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Getting a Handle on Home Organization

Do you have a junk drawer that catches everything? How about message boards littered with post cards, coupons, take out menus and random slips of paper with important information? Do you ever struggle to find what you need? Why not create a home binder with all the information you need right at your fingertips.

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First, you need to purchase your supplies. You will need a three ring binder to start. A good rule of thumb would be to select a 2-3 inch binder to allow for future expansion, but if you have a lot of information you may need a bigger one. You will also want sheet protectors to hold loose items. You can make your notebook as custom as you would like with business card holder sheets or zippered pockets to hold paperclips, stamps, labels or coupons. You will also want some tab dividers to make your information easy to find.
While it may seem overwhelming at first, it is really quite easy. Start by pulling out everything in the drawer or on the message board. Organize each item by theme – menus in one stack, business cards in another, telephone numbers in another, etc. If any stack is too large, sort it into smaller stacks (for example take all the menus and re-sort all of the pizza menus into one stack, burger menus in another, etc.)
Assemble your binder using the tab dividers to create sections. You might create a quick telephone list that includes the names and numbers of babysitters, home repair experts, your veterinarian, doctor’s offices and schools. You may also want to include a menu section for nights when you want to grab quick take out. The great news in you can create whatever works for you!
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Get That Stink Out of your Sink!

We have all been there. You take out the trash, wipe down the counters, and give the dog a bath – but you just can’t get rid of that smell in the kitchen! Where is that smell coming from? Laundry? Nope! Rotten fruit? No way! Did you check the sink? Yep, that’s it!

Kitchen sinks get a lot of use each and every day. In addition to food preparation and clean up, it is likely that your kitchen sink sees a lot of dirty hands, laundry and general cleaning too. Because we are washing greasy dishes in the sink with all those little bits of food and dirt, it can build up quite a stink. You can banish that smell with items you probably have on hand.

If you have a garbage disposal, cut a lemon, lime or orange into quarters and put it down the sink with two cups of ice. Turn on the disposal while running cold water down the drain. If you are out of citrus fruit, place one cup of rock salt and two cups of ice in the disposal and turn it on while running cold water. The ice will scrape the gunk off the blades of the disposal and the ice or citrus will kill the germs. Citrus will also cut any grease.

If you don’t have a garbage disposal, put two quarts of water on the stove to boil. Once the water reaches the boiling point, add one cup of baking soda to the drain. Follow with one cup of vinegar. The solution will start to foam as the two react. Follow with boiling water. Add an extra splash of vinegar to fill germs and keep the drain fresh as a daisy.

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Seal Out The Cold by Go Green Plumbing

Winter is upon us and with it comes that cold, raw weather. Before the cold weather hits, take some time to winterize your home to lower your heating costs and keep your home nice and toasty. Cold air can seep in through leaks around doors and windows, so by finding those leaks and stopping that air, you can make a difference in how warm your home feels.

fireplaceStart by finding where air is leaking. Look at door and window frames to see where light is coming in from the other side. This is an indicator that there is a gap that may be letting in the cold. You can also light a candle or a lighter and trace around the door or window frame to see where the air causes the candle to flicker. Mark those areas with bits of painters tape so that you know where to add insulation.

There are multiple ways to insulate around window and doors. There is foam tape with an adhesive backing that is inexpensive and available online and in most hardware stores. It is easy to cut and fit a length to the exact size you need. You may find that you need to replace the rubber gasket around some doors. This is slightly more expensive, but will provide a better seal to keep air out. Rubber door sweeps will keep cold air from coming in underneath exterior doors or doors leading to unconditioned space (like attics and basements).

Have a plumbing issue and need some help? Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!