Whether you are in a greenhouse or outdoors, June is a great time for planting herbs, flowers and potted vegetables.
Gardening is a hobby, a career and an addiction for some. It has been known to be good for your physical and mental health for many reasons like stress relief, exercise, getting fresh air & sunshine, growing and eating your own fruits and vegetables, sharpening your senses, even helping people with dementia, and much more.
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Spring is the perfect time to clean your grimy grill grates, salty snow equipment, or other seasonal items. Power washing is an effective and non-toxic way to remove the baked-on grease caking your grill grates and the salt crust from your snow shovels and equipment.
Use one of our platforms (pictured below), instead of laying your items on the dirty ground. You can avoid damage from the direct power wash spray to your grass and plants. Plus, the platform elevates your dirty items 12 inches off the ground, so you can get a better look at them.
To clean grill grates, lay the grates on our open grid top platform and place a few rods or sticks through the grates and grid panels. This will keep them secure when the water starts flowing.
Our grid-top panels allow the water and gunk to flow down to the ground.
When you are finished, just spray off the platform and it's ready for the next task. Below, we have placed and secured salty snow shovels and a salt spreader on the platform to power wash. Once again, the dirt and salt flows right through the grid top and on to the ground without any back splash.
When you are all finished cleaning your seasonal items, just spray off the platform and either sweep or hose down the rest.
Spring is in full bloom and if you haven’t maintained your lawn properly over the years, so are weeds, crab grass and bare patches all around your yard. Maintaining a healthy lawn takes a lot of work, however, organizing and prepping for spring lawn care makes it much easier.
At the end of fall, after cleaning and sharpening my tools, I stock my long handle tool cart with spring lawn care tools and supplies. I load it up with a rake and thatcher rake, a shovel, trowel, weeder, fertilizer, weed killer, pruner, grass seed, trash bags, scissors, gardening gloves and anything else I may need. When spring arrives, I simply roll my fully prepped tool cart out of the garage, and into the driveway with all my spring lawn care tools and supplies in one mobile and centralized location.
The first thing I do is yard cleanup. I grab my gardening gloves, a rake, and trash bags from my tool cart. Then I remove everything from my lawn that doesn't belong such as leaves, sticks, weeds, branches and litter.
Next, I use my hard-toothed lawn rake and grass seed to repair the bare patches in my lawn.
On any bare patches of ground, skip the herbicide and opt instead for grass seed. Be aware, however, that if you’re planting grass in the spring, it’s going to need lots of TLC during the hot summer months—that is, consistent watering and regular weeding—and you’ll most likely have to seed again in the fall. READ MORE
Next, it's time for weed and feed. Apply according to the package directions, but be careful that you don't get the weed and feed on your newly seeded bare patches.
No more running around looking for this or that. A fully stocked and organized tool cart helps make spring lawn care much easier. Just roll your long handle tool cart back in the garage, stock it up, and you’ll be ready for next time. Yard work doesn’t need to be a complicated and exhausting task. By planning the work and equipping yourself with the right tools, you can save time, effort, and a whole lot of trips back and forth to the garage or shed.
It’s garage sale time. Whether this is your first time having a garage sale or you just need a quick refresher on the subject, there are many important and helpful tips that can turn your garage sale into a smooth sailing success vs. a stressful and disappointing flop. Having worked in the Estate Sale business (glorified garage sales), I’d like to pass on a few helpful Garage Sale tips.
Get a permit. First, call the city and find out if it is necessary to get a permit for your sale. If so, get one.
Weather. If you are going to choose a date far enough in advance, you need to think about what you will do if it storms. Will you be able to move everything in the garage or have some tents on hand just in case? Depending on the severity of the weather, you might need to reschedule. However, if it's just rain and a passing storm, people will still come. Just make a plan ahead of time.
Security. For security reasons, I never suggest bringing the garage sale indoors unless you are selling everything then it is an Estate Sale. Just like with retail shops, shoplifters and thieves exist even at garage sales. So have a few friends and or family patrol the sale and someone to stay with the person collecting money at all times. Also, always keep your home windows shut and your doors locked.
Money. When it comes to money, get a cheap cash register/cash box. Office Depot sells them as low as $20.00. I find sales are the easiest when you only take dollar bills, no cents. I suggest starting the sale with $200 dollars. 5 twenty dollar bills, 5 ten dollar bills, 5 five dollar bills and 25 one dollar bills.
Accepting funds other than cash also brings in more revenue. Taking checks for $100 and less usually works well as long as you write their phone and driver’s license number on the check. Accepting credit and debit cards via Square is also a great option. Try not to leave more than $200 dollars in the cash register at all times. Every few hours, without attracting attention, take the excess money inside and lock it up.
What to sell. Shoppers like a wide-variety to choose from. So look through every closet, box, and room. Quantity matters. If you don’t have enough for a sale, invite friends or neighbors to join. If you are debating whether to try to sell it or throw it away, put a low price on it. People will buy almost anything.
