Fall Clean Up

rake leavesFall is a wonderful time to smell the air and walk noisily through the leaves that congregate into small piles. If you walk your dog every day you have the perfect opportunity to swish through those leaves. Fall is also a time for nesting. It is when we start to prepare the home for the winter months so between the soccer games and pumpkin picking we rake leaves, we prune trees, we mulch young plants and we store away the hammock.

hammockI wash everything before I store it-even the hammock gets a soap down with some nice organic soap, and then I hose it off. Once air dried, I roll it and store it in the cellar.  I also wash all the screens in the windows, and on that final day when I know we are not getting another wonderful warm day, I take off all the screens, and I store them in the cellar as well.  You would be amazed at how much dirt is on screens. Washed, you will be able to see more outside and let more light into your home.  When they come down for the winter it is a gift because you can see everything outside so much better. And in the dark winter months I want as much light in the house as I can get! If you read up on it, you actually gain some solar warmth as well, and it keeps snow from resting between the screen and your double-pane windows which could cause some damage.  And of course if you have single-pane windows you are replacing your screens with the storm windows.

I wash the patio furniture. I cover the furniture. I put the storage boxes I use for cushions and games in the cellar. I rearrange the smoker and the grill because we cook on them all winter. I make a nice spot for the small log pile that will become  a staple out there as we like to use the fireplace.

acornsSo about the nesting part…it is not just the outside. It is finding the boots and mittens and winter coats.  It is digging out winter sweaters and scarves and if you have kids, it is about what fits and what needs to be donated.  The mudroom or front hall changes it’s arrangement as we account for more wetness than we experience in the summer most of the time. The leaves outside are forever making their way in through my front door and tiny acorns must get in the sneaker treads because I find them all over the house.  I am taking my shoes off when I get in, but they find their way into all kinds of nooks anyway.

I like to think about where I am putting the holiday decorations this year. Is there enough space? Will I be having guest for Thanksgiving or Christmas?  Is the guest room a place to put stuff that I will get to later or is it ready and waiting at a moment’s notice for someone to sleep in?

As you sort and take stock of your home before winter sets in, Call 2 Haul is available in the Lehigh Valley, and now Carbon an Schuylkill Counties.  We can take away whatever you cannot use anymore. We recycle and donate whenever possible.  Some times it is easier to just make a giant pile of stuff in the garage or yard and have us come get it.

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Letting go of Christmas Ornaments

christmas ornamentsSome people are all about tradition and will keep putting up a Christmas tree, decorations and lights year after year. Others will stop once the kids are out of the house.  Others will realize at some point that it is all too much or will move to  a smaller home. Whatever the reason. many people  decide to let Chrsitmas  ornaments, lights and decor go.

christmas ornamentsIf you hit that point and you have children or grandchildren ask first if they want anything you want to part with.  Some may have very intense feelings for certain pieces or may even want it all due to nostalgia. Ask JUST in case.

You may end up keeping just a handful of favorite items and decorate once space in your home.  You might consider putting all your favorite ornaments on a wreath and keep them that way.

If you no longer host Christmas at your home, don’t feel you have to decorate. Christmas isn’t about the lights and decorations unless you make it that. I find it to be a reflective time of year with some thoughts being joyous and others sad,  Christmas is what you want it to be and if putting up a thousand lights stresses you out, then don’t do it.

Merry Christmas from Call 2 Haul

Why a Junk removal Company makes it even easier to Donate

dogs4If you want to donate items to the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill or you just want to recycle a lot of what is piling up at home Call 2 Haul can help. We take the SORT out of the equation for you because you can put everything in one spot, and we will do the sorting for you. Think time VS money.

A gift to a qualified charitable organization may entitle you to a charitable contribution deduction against your income tax if you itemize deduction. According to the Internal Revenue Service, a taxpayer can deduct the fair market value of clothing and household goods.

You may be thinking that a donation of more than $5,000 is a lot. But consider this, if you loose a loved one or someone moves into a nursing home and you, donate sheets and towels, furniture and kitchen utensils, that may be the most practical way of cleaning up. The total fair market value of a large donation like that could easily top $5,000. We obtain a tax receipt for you.

Because we really don’t want to throw any usable junk into landfills, we are constantly looking for places that will accept items we find on jobs. In our search, we have found community centers, local shelters, synagogues and churches can help us redistribute household goods, toys, books, clothes, shoes, appliances, and much more! When we are not able to find a local organization to take our donation, we try to donate directly to the people through online postings. Please email us and let us know if you know of a donation center in our area.

Here are just some of the items that we recycle and donate:

Appliances Books Cardboard Carpeting
Clothing Electronics Furniture Glass
Housewares Metals Paper Plastic
Styrofoam Televisions Tires Yard Waste

For a full list of what we take and don’t take please click HERE.