As winter fades out and Metro Detroiters turn their thoughts to the renewal of life that accompanies spring, many residents also focus on renewing efforts to tidy up and become better organized around the house. This year, consider enlisting professional help to become more organized and achieve new levels of clean. Here are some spring cleaning tips and professional options to help get them accomplished.
2079 25 Mile Road
Shelby Township, MI 48316
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Because the kitchen is one of the most utilized rooms in the home, it stands to benefit the greatest from organization. Whether cabinet and kitchen storage space is in short supply, or it is time to put away the winter dishes in favor of summer patterns and place settings suitable for outdoor use, Organize-It offers numerous value-priced options for better kitchen organization. From pullout shelves to kitchen gadgets, drawer organizers to dinnerware storage, the pros at Organize-It are prepared to help even the most disorganized of individuals. Organize-It is also well-known around Metro Detroit as a go-to provider of design services and solutions for better closet organization, providing a custom closet showroom located inside its Shelby Township store location.
Organized Home Solutions, LLC
20487 Edinberg Drive
Macomb, MI 48044
Hours: Mon to Fri 9 – a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,Saturdays and evenings by appointment
With the arrival of spring, so comes the time to put away the snowblower, shovels and winter sports gear in order to make room for the lawnmower, yard tools and bicycles. This can prove frustrating to many homeowners, and it is not uncommon to see a two-car garage reduced to single-car capacity due to one entire side of the garage being used for storage of “stuff.” Give the experts at Organized Home Solutions a call and learn how to reclaim the entire garage as a place to provide shelter for vehicle parking. Specializing in garage and basement organization, this home-based business also caters to the do-it-yourself homeowner and provides free in-home estimates and design services with a personal touch.
14000 W 8 Mile Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
(800) HAGOPIAN (424-6742)
Hours: Mon to Sat – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Winter takes its toll on more than just the area’s local roads and highways. The mix of wintry weather experienced in Metro Detroit requires the use of road salt and products to keep the ice off of driveways and sidewalks. These products easily become mixed together with the snow that is tracked indoors on boots, which in turn melts and creates a mess on carpeting. While there are home-use carpet cleaners available for both purchase and rent, nothing quite achieves the same results as professional carpet cleaning and the cost is generally only slightly higher than do-it-yourself solutions. This is where the experts at Hagopian really shine. Having served the Metro Detroit area since 1939, Hagopian has won numerous “Best Of” and customer service awards and provides in-home services including carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and tile care.
The Books Connection
19043 Middlebelt Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
Hours: Mon, Thurs, Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tue, Wed, Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
While a bookstore may seem like a bit of a strange spring cleaning tip, it actually offers a wealth of spring cleaning tips and knowledge by way of print media. Many books have been written on the subjects of household cleaning, becoming more organized and minimizing clutter around the home. One of the more popular recent titles is “The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life” by Lorie Marrero. In her book, Lorie provides readers with advice on how to make a habit of becoming better organized, tips for procrastinators and some specific types of especially “high-calorie” clutter to avoid. There are many other books available as well, so immerse yourself in a local treasure and enjoy the bookstore atmosphere while researching the best way to get organized.
Grace Centers of Hope Thrift Store
Sterling Heights Location
43584 Van Dyke
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Located in the Riverland Plaza, on Van Dyke south of Hall Road
Hours: Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – Closed
Try putting those gently used items to good use by making a tax-deductible donation to benefit the less fortunate among us? Grace Centers of Hope has four thrift store locations throughout Metro Detroit and accepts donations at all four locations. Donors may also choose to have Grace come pick up donations by calling 855-HELP-GCH (855-435-7424) between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. During the call, Grace will schedule time to pick up your items. The courtesy of 10-14 days advance notice for scheduling a pick-up is requested.
Jim is a native “Michigander” and avid automotive enthusiast. An ASE certified Master Automobile Technician turned engineer and freelance writer, Jim’s articles reflect a passion for Metropolitan Detroit and the many things the region has to offer. His work can be found at Examiner.com.