Take inventory. Write down each item you are selling and its price on a master list and make several copies.
Pricing. Use small stickers and individually price everything. Do research on your more valuable possessions. For helpful pricing tips, check out The Ultimate Garage Sale Pricing Guide. Ultimately, it’s your sale, and the pricing is up to you. If people aren't buying, then your prices are too high.
Promote your sale. Put the sale time, date, and the highlights/specifics of what you are selling in the classified ads of your local and surrounding newspapers. Get creative with headlines. Run the ad on days that make sense. For instance, before the sale and on the day of the sale. Having a 2 or 3 day sale is better because it gives you more time to sell your stuff. Click here for helpful tips and suggestions on how and where to advertise a garage sale.
Signs. Make several signs to direct people to your sale. If possible, place one sign at a high traffic corner and scatter the rest directing people to your sale. Also, make signs for deals (50% OFF EVERYTHING) during the sale. People love a good deal.
Negotiate. Many people go to sales and want to negotiate so let them.
Set Up. If you don’t have tables to display items on and don’t want to buy any, find every table and shelf available inside your home and bring it to the garage. Clean off your garage shelving units and repurpose things around the house that could work in place of tables/displays. 10 Ingenious ways to have a yard sale without tables has some great repurposing ideas. Top Shelf Garage's shelving is great for sales because you can easily turn a 4-Shelf into 4 tables.
Clean and organize. Things sell better when they are clean and organized. So clean your sale items and the tables/shelving you are putting them on. Also, clean up your garage and yard. I’ve learned you can even raise the price a little and sell more when everything looks clean and organized.
Be In Charge, Professional, Friendly & Helpful. You are going to need more than one person to run the sale. However, the person having the sale needs to be in charge. Delegate responsibilities and let all of your volunteers know what is required of them. It's always best to keep it professional. People tend to spend more when the people working the sale are doing their job, friendly and helpful as opposed to goofing around, talking on their cell phones, ignoring customers, and chomping their gum. Act like it's a job. Welcome people to the sale, explain what is going on, and what the deals are. Having a volunteer to help people carry large and multiple items to their vehicle is nice and may cause them to buy even more.
Have Fun. Enjoy yourself. Smile and be happy. Ask people how they are doing and thank them for coming to your sale.
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Many of us dread Spring Cleaning and others avoid it completely. Year after year, accumulating more and more possessions, trash, and uncleanliness. This can lead to chaos. The hoarder shows on television are an extreme example, don’t let it get out of hand!
Spring cleaning is defined as “a complete cleaning of a place, as a home, done traditionally in the spring of the year.” However, a person can clean all day long but if they don’t get rid of clutter and organize first, it ends up being just a cleaner mess. That is why TopShelfGarage.com emphasizes Spring Cleaning as a 3-step process. Step 1: Clear the Clutter. Step 2: Organize. Step 3: Clean.
Having worked in the Estate Sale business, I know first-hand what a huge task this can be. Depending on how much stuff you have, this entire process can take anywhere from a few days to a month or longer. But it’s worth it and makes life better. So let’s get started!!
Grab a notebook, pen, and garbage bags (preferably contractor bags). Everyone’s clutter size is different but no matter the size of your mess, it’s important to get rid of the trash first. So go room to room and put all of the garbage into contractor bags and according to your city/town rules, take it to the road. Some cities only allow so many bags of garbage per week so learn your area’s waste collection information. Do an internet search for the term or call your local government. For large amounts of garbage, renting a dumpster is a great option.
Next, do the same with everything you choose to recycle. Place items in your recycling bin and or call your local recycling service to help purge recyclable items. If you have personal papers that need to be shredded, paper shredding companies are available.
Now it’s time to find donation centers in your region. There are numerous places such as Salvation Army, Good Will, Habitat for Humanity, and many more local donation centers that have drop off sites and or will come to your home for pick up.
After the trash, recycling, papers and donation are gone, if you still have tons of stuff, it’s time to make some money. You can do this by by having a sale at your home, listing online, or taking your belongings to a consignment shop. Don’t forget to put the sale times and dates in your local newspaper, because people love a good deal.
Finally! After all of that work is done, your house is ready for Step 2 of Spring Cleaning. Check back next week for TopShelfGarage.com’s blog on Organizing.
If you have any questions about how to set up for a sale, selling your possessions online and or need help finding your local garbage policies or donation centers, please send TSG an email and we will help.
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Last week, I wrote about Spring Cleaning and how the key to Spring Cleaning was a 3-step process. Step 1: Clear the Clutter. Step 2: Organize. Step 3: Clean.
Now that you've cleared the clutter by taking it to the road, recycling, donating, and having a sale if necessary, it's time for Step 2: Organize. It's impossible to do a thorough cleaning of your home when it is disorganized.
So much has been written about organizing your home so below I link to 6 articles that I think will help motivate and inspire you.
Check back next week for tips on Spring Cleaning!!
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