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Easy steps to de clutter your house

Does the thought of de cluttering your house seem like an impossible task? You are not alone. Many of us have loads of unused items lying about in our homes that accumulate over time to create clutter creating an unpleasant environment to live in. how can we rid ourselves of all this clutter?

1. Identify the items that are needed and not

Go through all the items in the house room by room. Make note of the items you have not used in at least one year, this includes books, furniture and kitchen appliances. Re-sort the items you have decided to keep, be strong and get rid of items you feel are not useful anymore. You will be amazed at the extra space available in the house.

2. Store items away neatly

Designate a particular place for every item. Have closet organizers, invest in additional cupboards or storage boxes, and use a wicker basket to keep cosmetics, have only daily used appliances on the kitchen counter. Arrange book shelves neatly.

3. Whenever you see an item out of place, replace it in its designated place.

4. Educate all family members of the new system in place and encourage them to participate.

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creative on September 22nd 2011 in Cleaning

Traveling Bed Bugs

As millions of Americans prepare to go on vacation this summer, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds the nation to watch out for bed bugs. According to a recent warning issued by the NPMA, there has been a 71 percent increase in bed bug infestations since 2001, mainly because of international travel.

Although bed bugs do not spread diseases, these tiny bloodsucking parasites are notorious for hitchhiking their way home with people in their suitcases.

“Travelers can unknowingly bring bed bugs into their homes, giving the pests a new place to live and feed,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “We advise travelers to keep a few bed bug prevention tips in mind to avoid this most unwanted trip souvenir.”

To avoid bringing a bed bug to Fredericksburg, VA, the NPMA recommends inspecting the hotel bed sheets (including mattress seams and bed boards) for brownish or reddish dots. When unpacking your clothes, do not place your luggage on the bed. Instead, store luggage in a large plastic bag.

After your vacation, make sure to inspect and vacuum suitcases before storing them in the house. After unpacking, don’t forget to wash all clothes in hot water. If you return from your vacation and suspect a beg bug infestation, contact a licensed pest professional. To kill bed bugs in Woodbridge, Virginia contact Affordable Pest.

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submit on July 7th 2010 in Cleaning