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PODS offers 6 tips for an organized garage

 

As life progresses, we tend to acquire items of all shapes and sizes. Often, when items have outlasted their usefulness, they are placed in the garage. The garage can be an amazing resource for the home, but a messy garage can cause frustration and can even be dangerous.

The idea of cleaning out the garage may be unpleasant, but now is the perfect time to clear out the clutter in preparation of warmer weather and summer fun—a time when surfboards, swim gear and camping equipment are put to use!

Throughout the year, it is easy to allow items to accumulate in the garage. Organizing a garage can be done in stages. Consider these helpful hints:

1. Make a plan to reduce the number of items stored in the garage. Divide the garage into zones: Storage Zone, Charity Zone, Garage Sale Zone and Trash Zone. Relocate zoned items to a PODS storage unit while the garage declutter is in progress.

2. Never store gasoline-powered equipment, petroleum products, flammable gasses, paint, fertilizer, pesticides or cleaning chemicals in the home.

3. Work at your own pace. The garage did not become cluttered in one day; do not expect reorganization to take place in one day, either.

4. Consider using garage organization systems to organize tools, sporting equipment, lawn and gardening tools. Everything should have a place.

5. Once the garage is organized, maintaining it should be a family affair. Set some ground rules, such as keeping the parking area free from clutter and putting tools and sporting equipment back in its place.

6. A garage that is free from clutter offers a setting for weekend or school projects with the kids and an opportunity to bond with family and friends.

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August 31, 2010 Posted by | Tips | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moving Appliances – How to Move a Refrigerator

Moving a refrigerator can be a difficult endeavor, but if you have the right equipment, time and some extra help, then it can be done using these easy steps.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

  • Large moving dolly
  • Rope or strong cord and/or moving straps
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Plain paper or moving blankets
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker or labels
  • Time required: 12 hours

 

Step 2: Clear Out the Contents

  • Remove all contents, including freezer items. Give away perishables and pack up items that you’re going to take with you. Remember, if you’re moving a long distance, leave refrigerated items behind. Remove and pack magnets and any items that are on top of the fridge.
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  • Unplug the refrigerator and let the freezer defrost. This will usually take at least 6-8 hours depending on the state of the freezer. It’s best to defrost it overnight, which will allow you enough time in the morning to wipe out the inside.
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  • Remove all shelves and other loose items. If you prefer, tape the fridge drawers closed (be careful that tape doesn’t leave a mark) or remove them. Wrap the shelves with moving blankets, towels or plain paper to protect them during the move. Label the shelves appropriately.
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  • Turn off the power source and wrap the cord, securing it so it doesn’t get caught while moving.
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  • Secure the doors. With a strong cord or rope, tie the doors closed by wrapping the cord around the fridge. If you have a double-door, tie the doors together tightly. Tape will work as well, but just remember that when you remove the tape, the paint surface might be disturbed.
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Step 3: Moving the Refrigerator Out

  • Use the right equipment. I recommend that you use a dolly, one that can handle heavy equipment especially if you have to negotiate stairs or are loading the fridge into a moving truck using a ramp.
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  • Position the fridge on the dolly. Slide the refrigerator away from the wall. Slide the dolly underneath. If you prefer, tie the fridge to the dolly using moving straps. Moving straps can be rented from moving companies or box supply stores; they can be easily adjusted and are a great tool for moving heavy items.
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  • Helping hands. Once the refrigerator is in position, tip it back, with one person at the front and one at the back. A third person can help direct and jump in when someone needs help.
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  • Moving it down a flight of stairs. It’s best to move the refrigerator down the steps, bottom first. Take it slow, easing the dolly down one step at a time. If the person holding the dolly handles needs help holding the weight, have an extra person help.
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  • Moving it onto the truck. Pull the refrigerator up the truck ramp, using extra help, if needed.
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Step 4: Moving the Refrigerator In

  • Position it into its new space. Before you plug it in, let the refrigerator sit for at least 2-3 hours. This allows the fluids to flow back into the compressor. This is critical to its cooling mechanism.
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  • Leave it plugged in. It’ll take a while before the fridge is ready to use. Some require 3 days before they’ll reach an optimum temperature. Check your manual for details.
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Essential Moving Advice

  • Don’t lay it on its side.
  • Always keep the refrigerator standing upright as much as possible. This ensures that oil won’t seep into the cooling tubes which can cause permanent damage. 

  • Read the manual. Check moving instructions in your refrigerator’s manual before you move. It’ll highlight important safety tips and advice and warn you of potential problems.
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  • Don’t hesitate to call a professional. While it seems simple enough, refrigerators are heavy, awkward and moving them incorrectly can cause permanent damage. If you’re unsure about moving it, call a professional. Or if you do move it on your own and find that it isn’t working effectively in the new space, have a technician look at it.
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By Diane Schmidt, About.com Guide

July 28, 2010 Posted by | Moving | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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