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3 ways to create a more eco-friendly home.

Making the choice to live more sustainably is both responsible and rewarding. Of course, while it  might be easy to change some small daily habits, tackling the task of making your home more eco-friendly can seem pretty intimidating—especially if you don’t have the right tricks up your sleeve. Luckily, taking on one smaller project at a time is a great way to slowly but surely get your home into tip-top, eco-friendly shape.

1. Warm up with Mother Nature.

During colder months, your fireplace is likely your safe haven, providing warmth and the perfect lighting for a good reading session. However, most fireplaces are outdated and can be hard on the environment. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has several recommendations for making your fireplace more eco-friendly and efficient.

They suggest being particular with the wood (and pellets) you burn, making sure it’s dry or seasoned. It’s also important to weatherize your place by sealing and insulating cracks and crevices in your home, which can reduce your overall heating needs (and your monthly bill). They also suggest upgrading to a more eco-friendly, wood-burning fireplace that boasts the following benefits:

  • 50 percent more energy efficient
  • Saves you money, time, and other resources
  • Uses 1/3 less wood fuel
  • Reduces creosote build-up and chimney fire risks
  • Reduces wood smoke pollution, including carbon dioxide, methane, and black carbon
  • Can prevent fireplace-related health issues linked to cancer, asthma, and other serious conditions

2. Look down.

Floors go through a lot, what with being stepped and stomped and stood on day after day—which is why they inevitably end up (desperately) needing a facelift. So next time you’re considering what to do with your old floors, think about going a more eco-friendly route!

Some floor experts suggest the nail-down option for installing hardwood or bamboo floors: “This is the traditional method of installing hardwood or bamboo flooring, and it’s also the most economical method you can choose. The catch is that over a period of several years, the nails can loosen due to natural seasonal expansion and contraction from fluctuating humidity levels and result in a ‘squeaky’ floor.”

Other options include the glue-down method (which is the most stable method of installation but also the most expensive and labor-intensive) and the floating method (which works a lot like a puzzle). So if squeaky floors don’t bother you too much, then definitely take the more eco-friendly route. Plus, squeaky floors are a perfect opportunity to start working on your haunted house for Halloween.

3. The next green generation.

If upgrades aren’t in the budget right now, there are still (free) ways to be more eco-friendly in your home. One cheap way is to simply teach your kids the importance of conserving energy and other resources. While you might already have a few house rules in place (such as turning off the lights when you leave a room) teaching kids why it’s important to be more conscious of the environment can help them grow into crucial protectors of Mother Nature.

A good place to start is by simply explaining energy efficiency. Sitting down to explain what energy is, where it comes from, how we use, and why it’s important to limit its use can help kids understand their role within the environment. It can also lead to better habits around the house, as we tend to make better decisions when we understand their importance. Get creative with stories, experiments, or even crafts. However you get your kids involved, just do it! The earth will surely thank you.

Going green can seem intimidating at first, especially within your home. However, with a few simple changes and upgrades, you can take your home to the next green level, saving resources, energy, and money. Some upgrades can be costly and require some saving up, but ultimately making those sacrifices now can lead to a better, greener future. Good luck!

 

AUTHOR: FRANKIE WALLACE

Frankie Wallace contributes to a wide variety of blogs and writes about many different topics, including politics and environmental protection. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is a recent graduate of the University of Montana. 

Redecorate without redecorating: How to transform your space with a few simple tweaks.

Fun as it is, redecorating can be an overwhelming task. The initial excitement can quickly turn into stress over logistics, then next thing you know, you’ve scrapped the idea entirely and made peace with the current state of your space. Well, we’re here to tell you that redecorating doesn’t have to be a big endeavor. In fact, it can be as simple as a few small, conscious tweaks that create big effects.

Make it geometrical.

One of the easiest ways to create order—or the illusion of order—is to simply arrange items geometrically. (Threes are your friend.) Have an odd number of mismatched picture frames? Or a bunch of colorful, different-sized plates? Hang them together in an imperfect—but still considered—collage.

Color-code your closet.

This one is actually really fun! If you’re not in the mood to purge your whole closet, you can just refresh your clothes by organizing them according to hue. It looks pretty *and* it makes it a lot easier to find that rogue green cardigan amidst the multicolored chaos.

Change out your lampshade.

