Donate, Sell, Recycle: Easy, Trash-Free Ways to Clear Your Clutter

So, you missed out on that whole “spring cleaning” thing, or maybe you’re cutting down to prep for a big move. Looking around, you see unworn clothing in your closet, tons of cables for devices you no longer use, and the guitar you just never got around to learning how to play.

If you’re compelled to throw everything in a trash bag and never see it again, we feel you. But there are so many easy ways to get those goods to a better place.

You have a few sustainable options: donating, selling, and recycling. You could even get a tax write-off (cha-ching). Here’s a quick guide to organizing and making the most of your unwanted clothes, furniture, and…stuff.

WHAT TO GIVE

Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. Like that Panic at the Disco CD you’re still hanging on to.Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. Like that Panic at the Disco CD you’re still hanging on to.

Clothes. Anything from t-shirts, to formal wear, to shoes can be easily donated or sold. But first, if you’re looking at something that’s torn, stained, or otherwise damaged, resist the urge to donate it and let someone else handle the fix. Take salvageable items to the tailor, cobbler, or bust out your own needle and thread. When in good condition, these things are perfect for donation or sale, but keep in mind that most places do not accept undergarments or swimwear.

Furniture. There is always a thriving market for furniture on Craigslist, so if you’re flexible on time and pick-up, try posting anything from bed frames to floor lamps. When it comes to these posts, there’s nothing too big or too small. While many thrift stores do accept furniture, they may need notice beforehand to ensure that they have the space or assistance required.

Bedding. When you’ve upgraded to a snooze-tastic mattress, it can be tricky to find a way to donate your old one. Due to sanitation guidelines, some organizations do not accept bedding, so be sure to check before you donate. Some will happily take sheets and comforters, but cannot accept mattresses or box springs. You can also check women’s shelters and animal shelters, which may have different guidelines (and will surely put your pre-loved threads to good use).

Unless you are weaving the world’s most uncomfortable sweater, heave ho all those rando cords and cables.Unless you are weaving the world’s most uncomfortable sweater, heave ho all those rando cords and cables.

Electronics. Laptops, music players, and batteries do not belong in the landfill. (Toxins could leach into the water supply.) If you have an old iPod, MacBook, or Apple product, you can work with their e-recycle partner, with many devices scoring you free shipping, packaging, and an Apple gift card. Best Buy accepts a wide range of electronics for recycling at no cost, and will take away your old appliances for a small fee when you buy new ones. Regardless of where you’re sending your appliances, just be sure to clear your data first.

Sports gear. If your bike has been sitting, unused, for months and will never be taken for a ride again, go ahead and donate it. However, if you want to keep it around and make some cash, post it on Spinlister. Think of it as the Zipcar for bikes, surfboards, and snow gear, where people can rent by the hour, day, or week.

WHERE TO GIVE

Donating old household items and furniture so someone else can use them = good karma.Donating old household items and furniture so someone else can use them = good karma.

Donation bins. They’re conveniently located at gas stations and city sidewalks, requiring a simple drop-off of your clothes—no appointment or paperwork. While all donation bins should handle your clothing, be aware that some are for nonprofits and some are run by for-profit organizations that simply resell the clothing. Companies like Planet Aid and Thrift Land USAresell clothing for a profit, while Goodwill and Big Brother Big Sister bins benefit charity. (While it’s entirely legal to sell the clothes, it is illegal for these organizations to present themselves as charities.)

That bright orange fleece seemed like such a good idea at the time….That bright orange fleece seemed like such a good idea at the time….

Thrift stores. Speaking of Goodwill, for a giveaway with a mission, donate your goods at thrift stores. Two of the most common? Goodwill helps people find employment through education and training, while The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian organization funding homeless shelters and disaster relief. Plus, you could be eligible for a tax write-off based on weight or number of items. See a common list of accepted items here.

Consignment stores. For-profit stores like Buffalo Exchange buy clothing selectively and only during the appropriate season (meaning they’re unlikely to take your winter gear in July). While it’s great to make a buck off your unwanted wardrobe, there’s a chance you’ll leave the store only one item lighter.

Animal shelters. Sheets, pillows, and towels can be a huge help to pets in shelters. Find a shelter near you and call ahead to confirm what types of bedding or linens they’re able to accept.

Right at your door. Some organizations will schedule monthly or on-demand pick-ups in residential areas. Simply pack up a box or two and put them at your door or curb at the designated date and time. Give Back Box provides free shipping labels so you can pack any unwanted clothes or household items into any cardboard box, attach the label, and it’ll get sent to the nearest Goodwill. Big Brother Big Sister offers curbside pick-up. Simply find the dates when BBBS will be in your area and prepare boxes for pick-up at your curb or front entrance.

