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Pilonidal Treatment Center of New Jersey

As a leading provider of pilonidal treatments, the Pilonidal Treatment Center of New Jersey (PTCNJ) is a unique medical practice with pilonidal surgeons solely focused on the treatment and cure of pilonidal disease. Our pilonidal treatments include antibiotic management, emergency surgical drainage, surgical removal, laser ablation, and more. PTCNJ is the only center in the state dedicated to the treatment and cure of pilonidal disease. We treat our patients with an emphasis on compassion, competence, and professionalism. Contact us today to find out what a pilonidal cyst doctor can do for you.Our pilonidal surgeons are specialized in pilonidal cyst surgery, simple pilonidal cystectomy, antibiotic management for pilonidal disease, emergency surgical drainage and pit picking. Visit our website to learn more about pilonidal diseases, symptoms and treatments.More information!Business email: info@ptcnj.comPhone number: (862) 267-0388Hours operation:Monday-Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM ; Thursday - Friday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PMSocial media:Facebook | Blog

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Spring Cleaning: tips to organize and clean!

Spring is a great time for cleaning and organizing. As the trees show their leaves and flowers bloom, it feels good to refresh your home by working on decluttering, organizing and cleaning. Because spring is also a time when people are starting to think about putting their home on the market, now is the perfect opportunity to start downsizing. Lets get started!  Plan ahead This job isnt something for a spontaneous weekend. Planning your cleaning and organizing takes a little bit of work to make it worthwhile. First, decide what your goal is. Do you want to clear clutter from every room? Are you trying to downsize for a smaller home or get the basement organized? Do you want to deep clean your entire home? Whatever your goal is, make sure youve considered all options. Clutter-busting in your bedroom is very different from cleaning out your garage. Second, pick your process. While some people like to concentrate on a room or section of the house, others like to sort like with like. For example, some people gather all the books in the house in one central place and start from there. Others like to start with the messiest place in the house. Use whatever works best for you. Third, decide where unwanted items will go. Can you sell a collection or gift it to a friend? Will you donate to a favorite organization? If you need to trash some things, do you know your citys pick-up dates and rules? It helps to know this in advance so you can work effectively. Finally, gather any supplies you might need. If you are cleaning, make sure to have enough rags, paper towels, cleaning solutions, furniture spray, etc. If you are downsizing, you will want to stock up on boxes, tape and markers. You can also ask for some help from family or friends. To make sure you stick to your goal, take breaks and reward yourself when you get a big chore done.   Tackle one area at a time If youve decided to take on one room or area of your house at a time, choose the one that is the most in need of help. Getting the biggest chore off your plate and finished will spur you on to keep moving to other rooms. One method is to start in one corner and move around the room. This gives your cleaning and organizing a focus so you dont get overwhelmed. You can pay attention to each section of the room, whether youre cleaning, organizing or downsizing. Another method is to actually take everything out of the room and then sort, purge and clean as you put things back. This forces you to see how much is in the room and touch almost every single item.   Try sorting by categories  You can tackle this seasonal chore by item as well. Choose a category and go through it thoroughly and toss, sell or donate what you dont need. This can include things such as: Clothing you havent worn in the last two yearsPaperwork that isnt needed any longer Office or school items such as empty folders or old notebooksUnused electronics that no longer work or are not usedMismatched items including  single socks, storage bins without a lid, etc. Kitchen supplies such as expired spices or long-forgotten freezer items Books that have already been read Old make-up, nail polish or creams that are dated or dried out Use the 4-pile method  The professionals at WayForth often recommend four separate piles to help you sort and organize. These include: KEEP, SELL, DONATE and TRASH and what they like to refer to as The 4-Pile Method. The KEEP pile includes things that you are currently using, are going to take with you in a move or give to a family member or friend.  The SELL pile can be items that are designated for a yard sale or through an Internet sale site such as Ebay. Think about consignment shops or even online auction houses if you have a lot of items.  The DONATE group includes things that will go to charity organizations. Make sure you are realistic about what you are donating; items that are broken or stained will eventually be thrown away by the group.  TRASH is just what the name implies. This is the pile that is going to be thrown out. If you are disposing of electronics, old paint or other household materials that may include chemicals, be sure to know what guidelines you must follow in your area.   Helpful resources for donations If you have a list of organizations that take donations, it can be a lot easier to move things out. Make a list of places in your city that will be happy to make use of your donations. Weve gathered a few national organizations and other ideas to get you started. Habitat For Humanity Appreciates donations of gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more. Global Literacy Project Accepts donated books in order to foster community-based literacy initiatives throughout the world. Project Smile Donated baby and childrens items are provided to emergency responders to help ease the pain and fear of children in their care.For those who are giving away items for free in their own towns and neighborhoods,Freecycleis all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Or try your local Buy Nothing group on Facebook.  Dress for Success Provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide. Lions Clubs Eyeglass Recycling Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low- and middle-income communities. Cell Phones for Soldiers This non-profit helps connect our troops around the world with their families. Browse the internet for your local animal shelter. They are always in need of blankets, towels, sheets, and soft bedding to provide their rescues with warmth and a comfortable place to sleep during their stay. 