Swap your standard shade for one that’s bright or beaded or even embroidered. Head to your local antique shop to suss out the cool vintage options, then give your lamps a new look. You’ll literally be changing the way you see things (because light).

Get a nice pillow. Or two.

Feel like your bed’s a little stagnant, but not in the mood to spend hundreds on a new duvet and sheet set? Get a couple of fun accent pillows to add some personality to your sleeping space. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even monogram them.

Make space with mirrors.

Pressed for space? Hang mirrors for a more expansive, multidimensional effect. You can hang a few next to each other for a decorative statement—or just opt for a (very) big mirror to create the illusion of more space.

Paint an accent wall (or just a nook).

If the thought of painting an entire room overwhelms you, then paint one wall instead. If that feels like too much, then paint a small nook for a small-but-mighty infusion of color. The interior of an old (non-working) fireplace or the shelves of your bookcase are good places to start.

Rearrange your furniture.

Sometimes the simplest way to refresh your space is to just move a few things around. Try your bed against the opposite wall, or perhaps put your bookcase in a different corner. You’ll be amazed at how different things feel when you just shake up the normal order you’ve become accustomed to.

 

Stack your books.

Too many books and not enough shelves? Create a few stacks of books and display them on bedside and coffee tables. Showcase small knick knacks like candles, crystals, or succulents atop a few of the stacks for an added decorative touch.

 

AUTHOR: ERIKA JORDAN 

Erika Jordan is the Copy Lead at MakeSpace. When she’s not working her magic with words, she’s doing yoga and/or eating peanut butter (she’s still trying to figure out how to do both at once).

 

 

Small spaces, big ideas: 6 tips to make your tiny apartment instantly chic.

Designing and furnishing a small apartment can be a challenge—but when done right, a small space can feel homey, warm, and expansive. Follow these 6 simple tips to make your tiny apartment look absolutely chic and fabulous. And don’t forget to think big!

1. Mind the color palette.

Some people say the only acceptable colors for small apartments are white and other neutrals. While it’s true that lighter tones tend to make a room look more spacious, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate bolder hues, too. Introducing an orange accent wall or a few fiery red accessories help to break up monotony and create some dimension (and extravagance) in your small space. Plus, contrasting couplings like black and white can instantly enhance the style of your small apartment and create a unique flow in the design.

2. Opt for foldable furniture.

If making a big lounge of your living room takes up the majority of space in your already-cramped apartment, well, it might be time to consider a few foldable pieces of furniture. Consider a Murphy bed for your bedroom and guest room (if you’re blessed with one of those). Additionally, if your kitchen or dining room is too small for a big family table, try out a folding table you can easily remove when you’re not using it. And yes, it is possible to find a chic-looking folding table—just take your time researching all the different designs and options. Finally, don’t forget about the amazing multi-purpose possibilities of coffee tables and ottomans with hidden storage space inside.

3. Invest in quality lighting.

Natural light is a, well, natural, way to make your apartment seem lively and larger. But when daylight isn’t enough to keep your house bright, quality electrical goods are essential (not to mention eye-catching). Replace old light fixtures with attractive sconces and chandeliers, and add a few more fixtures to kitchen countertops and bathroom mirrors to make those smaller spaces more well-lit.

4. Maximize mirrors.

Mirrors aren’t just nice home accessories. They’re an extremely practical way to turn a small apartment into a chic, seemingly larger space. Plus, there are tons of innovative ways to incorporate them into your home, like placing a mirror behind your bedside lamp to maximize the light’s reach, or hanging mirrors opposite windows to reflect the sun’s bright rays. For a more dramatic effect, opt for an entire mirrored wall—you can achieve this with either one (very) large mirror or with a collection of smaller mirrors in distinctive vintage frames to add depth and dimension to a room.

5. Keep it minimal.

Want to keep your small apartment trendy and sophisticated? Stick to a “less is more” approach and keep it simple. Opt for all-black accessories for an elegant, composed aesthetic—or if you prefer brighter shades, let a statement piece like a tall, colorful antique vase be the center of attention. After all, filling your shelves with too many knick knacks will only add clutter to your small space.

