Home renovations are exciting, aren't they? Remodeling your whole house, apartment, or summer house can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. You can get a rewarding feeling every time you enter the house you just remodeled. However, one shouldn't forget about the hassle that comes with renovating homes. It usually ends up with you spending more money than you originally planned and it could take more time than you expected. Not only that, but home renovations also generate garbage and waste that may even fill up your backyard or garage.
Getting rid of renovation waste can be overwhelming, so here are a few tips to help you get rid of that waste.
Throw it Away
If you're sure that the renovation leftovers are completely useless and that it can't be recycled, renewed, or used by anyone else- then you only have a few options left to get rid of it. The first is that you need to separate the materials and categorize them. You can contact someone from your local dump come and do this according to the way they categorize waste, and then have it dropped off at the nearest landfill or dump.
You can also take the hassle-free way and rent out a dumpster. There are plenty of options for that online, so make sure that you do your research. The services provided by dumpstercompany.org show you that you have the option to pick the kind of disposal you want to get rid of, and how it's done. Professional and reliable companies offer a variety of options that are suitable for all kinds of renovation or even big construction projects. They will pick up all your garbage and get rid of it for you at a suitable price.
If you own unique pieces of furniture or have a collection of a vintage selection of chandeliers and lamps, for instance, you can try selling them to an antique shop or find a few antique lover groups online and make some money out of it. You can even sell high-quality wood and furniture that you bought from top-notch brands.
Companies that renovate furniture and sell it again, don't usually offer a lot of money in return to disposable material. However, if you are sure you have pieces that are of high value and find the right buyer then maybe you can get some money for your extraordinary taste in furniture.
Like giving away your clothes and old stuff to goodwill, you can make a small donation to entities that renovate and recycle old material and give it to people that can't afford to buy new ones. Some organizations and businesses will even take your toilets, floors, doors, and windows and just install them into homes that belong to poorer families. You can have a backyard sale for all your stuff and have them sold for as little as a dollar to those who need it and can make good use of it.
If you have one of a kind pieces that you love, then you can research the internet for do-it-yourself ways to repurpose these items. Put some of your hidden talents to use and make beautiful creations out of your trash. This way you can call yourself an efficient human being that doesn't let their waste affect the environment. Whether you decide to recycle or repurpose your waste, make sure you use the most sustainable way possible otherwise just hand it to professionals who can take it off your hands and allocate it accordingly.
Calling a junk removal company, a roll-off dumpster, or hiring a company to recycle or help you donate the stuff you do not need are all inexpensive options that will assist you in disposing of the garbage that is left behind after home renovations. You can even try asking the interior design company or your new suppliers if they can take all the waste and make use of it.
You might have recently heard of architectural salvages that can take any of the items you want to throw away like bricks, floors, old toilets, fixtures, and even cabinet hardware to resell them at lower rates to those who are in need. At the end of the day, it's not going to matter where the material ends up as long as it's not near your household. The only thing you can do in this case is to make sure that you are not harming the environment or ignoring the fact that there are people who can build homes and make wonders out of things you do not need anymore. You can simply think of it this way- if you can't ensure that you are getting rid of your garbage in an environmentally friendly way you can help others make better use of it.
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Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.
I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.
I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.
Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.
My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.
I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.
When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.
So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.
Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.
And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.
This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.
I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.
I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.