Moving into a smaller space can often be stressful but there are ways to make the most of this transition. By using the space effectively and exploring new furniture options, you can optimize your new living arrangements.

Break out the Tape Measure

Measure the different dimensions of the room. Start with the four walls and measure the distances to the door, windows, closets, shelves, and any other defining objects. Draft out a layout of the room and create boxes to symbolize potential furniture options and paths. You may have to downsize your bed or refrigerator to make room for other items but planning it out saves hours of rearranging and heartbreak when your beloved coffee table won’t fit through the door.

 

Explore Dual Functionality

Furniture stores often have furniture that can serve more than one purpose optimizing space and reducing clutter. Beds with storage drawers built into the frame are excellent for storing items seasonal items or items that aren’t used every day. Out of sight and limited storage reduces the possibility of holding onto items that you no longer use and clutter. You can also loft your bed to create additional space underneath to hold desks, storage chests, sofas, etc. Ottomans are great for storing extra blankets or pillows and add an extra seat when you host your house warming party.

 

Command your Space

Command hooks make it extremely easy to hang up shelves, artwork, and clothing without damaging the walls to ensure that you retain your security deposit. Hang some shelves to hold your items and get them off of the floor. Be sure to hang them high enough that they are out of the way but make sure that you can still reach them by climbing on a chair.

Talk to your Landlord

Ask them to install a sliding or a bi-fold door instead, or store the door if you want to take it off completely and put up a curtain instead. Maximize your space by moving around items. You’d be surprised as to how much space can be created by switching the hinges on a door to swing outward instead of inward.

Don’t Move Your Clutter

Use the move as motivation to clean out some of your old items such as clothing, stuffed animals, papers and anything else you haven’t used in awhile. Anything that you can’t see yourself using in the near future and anything that does not have sentimental value can be donated, recycled or plain thrown out.

Fully licensed and insured in New York, we are equipped to provide same day appointments and on-site removal every day including weekends. You do not need to lift a finger or box. There’s no corner that can prevent us from doing our job so simply show us what needs to be moved and we will take care of the rest. We will lift and haul away any items you request and rest assured that the price we initially quote will remain the same unless items are added last minute.
We provide services in all five boroughs of New York City and Nassau County. There is no service too big or too small and we promise to move your items in a timely manner so you do not need to worry about it. Call us today at 718-658-0979 or schedule an appointment on our website!

 

You may find yourself asking “how did my house get this messy?” many times throughout the year. Unfortunately, as much as you’d not like to hear this, YOU are how your house got this messy. Perhaps you updated your wardrobe, bought a new television set, a new vacuum, or anything for the matter. Now your home has large amounts of stuff and you’re cleaning out your home for the second time this summer. You have to decide on what to keep, what to get rid of, and then just decide to stuff everything in your closet or garage. In order to avoid these dreadful cleaning tasks, perhaps you need to stop bringing in the junk. First, get that second summer cleaning started. Sell your old cell phones, donate your old hair dryers, blenders, and other appliances, and throw away any garbage. You can pretty much donate anything that is still useful or you can sell it if possible. Most donations can be written off on your tax form too, or at least up to 50%. If you must buy something new, donate or throw away something old. Doing this prevents the accumulation of junk or piles of unworn and unused items. Getting rid of low quality clothes, shoes, furniture, and other household items is a way to create more space in your home. Keep good quality items that you are certain to us, and only invest in high quality products. This not only reduces the amounts of build up junk, but you’ll soon realize that those cheaper tank tops go out of style every year anyways. Stopping yourself from making those purchases helps save money in the long run, even if it is only $10. Buy what you need and not in bulk.

 

Buying in bulk seems cost effective, but often most of it expires or goes unused. Some frozen vegetables and an extra bag of detergent may not be too bad, but opt for food shopping weekly instead. You’ll end up buying food that is better for you and saving more money that way. Make lists for what you need to buy and stick to it- whether the list is for clothes, appliances, or food, don’t stray far from the list. Buy only what you need. Return plastic bags to the store it came from, return hangers to the dry cleaners, and say no thanks to freebies that seem tempting but really aren’t necessary. Switch to paperless mail and direct deposit options to reduce the income of paper to your home. Reducing the income of junk mail is effective, too. These tips are simple but helpful options to keeping junk out of your home. Following these tips will prevent the need to do serious house cleanings multiple times throughout each season, and also keeps your house spacious, clean, and neat. Hopefully these tips have helped you today!