6. Make good use of vertical space.

To optimize space in a small apartment, think vertical. This helps shift the focus upwards and creates the illusion of expansive space. If you’re blessed with high ceilings, consider floor-to-ceiling curtains to draw attention to your high walls. Lacking space for storage? Floating shelves are a great way to utilize wall space, while making an aesthetic of items you don’t use everyday.

 

To sum it up, just because your apartment isn’t big or luxurious, that doesn’t mean you can’t style it to look super chic and inviting. You just need to make the best use of the available space, provide enough light, choose the appropriate color palette, and be careful when accessorizing.

 

AUTHOR: COOPER KLEIN

 Cooper Klein is an interior designer from Sydney. He’s a regular contributor to SmoothDecorator and several online magazines. You can find him on Twitter.

 

Noisy roommates? Soundproof your apartment with these affordable hacks.

Roommates can be a lot of things: best friends, acquaintances, or worst of all (and perhaps all too commonly) noisy! Living with other people means learning to coexist peacefully—but, the fact that we’re all unique individuals with our own schedules and hobbies can make it difficult! Whether your roommate is a night owl or an aspiring guitar legend, you’re going to want to establish some parameters for noise control if you ever hope to catch some z’s. But if you’re spending over a thousand dollars on rent every month, the last thing you want to do is spend extra money to soundproof your apartment. Fortunately, there are a number of affordable measures you can take to drown out sound so you can sleep, well, soundly.

Do it yourself.

According to a recent survey by mobile banking company, Chime, 54% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. When a professional soundproofing job can cost up to $2,598, you’ll wonder if sleeping is even worth it! However, soundproofing doesn’t have to break the bank if you do it yourself. If you deduct the cost of premium materials and installation, you just might find it’s affordable when you’re ready to tackle the problem.

Locate the source.

In order to address a noise problem, you need to first find the source of the noise. Remember, sound is a vibration that can travel through air or other mediums (like your wall). So, obstructing the flow of this vibration is how you’ll be able to tackle the problem most effectively. Is the source of noise coming from the wall you and your roommate share? Or perhaps the city slickers outside decided to make their favorite hangout spot below your window. Either way, you’ll want to address the major culprits of your problem before spending the money on insufficient solutions.

Dealing with walls.

If you’ve pinpointed the source of noise to your walls, there are a number of things you can do. A bookshelf provides a thick layer, which will make it harder for sound to permeate your wall. In fact, depending on its thickness, a bookshelf is one of the most effective noise-disruptors. Hanging textiles, rugs, or acoustic panels (designed specifically for soundproofing) on your walls will achieve a similar result—but will vary in terms of cost and soundproofing effectiveness. As a general rule of thumb, the thicker and denser the object, the better proofing!

Dealing with windows.

It could very well be that the source of your problem is due to frequent street noise, or a neighbor that likes to mow a little too often. Unfortunately for us stargazers, covering up your windows may be the best solution for your sound troubles. For most apartment dwellers, replacing windows with a triple pane is usually not an option (although if it is, it’s certainly something to consider!). Therefore, you should look to cover your windows with the heaviest or thickest drapes you can find. There are also some options that are removable (like a barrier quilt), allowing you to hang them up only during the periods you find loudest.

Dealing with doors.

Perhaps your walls aren’t the problem, and you’ve found the ruckus is coming from a shared common area, kitchen, or hallway. In this case, you’ll want to do something about your door. Many of the same soundproofing solutions for your walls apply to your doors as well, the major difference being the large space underneath your door. Sealing this will work wonders for preventing sound from leaking through. If this happens to be you, consider splurging on a draft stopper or installing on a door sweep on both sides of the door. Both will have the same effect, and will ultimately help you get back to sleep in no time!

 

 

Six organizational hacks for people who hate organizing.

Want an organized home (but hate organizing)? You’ve come to the right place. Yes, we’re here to tell you that achieving a chic-looking space doesn’t necessarily require a degree in interior design—or even a knack for space-saving. All you need are few handy hacks to take your abode from arg! to ahh.

1. Make your bed.

We know, we know. This seems obvious. But making your bed (and maybe fluffing a pillow or two while you’re at it) goes a long way in making your space feel tidy and buttoned-up.

 

2. Put like with like.

Have a bunch of rogue candles lying around? Or a handful of helter-skelter jars all over the place? A good way to create a sense of order (without actually putting anything away) is to simply group like items together. This can make your space seem more considered, both visually and categorically—and it can be a choice opportunity to consolidate the collections you currently have.

