Spring Cleaning and De-Clutter

spring clean-green cleanSpring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for most of us.  Cleaning is beneficial, but can also be hazardous to your health depending on what you use to clean.  There are products that are eco-friendly and more natural than the harsh products that many of us regularly use.  As you prepare for spring cleaning, look for ways to include green methods into the process.  For example, vinegar or vinegar and water can be used for cleaning windows and many other surfaces.  Baking soda added to water can also be used for cleaning and is not abrasive and will not harm your surfaces.

If you want your cleaner scented, add lemon or other oils.  Spring is the time to check your smoke detectors and change the batteries if needed, rotate the mattresses, wash windows, blinds, and curtains, and get to parts of the house you rarely clean.  Clean and refresh the air in your home naturally by filling it with houseplants such as English ivy or lilies.  You can make your own air freshener by cutting up lemon peels, mixing them with a little baking soda, and putting the mixture into a plastic container with a lid. 

You can find green products in your local store or you can make your own.  There is a lot of good information on the web about how to make eco-friendly products such as window cleaner, furniture polish, all-purpose cleaner, even toilet bowl cleaner.  You just need a few basic products for creating your own cleaners.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

Distilled white vinegar:

  • Vinegar fights grease, kills bacteria, and leaves a nice clean finish for your surface.  Vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleaner.  Use vinegar mixed with water on your windows and glass surfaces.
  • For floors, mix vinegar and water and a few drops of peppermint or lemon oil and damp mop your hard surface floors.
  • Straight vinegar can be used to clean mold and mildew.

Baking soda:

  • Mix one part baking soda, two parts vinegar and four parts water, apply with a sponge and safely clean countertops and bathroom tile
  • Add baking soda to a toilet brush and scrub.  Clean the outside of the toilet with straight vinegar.


  • Disinfectant:  You can create your own disinfectant by mixing two (2) teaspoons borax, four (4) tablespoons of vinegar, and three (3) cups hot water.  Apply with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle and wipe clean.

Essential oils:

  • Add to floor cleaner mix of vinegar and water (see recipe above)
  • Put on cloth and toss in your dryer instead of dryer sheet


Microfiber cleaning cloths

Spring De-clutter

Spring is a great time to clean as well as de-clutter your house.  Start with the kitchen and toss anything that is broken or not used.  Go through your closets, donate clothes that are in good shape but that you no longer wear, throw out torn or stained items or use them for cleaning rags.  If you have a lot of good used items you no longer need, consider having a yard sale.  Recycle as much as possible and keep items out of the landfill.

If you need moving or storage services after your spring cleaning, contact Volunteer Moving and Storage.  We have eight convenient locations to serve you.

What to look for in a real estate expert

What to look for in a real estate expert

Brackfield & Associates

When looking for a company to handle your real estate matters, you need a local expert. Brackfield & Associates is a locally owned and operated company looking out for your needs.

When you are buying or selling you need someone with the experience to handle whatever comes up.  An expert stays actively involved in today’s business market.  An expert has the knowledge and experience you need to execute your business goals.

Are you dealing with a foreclosure?  You need someone who understands the issues, legalities, and processes for trustees, primary and secondary lien holders. Are you buying or selling a business or other property?  You need someone who can determine value, inspect property and its conditions so that all parties involved can make informed choices.

Do you need someone who specializes in commercial real estate?  Buddy Brackfield has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of real estate matters.  When you need an expert, experience matters.  Contact Brackfield & Associates.  We have the experience and expertise you are looking for.

Why choose Brackfield & Associates?


We have over 30 years’ experience in Commercial Brokerage, Business Brokerage, Foreclosures and Estate Matters.  Brackfield & Associates covers retail, office, industrial, multifamily, land, investments, estate matters and foreclosures. We have the market knowledge, resources and experience to service your transaction with an unparalleled expertise.


Brackfield & Associates can handle any type of auction from an estate auction to a non-profit charity auction. We make sure momentum is maintained.  We will represent your property professionally and effectively.


Whether you are merging two companies or purchasing a company, Brackfield & Associates is your advocate. We have the strength, knowledge, and experience to advise strategic buyers and private equity investors throughout the entire Merger and/or Acquisition process.


A business purchase or sell can become overwhelming and take more time than initially desired.

Choosing us to act as your ‘buffer’ and facilitate the process gives you strength. As your representative we are able to have a very productive discussion to let the other party understand what is necessary to make the deal happen within your pre-outlined parameters. 


Brackfield & Associates is able to search, evaluate, and negotiate the purchase of a business or property that fits your criteria. We understand at Brackfield & Associates that every client is different and each property or business is unique. We will go above and beyond to find that business or property that you thought ‘did not exist’. Once your asset has been found we will assist you in the full negotiations process from start to ‘signed on the dotted line’ done.


Brackfield & Associates can develop your best strategies for planning the accumulation, management, and transfer of wealth. Our goal for your Estate’s wealth is to make sure it is held, preserved and transferred to the desired beneficiaries as intended in the in the most efficient way. Our knowledge of the laws and years of experience with negotiating and representing large assets gives you the confidence and protection needed.

Experience matters:  Contact Buddy Brackfield at (865) 691-8195 for all your real estate needs.  Over 30 years’ experience in commercial brokerage, business brokerage, foreclosures, and real estate matters. 

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