Farewell party favors. If you’re reducing your load in advance of a move, you’re gonna have one last hurrah before you go, so give it a second purpose. Put a (kind of dull, but super practical) spin on party favors with all the random odds and ends that you don’t want to move, but aren’t worth selling: Tupperware, cleaning supplies, and that random drawer full of pens and Post-it notes. Tell everyone to take as much as they want and it’s a win-win—they score freebies and the landfill is spared some usable items. You’ll end up as the host or hostess with the leastest…in a good way.

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Handy Giant is a fast growing service for residential and commercial repairs, remodeling, handyman, installs, carpentry, painting and renovations. We are based in Boston, Massachusetts with a geographical reach of the Greater Boston.

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  • Handy Giant has no middle man. While many apps and websites (such as handy.com) offer handyman services provided by random folks that do not work for Handy.com, here at Handy Giant we do the actual work.
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We have earned a recognition for making a difference for our clients as a repair and maintenance services provider to individual residences, businesses and multi unit properties.

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Handy Giant’s vision: to become the highest value provider of commercial repair services and retail maintenance. Above: a partial list of companies we are extremely honored to work for.

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  • We are a centralized multiple project management team you can reach with just one phone call.
  • No middle man. While many apps and websites (such as handy.com) offer handyman services by random folks that do not work for Handy.com, our company does not have a middle man – we do the actual work.
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Handy Giant handyman services

Handy Giant is a fast growing service for residential and commercial repairs, remodeling, handyman, installs, carpentry, painting and renovations. We are  based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Handy Giant team is on call for repairs, scheduled maintenance, painting, carpentry, handyman projects and installations.

Handy Giant team is on call for repairs, scheduled maintenance, painting, carpentry, handyman projects and installations. Smooth workflow, high standards and excellent customer service are guaranteed. Commercial Handyman Services by Handy Giant: building maintenance and repair tailored for your business and evolving alongside your changing commercial needs. Learn more about handyman services by Handy Giant.

Commercial

We have earned a recognition for making a difference for our clients as a repair and maintenance services provider to individual residences, businesses and multi unit properties.

National retail repairs and facilities maintenance services. On-demand response for emergency repairs. Skilled and local self-performing technicians.

Handy Giant’s vision: to become the highest value provider of commercial repair services and retail maintenance. Above: a partial list of companies we are extremely honored to work for.

Handy Giant operates as a self-performing subcontractor locally and for national facility management companies.

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Summer 2016!

These projects will enhance your yard, beautify your exterior, and give everyone in the family something easy, but exciting to do on summer weekends!

1) Make a Herb Planter From a Wagon

How to Make an Herb Planter From a Wagon

How to Make an Herb Planter From a Wagon

Looking to spice up your container garden? Dig out Junior’s rusty old Radio Flyer and turn it into a mobile planter that can go from a sun-steeped corner right to your kitchen door.

2) Build a Tree Bench

Easy Summer Weekend House Projects

Easy Summer Weekend House Project: Tree Bench

This comfy, stay-cool spot has room for the entire family and practically looks like it’s a part of the tree itself. Put your bench together, and you’ll enjoy lounging on it with a favorite book all summer long.

3)  Give the Garden a Pretty Arbor

Garden a Pretty Arbor

Garden a Pretty Arbor

A well-placed arbor is your garden’s ultimate multi-tasker: It can serve as an entryway to an outdoor spot; frame a focal point, like a flowering shrub or garden shed; and, of course, take your beloved climbers to new heights.

4) Add a Sitting Wall

Add a little taste of New England to your landscape by marking off your patios and flower beds

Add a little taste of New England to your landscape!

Add a little taste of New England to your landscape by marking off your patios and flower beds with a border that doubles as a place to sit down and relax. Using cast concrete blocks made to look like stone is makes this landscape feature much easier to build.

5) Gather Around a Fire Pit

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Build a Fire Pit

Outdoor fires are so hot right now. Seriously. Mankind has called the hearth home for the centuries, it’s true, but these days people are going ultra-retro and getting their heat from stone-walled pits set into the earth. If you really want to light up right, do it in style.

 

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Residential and Commercial Handyman: Repairs, Carpentry, Renovations, Installations, Furniture Assembly, TV Wall Mounting and More!

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Have a residential or commercial project in mind? Installations, carpentry, renovations and beyond – no job too small and BostonHM is ready to help you. Why choose BostonHM: 1) Peace of mind as each and every project is covered by $1,000,000 property damage insurance; 2) BostonHM is a registered  contractor (HIC). 3) Warranty on work performed.

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Commercial and Residential Carpentry. If your project requires carpentry work done call us at (617) 651-2582. Our experienced carpenter will improve interior and exterior of your property, leaving it beautiful while also increasing the overall property value.