3. Look to the wall.

Utilizing wall space is a great way to showcase the belongings you don’t have room to store at home. Pressed for space for an extra bookcase? Try floating shelves instead. They’re functional *and* visually appealing. No room left in your closet? Hang bags and scarves to save space, and to infuse your walls with your personal style.

4. Clean your fridge.

Chances are, you’ve got an expired bottle of ketchup or an old jar of jam crammed in the back corner of your fridge. Take 30 minutes of your day to go through the contents of your ice box and discard items that are old or expired. It’s basically the easiest way to reap the rewards of organization without doing much. And hey, you might be so inspired by the extra shelf space that you’ll feel compelled to give them a good clean.

5. Makeover your medicine cabinet.

Sure, perishable foods and liquids have clear expiration dates. But a lot of people don’t realize that cosmetics and creams expire, too. So that tube of mascara you’ve been using for the last year? Get rid of it. Those vitamins you never ended up taking? Toss ‘em and recycle the container. Consider it making room for a new-and-improved set of personal care items.

6. Recycle, recycle, recycle.

Once more for the people in the back: Recycle! Have old papers and documents lying around? Coupons you never got around to redeeming? Put them in the trusty recycling bin. For important paperwork, scan what you need, then get rid of the hard copy. You’ll be surprised how much lighter you feel after cleaning out your drawers—and you might find that half the papers you thought you needed are actually unnecessary or outdated.

 

 

AUTHOR: ERIKA JORDAN 

Erika Jordan is the Copy Lead at MakeSpace. When she’s not working her magic with words, she’s doing yoga and/or eating peanut butter (she’s still trying to figure out how to do both at once).

 

 

 

Moving into a new home with a disability.

Moving out of your home and into a brand new one is already a daunting task, but coupled with a disability, it can be even more challenging. Keeping yourself organized and focused is essential for anyone undertaking a big move. But for those who have accessibility concerns, frustrations are bound to happen during the moving process.

There are many skills you can learn, however, to make a more accessible and stress-free environment for you or your loved one with a disability. Your disability doesn’t have to hold you back from accomplishing your moving goals, and these tips will help you do so.

Making your new home accessible

If you or a loved one is disabled, it’s a number one priority to make sure the house you’re moving into is accessible and includes the right assistive technology. Conducting a home assessment is helpful in confirming a house is right for you. These are questions you should be asking when looking at houses to move into:

  • Are the doorways wide enough so wheelchairs can go through them?
  • Are doors easy enough to open for those with low grip strength?
  • Can ramps be installed at this house?

Home organization is helpful for everyone. But for families with disabilities, keeping your home organized is vitally important. To better accommodate your new home for wheelchair users, consider purchasing accessible kitchen and bathroom appliances so daily tasks can be stress-free. Lowering the height of appliances such as ovens and sinks helps those in wheelchairs go about their day easier and without a hassle.

There are many ways to make your home a more accessible environment for someone with a disability, but here are a few tips:

  • For those who are hearing-impaired, installing carpet in your new home can help make sounds not echo as much as they would on a hardwood floor.
  • Closing doors and attaching tennis balls to chairs can reduce background noise and make it easier for those with hearing loss to understand clearly what’s being said to them.
  • For blind and visually impaired individuals, reducing the amount of clutter in your home is helpful for them to be able to navigate safely and efficiently. Using different textures in your home’s rooms can help low-sighted people figure out which room is which easier.

Planning ahead

For many families, lots of travel is required during a move. But traveling with a disability can be extremely challenging. If you’re flying to a new destination, a level of planning is required to make sure the airport is wheelchair accessible and your mobility devices won’t become damaged by airline workers. When booking your flight, make sure you have an aisle seat so you can travel comfortably without having to climb over the person next to you.

If you’re travelling to a new city or state, you’ll have to plan ahead to make sure your disability benefits and services are still available. If you use a local disability service, plan ahead to see if this service can be used in your new hometown. Contacting your housing authority or city government can help in determining what disability benefits and services are available to you.