Downsizing Made Easy

Nowadays, people have more interest in smaller homes over large. Smaller homes often mean having the ability to live a more adventurous lifestyle, with more freedom and more money. Smaller homes also mean less space to utilize.

Often we downsize houses or just buy a lot of new things and fill up our already small spaces. When downsizing or needing to make space in a smaller home, following specific tips helps make this process quick, efficient, and easy. First, keep essentials only. This means getting rid of useless items such as the bean bag chair you haven’t sat on in years, the wardrobe closet filled with ragged sweatshirts and t-shirts, the computer desk you haven’t used since you bought your laptop, and that old television. If you haven’t used something in a year, you probably won’t ever use it again. Sell your items on any App that makes selling easy or donate them. If items are quite damaged, just throw it out. Ask yourself if you’ll really use these items, or if you’d buy it today if you didn’t have it already. That may help you decide what is and isn’t essential. Next, get rid of papers. Use electronic sources for managing bills and expenses, or keep one notebook for it. Throw away expired coupons, magazines, college essays, menus, brochures, and all of those paper materials you thought you’d want for one day. In reality, those papers are just taking up space. Most menus and brochures can be viewed online, and so can your college essays. Important documents can either be digitally replaced or stored in a filing cabinet. If you choose the latter, be sure to label tabs so that everything is properly organized for easy access. Finally, if you see something you’d like to buy sleep on it. It’s the most cost effective way of not spending money on something that is really just eye candy. You may think you need that new jacket, purse, or wallet. If you sleep on it, you may not want to go back the next day. You’ll realize your jacket is still in great condition and so is your wallet. Make lists whenever you do shop for things you need rather than want. These simple but effective tips help create space in your home and abundance in your wallet! It helps organize and feel more comfortable in your home. For labor-saving garbage and junk disposal, let the experts at Cleanout Express help!

Garage Decluttering Tips

Our garages are the perfect place for storing things we don’t need in the moment, or in this lifetime. It is the perfect place for old furniture, bikes, shoes, tools, cleaning supplies, and all other types of appliances and household items. While I am sure you don’t want to throw away everything cluttering your garage, some helpful tips for organization can help determine what can be saved and what can be disposed of. As you go through your belongings, throw away what you haven’t used in over a year. Make a pile for recycling and a pile for garbage. Install metal racks and hooks in your garage to utilize the ceiling for items such as bicycles, skateboards, kayaks jet skis, ladders, and other items of the like. Heavy duty shelves and overhead storage units are also helpful for storing plastic bins,, cleaning supplies, paint buckets, wires and extension cords, and shoes. Pegboards hold tool supplies and other equipment. Be sure that anything installed in your garage is done professionally. Or, if you prefer to do it on your done be sure everything is effectively and safely secure. These organizing tips can help you separate items and store them protectively to prevent injuries to people and damaged items. Once you are organized, you can get to cleaning out all garbage. If that task sounds too tedious and boring, let the experts at Cleanout Express take it from there. This also prevents having to rent an expensive dumpster or waste money at a monthly storage space. Our staff will come remove all garbage and dispose or recycle all items. We can even sweep up any residual debris and dust. Hopefully these tips help you organize and clean your garage!

A Hoarder’s Nightmare, A Family’s Relief

A hoarder suffers extreme difficulty in throwing away possessions that they regard as potentially important. Hoarders battle anxiety and distress from the difficult task of cleaning and discarding what others would consider junk, unnecessary, and useless. This in effect troubles family members and friends who love them but also cannot bare the piling amounts of garbage engulfing their home. It is an intense attachment to things, but that isn’t all. Hoarding is detrimental to health and well being, and often leads to household problems. If you or someone you love is hoarding, get them the right kind of help that will sort through their belongings carefully and work with them to discard every useless item. Following are some problems associated with hoarding that arise as the situation worsens, along with some helpful solutions.

Emergency Situations: Hoarders have huge amounts of waste taking up space in any or all rooms of their home. Often rooms can be filled so much it is hard to walk through, therefore in times of emergency it may be difficult to exit. Someone may trip or have difficulty navigating out of the room in efficient timing. A helpful tip would be to create a safe path throughout the home where no items lay to make sure walking through is easy.

Danger: Heavy items plus multitudes of other possessions accumulate to a heavy weight. As houses age and these items take up a majority of space, it creates a dangerous environment. If flooring gives or items fall, someone can get severely injured. The beginning of hoarding clean-ups should involve removing items that are stacked and eventually bringing heaviest items to the main floor.

