What is your favorite thing about Summer? Many enjoy the longer days, the warmer temperatures, fun times in the sun, a more relaxed schedule, and grilling on the patio! The longer days of Summer provide the perfect opportunity to perfect your grill master skills. Summer barbeques are also an excellent way to spend extra time with family and friends, and they are perfect for celebrating milestones like birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, or graduations. While many have already started their grilling seasons,we have some tips for those getting a late start or breaking in that new grill:
- If you didn’t use your grill over
the colder months, now is the time to check for any insects or other pests that
may have made your grill its home and kindly evict them.
- Check for signs of rust,
especially if your metal grill has been exposed to the elements. To remove
rust, use a cup of baking soda and add vinegar little by little until you have
a consistent paste. Apply the paste to the grill using a sponge, and let it sit
for about 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub it clean with warm water and a soft cloth or
sponge. Rinse with warm water.
- For cleaning the inside, first,
run the burners on high for five minutes and turn them off. When cool enough to
handle, dry scrub all the baked-on crud off grates, burners, and inside
surfaces with a nylon scouring pad or a ball of aluminum foil. Another trick to
remove stuck-on gunk is to use a portable steamer. Stainless steel wire brushes
work well, but there is the risk of leaving behind tiny metal bristles that
will get stuck in your food. For deeper cleaning, soak the grates overnight in
a mix of two cups of vinegar and one cup of baking soda. Rubbing the grates
with a paper towel soaked in oil before each grill session will reduce the
amount of food bits left behind.
- Scrub the exterior down with warm
soapy water and wipe to dry. If your exterior is stainless steel, you can use a
cleaner specifically made for stainless steel.
After your grill is clean and ready to go, it is time to try it out on your guests. Our best tip to enjoy your barbecue is to make sure all the food is ready to go on the grill when the guests arrive and that any side dishes are assembled and cooked as needed. This will enable you to spend your time enjoying the company of your guests. Of course, you don’t have to do all the cooking yourself. Ask your guests to bring side dishes and desserts; people love to show off their signature dishes! For the drinks, consider making batch cocktails or mocktails ahead of time. Offer guests a beverage when they arrive, and then encourage them to help themselves after that.
We hope you and your family enjoy sweet, sweet summertime and all it has to offer. If you plan on making a move this Summer, allow Zippy Shell to make all the necessary arrangements. Let us take all of the guesswork out of the moving process! Give us a call today or go online for a free quote to see how we can make moving and storage simple for you.
Try to imagine owning a self-cleaning house.
That would be living the dream! While it is probably an unattainable dream at
this point in history, the good news is that there are tricks you can use to keep
your home cleaner every single day automatically. Using these hacks is probably
about as close as you can get to a self-cleaning house right now.
- Place a washable mat on both the inside and the outside of your main entrance. This will cut down on the majority of the dirt that gets tracked into your home.
- Another way to prevent dirt and allergens from entering your home is to adopt a no-shoes policy. This is a simple rule to enforce with your family; create a drop zone for all shoes either outside or inside the home. It becomes a little trickier to implement with guests. You will generally need to provide house slippers or shoe covers, so you may decide that just keeping away the daily dirt your family brings inside is good enough.
- Minimize pet dirt and grime inside your home by cleaning your pet outside before they ever get a chance to track it in. At the very minimum, clean dirty paws before bringing them inside. If they are a dirt roller, a full spray down may be required. Keep towels on hand to dry everyone off before coming inside.
- The hard truth is that a decluttered home is easier to clean. Kitchen counters, night tables, coffee tables, entry halls, and bathroom counters can all be a battleground for endless clutter. Consider organizing with attractive baskets and containers in these areas to house items you like to have at your fingertips. Containers are easy to move out of the way when the cleaning mood strikes.
- Have all your cleaning supplies gathered together in one portable cleaning bucket or caddy. It is so much easier to get the job done efficiently when you have all the tools right there at your side. So whenever you have a few minutes to clean, grab the bucket, and you are good to go!
- Work from top to bottom in each room. Starting with the cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling and cleaning your way down to the floors will work with gravity to ensure you never have to clean anything twice.
- Remove lingering smells from your upholstery and mattress with baking soda. Just sprinkle baking soda on furniture that needs freshening up, let it sit for 20 min and then vacuum away with a vacuum attachment. Of course, that same vacuum attachment is also great for cleaning the blinds, vents, cabinets, shelves, and pretty much anything else you notice is dusty as you make your way through the house.
Consistent cleaning, decluttering, and organizing
can help you feel more in control and more productive. We hope these hacks will
be helpful to you as you create a home for yourself and your family. As always,
Zippy Shell is ready to partner with you if you need a storage solution or are
looking at a local or long-distance move. So give us a call at 888-947-7974 or
contact us online
for more information on our moving and storage options.
How many times have you heard New Year/New You? It’s true that millions of us make New Year’s resolutions, but what about resolutions that focus on your space? After all, your space is where you spend a lot of downtime, friend time and family time. Creating an inviting space, whether in your current one, or in a new one, could mean a happier and healthier New Year. It isn’t too late to amend or add to your New Year’s Resolutions and make a better home environment!
declutter: Take a moment
to consider what came into your space last year that maybe wasn’t needed – the
extra decorative box picked up at the vintage store, more coffee mugs received
from co-workers during Secret Santa or yet another blue shirt because you had a
coupon. Be courageous enough to edit down your personal belongings. Donate
duplicate items and recycle things that don’t work or are in disrepair. If you
aren’t sure about items, consider putting them in temporary storage with Zippy
Shell and make the decision after living without them for a while.