If you have a child with a disability and are moving to a new area, it’s important to find a school that’s right for them and their disability needs. Finding an inclusive classroom for your child can surround them with positivity and support. Whereas a special education classroom separates students with disabilities from others, an inclusive classroom creates a learning environment in which students with disabilities work alongside all kinds of different students, have more opportunities to interact with students, and are given the same access to lesson plans. According to research by Concordia University, there are several benefits to having an inclusive classroom, including “better communication skills, improved social skills and more friendships.”

Find the best moving company

When you’re all packed up and ready to move, you’ll need to find the right moving company with the capability to handle all of your needs. Some moving companies may help you unpack and have experience working with movers with disabilities. If you have movers helping you unpack, make sure present you’re present with them and keep an eye on important belongings so they’re not misplaced.

Checking reviews online can help you find the right moving company for your needs. Make sure they’ve handled customers with disabilities and have a good track record doing so. If you’re willing to spend a little extra cash, you can hire someone to pack for you, which can eliminate the stress and hassle that comes along with it. These individuals are professionally trained to make sure items are packed safely and securely so they won’t break or become lost in the move.

Moving into a new house can be scary, especially for those with disabilities. But having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be a successful mover. By planning ahead and keeping yourself on track, you’ll be settled into your new home in no time!

Frankie Wallace is a freelance blogger who contributes to a variety of blogs online. Wallace is a recent graduate from the University of Montana and resides in Boise, Idaho.

Building Something Bigger Than You — And Letting It Grow

When I left my first job on Wall Street to move into the startup world, I knew very little. A lot of my time was spent in conversations with others, trying to learn. I got noticed for hustle, but picked up some great advice along the way. The most prescient advice was that a good manager’s job is to bring on better people, and get out of their way. I remember reading a story about Michael Bloomberg when he spoke to managers inside his organization. He always asked, “Who is your replacement.” In the world of building something bigger than you, these types of things come up often. During a fundraise, we had to schedule flights to the west coast for MakeSpace’s leadership, and we had to put company executives on separate flights…because hey, ya never know. With that much responsibility, we had to think bigger than ourselves.

MakeSpace has grown tremendously since it was a eureka moment born of post-Sandy storage navigation. We created the category and very few people initially believed in us — somewhat ironic since so many venture dollars have now poured into the space. Mark Suster and Upfront provided a jumping off point that led to building something great. Very early in the process, I identified an amazing co-founder and my eventual replacement — Rahul Gandhi. He also became and still is one of my best friends. Rahul was the third person to hear the idea behind my then girlfriend and Mark. He left the relative comfort of his VC job to face the challenges of running a lean startup while being a father to two young children. Rahul’s kids were born extremely premature, and they got their tenacity from their dad.

I’ll never forget when we leased our first MakeSpace vehicle. We sat in the parking lot of the dealership, having just signed personal guarantees for about $40,000 in car payments. I kind of had this “Oh sh*t just got real” moment, looked at Rahul, and said “Now what do we do if this doesn’t work?” Rahul said, “We have no choice but to make this work. I won’t let this fail.” I knew he was right and we drove off the lot. For 9 months, Rahul would drive the van himself and did about 200 of the first pickups. I’ll always be grateful to him for his strength and ability to pick me up when I was down and vice versa.

Since its early days (in unbranded green Uniqlo shirts, when we took cabs to do our first pickup because we couldn’t even hail Uber at the time), MakeSpace has grown. It has many people interested in seeing it succeed: tens of thousands of customers, incredibly supportive investors, and hundreds of employees. MakeSpace is bigger than me, and it’s time for me to step aside to let it get bigger. It still has some risks to take and important chapters ahead, and Rahul is the best person to help guide those decisions. I’ve worked closely with Rahul and the board to layout my vision for the future of our product, and the MakeSpace brand is by far and away the most recognizable in our category and it will remain that way for decades to come.

I’m very proud of the past 5 years as MakeSpace’s founder and CEO. I’ve learned a ton, mostly about people. Startups are families. My proudest moments, similar to a parent, were watching our employees grow. There are many stories, but some of the highlights include: employees that met at MakeSpace and remain couples today; a team member who started in the warehouse, decided to go back to school and now is on our finance team in HQ; and one of our leaders who not only helped craft important parental leave policies that are better than every startup at our stage, but is also expecting the birth of her child any day now! There were challenges too — just like families – unexpected events can really hurt. We lost one of our colleagues and it depressed morale more than you can imagine. It’s never something you can plan for, and it takes a lot to get through. Ladidi Garba will always have a special place in my heart.

