Winter's just around the corner, but if you're feeling ill-prepared for the season, don't worry — there are plenty of businesses out there to suit your needs. Whether you want to create snow or make it disappear, store your summer clothes, decorate your home, or even enjoy a cozy night by the fireplace, these five businesses can help.
When winter's on its way, many people try to save space by storing their summer clothes, decorations and other items they don't need in the cold weather. But if you live in an apartment or home that doesn't have a lot of storage space, organizing for the season can get a little tricky. You can use a storage facility if you don't have the space in your home, but what if you don't have a car to travel back and forth, or the time to go to a storage unit every time you need something? Clutter takes all of the complications out of cleaning up your stuff. Use the company's website to set up a storage pickup, and Clutter's employees will bring you boxes and help you pack. Clutter's Move & Pack specialists will pick up your items and bring them to the company's secure storage facility, which is guarded at all times. Organize your items by box, and then whenever you need something, you can call or go online to request that those items be delivered to you. You'll receive them within 48 hours.
Plowz & Mowz
Whether you love winter or hate it, everyone can agree that dealing with a snow-covered driveway is a huge hassle. Shoveling and plowing is difficult, and if you're elderly or disabled, it's even harder to deal with these tasks. If you find yourself dealing with a snowed-in car, Plowz & Mowz can help. The company owns two apps: Plowz, which you can use to order a snowplow on demand via your computer or smartphone, and Mowz, which can connect you with someone to mow or rake your lawn. To use Plowz, simply schedule a plow via the app, and a plower will be assigned to you. That plower will come to your house and clear your driveway, and the company will bill your credit card once the job is completed. You'll also receive a photo of your driveway after the job is done, so if you're not home, you can check your plower's work. [6 Cool Apps to Cure the Winter Blues ]
Living in New York comes with a lot of perks — you're close to everything, and there's always something to do. But there's one thing many apartments in the city are missing: a fireplace. Nothing says winter like cozying up to the fire on a cold night with a cup of hot cocoa or cider, but living in a typical apartment building could make that impossible. HearthCabinet can help, however. The company makes ventless fireplaces that can be installed virtually anywhere. The fireplaces use a fuel cartridge and won't heat your home, but they do provide a nice glow and a little bit of heat. HearthCabinet's fireplaces are approved for use by the New York City Fire Department and Department of Buildings, so they're a safe way to add a little luxury to your home, especially if you're feeling the winter blues.
'Tis the season to decorate your home for the holidays, but if you're too busy or otherwise unable to hang lights or even decorate a tree, it could leave you feeling less than festive. Neave Décor, based in New York and Connecticut, can help you get into the holiday spirit by decorating your home for you. You can use Neave Décor's services to decorate on a seasonal basis or for specific holidays, like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Halloween. The company lets you lease décor items and performs installation and takedown services. It has representatives available 24/7 just in case you have issues with your decorations. Neave Décor also offers decorating services for special events like weddings and parties, and has a corporate division if you're looking to decorate your office.
If you live somewhere that's not exactly known for snowy winters, Snow Business can help you create your own winter wonderland. The U.K.-based company specializes in making realistic fake snow as well as real snow that can last awhile and even be used for snowball fights in the middle of summer. Snow Business' services can be used for everything from film sets and corporate events to winter-themed weddings and children's parties. The company offers more than 200 different types of snow to fit your needs, and can create snow that will disappear on its own or snow that can last for months or even years. Snow Business can create icicles, frost, settled snow, ash and even falling snow, to make it feel like it's actually snowing in real time.