Sharp Objects: The buildup of items can hide other items, which can also pose as danger. Broken glass, knives, pointed objects, and other sharp items may be obscured from view and can hurt a household member or guest. This can occur from the item falling or being accidentally grabbed. The dangers of sharp objects can be helped by the removal of junk, but often an expert cleaner is needed in this and other serious situations.

Hidden Damage: A hoarder may not realize that their home is falling apart from under them or around them. Heaping stacks of items may hide water damage from a bursted pipe, for example. The floor may be giving out or mold may be growing. The problem with mold is it may spread around the house such as in the bathroom or washing machines and drier. It also makes breathing difficult and can cause other health problems.

Rodents: This may be the worst problem in my opinion. It isn’t a surprise that mice, rats, bugs, and the like will find home in the crowded space of a hoarder’s home. Following hidden damages, mice and rats may find their way into the home and grow in numbers. Rodents and other unwanted creatures may carry diseases with them. When rodents are found in the home it is necessary to get experts to clean up.

Cleanout Express understands the emotional difficulties that hoarders experience with their possessions. That is why our trained professionals come willing to sit with the homeowner and discuss what the process will look like. They bag and sort items for keeping, discarding, recycling, and donating. Each staff member is prepared to start with one room or even one item at a time to help ease the situation for the homeowner.

When you or your loved one are ready to clean out hoarded items and start a new fresh, clean, and healthy life, call Cleanout Express. Our experts clean, sort, and remove all items efficiently. Cleanout Express is dedicated to customer satisfaction and are always there for you!

 

(Image from the Today’s Show of one woman who suffered from hoarding)

