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Is there a Marie Kondo for widows?

I am overwhelmed by stuff in my house. My husband passed suddenly in April, leaving behind a large house + a large garage mostly full of his hobby items. I have been trying to go through it for months now, but it is overwhelming. Is there some kind of professional that can help me with this? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Dec 29, 2016 - 13 answers

How can I best clean my mattress after a stain?

I came home tonight to find a 2 foot square wet spot on my mattress. I have allergies and sensitivity to mold and odors. [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jul 21, 2016 - 13 answers

Diesel v. Bamboo (and Environmental Health/Safety)?

My neighbor revealed that within the past couple of days he had killed the clump of bamboo that sits between our yards by pouring "a few gallons" of diesel fuel on the area where the roots were. I was mortified. The neighbor did acknowledge it was illegal. What are the ramifications of pouring oil into soil? [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Tell me about California closets please.

Hi AskMe. I need to do something about the closets in my 30+ year old house. I would like a more efficient use of space both for the master walk in closet and the smaller bedrooms. Simple shelf + rod no longer cut it. I have no idea how to do that myself so I'm thinking of California Closets who seem to get a lot of praise online. Have you had any experience with them (or a similar outfit)? Satisfied? Please tell me about your experience.
posted by aeighty on Jan 22, 2014 - 14 answers

I spilled teak oil and made a mess! How do I clean it up?

So when I was teak oiling my table I stupidly put the can of teak oil down in my stainless steel sink. Now I have a teak-oil-can-shaped ring of dried teak oil in my sink. And also some on my granite countertop. [more inside]
posted by middlethird on Nov 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Pick-up shredding services in NYC?

I am a bit of a pack rat. I’ve made a lot of progress in dealing with this problem but I still have several garbage bags’ worth of paper in my apartment that I don’t need and want to get rid of. [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Aug 26, 2013 - 5 answers

How much should trauma scene cleanup cost? Is my dad getting ripped off?

A trauma scene cleanup company is quoting my dad $2100 for materials and 20 hours of labor to clean up the biohazardous material in the tiny bathroom my uncle died in. Is this a reasonable estimate of labor? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Aug 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Removing Diatomaceous Earth from...papers (and my room)

I have some documents that have been sprinkled with diatomaceous earth. How do I get the diatomaceous earth off so I can use the documents without breathing any in? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Fake a lipstick treatment

We're doing a show that requires a character to write on a laminate surface every night with what is supposed to be lipstick and are looking for some work-arounds to deal with expense and time. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Feb 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Massive Mold Mishap

My little brother had a jellow wrestling party in his basement with his college friends. It was a great success. However, they (he and his three roommates) left a large kiddie pool full of jello in his warm, wet, dark basement three weeks ago. Now there is giant kiddie pool full of mold in his basement. Much of the floor is also covered in mold. It's....very scary and smelly. How best to clean up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Movies: Cleaning up after a murder

Looking for movies where there is a suspenseful scene of one or two people cleaning up after a murder and/or concealing a body. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Nov 8, 2012 - 23 answers

Remove gel ant poison from wood...?

How to clean-up spilled gel ant poison from a wood drawer? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

How to pay for mold clean up for low income family?

Have a serious mold problem. Do mold removal companies do payment plans? What guidelines does the government follow to declare a home too hazardous to live in? [more inside]
posted by previously on Feb 6, 2012 - 12 answers

I'm excited to stain! Help me not burn my house down!!

How do I (a DIY'er, not professional) properly dispose of stain soaked rags (in Indiana)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Paying for cleanup NJ rental

Isn't my landlord responsible for payment in cleanup of heavy Hurricaine flood damage to rental? I was told to get Flood insurance for my possessions, which I have, with a limited policy I could only get with Management pulling strings. Now multimillionaire landlord wants me to pay for cleanup through my insurance (which doesn't cover that.) Is this legal in NJ?
posted by Summer05 on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 answers

What should I do about spilt fish sauce?

What should I do about spilt fish sauce? [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy on Apr 28, 2011 - 5 answers

How should we go about removing mold in apartment?

Moldy is fine in my hockey bag, but not in my apartment. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Jan 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Cleaning up lead paint

My house has lead paint. Today most of the windows were replaced, and the people who installed them were supposed to vacuum up the lead paint chips. I don't think they did. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Nov 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Free Stuff To Good Home

Fastest way to get other people to come take our stuff? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Nov 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me encourage communal cleanliness!

I need suggestions for gentle, preferably clever or humorous signs reminding people to help keep the break room clean. [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Sep 29, 2010 - 31 answers

My computer needs to lose some weight.

My computer needs to lose some weight. I know, total rookie question, but how can I figure out what is taking up so much room on my hard drive so I can get rid of it? (10.6.4) [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe on Sep 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Post-coital cleanup help!

