids leaking from your electronics or if the screen is broken, the electronic is considered a hazardous material and has to be disposed of through the proper channels. In either case, Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition will be able to recycle and/or dispose of your electronics!

What Items Should I Never Try to Recycle?

We try to recycle as many items as possible, but there are still numerous items that can’t be recycled. The following items should never be placed in your recycling bin:

  • Broken glass, syringes, light bulbs, and sewing needles
  • Boxes that have been soiled by food grease (i.e. take out containers and pizza boxes)
  • Propane Tanks
  • Paint and other chemicals
  • Aerosol cans that are not empty
  • Garden Hoses

If you have any questions about what can and cannot be recycled or are interested in our recycling program, give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call today at (978) 317-5388.

Fall Cleaning Checklist

Fall Yard CleanupThe fall weather has finally made an appearence in Eastern Massachusetts, making it the perfect weather for preparing for winter and doing any last minute cleaning and organizing of your home before the holidays. We’ve put together a long list of of indoor and outdoor tasks to ensure you don’t neglect any space!

Indoor Tasks

1. Clean your windows. Your windows are the eyes of your home and are an easy task your kids can even help with! Plan to clean them on a cloudy day, when it’s easier to dust and streaks.

2. Have your carpets cleaned. It’s wise to have your carpets cleaned twice per year, especially if you have pets. We suggest cleaning your carpets in the spring and fall, as they are a little less hectic, the weather is cool making it more comfortable to have your windows open during the process, and children are in school.

3. Declutter & cleanout your attic. Before you start digging around in your attic for holiday decorations, take a day to go through your attic, organize any boxes, and donate furniture you no longer use to make it easier to get around. This will also create more space for any summer items you need to store.

4. Clean your dryer vents. Lint and clogged dryer vents are a serious fire hazard, especially during the dry winter months with the heat running in your home. Keep an eye on your lint screen and call in a professional to clean your dryer vent to avoid any hazards.

5. Have your furnace maintenanced. Before you start running your heating system this winter, make an appointment to have a furnace tune-up to help your system run more efficiently, expand its lifespan, and lower your heating bills.

6. Cleanout & organize your garageDuring the winter, your garage will be utilize more so than any other time of the year. Between storage, snow removal, and holiday party prep, you’re going to need as much space as you can. Our best tip is to remove everything from your garage, clean the surgaces (sweep, leaf blow, etc.) and organize the items you use consistently as you fill your garage back up. Leave all of the items you no longer need or use in your driveway and call Elite Junk Removal to come pick them up to ensure they are disposed through the proper channels.

Outdoor Tasks

1. Inspect your roof. Before the snow starts falling, take the time to inspect your roof for any missing or damaged shingles to help eliminate leaks come winter. Missing shingles can also increase the changes of ice build up under the shingles that still remain, causing expensive damage.

2. Clean out your gutters. Build up in your gutters can cause another slue of issues from clogged drains to water damage behind your siding and gutter damage from the built up weight. After the majority of the leaves in your yard have finished falling,

3. Clean your windows. Since you’ve already cleaned the inside of your windows, you mine as well clean the outside as well. This will give you the opportunity to remove any gunk from the glass before it freezes during the cold, winter months.

4. Unplug and drain water fountains and sprinkler systems. Blowing out your sprinkler system and draining any water from water fountains will avoid cracked and damaged pipes, water fountains, and costly repairs.

5. Clean your deck and yard of debris. Duing the winter months, your lawn won’t need much maintenance but giving it a final (short) cut, raking up leaves, and disposing of any other debris will make yard cleanup come spring much easier.

6. Cover outdoor furniture. Covering the outdoor furniture you can’t bring indoors will help reduce the amoutn of rusting over the cold, wet winter months. If you have furniture that you no longer use, disposing of it will make winterizing your property much easier.

For all of your junk removal, demolition, and home cleanout needs this fall, call Elite Junk Removal & Demolition today at (978) 317-5388.

5 Tips for Creating Space for the Holidays

Garage StorageThe holiday season is right around the corner which means dinner parties, decorations, time with family, and gift giving. Is your home ready for the holiday world wind? Make extra space for storing holiday decor and new items you are sure to acquire during the holiday season by reorganizing and eliminating the items you no longer use or need.

1. Purchase new storage containers

Do you have a bad habit of quickly taking down holiday decor and shoving it in a box for the off season? Don’t worry – we’ve all been there. Often times this means frustration when you get ready to decorate next year, you are greeted by a box of broken decorations and half working strings of light. Get ahead of the frustration and pick up new storage containers before the end of the holiday season. Go through all of the old boxes in your attic and donate any decor you no longer use and throw away any broken strings of lights, decorations, candles, and ornaments. This will give you a fresh start to organize your holiday decor at the end of the holiday season and ensure you are only storing the items that are working.