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The Beginners Guide to Space Planning

Moving to a new home can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. With all the other things that need to be taken care of, its easy for space planning to get pushed off until after you move in. But taking the time to thoughtfully plan the layout of your new home before making the move has numerous benefits, ranging from convenience and cost-effectiveness through improved coordination and decreased stress levels.   Advantages of Space Planning Before Moving There are many advantages to space planning before moving, such as being able to identify what items are necessary to bring, what can be donated or thrown away, and where everything will fit in the new space. How to Analyze Your New Home and Plan Out the Perfect Layout Consider the function of each room and how you want to use it. This will help you determine the best layout for each space. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can create a home that not only looks great but also works for your lifestyle. Tips for Optimizing Space and Maximizing Storage Solutions Utilize vertical space with tall bookcases and shelves or opt for multi-functional furniture like a storage ottoman or bed with built-in drawers. Dont be afraid to get creative with organization repurpose items like mason jars or tension rods for unique storage solutions. With a little careful planning and clever thinking, your space can be both functional and stylish. Making Room Arrangements to Create a Harmonious Balance in Your Home When it comes to creating a harmonious balance in your home, the placement of furniture and dcor can play a major role. One of the first things to consider is the size of your space and how much floor plan layout flexibility you have. A well-balanced room should feel open and inviting instead of cramped and cluttered.  Consider Space PlanningTo take the stress out of moving and make sure that your space is planned perfectly for you, Whether youre seeking extra storage space or are looking for ways to create more room for entertaining friends and family, our experienced team has your back every step of the way from packing up your old place right through to setting up furniture in your new abode. Dont wait any longer 

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7 Tips on How to Protect Yourself from Scam Movers

1. Do Your Research Dont just hire the first mover you come across. Look for online reviews and ratings from past customers. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the company. Look for mover associations and certifications that prove the company is legitimate.   2. Get a Written Estimate Always get a written estimate of the total cost before signing a contract. Dont rely on verbal agreements or estimates over the phone. Know exactly what youre paying for, including any additional fees or surcharges. Some scam movers will offer a low quote initially, only to hike up prices later by adding fees not mentioned in the contract. 3. Insurance & Coverage Ask if they carry insurance and find out what type of coverage, they offer in case something is damaged or lost during the move. Legitimate movers will carry insurance that covers damages that occur during transportation. Without it, youll be responsible for the costs of any damage.  4. Review the terms of Service Take your time to review the terms carefully and dont sign it until you understand everything. Read the fine print and ask for clarification on anything you dont understand. Look for the cancellation policy in case you need to change your moving date or cancel entirely. A legitimate mover will make sure you understand everything before you sign.  5. Get their Contact Information Get contact information for the company and their employees in case you need to follow up on anything during or after your move. Make sure to get a working phone number and email address for the company in case anything goes wrong. If you have any questions, contact the company directly rather than relying on a third party. Make sure the company provides accurate addresses to avoid fraudulent activities.  6. Make a List (or Request One) Make sure to make a list of the content in your home, especially your most treasured items. Or get a copy of the inventory list with all items being moved. Dont be afraid to ask for a copy of the list, even if the movers are in a hurry. Make sure the inventory list is detailed and accurate to prevent damage, missing or stolen goods.  7. Never Pay the Full Amount Upfront Legitimate movers wont ask for full payment before the move is complete. Theyll usually only ask for a deposit upfront (a 25% deposit is the standard). Instead, pay the deposit and only pay the full balance after the move is complete, and youve verified that all your items are there and in good condition.  For more information on how to protect your move, read our blog here!  Let WayForth help you with your next move by utilizing our personalized services. These include downsizing, space planning, packing and moving, unpacking, storage and settling into your new home. Contact our moving professionals today at 1.844.WAYFORTH. 

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