What's the best way to clean up after my boyfriend has ejaculated inside me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2010 - 28 answers

Looking for house emptying service

Looking for New Jersey Estate Cleanout recommendations [more inside]
posted by plinth on Jul 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Most exxon valdez cleanup workers are dead? Really?

In this video, Kerry Kennedy states that the average lifespan of a Exxon Valdez cleanup worker is 51 years old and that almost all of those cleanup workers are dead today. Can anyone dig up a source for this statement... besides this video?
posted by SpecialK on Jul 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Trying to avoid "Are you OK?"

How can I clean myself up after a proper crying and get back in the office? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on May 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I scrub a sea turtle too?

I want to take my Memorial Day weekend and use it to help with wildlife cleaning/rehabbing in the Gulf. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by inmediasres on May 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Stripping Glue

What equipment and chemicals do I need to strip carpet glue and paint off of a cement/concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Apr 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Cleanup HTML using C#

Using C#, how can I programmatically clean up HTML code ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive on Jul 19, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I remove music files not used in iTunes?

How can I delete music files that are no longer used in iTunes, but are still present on disk? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Jan 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Broken compact fluorescent bulb

I broke a compact fluorescent light bulb in my bedroom. Rudimentary cleanup, but I'm must go to bed, and my husband's already asleep in there. I saw the scary "leave the room for 15 minutes" mercury warnings on the government cleanup page. Anybody know the science? How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Feb 27, 2008 - 10 answers

iTunes cleanup questions.

I want to clean up my iTunes library. How do I rename my music folder? How do I get rid of duplicates? and dead links? [more inside]
posted by lou on Aug 17, 2007 - 7 answers

I need to figure out how to clean off this grout mess!

I am regrouting my basement bathroom tile, and as I look down at the sandy mess at my feet, I am wondering how to clean it! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Aug 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Save my (Apartment's) Carpet!

My new apartment has carpet in a few places I wish it didn't. Help me keep my (potential) mess away from this carpet and save my security deposit. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jul 3, 2007 - 13 answers

How to manually clean a registry?

How hard is it to do a manual registry cleaning and is it worth paying HP $45 to help me? [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Jun 27, 2006 - 5 answers

Adobe Cleanup freezes my apps!

Recent Windows versions of Adobe apps, specifically programs in the CS2 Suite and Acrobat Pro 7.0, all run some kind of auxiliary program called "Cleanup" not long after they start up. In my experience, "Cleanup" always freezes the Adobe app in question while it does whatever it's doing. So what is this program? Is it necessary? And if not, how can I stop it from running?
posted by limeonaire on Jun 21, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I disinfect my lawn from floodwaters?

The Merrimack River in Massachusetts decided to become part of my backyard these past few days, but thankfully has receded. My question is, how do I disinfect my lawn from all the bacteria and what not that was in the river without actually killing the lawn?
posted by kraagenskul on May 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Broken thermometer

I just broke a glass thermometer and can't find the mercury. Help! [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r on Mar 23, 2006 - 14 answers

Cleaning up the dirty city

Why are some cities dirtier than others? What tactics can a dirty city learn from clean cities, to keep their streets free of litter? [more inside]
posted by edverb on Mar 5, 2006 - 14 answers

Limited liability?

ApartmentFilter: Is it financially safe to not clean up impeccably when moving out of an apartment, or will a landlord normally go after you for money over and above the security deposit, if they think enough work was involved? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jan 26, 2006 - 17 answers

How do I clean up a voice recording?

How do I clean up a voice recording? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Dec 21, 2005 - 19 answers

Stain stains?

Spilled polyurethane wood stain on my brick walkway - is it doomed? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Oct 29, 2005 - 8 answers

How can I automate deleting new files from a directory if their ftp transfer was successful?

Calling all Nerds Automation masterminds. I record radio shows on a weekly basis using a hauappage WinTV card in an XP box (I use the Axife frontend). I'm trying to automate my whole process to the point where all I have to do is plug my ipod into my powerbook. I have scripted ftp.exe to send the resultant MP3 files from the XP box to my powerbook once daily. On the powerbook, I have a folder action set to run a script that adds any files that appear to itunes, and then delete the files. The only thing I haven't got my head around is how to automatically delete the files from the XP directory, BUT ONLY if the ftp transfer was successful. Suggestions?
posted by adamkempa on Sep 17, 2004 - 6 answers

Cleaning up after some feathered friends

Birdfilter: So some local birds have decided to make my fire escape into their main hang-out, which is fine, but it's starting to look a little grotesque out there. Any recommendations for cleaning this stuff up, beyond hot water and a wire brush? Something that is environmentally kosher is preferred...
posted by lilboo on Jul 21, 2004 - 8 answers

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