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Gift Giving for People Who Have Everything
Black Friday is past us, and the holiday season officially swings into full gear. This coming month will be packed with events, parties, decorating, and yes – shopping. It’s easy to pick out toys for young children, but gift giving is more challenging with grown adults who really don’t need or even necessarily want more stuff. It’s particularly difficult when you have loved ones who may be packrats or even hoarders. If you want to make someone feel special without adding to the stuff inside their home, then consider giving something a little different this year.

Remove Some Stress
These are stressful times, but you can help someone relax a little this season. Give the gift of a massage. You might even be able to sign them up for a program so that they can enjoy a full year of relaxing treatments. You’re never too old or young for a massage – so add this to your giving list!

Nothing is More Valuable than Time
Time is the world’s most valuable commodity. Everybody is given the same amount, and it marches forward at the same pace for all of us. The best gift you may be able to give is your own time. Rather than buying mom another little dust catcher, consider scheduling a weekend away with her. Take your dad on an adventure. Schedule your parents for their own weekend retreat. There are countless options, and the memories will last forever.

Gift Cards are Always Good
Giving cash seems cold, but gift cards are always a hit. Before you pick up a generic pack of cards, however, find out what their favorite places are. Give them gift cards that you know will be used, and package them in a nice card that they can keep if desired. You can also attach the gift card to a favorite drink so that you can have a toast, or take them out to dinner and deliver the gift card on a dessert plate.
Consumables That Will Actually Be Used

Sign them up for a steak-of-the-month or special wine club based on their preferences. Consumables are great because they can be enjoyed, yet there is no clutter left behind when the gift is gone. Other consumables don’t have to be eaten at all. They can be memberships to online show channels or seeds for avid gardeners.

This year, consider gifts that will make the season bright and merry without turning into clutter. It just takes a little more thought on your part, and they’re sure to be a hit. If you decide that you really want to give them the gift of an easy cleanout, then give us a call. We don’t have gift cards – but we will be offering services throughout the month. Merry Christmas from JDog!  - November, 2017

The Disturbing Truth About Storage Sheds

While storage sheds are a great way to keep stuff that doesn't fit in your home, there are some items that should not be left in these units.

How to Reclaim the Forgotten Storage Areas in Your Home 
It’s so peaceful to have a nice, clean house. Unfortunately, getting there can be a major challenge for busy families.  (march 15, 2017)

Out of the Basement and Attic!
As you look around your home for more storage, the most obvious spots are the basement and the attic. You’re probably not using the attic for extra living space, and the basement has all those handy corners where you can stack bins and store the holiday decorations.

Fun Ways to Creep Up Your House for Halloween

It may be August, but Halloween is already creeping into stores. This slow invasion of zombies and witches isn’t a bad thing as it reminds you that the seasons are changing and you may want to shift gears yourself. Here are some cool ideas for your yard!

What You Need to Know About Hoarding
When it comes to those hoarding shows, there are typically two responses. Some people will watch the program with growing shock and horror. They wonder how people can live that way. Perhaps they feel sorry for the people on the screen, and maybe they just feel frustrated as they watch the wheels of progress turn at a snail’s pace.

How to Tell Between a Collection and a Hoard
 Many people enjoy collecting items, and you’ve probably seen hoarding shows where the property owner claims that it’s not a hoard, it’s a collection. It’s certainly true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but how do you really tell the difference between collecting and hoarding? (April 2017)

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Make Halloween More Exciting for the Kids
Halloween is fast approaching, and people in Northeast Ohio are having a blast decorating their homes and yards. While you may have your skeletons out and the ghoulish decorations on hand to scare away evil spirits on the big night, have you considered how you’ll prepare to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home? 

Caves Vs. Basements: How to Improve Your Space

If your basement feels more like a cave, then it's time to make a few changes that will bring it into the light.

Getting What You Pay For: Beware of Cheap Contractors
Hiring people to come work in your home can be nerve wracking. You want to be sure that they do a great job, but you also don’t want to overpay. Finding that balance between quality and value can feel like walking a tightrope. 

That Major Mess Can be a Simple Job 

As you’re standing in a home and looking around at a major mess, it’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed. When my dad died, we immediately rented a dumpster and had it dropped in the front yard. The family worked together to fill that dumpster within two days, then we felt discouraged at the lack of progress....

How to Make Your Move Easier

The housing market is heating up again, and people are on the move. Whether you’re downsizing or moving up in the neighborhood, getting ready to relocate can be stressful. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the to-do lists, but there are steps you can take to make your move simpler.

What Goes Down... Must Come Up

Be careful about putting heavy, large, and bulky items in the basement because they will eventually have to come out.

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The Hidden Dangers in Big Basement Clutter
Basements have many nicknames. In some homes, that subterranean space is lovingly called the black hole, bottomless pit, nightmare room, or simply “downstairs.”  If your basement has turned into a major disaster area that’s full of clutter, then you may already be feeling a little embarrassed to have your friends see it. 
. - October 10, 2017

What you Need to be Aware of Before Hiring a Junk Hauler
When it’s time to have that old sofa removed or the junk hauled out of your basement, you may think that there’s really nothing to worry about. After all, the old junk is just going to the landfill, so you’re not concerned about it being damaged. However, there are still plenty of things that can (and sometimes do) go wrong. 

 How An Empty House Can Cost You Money
All across the Greater Cleveland and Akron areas, houses are sitting empty. They’re not necessarily abandoned, and most of them aren’t even condemned. Frequently, they’re simply homes that were recently owned by a family member, or it may be that two people have combined households and the other property is sitting empty. Most people recognize that it would be ideal to sell the property or return it to the landlord so that they can stop paying rent, but they don’t always know what to do with the stuff inside.

To Store it or Toss it – How to Make the Decision
Storage sheds are a great solution when you want to reclaim your garage without surrendering your treasures. However, all the stuff you have in the basement or garage probably doesn’t need to go into a paid storage unit. 

Best way to get rid of an old swingset 
It’s easy to tell when a swingset is falling apart. You’ll notice it swaying more when the kids are playing on it, or the top beams may start taking on a noticeable bend when the little ones are using it. . When your swingset reaches this point, it really cannot be sold or given away – it should be disposed of.

Get Organized in the New Year

It’s a new year, the Cleveland weather is typical for January, and that makes it a great time to start organizing the house. The great thing about getting organized JDog style is that you don’t necessarily have to go out and spend a lot of money.  

Get Ready for the Influx of Christmas Gifts

With the holidays right around the corner, this is a great time to declutter your home. When you eliminate the things you no longer really use or want, you'll have more open space for the new treasures that are on their way.

The Joy of Finding Lost Treasures 
We were called for an estimate on cleaning out the basement and garage of an estate home. The main house was very tidy, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect when the woman led us to the basement.  we should keep an eye out for.