The toughest room to clean out may be the smallest room, but it’s the room that contains much garbage and junk that needs to go. You may be very busy with work, cleaning other rooms in the house, or taking care of your kids. However, when you realize how much garbage your bathroom has accumulated, it can be overwhelming. Here at Cleanout Express, we offer tips and hands on help to create more space and cleanliness in your bathrooms. Your daunting task is our expertise, so let us help!
First: Let go of what’s no longer used or needed. Any old or unused makeup, cosmetics, shampoos/conditioners, lotions, soaps, nail polish, nail care, bottles, empty or expired prescriptions can be thrown away or recycled. As we go through these items, just tell us what’s garbage. Keep this golden rule in mind: Lose it if you don’t love it or use it. 
Second: Make Space. Consider putting up shelves, an over-the-door rack, or buying plastic lidded bins to hold towels, candles, soaps, and other bathroom necessities. Not only will this clear up space but it can beautifully decorate your bathroom. Anything that isn’t needed or used daily can be moved to a hallway or bedroom closet. 
Third: Keep organization and cleanliness a priority by adding any trays or baskets if necessary, and only put hand soaps next to your sink. Drawers should be categorically organized: make up and face washes, hair supplies and brushes, feminine products, and personal grooming items. If you share a bathroom, each person should have their own drawer. Medicine cabinets are ideal for oral care, eye care, and medicines. 
Final Step: This step is easy once everything is already organized. Get into the habit of putting everything back where you got it from. Put a hamper in the bathroom for all dirty clothes. Commit to wiping down the counters and your personal drawers every week or every other week. Throw away any items that go unused for an entire year. Following these tips will keep your bathroom clean, beautiful, and organized.
Any necessary garbage disposal, furniture removal, or rubbish clean up needed can be handled by the experts at Cleanout Express. We cover all five boroughs of New York City and Nassau County. For a FREE estimate or same day service, call 718-658-0979 or schedule an appointment on our website! There is no job too big or too small, call now to see how we can help you!
Congrats to the recently married couple who may be taking the first step of marriage: moving in together. Creating a home for you and your new spouse can be challenging by having different tastes and ideas of what a home” is or should look like. Establishing storage space, personal space, and sharing household duties will help keep the house organized, humble, beautiful, and of course, clean!
First: Storage space should be cleared up for all of your belongings. Keep only things you love and (seriously) use. If you are sharing a closet or drawers, separate them equally in half for each of you to utilize. Go through kitchen items, furniture, rugs, and all other items and decide as a team what can be spared. If you have two fridges, maybe put one in the garage. If you have 3 different couch sets, pick your two favorite sets. 
Then: Call the experts. Cleanout Express can help throw out or donate any unused or unwearable clothes, shoes, furniture, kitchenware, shelves, etc. Sort through your belongings and seriously consider what you don’t wear anymore, which furniture you can do without, and so on. As you find what you don’t want, show the Cleanout Express crew and they’ll start bagging and sorting for throwaway or donations. We will lift, load, and haul all items, including furniture. You don’t even have to lift a finger- just point it out.
Next: You and your spouse should establish physical boundaries; some closet space, drawers, and maybe even a whole room should be split in half for you to each utilize. You have an entire home that will mostly be combined space and items, but maintaining some personal space is key to a happy and successful relationship. Decide who will tackle which household duty (such as folding laundry or dusting furniture) and make sure it’s done in a timely manner. Be sure to help each other out; maintaining cleanliness should be a priority! Generating a plan of who will do what is essential for continuous cleanliness habits. 
Finally: Style your house. Add shelves, bins, or maybe a new closet. Decorate your home with artwork, picture frames, and so on. Decide as a team, but also remember to personalize your own space. The cleaning team at Cleanout Express can help get rid of any junk or to clean up after your closet making projects. We can get rid of any and all debris, no matter how big or small the mess. We finalize each service with a sweep up of the area to ensure cleanliness and your approval. 
For more information, a FREE estimate, or to schedule and appointment, call the Cleanout Express crew at 718-658-0979. We serve residents in all five boroughs in New York City and Nassau County in both houses and apartments. Call now and clear up any and all spaces! 
Congratulations on finding a new home! This is an exciting and important milestone for you and Cleanout Express wants to help you facilitate this process as you move your belongings from one spot to another. Here are some tips that we suggest in order to keep only the important stuff and get rid of unwanted clutter.
  1. Always give yourself extra time to move your belongings. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your new home. It takes time to sort through your belongings and figure out what you need to take with you and what you can live without.
  2. Be strategic in your packing. Label boxes clearly with their belongings so you won’t spend an hour opening every box looking for a scissor. 
  3. Move large items first and ensure that you are happy with its new location before unpacking smaller items. If you are certain that you don’t want that old bookcase, set it aside and give us a call. Don’t bother moving unwanted furniture, you have a lot of other stuff that you actually want in your new home to move.
  4. Move items that are everyday essentials last. Box up the stuff that you’ve deemed worthy of your new home but don’t use every day first. By moving items that you use every day last, you can ensure that nothing is left behind and plan for unexpected shifts if things don’t go according to plan.
  5. Ask family members and friends to help you sort through old belongings before throwing them out. It’s better to reuse than to just throw away items so make sure that there’s absolutely no chance that it can’t be used again before tossing it. 
  6. Anything that you haven’t used in awhile and can’t see yourself using again in the future should be put aside. Why put effort into moving stuff you know for a fact won’t be of use to you?
  7. Can it be replaced or upgraded? If it can be replaced and you don’t use it very often, put it aside. If it’s replaceable, it can be purchased when you actually need it. If the newer model of the item came out and you find that the old model no longer suits your needs. put it aside. If you can afford to get the newer model packed with new features, you might as well use the move as an excuse to upgrade your new home.