While I am no longer going to be involved with the day-to-day at MakeSpace, I remain heavily invested in seeing the company succeed. My brother remains an advisor and part-time legal counsel, and I continue to be one of the largest shareholders in MakeSpace. I’ll do whatever I can to help. For now, I’m going to take a much overdue breather. I’ll spend some time traveling, focus on more of my angel investing and scout work, and look forward to networking with people who were in the same place I was nearly a decade ago.

I’m grateful to the tens of thousands of customers, hundreds of current and past employees, and dozens of family and friends that have believed in my vision.

MakeSpace was born out of a literal (non-figurative) disaster. As life unfolds, I never really know where the twists and turns take me.

The best thing to do is wait and see.

SIR

If you’re in the middle of spring cleaning (or still fearfully procrastinating), you know what a pain it is to figure out how to make space for all your stuff. Storage would be great for all your seasonal clothes and other nonessentials. But traditional self-storage is a hassle, time suck, and expensive.

Thankfully, MakeSpace developed a solution: full-service storage with pickup AND delivery — for less than what self-storage companies charge.

Here are 7 no-brainer reasons to use MakeSpace today:

1. We pick up, store, and deliver your stuff while you relax

makespace full-service storage with pickup and delivery

With self-storage, you haul everything. With MakeSpace, you haul nothing. Simply get a free quote, schedule a pickup, pack your stuff, and leave the rest to us. We’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back so you never have to rent a truck or visit a storage unit.

2. MakeSpace is more affordable than self-storage

piggy bank

Storage rates in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are extremely expensive. MakeSpace is able to offer you much lower rates because we don’t need to occupy pricey real estate like self-storage.

Plus, when you commit to an annual plan, your rate can be up to 30% lower. And unlike self-storage, we’ll never increase your monthly bill for the same plan size. In fact, if you store fewer items that could fit in a smaller storage space, we’ll lower your bill.

On top of that, deliveries start at only $20. That’s less than the cost of a roundtrip cab and a latte. 🙂

3. You get FREE storage bins and wardrobe boxes

makespace bin

Save hundreds on boxes and tape by using our free durable storage bins and wardrobe boxes. We’ll drop off as many as you want when you schedule your storage pickup.

4. You get a FREE online photo catalog of your stuff

makespace macbook iphone

Drag your mouse to your storage unit, not yourself. When you need something back from storage, you don’t have to dig through boxes for hours inside a dusty storage unit. Simply log into your online MakeSpace account, click the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver your stuff to you.

5. Your stuff is always safe

lock heart

Our secure storage facilities are closed to the public and have 24/7 security, motion-sensing cameras, and alarms to ensure the safety of your stuff at all times.

6. We’ll pick up and drop off your donations to Goodwill

makespace offers free goodwill pickups for storage customers in nyc, chicago, and dc

We’ll bring a shiny blue MakeSpace + Goodwill bag to your appointment. Fill the bag with anything you’d like to donate and hand it to us. We’ll drop off your donation to a local Goodwill — for free.*

7. Customers love MakeSpace.

We always strive to deliver a 5-star experience. Our friendly Customer Support team is here to help you 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click the button below to learn more about MakeSpace and get $75 of free storage!

Get $75 of Free Storage
 

*Free Goodwill dropoffs are only available to MakeSpace customers in NYC, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

1. Steam-clean your microwave with lemon, water, and a sponge.

lemon slices in a glass of water
Instructions:

  1. Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl with ½ cup of water.
  2. Microwave the bowl until the water boils, usually around 3 minutes.
  3. Let the bowl stand for 5 minutes. The steam will loosen up the gunk.
  4. Remove the bowl and turntable from the microwave.
  5. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel.
  6. Pat yourself on the back. (Without the sponge in your hand.)

Got some hard-to-remove stains?

No problem. Dip the sponge into the hot lemon water and then scrub the stain with the sponge.

2. Clean your sink drain with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water.

yellow strainer in a kitchen sink
Flickr/Rachel Zack

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar down the drain.
  2. Let the mixture work its magic for a few minutes.
  3. Pour boiling water down the drain.

Have a garbage disposal?

Follow the above three steps. Then turn on the garbage disposal and drop a handful of lemon peels down the disposal to give it a fresh citrus scent.

