Tips for Organizing a Workbench

Both Work Benches in the Garage

Any owner of a workbench knows it’s important property. Or at least it used to be. Hours upon hours were spent there when you first got it. Nobody was allowed near it. And then over the years, things changed. Suddenly, it has turned to the go-to table for anything and everything. Laundry detergent? Leave it on the work bench. The old television? To the work bench it goes. Take a second to think about how much more productive you can be with a clean work bench. Get organized!

Get Rid Of Garbage!

A dirty work bench usually means a generally messy work area. If you’ve got any empty cans and other garbage, throw it all away. Any tools you never use? Toss them or donate them. If you’ve got a lot of papers lying around, try using a whiteboard instead! Then move on to everything around the work bench. It’s almost inevitable that you’ll have boxes lying around, scraps of wood on the floor, etc. It’s probably making it difficult to move around. Throw these items away or move them to a completely different area.

Use Pegboards And Shelves

Shelves are key for any organizational project. The best place to build shelving is usually right under the workbench. Say goodbye to all of your equipment sitting on the floor in a tangled mess. You can also add shelving to a pegboard – which of course, you probably already have. But it might be time to reevaluate. Consider buying a bigger pegboard, and/or placing it a little bit higher on the wall. You don’t want it to interfere with anything in your work area. Just make sure it’s not too high, because dropping tools would not be fun!

Give Items Their Own Spot

You need to make sure everything has its own spot. For instance, drills can be lined up along one shelf. Boxes of nails can be stacked on another. Consider buying drawers for smaller items so they’re not sitting everywhere. At the end of the day, make sure you put things back where they belong. It only takes an extra minute or two, and your bench will look better all the time.

All of this may seem like a lot of work, but you can turn it into an enjoyable experience. Put on some good tunes, set a few hours aside, and go to town. You’ll be extremely satisfied with the result. You might even be tempted to get right to building.

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Cleaning Your House Before Selling It

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If your house is about to be on the market, it has to be spotless – no questions asked! Clean homes not only sell more quickly, but have the potential to sell for more. So before you start cleaning, put yourself in the mind of the buyer. Would you rather tour a spotless house or a total mess? Obviously the spotless one – it’s easier to envision yourself in, and easier to navigate through. Most importantly, a clean home leaves a better impression about the sellers, and how well they kept up the parts of the house you don’t always see.

Repairs
Before any serious cleaning, you have to repair everything! That hole in the wall can no longer be covered by a poster. That chair you have sitting over the broken floor tiles? It’s not going to fool anybody. You can try to fix the problems yourself, but a handyman may do a better, tip-top job.

The Inside
Much like repairs, you can hire a cleaning person or crew to clean your home. But you can save a lot of money if you avoid doing that – plus you get the satisfaction of a job well done. Before anything, make sure everything is put away. All papers, books, toys, etc. should be put away in their respective areas. But remember, this is a huge time to throw junk away. Potential buyers will probably look through your cabinets and drawers, so stuffing them full of junk is almost as bad as keeping it all in plain sight. Your house shouldn’t look like a family currently lives it.

Then it’s time to really clean. It’s time to get every cobweb and every dusty area. Start making things shine. Clean up those faucets and wax the floors. When you get through with that, you can decide if you want to design your house to sell it. This doesn’t necessarily mean buying all new furniture – but a freshly painted wall, for example, can go a very long way. Make sure everything smells nice too! People remember odors, and a house with a bad smell is going to turn away potential buyers very quickly.

The Outside
Last but not least – remember the outside! Make the front of your house look like it belongs on a magazine. Pressure wash the house. Replace any faded colors. This could mean the shutters, front door, lamp post, mail box, etc. Is your driveway cracked? It could probably use a sealing. Mow the lawn and keep your shrubbery and flowers looking good. If the outside of your house looks neat and the inside of your house looks vacant, you’ve done a great job. Good luck with the sale!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Tips for Ultimate Spring Cleaning

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With the spring season typically comes an overwhelming desire to clean for most people – whether that means gutting and cleaning the house, organizing and sanitizing an office space or working through clutter in any other space where you spend a significant amount of time. Maybe it’s the fresh beginnings that the spring signifies that causes people to feel the need for clean, or maybe it’s just that it’s habit in some families to clear out as the snow melts away.

Whatever your reason is for tackling spring cleaning, we here at J&L Moving Supplies have a few tips for you to make sure you don’t miss a single speck or spot in your springtime cleaning binge!

cleaningOrganize Your Supplies

Before you begin any major spring cleaning project, it’s important to know what you have to work with and know what you need. So start by going through your cleaning cabinet and organize the supplies that are already there, and make a list of things you know you need but don’t currently have.

For example, are you planning to clean the inside and outside of windows? You’ll need a glass cleaner. If you’re looking to sanitize a space, you’ll need some sort of bleach spray or product with anti-bacterial ingredients to kill all the harmful germs you’re looking to rid your space of. Tackling the carpets? Make sure you have a good carpet cleaner on hand, of course! It’s easier to assess what you have and what you need when everything is laid out and organized in front of you, so get to sorting and making your list of needed supplies first.

fanStart at the Top

The best, most effective approach to spring cleaning is to start at the top of a room and gradually work your way down. Work room by room of whatever space it is that you’re cleaning, and start at the top with things like ceiling fans, overhead light fixtures and on top of the curtain rods. Dust thoroughly and move down to windows, then check wall and baseboard cleanliness and finally move on to carpet cleaning.

By working in this manner, you’ll be sure to hit every inch of dirty space that seems to be overlooked throughout the rest of the year.

mattressTackle Mattresses and Linens

Believe it or not, your mattress can build up a ton of dust and skin cells that can cause allergens and an overall “heavy” mattress, making the air in a bedroom feel thicker and less fresh. These tiny particles spend an entire year piling up on an overlooked mattress until finally you have a chance to clean them during your spring cleaning routine. Take a powerful vacuum cleaner and get into all the little nooks and crannies of your mattress to rid yourself of these dangerous allergens. You’ll be breathing fresher air in your bedrooms in no time.
The same holds true for the linens in any given room – the tops of curtains and things like pillow shams and covers have a tendency to collect large amounts of dust over time. By ridding your space of all of these dust particles, you’ll be able to start breathing fresher, lighter air than ever, so make sure things like this don’t get overlooked.

lightsDon’t Forget the Details

In the midst of all of the cleaning madness, make sure you’re not surpassing all of the details of the space you’re working with. It’s really the clean details that will set your clean space apart from others – light bulbs should be dusted, lighting fixtures should be dusted and polished, furniture should be pulled out of corners and vacuumed behind, blinds should be dusted and cleaned between each prong, etc. The more little details you can find to clean, the cleaner your space will be overall!

And while you’re at it, replace all of the batteries across your home or office. Put new batteries in things like wall mounted or desktop clocks, remote controls of any sort, appliances and anything else that requires battery power. Replacing them all at once, at least once every year, will ensure that everything is always working for you!

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Change

One of the greatest things to experience is that awesome feeling after your spring cleaning is complete and your home or work space feels lighter, cleaner and somehow cheerier just because it’s spotless. Maximize on this great feeling of having made a noticeable difference in your space by making other changes that will cheer you up, too!

Purchase a new piece of furniture for your home and enjoy arranging it in your favorite room, or pick up some new office decor and enjoy placing it in your work space. Making a small, or even a large, change can make that awesome feeling of a fresh space feel even that much better!

Find some products that can help you in your next spring cleaning adventure on J&LMovingSupplies.com!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!