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Boston Furniture Assembly Let us assemble your furniture – we will save you tons of time and frustration! Setting up your IKEA? Awesome! We are superstars at IKEA furniture assembly and Office, Retail Store, Beauty Salon and Restaurant Furniture Specialists.

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Interior and Exterior Painting. From small touch ups to larger interior and exterior painting projects. Hire us when a large painting crew is not required.

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Window Treatments. Experts at installing all types of window treatments, including blinds, curtains, shades and shutters.

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Window Treatments Installing? Boston Home Services has got your back!

Knobs & Locks. From doorknobs to chain locks, we have you covered.

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Drains and Toilets. Sometimes calling a licensed plumber is not necessary. We troubleshoot all sorts plumbing issues: sink, faucet, shower head installation, toilet seat part replacement.

Boston Home Services troubleshoot all sorts minor plumbing issues, replace your toilet with new and lower your expenses for plumbing jobs that do not require a licensed plumber by the Massachusetts Plumbing Code

Call Boston Home Services and Commercial Handyman when a licensed plumber is not necessary.

Light Fixtures.  When calling a licensed electrician is not necessary we can lower your expenses. We will replace hard to reach high ceiling lightbulbs, install prewired light fixtures, replace light covers and complete electrical jobs that do not require a licensed electrician by the Massachusetts Electrical Code. When your electrical project requires a licensed electrician we will help you find one. 

We will replace hard to reach high ceiling lightbulbs, install prewired light fixtures, replace light covers and complete electrical jobs that do not require a licensed electrician by the Massachusetts Electrical Code

To lower your expenses hire Boston’s best handyman team when a licensed electrician is not necessary.

Power Washing. Oily driveways, mud-caked semi trucks, or barnacle-ridden boats . . . You name it, we’re equipped with specialized power-washing equipment can clean it. Call is for spotless results!

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Air Conditioner. Save yourself from the summer heat and let our professional handyman install your window AC.

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Pressure Washing for a Deep Clean – Power Washing advice by Boston Home Services

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Pressure Washing (Power Washing) For a Deep Clean – Handyman advice by Boston Home Services

Common Pressure Washing Situations

You may have seen professionals pressure washing, or maybe even done it yourself. For handling enormous cleaning tasks like buildings, walls, parking areas, heavy equipment, or even statues, a pressure washer is often the right tool for the job. Pressure washing is the preferred cleaning method for removing pollution and fuel emission residue on structures in urban areas. It is also an excellent method of removing mineral, lime, and hard water deposits. Homeowners, especially those who like to work on their own cars, will find that pressure washing is great for grease and oil stains in the garage or driveway; it can even remove graffiti!

DIY vs. Professional Pressure Washing
There is most likely a home improvement center or hardware store in you area that will rent you a pressure washer (or at least point you in the right direction to find someone who will). Make sure that you talk to the people you rent the machine from about the task you plan to use the power washer for to see if they have any advice about technique or particular cleaning solutions you can add to make the operation go smoother.

In professional hands, this is an efficient, effective cleaning alternative that will often save money over more labor-intensive methods. If you’ve never used a pressure washer before and are unsure of how they work, you may consider hiring a professional for the job. Because of the amount of power involved in pressure washing, an inexperienced user can unintentionally cause a great deal of damage. Situations like cleaning windows or siding with a power-washer require a delicate and skilled hand, so even if you are confident in cleaning stains from concrete in your driveway, you might consider hiring someone for these kinds of jobs as the cost far outweighs the risk of injury or damage to your home.

Boston Handyman suggestions to make your IKEA furniture assembly easier

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Don’t stress – Boston Handyman can help you with your IKEA furniture assembly project!

IKEA furniture may be less expensive, but it sure takes effort to put it all together. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way around it. Here’s what Boston Handyman suggests to make your IKEA furniture assembly easier:

  • Measure your space. Make sure the items will fit where you want them before you buy them. If the items don’t fit, you risk damaging your home…
  • Look through the entire manual before starting assembly. Decide if it is a one or two-person job. Don’t risk injuring yourself.
  • Prep, plan and clear your space. Don’t make it easy for tools, screws and instruction manuals to get lost.
  • Make sure you have the right tools. Most IKEA boxes include an Allen wrench or screwdriver, which is usually enough to get the job done. However, some furniture assembly requires your own tools, such as a hammer or screwdriver. It is also a good idea to get a power drill to speed things up.
  • Separate and count your pieces. Taking the time to organize your materials will help the process go a lot quicker. Plus, you won’t be stuck with a half-assembled piece of furniture when you realize something is missing.
  • Exercise Patience (easier said than done…) Realize that IKEA furniture takes time to assemble. Don’t rush. You’ll only get stressed and increase your chances of making a mistake. If you need to, take a break.
  • Check all fittings when complete. Make sure everything is screwed in tightly and securely. You don’t want any gaps or wobbly pieces.
  • Easiest way to get your IKEA furniture assembled? Yup, you were right if you knew we will say this at the end of this article – just call Boston Handyman at 617-651-2582. We are here to de-stress your IKEA experience.