When you’re done, turn off the garbage disposal. Your intact fingers will thank you.

3. Refresh your fridge with baking soda, hot water, and coffee grounds.

ground coffee beans on a clean white surface
Flickr/Joe King

Instructions:

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of hot water.
  2. Dip a sponge into the mix and wipe the fridge’s interior with it.
  3. Wipe the interior again, this time with a damp cloth.
  4. Dry the interior with a clean towel.

Nasty smells coming from that lasagna you forgot about?

Scatter fresh coffee grounds onto a tray and leave it inside your fridge until the odor vanishes.

Pro-tip: Let MakeSpace store your extra stuff and donate your old stuff.

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4. Remove stovetop stains with baking soda and a wet cloth.

clean a glass stove top with baking soda and a wet cloth
The Make Your Own Zone

Instructions:

  1. Make sure the stove is off and the stovetop is cool.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on the stains.
  3. Wipe the stains with a wet cloth.
  4. Dry the stovetop with a towel or paper towel.

5. Dust your blinds in half the time with a Swiffer cloth or rag attached to tongs.

clean blinds in half the time with swiffer sweeper clothes rubber banded around tongs
A Cultivated Nest

Instructions:

  1. Rubber band a dry Swiffer cloth or rag around tongs.
  2. Clamp the tongs onto one end of a blind.
  3. While holding the tongs, move your arm to the opposite end of the blind.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the rest of the blinds, and swap out the cloth or rag as necessary.

6. Iron out carpet stains with vinegar, water, and a wet rag.

paige smith removing carpet stains with an iron and wet pink towel
Paige Smith

Instructions:

  1. Spray the stain with a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water.
  2. Put a wet rag over the stain.
  3. Set your iron to “steam,” and iron the rag for 30 seconds.
  4. Smile in awe as the rag magically lifts the stain.

7. The Ultimate Hack:
Get MakeSpace to store your extra stuff and donate your old stuff.

makespace offers free goodwill pickups for storage customers in nyc, chicago, and dc
MakeSpace

Simply get a free MakeSpace quote, schedule a pickup, pack your stuff, and toss anything you’d like to donate in the blue MakeSpace + Goodwill bag that we bring to your appointment.

We’ll pick up your stuff, store it in our secure storage facility, and drop off your donation bag to a local Goodwill.*

The best part: When you need something back from storage, we’ll deliver it to you.

Click the button below to learn more about MakeSpace and get $75 of free storage!

Get $75 of Free Storage
 

Happy cleaning!

*Free Goodwill dropoffs are only available to MakeSpace customers in NYC, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

1. Steam-clean your microwave with lemon, water, and a sponge.

lemon slices in a glass of water
Instructions:

  1. Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl with ½ cup of water.
  2. Microwave the bowl until the water boils, usually around 3 minutes.
  3. Let the bowl stand for 5 minutes. The steam will loosen up the gunk.
  4. Remove the bowl and turntable from the microwave.
  5. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel.
  6. Pat yourself on the back. (Without the sponge in your hand.)

Got some hard-to-remove stains?

No problem. Dip the sponge into the hot lemon water and then scrub the stain with the sponge.

2. Clean your sink drain with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water.

yellow strainer in a kitchen sink
Flickr/Rachel Zack

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar down the drain.
  2. Let the mixture work its magic for a few minutes.
  3. Pour boiling water down the drain.

Have a garbage disposal?

Follow the above three steps. Then turn on the garbage disposal and drop a handful of lemon peels down the disposal to give it a fresh citrus scent.

When you’re done, turn off the garbage disposal. Your intact fingers will thank you.

3. Refresh your fridge with baking soda, hot water, and coffee grounds.

ground coffee beans on a clean white surface
Flickr/Joe King

Instructions:

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of hot water.
  2. Dip a sponge into the mix and wipe the fridge’s interior with it.
  3. Wipe the interior again, this time with a damp cloth.
  4. Dry the interior with a clean towel.

Nasty smells coming from that lasagna you forgot about?

Scatter fresh coffee grounds onto a tray and leave it inside your fridge until the odor vanishes.

Pro-tip: Let MakeSpace store your extra stuff and donate your old stuff.