Don’t worry any items that don’t make the cut will end up on one of our trucks instead. Fully licensed and insured in New York, we are equipped to provide same day appointments and on-site removal every day including weekends. You do not need to lift a finger or box. There’s no corner that can prevent us from doing our job so simply show us what needs to be moved and we will take care of the rest. We will lift and haul away any items you request and rest assured that the price we initially quote will remain the same unless items are added last minute.
We provide services in all five boroughs of New York City and Nassau County. There is no service too big or too small and we promise to move your items in a timely manner so you do not need to worry about it. Call us today at 718-658-0979 or schedule an appointment on our website!
Until we successfully navigate the solar system and figure out what planets are suitable for life, we’re fully grounded on Earth. The environment is a key topic of academic and political debates but there is one point that we can all agree on: there’s only one Earth and we must do our best to conserve it for future generations unless we find an alternative. The 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle are of higher importance now as we face environmental challenges such as global warming.
Reduce
  • Our homes are often filled with unwanted and unused items that we neglect until we are coerced to sort through the boxes. By reducing the amount of clutter in your home, you can reduce the number of items that may end up in a landfill by calling Cleanout Express. We do our best to reduce the number of items taken to landfills to be disposed of by donating and recycling as much as we can. Landfills are our last resource and we pride ourselves on reducing the amount of unwanted junk taken there. Ask yourself the following questions:
    1. Will I ever use this item again? Have I ever used this item?
    2. Is is sentimental and can not be upgraded or replaced?
  • If the answer to any of these questions is no, it can probably be tossed, recycled or donated. Leave it to us to figure out which option is the best for your items.
Reuse
  • So you’ve sorted through your old box of baby clothes and decide that you can’t bear to part with your precious childhood t-shirts. You can turn them into something new with a few DIY tutorials and have them for many more years to come. The same goes for old furniture as it can often be reupholstered or upgraded to give your home a vintage look. Anything else that can’t be reused should be tossed, recycled or donated in order to keep your home organized. 
Recycle
  • What happens to your items if they can’t be salvaged by you? We take them to a recycling facility where they are broken down and sold by parts rather than as a whole unit. Appliances and electronics can be broken down and sold for parts or scrap metal used to make new appliances. Lightly worn clothing can be donated and benefit someone else who would surely appreciate these unwanted items.
If these items can’t truly be saved, we will take care of them and ensure that they are disposed of accordingly. Fully licensed and insured in New York, we are equipped to provide same day appointments and on-site removal every day including weekends. We will lift and haul away any items you request and rest assured that the price we initially quote will remain the same unless items are added last minute.
We provide services in all five boroughs of New York City and Nassau County. There is no service too big or too small and we promise to move your items in a timely manner so you do not need to worry about it. Call us today at 718-658-0979 or schedule an appointment on our website!
Advertisements, bills, coupons, invitations, and the mailman comes along with a stack of mail each day. It’s not his fault, but it is the root to your household clutter. Then, your kids proudly bring home their newest artwork creations, and you can’t bear to let it go. Behold, your household contains mountains of papers needing to be filed or thrown away. 
At Cleanout Express, our experts are happy to help you out of this heaping situation. We will come to your home and lift, load, and haul away any and all junk. We can help separate and bag items, clean up garbage, and always end with an immaculate sweep.
Here are some quick and easy tips to help you sort and declutter your home. You may want to invest in a filing cabinet.
  1. Organize your material to avoid throwing out your cousins wedding invitation or your son’s recent masterpiece: items needing immediate attention (invitations, bills, forms to sign) should go in one file
  2. Important information should get its own file so that you know where to find everything: insurance, recent credit card statements and tax documents, receipts, etc. Think of this file as items you’ll need to access within the year. 
  3. Anything that you will need long-term, or in the far future should get its own separate file: birth certificates, medical records, immunizations, legal documents, credit and mortgage documents, etc. This should be items you might not need this year but will need throughout your life.
  4. Your kids’ artwork should have its own file, closet, or perhaps create a gallery wall in your house. Here you can keep your favorite artwork made by your children. They’ll be happy to know you kept them for so long, but eventually, they’ll want you to let go of that scribble they colored at age 7. 
Soon you’ll find that you have a lot of garbage- last month(s) magazines, last years food journals, the scribbles you are ready to get rid of, and lots of other junk. Call the experts today at Cleanout Express NYC garbage removal where we can get rid of any and all garbage, no matter how big or small! Cleanout Express can help clear up space in any room, closet, or cabinet of your house. For simple tasks, you can just point and we do the disposing. We can also assist in tougher jobs that require your attention throughout the process. We want to make this an effortless event for you. We donate any suitable materials and guarantee our garbage disposal is eco-friendly!
We service Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau County, Long Island, and the Bronx, New York areas. Call 718-658-0979 to receive more information and a free estimate! What are you waiting for? Organize your files and declutter today!

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Space Wars: Optimizing Your Living Space

Moving into a smaller space can often be stressful but there are ways to make the most of this transition. By using the space effectively and exploring new furniture options, you can optimize your new living arrangements. Break out the … Continue reading

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Junk- Get Out and Stay Out

You may find yourself asking “how did my house get this messy?” many times throughout the year. Unfortunately, as much as you’d not like to hear this, YOU are how your house got this messy. Perhaps you updated your wardrobe, … Continue reading

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Downsizing Made Easy

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Declutter Your Garage

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Cleanout Express Cleans Hoarders Homes

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Cleanout Express Bathroom Duty

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Newlywed Organizing Strategies

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Moving 101 Tips and Tricks

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

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Organize Overflowing Files, Cleanout The Clutter

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