Handyman Advice: How to Prepare Your Deck For the Winter

Prepare Your Deck For the Winter

Prepare Your Deck For the Winter.

As the last days of summer slip away, the last thing you want to contemplate is the arrival of another winter. But now is the time to look into preparing those exposed areas of your house for the colder months ahead. And “winterizing” your deck or decks needs to be at the top of your list (or close to the top at least). Here are some things to take into consideration:

Weathered gray wood, rust spots, and stains from mildew, moss, algae and tannin-bleed can ruin the looks of your deck. Even newly built decks require cleaning to remove invisible surface barriers and prevent the adhesions of stains and sealers.

Even simple sweeping and clearing away debris helps prevent mildew, fungus and algae growth. A further rinsing with a garden hose will remove dirt and grime. More stubborn buildup can be removed by scrubbing the deck with a nonferrous bristle brush and a solution of warm water and a mild detergent.

Be wary of power-washing, however. At the wrong settings, a power washer can damage decking.

There are commercial cleaning solutions that also brighten and restore a deck’s original color and beauty. Check with your local home improvement store or hardware for suggestions.

You may also want to seal your deck with a water repellent finish before the onslaught of colder, tougher weather. Water repellents stop rain, sleet snow and ice from penetrating the wood’s surface and causing warping or cracking.

Finally, walk your deck and carefully observe its vulnerabilities. Move furniture to check for loose or cracked planks. Tighten any loose screws and replace any decking that’s cracked or showing signs of excessive wear. Tackling these small repair needs now will prolong your deck’s life and help you to avoid major repairs later on. And remember, you can always give one of our trusted home repair professionals at Boston Home Services and Handyman.

We hope this article was helpful.

Boston Handyman’s 5 Tips for Winterizing your Summer Home

Boston Handyman's 5 Tips for Winterizing your Summer Home

Boston Handyman’s 5 Tips for Winterizing your Summer Home

Are you’re the proud owner of a summer home or cabin? Or perhaps you intend to spend an extended period of time away from your year-round residence during the coming colder months, know how to prepare your home.  Here are some key tips by your Boston Handyman to winterize your home and minimize potential damage that may be heading your way.

  • 1.  Turn off the water at the exterior source if you will be away the entire winter.  Should a pipe burst during a cold spell and you have no one checking on your property for weeks or months at a time, an untold amount of water damage can result.  Even just small water leaks that go unchecked will contribute substantially to your water bill. (In fact, you should look into insurance coverage options for property that sits vacant for long periods; it can well be worth the cost). Open all faucets and drain the water lines and water heater.  An added tip:  To prevent total water evaporation from your toilet’s trap (which can permit sewer gases to enter your home), raise the toilet’s lid and seat and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  • 2.  Unplug electric appliances.  Fire prevention.  If the power to your property will remain on, unplugging devices such as a microwave, toaster and television helps avoid the risk of fire that can result from small animals gnawing on the wires, or a power surge of any kind.
  • 3.  Close fireplace flues and dampers. This is an easy thing to overlook in the rush to close up your home for the season.  Properly closing off your fireplace will keep these aforementioned small animals from infesting your home, and aide in fire prevention.
  • 4.  Reduce fire hazards. Another obvious, yet easy to forget task is the removal of items that could either lead to fires or provide tinder for ones should they get started.  Don’t leave behind stacks of papers.  Don’t store cans of stain, paint or paint thinners, oily rags and brushes, or other combustibles.  Even firewood should not be left in large quantities alongside your hearth simply for the convenience of having it ready upon your return.
  • 5.  Empty your freezer and refrigerator. Should the electricity be off for any length of time, the items will spoil and you’ll be faced with disposing of a very smelly mess upon your return.  Along those same lines, any non-perishable items you leave behind should be stored in metal containers with tight lids.  Even soap, sponges and candles should be locked away, as some rodents and vermin see these as a food source, as well.

Of course, these are just a few of the necessary measures for winterizing your home.  Others, such as taking down screens, closing shutters or installing storm windows, are more involved, and depending on your personal skill set or availability, may require professional assistance.

Boston Handyman stands ready to assist you with these and any other repairs, as well restorations or other tasks your summer getaway—or your year-round residence—might require.