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4. Remove stovetop stains with baking soda and a wet cloth.

clean a glass stove top with baking soda and a wet cloth
The Make Your Own Zone

Instructions:

  1. Make sure the stove is off and the stovetop is cool.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on the stains.
  3. Wipe the stains with a wet cloth.
  4. Dry the stovetop with a towel or paper towel.

5. Dust your blinds in half the time with a Swiffer cloth or rag attached to tongs.

clean blinds in half the time with swiffer sweeper clothes rubber banded around tongs
A Cultivated Nest

Instructions:

  1. Rubber band a dry Swiffer cloth or rag around tongs.
  2. Clamp the tongs onto one end of a blind.
  3. While holding the tongs, move your arm to the opposite end of the blind.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the rest of the blinds, and swap out the cloth or rag as necessary.

6. Iron out carpet stains with vinegar, water, and a wet rag.

paige smith removing carpet stains with an iron and wet pink towel
Paige Smith

Instructions:

  1. Spray the stain with a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water.
  2. Put a wet rag over the stain.
  3. Set your iron to “steam,” and iron the rag for 30 seconds.
  4. Smile in awe as the rag magically lifts the stain.

7. The Ultimate Hack:
Get MakeSpace to store your extra stuff and donate your old stuff.

makespace offers free goodwill pickups for storage customers in nyc, chicago, and dc
MakeSpace

Simply get a free MakeSpace quote, schedule a pickup, pack your stuff, and toss anything you’d like to donate in the blue MakeSpace + Goodwill bag that we bring to your appointment.

We’ll pick up your stuff, store it in our secure storage facility, and drop off your donation bag to a local Goodwill.*

The best part: When you need something back from storage, we’ll deliver it to you.

Click the button below to learn more about MakeSpace and get $75 of free storage!

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Happy cleaning!

*Free Goodwill dropoffs are only available to MakeSpace customers in NYC, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

If you’re in the middle of spring cleaning (or still fearfully procrastinating), you know what a pain it is to figure out how to make space for all your stuff. Storage would be great for all your seasonal clothes and other nonessentials. But traditional self-storage is a hassle, time suck, and expensive.

Thankfully, MakeSpace developed a solution: full-service storage with pickup AND delivery — for less than what self-storage companies charge.

Here are 7 no-brainer reasons to use MakeSpace today:

1. We pick up, store, and deliver your stuff while you relax

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With self-storage, you haul everything. With MakeSpace, you haul nothing. Simply get a free quote, schedule a pickup, pack your stuff, and leave the rest to us. We’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back so you never have to rent a truck or visit a storage unit.

2. MakeSpace is more affordable than self-storage

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MakeSpace starts at only $49/month in Washington, DC ($59/month in NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles) for a 2×2 ft. (16 cubic ft.) storage space. Unlike self-storage, we’ll never increase your monthly bill for sticking with the same size storage space. In fact, if you store less items that could fit in a smaller storage space, we’ll lower your bill.

On top of that, deliveries start at only $20. That’s less than the cost of a roundtrip cab and a latte. 🙂

3. You get FREE storage bins and wardrobe boxes

makespace bin

Save hundreds on boxes and tape by using our free durable storage bins and wardrobe boxes. We’ll drop off as many as you want when you schedule your storage pickup.

4. You get a FREE online photo catalog of your stuff

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Drag your mouse to your storage unit, not yourself. When you need something back from storage, you don’t have to dig through boxes for hours inside a dusty storage unit. Simply log into your online MakeSpace account, click the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver your stuff to you.

5. Your stuff is always safe

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Our secure storage facilities are closed to the public and have 24/7 security, motion-sensing cameras, and alarms to ensure the safety of your stuff at all times.

6. We’ll pick up and drop off your donations to Goodwill

makespace offers free goodwill pickups for storage customers in nyc, chicago, and dc

We’ll bring a shiny blue MakeSpace + Goodwill bag to your appointment. Fill the bag with anything you’d like to donate and hand it to us. We’ll drop off your donation to a local Goodwill — for free.*

7. Customers love MakeSpace.

We always strive to deliver a 5-star experience. Our friendly Customer Support team is here to help you 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click the button below to learn more about MakeSpace and get $75 of free storage!

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*Free Goodwill dropoffs are only available to MakeSpace customers in NYC, Chicago, and Washington, DC.