Spruce up a single
area or a single item: Sometimes
planning for an update feels overwhelming. Consider focusing on a single
objective in the New Year and make it happen. Ideas include:
paint in one or more rooms
- A new
rug or some new flooring
a single new fixture (like in the kitchen or bathroom)
something that’s been broken for a while
fresh mulch or a few new plants to the landscape
your door or adding a new wreath
Plan to recycle
and save more energy (or recycle more): Recycling not only feels good, it does good. If you currently
recycle, consider upping your game. If you don’t recycle, consider starting
small until it becomes a habit. Small starts include unplugging electronic
devices when not in use to reduce using phantom or vampire energy, taking
reusable bags to the market, saving and recycling all of your plastics and cans
during the week, opting for paperless billing or purchasing a reusable water
bottle instead of buying water and drinks in plastic bottles. Next steps could
include composting, buying local and eating seasonal and creating your own
unique gift paper rather than purchasing wrapping paper or gift bags for
birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.
Stay safe: Your space is your haven. Keep it safe by:
for dryer lint. Most people know to check the lint filter at the front of the
dryer, but did you know that there may be vents and ducts behind the dryer that
could be a hazard and need attention, too?
your detectors. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are just two of the
items in your space that need routine tests.
a/c filters. Checking and changing the filters keeps your unit running more
for a fire extinguisher. Do you have an extinguisher in the kitchen? How about
upstairs, if you have another floor? Check them and any expiration dates they
As the New Year rolls in take time to consider more than just personal resolutions. Make a few resolutions for your space, too. If you find you need extra space, give Zippy Shell a call! We would be happy to help you safely store some of those extra belongings!
Whether you are
preparing your home for sale, have just moved into a new home or are cleaning
your current home, you may be surprised to learn that mold can be found
anywhere. Mold is not limited to moisture-heavy areas like bathrooms. It could
be floating invisibly throughout your home and can trigger serious health
risks, including allergies, headaches, sneezing and more.
Here are 3 tips to
naturally help keep mold out of your home:
A) Remove moisture from your home: Clean, dry air is important since mold thrives in moisture-rich environments. Keep a close eye on areas that could be prone to mold, including kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
- Be sure to change your HVAC filters on schedule.
- If you live in an area that has high humidity, consider a dehumidifier.
- Pro tip: Declutter, especially in areas that are damp or prone to leaks. Don’t give mold places to hide and grow. Consider throwing out and storing items you don’t need to improve air flow.
B) Put the white vinegar to work: Vinegar has long been valued as a “green” cleaning option and for good reason. Vinegar has mild acidic properties and is an anti-bacterial agent, as well. Spray the mold and mold-prone areas with full-strength white vinegar and let it set for an hour. Wipe the area clean and let dry.
C) Use Baking Soda: Another natural cleaning staple, baking soda is great not only because it is safe for your family and pets, but because in addition to great scrubbing properties, it absorbs moisture, which is key to keep mold away. Add baking soda to a little water and then spray it on the mold. Scrub it clean, wipe it off and let it dry.
A clean, decluttered, dry space is one that doesn’t help mold grow. Consider storing unused items with Zippy Shell in a climate-controlled facility, reducing moisture in your home and tackling any moldy areas with natural cleaners.
Are you feeling as
if your home needs a little deeper cleaning than normal? We at Zippy Shell live
and work in the North Texas community, so we understand the challenges our
environment brings to keeping your home spic and span.
Hack 1 – Clean
ceiling fans without the dust shower: Ceiling fans are an integral part of any
Texas home, thanks to our famous heat! Most of us have dusted the fans only to
find our floors and maybe ourselves covered in a shower of dust. However, if
you take an old pillow case, spray a little furniture polish inside and then
run the pillow case up and down the fan blade, all that gross stuff is trapped.
Hack 2 – Clean
your blinds in a jiffy: Blinds can be a real pain to clean. Use an old sock,
dip it a mixture of water and vinegar and run it over the blind or slats. Pro
tip: If you or a loved one are sensitive to chemicals, this is also a great way
to use less cleaning solutions in the home.
Hack 3 – Make
those stainless-steel appliances shine: Many North Texas homes include
stainless steel appliances. We can certainly see the allure, but we also don’t
like the finger prints that are usually par for the course. Use a little dish
soap and water on a very soft cloth to clean the appliance and then follow with
olive oil or mineral oil to make it shine.
Hack 4 –
Eliminate garbage disposal smell: We’ve heard of using lemons in your garbage
disposal, but recently saw a great idea we wanted to pass along to our North
Texas neighbors – rosemary lemons cubes. Put some chopped citrus peels and
rosemary in each ice cube tray and then fill with white vinegar. Freeze them
and then when you are ready to freshen up the disposal, just pop one in.
As part of the community, the Zippy Shell North Texas location stands ready to help you with all your moving and storage solutions (and a few cleaning hacks, too).