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Newsletter #20

Is Summer Staying or Going?

This summer has not been one to disappoint. The days have been long and the weather has been warm and bright. I know there are a lot of you that have made trips to get away from your home as you have been stuck in your homes for the last few months. Getting out is great, just remember to wear your masks, keep hand sanitizer handy and always keep your distance from people you are not normally around on a daily basis. Now that we are getting close to the colder months of the year some of you are thinking of how you are going to keep things lively at home once you’re stuck inside again. Why not create that game room your kids have been asking for? What about that reading room you have seen on pinterest? Maybe you’re the movie type and want your own theatre room. Maybe you’re that homeowner that has no children and would like a drinking room, like a little mini bar within your home. We can even build that outdoor living space to be heated so you can hang out on it year round.  We will build your dreams. Give us a call for your remodeling project 425-224-2004.

The old cabinets before we took them out for the new cabinets.

List of Work We Perform:

  • Whole House Remodel
  • Additions
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Custom Home
  • Design & Build
  • New Construction
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Living
New walls after we removed all cabinets.

Referral Program:

There is no greater honor than having our past clients/friends recommend us to their friends, family and co-workers. To show our appreciation, we would like to invite you to participate in our exclusive client referral
program.

When you refer a friend, family member or co-worker to our company and they sign a
construction contract with us, you will receive 1% of the total project cost on a future project with our company or cash. A $100,000 project=$1,000 credit.
The people who you refer to our company will also receive 1% off of their project costs to be used with their current project.

There is no limit on how many times you can use this program, so the more you use it, the more money you can earn.
We look forward to working with you, your friends and your family.

Trivia Question:
Q: What cartoon character made their first debut in the animated short “Dizzy Dishes”?

Call in correct answer for $10 Starbucks Gift Card 425-224-2004
(Where are my winners at?!)

Look at the beautiful new cabinets, they really bring this kitchen together.

Classic Remodeling NW Inc. is making sure all our customers are safe as well as our workers. We all wear our masks, carry hand sanitizer, and we always keep a safe distance. COVID is still around and we need to be safe at all times. We make sure here in the office we sanitize all areas that have been touched by anyone. We have a sign that states anyone to walk into our office wears a mask. We can get through this pandemic if we work together and stay safe. Even with COVID we can still come in and remodel your home. So if you need that kitchen, bathroom or master suite remodel, give us a call so we can come meet with you to start the process.  We offer complimentary consultations, so give us a call at 425-224-2004. We would love to hear about your remodeling ideas. 

Pandemic Purge! 8 Things To Declutter From Your Apocalypse Stockpile
[realtor.com: Larissa Runkle]

It’s been a crazy year, and if recent events have put your hoarding habits into overdrive, well, you’d be forgiven. After a weird spring and even weirder summer, you’re not the only one who’s been compiling random stacks of stuff “just in case.”

Takeout containers, Amazon boxes, used paper masks, and even wooden chopsticks are among the offenders that have taken up seemingly permanent residency in our homes. 

That’s why we spoke with home organization and tiny-living experts from all over the country to bring you this list of things that it’s time to ditch. If you’re ready to say buh-bye to your apocalypse stockpile, here are eight things to toss, for the ultimate pandemic purge. 

Office Clothing
 
Summer is always a good time to go through old clothing, and that’s especially true this season. With so many of us working from home, you may find your closet overflowing with things you can’t imagine ever wearing again – even when (or if) the office does open up. 

“Going through clothing before each season creates awareness of the items you already own, but may have forgotten,” says home organizer Katie Barton, of Cabin Lane. “Trash any clothing that has holes or stains and sell or donate the rest.”

If you have a lot to get rid of, Barton says she’s had great success selling clothing in “bundles” through Facebook Marketplace or in local consignment shops.

Sell or donate: Sell your unwanted clothes online, or find the nearest drop box to donate them.

Excess Canned Goods

Remember when it felt as if we might never be able to shop for fresh veggies again?

With grocery stores mostly back to full stock, it’s time to get rid of those extra canned goods you’ve been storing these past few months – especially the expired or unappetizing ones (we see you, store-brand SpaghettiOs).

“Your pantry is probably looking a bit in need of help right now,” says Jen Breitegan, owner of Organizenvy.

“How many cans of crushed pineapple or kidney beans do you have left? I’m betting quite a few. Be honest about the canned and boxed items you bought in a panic but your family didn’t eat, and then donate them to local food banks”.

