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Staying Safe in One of the Most Dangerous Places on the Planet…Your Backyard

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jul 3, 2014 11:16:07 AM

The sun is shining. A cool breeze keeps the temperature reasonable. You’re sitting out on the patio watching the children playing in the back yard while you’re practically melting into your cushioned seat, a glass of lemonade close by and music playing from that really cool speaker shaped like a rock you bought last summer. It’s the start of the weekend, and work is days away. It can’t get any better!

But whether you’re relaxing or tackling that big outdoor project you’ve been putting off since last summer, your backyard can actually be a pretty dangerous place if you don’t prepare and protect yourself.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and sound while you take in the great outdoors.

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A Simpler Home Relocation? Just Follow These 10 Tips

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 30, 2014 4:44:19 PM

Changing jobs can be one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life. Add a job relocation, and you’re just piling on the challenges. But like most difficult activities, planning makes everything a little bit easier.

Here are 10 tips to make your relocation process simpler and less stressful.

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Can You Deliver A Dumpster Bin Today?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 23, 2014 1:00:08 PM

Every business must balance inventory with its ability to service customers. Too much inventory and money sits on the shelves or in the warehouse. Too little inventory and customers are left frustrated and unable to fill their needs.

Bin There Dump That has done the research. We know based on an area’s population density, how many bins are likely scheduled to go out at any one time. But that’s what makes business fun. While the formula is perfectly valid, reality doesn’t know how to do math. A spike in need might mean a delay in getting a customer a bin.

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster

Which Home Renovation Projects Offer The Best Return on Investment?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 13, 2014 11:21:52 AM

Maybe you bought a fixer-upper. Or maybe your home is just a bit dated. After all, the last time somebody remodeled any room in the house was during the Eisenhower administration. Let’s face it; the paint scheme has gone from chic, to retro, to pathetic. The fixtures need fixing.

There are any number of home repair and remodeling projects that can give your home that much needed facelift. Some of them will even give you a pretty good return on your home renovation investment when you’re ready to sell your home.

According to Remodeling magazine, the peak year for return on investment (ROI) was 2005, when sellers earned back nearly 87 percent of the money they spent on remodeling projects. The number dropped every year until 2012 when the ROI was 57.7 percent in 2011-2012. There is good news, however: Those return on investment numbers increased last year to just over 60 percent. We can only hope that number increases as the housing market improves.

Of course, some remodeling projects offer more ROI than others. Here’s a look at eight home renovation projects that will get you the most bang for your buck when it comes time to sell your home. Values listed (unless otherwise noted) are from the 2013-2014 Cost Vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine.

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

4 Summer Clean-Up Tasks To Keep Your Backyard Safe

Posted by John Ferracuti

May 31, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The call of the great outdoors. It’s mesmerizing. The bright sun, a cool breeze and a few lazy clouds float through an azure sky cure our cabin fever and draw us outside. OK, so maybe we’re not all ready to head “into the wild” and live off the land, but there is plenty of living to do in the backyard. The garden, the tire swing, the patio or deck, cookouts and fire pits — are all practically required summer activities.

But outdoor activities are often rough-and-tumble ones. Time spent outdoors also means cuts and bruises, sunburns, scrapes and bug bites. It’s always good to have a well-stocked first aid kit nearby.

There are steps you can take to make your backyard a safe haven for relaxation, though. Here are some ideas for sprucing things up and safeguarding your loved ones in the process.

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What Size Bin Do I Need for My Project?

Posted by John Ferracuti

May 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

They say size matters. And we agree — at least when it comes to the size of the Bin There Dump That rental dumpster bin needed to help you complete your next project.

Bin sizes are measured in cubic yards. In case you can’t remember your high school geometry that means measuring the length, width and height of the container and multiplying the three numbers together. For example, a bin that is 2 yards long, 2 yards wide and 1 yard tall is 4 cubic yards.

Whether you’re doing a small clean up or a major renovation, there is a bin for your job. In Canada, bins come in 4-, 9-, 12-, 14-, and 20-yard sizes. In the United States, sizes include 4-, 10, 14, and 20 yards.

Remember, our bins don’t sit directly on and won’t damage your driveway. They’re clean and fit the confines of most homeowner association regulations. The only challenge is deciding what size bin to get. Here is some help.

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What Projects Will You Tackle During Memorial Day/Victoria Weekend?

Posted by John Ferracuti

May 20, 2014 12:28:52 PM

Canada and the United States share the longest border of any two countries anywhere on the globe: 8,891 kilometers (5,522 mi), including 2,477 kilometers (1,539 mi) shared with Alaska. The two countries actually share far more than a border, including our unofficial starts to summer. In Canada, that’s Victoria Day, the celebration of Queen Victoria — and south of the border, the holiday is Memorial Day, a time to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Victoria Day is now enjoyed on the Monday before May 25, and Memorial Day is celebrated on the final Monday in May. Both countries celebrate with parades, barbecues and fireworks. In the United States, some also visit the graves of fallen soldiers.

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

13 Life Hacks To Declutter, Organize & Simplify Your Life

Posted by John Ferracuti

May 15, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze us. Our ability to adapt and repurpose everyday items provides an endless stream of ways to make our lives easier.

The phrase that describes these clever innovations is life hack. Wikipedia defines the term this way: “Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.” In other words, a life hack is anything that solves an everyday problem in “an inspired, ingenious manner.”

Ever have a problem finding the end of a roll of tape? For us, it usually takes three times as long to get the end unstuck than it does to put the tape where it needs to go. But now when we do, we take a paperclip (you know that little box holds more than you’ll likely ever use) and stick it to the edge of the tape. That makes the end easier to find the next time. That’s a life hack.

Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite home-related hacks — plus some links to places around the web where you can find hundreds, if not thousands, more.

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5 Ways To Make Your Move Less Stressful

Posted by John Ferracuti

May 2, 2014 6:27:31 PM

Moving can be one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life. It’s right up there with planning a wedding and dealing with a serious illness. But there are ways to lighten the load and make the move easier. The key to any big task is organization.The move begins weeks, if not months, before the day the 18-wheeler is loaded and carries away your lives in a collection of cardboard boxes. It begins with preparation. Following a few steps in the right order can make the often challenging process of relocating a lot less stressful for the entire family.

Here are five ways to smooth out the moving process, whether you’re moving down the street or across the country.

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The Science Behind How Clutter Affects Your Life

Posted by John Ferracuti

Apr 29, 2014 7:22:41 PM

Clutter. It’s a word that can send shivers down a homeowner’s spine. Clutter can be insidious. Over time a relatively clean home slowly begins collecting a books, toys, mail, clothes, and myriad other items of everyday life. One day you look up and that well-organized structure is now a collection of collections, piles of stuff, disarray that does more than make things look messy. It can actually affect your physical and mental health.

How Clutter Happens

Clutter sneaks up on you. You buy something you plan on using and never quite get around to it (and spending hard-earned money on it makes it harder to get rid of). Or maybe you do use it and even after it’s served its purpose you keep it around. Sometimes we hang onto stuff for sentimental value — a child’s first toys, school projects, knickknacks from relatives, and birthday gifts. They all have meaning, but mostly they now collect dust.

You have clothes you swear you’ll fit into again just as soon as you renew that gym membership, start using that treadmill from which those old clothes now hang, or breakout the thigh slimmer you bought in a fit of guilt after a day of binging. We all have items we hang onto even though we shouldn’t. The question is, “Why?”

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