A 5 minute Rule

TimerGuess what you can get done in 5 minutes or less?

A LOT more than you think.  I have timed a lot of daily duties, and I am always amazed at what I can get done in UNDER 5 minutes.

Like:

mail that letter

toss the junk mail

wash pet’s food bowl

sweep the fornt step

empty the dishwasher

start a wash

fold a basket of laundry

put laundry away

filing

marking a date

wiping down the kitchen table

straighten up the counter

clean  a bathroom mirror

make the bed

wipe down your purse

wipe off the front of the frig

clear out a produce drawer of spoiled food

mop the kitchen floor with a sponge mop-just get the bad spots

clean the door handles in the house

clean the light faceplates

sweep the floor or Swiffer it

clean the microwave-first put your WET kitchen sponge in there for 2 minutes (that is now sanitized), and you will be able to just wipe down the microwave because of all of the moisture in there

empty all the trash bags in the house into a bag

I should probably start watching TV in real time again. That is when I used to get all of this stuff done!

If you can take a few minutes to declutter and straighten, your mind will be ready for a bigger project. That includes work and home.

 

When people ask you what you want for a gift…

Pretty HangersGifts cause clutter. Unless they are things you really need and want, gifts are sentimental guilt. I have started asking for things I really need or want. The Amazon Wish List is KILLER. You can put anything you want on there. It doesn’t even have to be on Amazon. Any web link will do just dandy. Ork as for an Amazon Prime Subscription…if that is too costly an Amazon Gift card.

I can ALWAYS use socks. My friend asks for these really expensive WONDERFUL socks every year, Yes, they cost $10-$20 a pair, but he loves them, they last, and they keep him super warm. Good present. I enjoy knowing my present will get thanks every day.

You could also ask for bathroom towels. I always seem to need those. I was running low on soup bowls one year…broke a ton of them, and when my cousin asked what I wanted for my birthday I said, “Soup Bowls.” She wanted to know what kind. I told her to give me something that she herself would use. We now have these adorable LOW soup bowls I never would have thought to buy, and they are perfect. I got turned on to something brand new.

Another AWESOME present is a Car Wash. Give me a card for 6 car washes, and I am actually excited to go and get my car washed. Such a great present. Movie tickets or a restaurant gift certificate are GREAT excuses to go out for once.

I could also ALWAYS use pretty hangers or a pretty box or hat box to store my stuff. Frankly, I’ve got stuff.

If you just think about it, a present CAN be something you actually need or want and will TOTALLY enjoy!

EstateCleanOut.net

Estate Cleanout Services

Service with compassion 

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the process of cleaning out a property for a loved one or family member that is downsizing, moving to assisted living, or has passed? Or maybe you are starting to downsize and need some direction yourself… This is where Call 2 Haul can remove some of the burden and help you make the right decisions.

After going through the emotional battle in our own family with having to clean out and sell loved ones possessions, we realize how very hard it is to do this on your own… especially when you are cleaning out the home of a parent, spouse or sibling. It can be extremely overwhelming. We are very sympathetic to your needs…we have been in your shoes.

We can help you go through things and separate items that we think may be of sentimental value or items that we think may be able to be sold on consignment, at auction or through an estate sale. Our staff will always handle your belongings with respect.

We understand that every customer has different needs. No matter what your circumstances are, we always have your feelings in mind and pay close attention as to not discard anything that you may want to look at before the items are sold, donated, recycled, or disposed of. With almost 10 years of experience…we will ensure a smooth transition for you and your family.

It is easy to get started. Contact us for your free, no obligation consultation. We will set up a time to come and meet with you to discuss your situation.

We will customize any of our services to meet your personal needs:

  • Sorting through items in home –  Putting aside items of importance & value
  • We can work independently or along with you to separate and organize your belongings
  • We work with various donation centers to find a home for unwanted items.
  • Review items of value and assist in making a decision on what to do with them
  • Separate and pack up all items that will be kept, sold, recycled and donated
  • Upon request, create a slide show of items for family members to view remotely if they are not able to visit the property
  • Pack up and deliver pieces locally to storage facility or family members’ homes.
  • Drop off donations to donation centers and provide receipts for tax purposes
  • Clean out any leftover trash remaining in home
  • Have house fully cleaned and ready for resale or renting (If needed)
  • Direct you to reputable local contractors for home repairs
  • Connect you with local contractors that buy properties for quick sale
  • Connect you with  local realtors that can meet your needs

Please see our Tax Benefits and Charities pages for more information.

If you are in need of a quick sale, please let us know!

Home for SaleWe work with several contractors and buyers that we can refer to you.

On several occasions we have cleaned out a home and had it sold all in the same week!

**References provided upon request**