2. Organize your closet(s)

Between the urge of purchasing new clothing for holiday events and storing guests jackets, you’re going to need as much space in your closet as possible. Organize your closet by color and item type to get an idea of what you already own so you’re not purchasing duplicate items. The clothing and outwear you no longer wear but is in good shape, donate to local shelters and charities to help others in need and to free up extra space in your bedroom and hall closets.

3. Donate kitchen appliances you never use

The kitchen is the heart of the home and is where you’ll be doing all of your holiday food prep. With the amount of guests coming over, you have enough food to feed a small village and not enough places to store it. Go through your cabinets, toss/donate any food items you no longer use and finally get rid of that bread maker and any other small appliances that have been sitting in the pantry for years and has never been used. This will free up the extra space needed to store holiday cooking ingredients.

4. Organize your receipts

Are you still holding on to receipts from last holiday season? Hold on to receipts for electronics but get rid of any other receipts since you no longer need. Pick up a receipt organizer the next time you’re out running errands to get ahead of the gift receipts you’ll be holding on to this year.

5. Tackle your child’s playroom

One of the most difficult spaces to organize, use this opportunity as a learning experience to help your children give to other children in need. Any of the toys that are still working, donate to local shelters and childrens groups and recycle the toys that are broken, missing pieces, or are no longer being used. This will help free up some space for the gifts they’ll be receiving this holiday season from friends and family.

Have you finished organizing and cleaning but realize you have a bunch of junk to get rid of? Call Elite Junk Removal today at (978) 317-5388 and we’ll make sure your junk is disposed of properly!

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is in full swing, and there’s no matter time than now to deep clean your home. Whether you are someone that regularly cleans their home and recycle/donates items that are no longer being put to good use, or someone that cleans once a year, this is the perfect time to go through all your stuff and de-clutter your life!

Cleaning

  • Dust all of the forgotten spaces, including lamp shades, drapes, and the bottoms of chairs.
  • Revive your mattress with your upholstery tools on your vacuum! Use upholstery cleaner or a mild soap to spot clean any stains.
  • Clean any miscellaneous food items that have gotten stuck around the filter of your dishwasher and run a full cycle with some machine cleaner.
  • Deep clean your microwave – place one cup of water in a microwave safe bowl and turn on high for 3-5 minutes (or until the water boils). The steam from the boiling water will soften any food splatters inside of your microwave! Just take a paper towel or sponge and wipe clean.
  • Go through your closet and donate any items that no longer fit you or ad any items that you haven’t worn in over 6 months. If you were shopping today, would you buy it?
  • Declutter your basement, attic, and garage – make three piles: keep, donate, recycle. Consider when the last time you used the item, what type of sentimental value it holds (if any), and whether you’ll be using it over the next 6 months.

If you realize you have more junk on your hands than you bargained for or decide to do some home renovation while you’re at it, contact us today for your junk removal needs! Here at Elite Service, we actively recycle, donate, and reuse the junk we remove from homes!

Get The Facts About Compulsive Hoarding Behavior

Over the course of a lifetime, it is natural to collect a variety of trinkets, keepsakes, and odds and ends that start to fill up your home. Many items we keep contain memories, sentimental value, or and can even become collector’s items with historical value. However, collecting too many things to the point of absolute clutter in a space may be a sign of compulsive hoarding behavior. Here are the facts that you should be aware if you suspect that you or someone in your life suffers from compulsive hoarding behavior.

Compulsive hoarding must include each of the three following conditions:

  • An individual retains many items, including items that appear to be useless or of little value to most people
  • The items kept create significant clutter in living spaces to the point where the individual cannot use their living spaces in a reasonable way
  • The items kept cause distress or issues in day-to-day activities

It is important to note that hoarding is different from collecting because in hoarding, individuals typically do not display their items proudly in an organized fashion, but instead collects the items in a disorderly way that creates significant clutter in living spaces.

Symptoms of compulsive hoarding behavior include:

  • Signficant difficulty in disposing of items
  • A pronounced amount of clutter in the office, home, car, or other spaces that impedes the ability to use furniture, appliances, or regular walkways
  • Losing important items in the clutter
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of items that have “taken over” living spaces
  • Difficulty resisting acceptance of “free” items, even if the items are clearly useless or excessive
  • Buying unneeded items because they are a good deal or to stock up
  • Avoiding friends and family due to embarrassment about living space

Here are recommended guidelines that can help someone with compulsive hoarding behavior:

  • Have respect for the individual’s right to make their own decisions about their items at their own pace.
  • Try to sympathize with the individual and understand the importance of his or her items to him or herself as you develop a plan together to reduce the clutter.
  • Encourage the individual to come up with ideas to make their home into a safer and more ideal living environment.
  • Team up with the individual to offer collaborative solutions to motivate the individual to discard or organize.
  • Help the individual recognize that hoarding interferes with their goals or values in life.
  • Maintain trust by always asking before eliminating an item.

For helping recovering hoarders who are ready to de-clutter to improve their living situation, contact Elite Services Junk Removal for a free estimate today.