Donate: Find your closest food bank with Feeding America.

All the Takeout Freebies

When restaurants went to takeout and delivery only, it wasn’t just the excess food that filled our kitchens. Free utensils, plastic bags, condiment packets, and the takeout containers they all came in – and we’re betting you still have quite a few of those things lying around. 

“I’ve heard of people hoarding paper napkins and plastic utensils they receive takeout orders,” says Breitegan. “Again, be honest about how many sets of chopsticks your family really needs, and see if you can cut your stash by at least half.”

Recycle: Free up some of your cabinet space by recycling any takeout extras you (realistically) won’t ever need.

Pandemic Reads

We all had high ambitions when the stay-at-home orders started – like finally reading Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” or learning how to expertly debone quail, thanks to a library of recent cookbooks. But if all those hefty volumes have been sitting gathering dust for months, it may be time to store, sell, or donate them.

“Books take up a lot of space, and can start to smell and leave a musty scent in a room if left for too long,”says Christine Wilcox of LettingGoLivingMore. 

“I love the feel of a real book in my hand, but I only keep those that are really important to me. Everything else goes to the thrift shop for someone else to enjoy.”

Donate: Go through your book collection and put together a box of donation to your local library or favorite (used) bookseller.

Items From Unfulfilled Hobbies
 
Much like books, if you also probably had high hopes for the many ambitious new hobbies you’d take on during lockdown. Knitting? Guitar? Competitive Quidditch? Snow-globe making? If you’re more of a netflix all-star, like us, it might be time to own up to it and free up space for more useful things. 

“If you’ve been able to leave the house to play a sport and still haven’t done so, maybe it’s time to accept that the dusty tennis racket is never going to get used,” says Wilcox. “Sell old sporting equipment or donate to a local school and use the space for the new hobbies in your life.”

Sell or donate: Post your stuff on Facebook Marketplace to sell, or consider making a donation to your local youth center or school.

Busted Art and Office Supplies
 
“It’s not common for parents to end up with baskets full of broken crayons, erasable pens, and markers missing the caps,” says Barton.

“Throw out the things that don’t work, so that you know what needs to be replaced. This is also a good rainy-day activity for kids.”

Trash: Do yourself (and little ones) a favor by purging any busted office and art supplies, and free up some home office space in time for the school year ahead.

Old Cosmetics
 
If your former beauty regimen has gone the au naturel route in the past few months, it’s probably a good time to reassess which cosmetics you actually need in your bathroom, and which ones are ready to be tossed. 

“Go through old makeup, especially anything that’s expired,” says Lindsey Maxwell, co-founder at Where You Make It. “You might not want to waste it, but using expired makeup could cause breakouts and other skin issues.”

Recycle: Pull out your old makeup and cosmetics, and then send those little plastic tubs straight to the recycling bin.

Delivery Packaging
 
Since Amazon and other online stores have been getting so much of our business this past few months, it’s worth taking a minute to assess how much packaging you may still have lying around. Bubble wrap and cardboard boxes won’t really help in any emergency situation we can think of, so it’s best to just toss them now. 

“It may seem wasteful to throw away perfectly good boxes, but as they collect, infestation can occur,” says Leanne Stapf, chief operating office for The Cleaning Authority. “Mice, bed bugs, and even raccoons can find their way to any appealing pile of trash, turning your garage into their home.”

Recycle: take all those empty boxes and throw them into the recycling bin ASAP!

Flat Iron Steak

(2 servings)

 

Prep time

(10 Minutes)

 

Total time

(35 Minutes)

For the steak:

  • 2 flat iron steaks (8oz each)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the steak:

  • 2 flat iron steaks (8oz each)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
 

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. On a large plate, drizzle scallions with a bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. On another plate, drizzle steaks olive oil and season all over with salt and pepper. 
  3. Add scallions to grill and cook, turning a few times, until tender and slightly charred in places, about 4 minutes. Remove to a work surface and let cool slightly. 
  4. Add steak to grill and cook until medium rare, about 5 minutes per side. transfer steaks to cutting board. tent with foil and let rest, 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, trim and discard the root end and thinly slice remaining charred scallions. In a medium bowl, whisk oil and vinegar until well combined. Stir in chopped scallion, mini bell pepper, parsley, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Slice steak and serve topped with salsa.

ENJOY!!!