Moving Appliances

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Contact the Manufacturer or Dealer
For all major appliances, contact the dealer for specific move instructions or refer to the owner’s manual if you have a copy.

Unplug the Fridge
The refrigerator should be unplugged at least 24 hours prior to the move. Dispose of all perishables and make sure you clean it well. Once the freezer unit has defrosted, thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces and removable containers to prevent mildew and odors from forming. Remove all racks or secure them so they don’t shift during the move. If your unit has an ice maker, disconnect the waterline and make sure it’s completely drained.

Clean and Prep the Stove
The stove should be thoroughly cleaned inside and out with the racks removed or securely fastened. If you have a gas stove, make sure the gas is turned off before you start disconnecting the line and be very careful. Gas lines can be fragile and need special handling. If you’re unsure, call your gas company and ask for help. You may want to consult your gas company or the place where you purchased the stove to find out if it’s okay for you to move it on your own without a professional. Tape down the knobs and elements to ensure no parts are lost during the move.

Empty the Dishwasher
Dishwasher units need to be emptied and the utensil holder/rack removed and packed separately. It’s a good idea to clean the unit if needed. Run a cycle then let the unit dry before you tape the door closed.

Prepare the Washer and Dryer 
Washer and dryer units need special handling. It’s a good idea to consult the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer before you disconnect and start preparing for your move. Remove all hoses and pack separately in a box or place them in the washer or driver cavity for safe keeping. For the washer, you’ll need to secure the drum so there isn’t any damage during the move. Again, consult the manual for thorough instructions or ask a professional for help.

Secure Cords
For all appliances, unplug each unit and secure the plug to the back using packing tape. Don’t let cords dangle or come loose.

Pack Up
For all appliances, if you choose, pack lightweight, unbreakable items in empty caverns, such as in the refrigerator crisper or the oven. Blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, chair cushions or clothing can be stored and moved this way. Simply protect the items by wrapping them in a plastic garbage bag before you use them to stuff into empty spaces.

Tape all Doors and Lids Shut
Make sure all doors, cords, extra nuts or screws are taped and secured before moving.

Get Rid of Carpet Stains

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If company’s coming and your carpet is looking a little worse for wear, here are six easy steps you can take to remove telltale stains and restore its appearance.

1. Mix up a solution of 1/4 teaspoon plain dishwashing liquid and one cup warm water in a spray bottle. Make sure the detergent you select doesn’t contain any skin-moisturizing ingredients, as they can cause additional staining. Fill another spray bottle with clear cool water for rinsing.

2. Lightly spritz the stain with the detergent solution. By using a spray bottle rather than just pouring on the solution, you keep the carpet, the backing, the padding, and even the floor underneath from becoming saturated and damaged. Remember, a little goes a long way so only give it a squirt or two at a time.

3. Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel, turning it to a clean area as it absorbs the stain. For stains that are set deep into the carpet, work the cleaner into the fibers with your fingers, but don’t aggressively rub the stain or you’ll distort and untwist the pile and cause the stain to spread. Continue spraying and blotting until the stain is gone or no longer comes up into your towel.

4. Spritz the carpet with the clear water to rinse, then blot with a clean, dry towel until all traces of the soap mixture are removed. Leftover soap only attracts more soil, so it’s important to completely rinse and blot it out.

5. Place a stack of three or four clean, dry paper towels on top of the wet carpet and weigh them down with a heavy vase or stockpot. Leave it overnight so any residual stain will wick from the carpet to the paper towels. Omit this step and the stain will just reappear the next day as the carpet dries.

6. Toss the towels, then fluff the carpet fibers with your fingers. Let the area air dry and admire!

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Get Organized Month

get-organized-monthAre you organized? It’s an important question. There are many ways to being organized, but some of us certainly have better organizational skills than others. A bit of organization can make even the most chaotic of spaces relatively manageable. Sometimes being organized is actually a safety issue. Think about the job of a safety issue. Think about the job of a surgeon – if something were misplaced, that could be a serious problem. Not everyone finds themselves in such high-pressure situations, but anyone could use a bit of organization in their life. After all, when was the last time that you spent an hour looking for something in the closet and had to dig through the mess only to have to put it all back? Some of us even keep bedrooms where the floor itself Is an obstacle course to navigate around. Still, others keep their cars in such disarray with a collection of fast-food containers and cups haphazardly thrown in the back along with all of their candy wrappers. Yeah, we’re sure that you’re award of just how bad it can get.

How to Celebrate the Month
We suggest that you take the whole month to truly consider whether you’re organized and the things that you should focus on. Perhaps you keep both your personal and work spaces perfectly tidy. Nevertheless, forget dates; take note of them so you don’t forget. Perhaps you have cupboards and drawers at home that you can’t even close because there’s so much random stuff just crammed inside. Even then, take the time to take everything out and figure out its rightful place. Don’t sweat it because you have a whole month to organize everything. Perhaps there’s just too much clutter and disorganization at work. If so, do what you can to remedy that. If you’ve got kids, this is a good time to tach them why it’s important not to keep their room a mess and then help them clean it up. There are also various tools that you can employ to help you stay organized, everything from apps to professional organizers to old-fashioned label makers. This month is the perfect time to think about investing in those things.