Junk Removal – Best Practices

Junk Removal – Best Practices

Is there anything better than going through your house or your apartment and getting rid of unwanted junk? Not only does cleaning up physical clutter make your home neater, it often helps clean up mental clutter, as well. When things are neat and tidy we tend to thrive and be able to live better. We let go of old things and memories and clear the way for the future. But, unfortunately, the act of purging can in and of itself be stressful. Where should you start? How do you decide what’s junk and what isn’t. And, once you have your junk all sorted, what do you do with it? There are a few things that you should keep in mind to help making the process easier.

Get started
Sometimes it’s the thought of starting something, not the actual act of starting that can be stressful. So, if you’ve decided to go through your belongings and get rid of some stuff, just do it! Start in one room. Start in one corner. Just start. You’ll find once you do, it’s a lot easier from there. If you find that you tend to procrastinate when it comes to getting rid of junk, ask a friend or family member to help you. Sometimes just having another person around asking “Do you really need that?” can help.

What’s junk?
While it will vary a bit from person to person, junk is basically anything that is broken or deteriorated to the point that you can’t use it. But, using a wider definition, junk can be perfectly good, in pristine condition, but it’s something you will never use again. Be honest with yourself – if that sandwich maker has been collecting dust in the cupboard for two years, odds are you don’t need it. And are you really ever going to get around to fixing that tube TV?

Divide and conquer
With that being said, remember one thing: one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Just because it’s junk to you doesn’t mean that it isn’t valuable to someone else. So, when going through your “junk”, separate the stuff into three piles: throw-out, donate, sell.
If it’s completely useless, like a computer monitor that’s smashed or a pair of jeans with a huge hole in them, just chuck it out. Clothes you’ve outgrown, dishes you no longer use and books that you’ve already read can be donated to a local charity. Other items, such as that unused sandwich maker or tube TV can be sold in a garage sale.

Hire someone to haul the junk
Once you have given away your donated items and sold your sandwich maker, you still need to get rid of the junk that you have left. While you can cart it off to the dump yourself, it may be easier to hire a company to come and take the stuff away, especially if you have a lot or if some of the items are heavy. For a small amount of money a company will come and take care of hauling away your unwanted junk. If you’re in the Okanagan area give us a call at (778) 215-1111.

Don’t replace with more junk
Once you clean out your unwanted junk, you may be tempted to go out and buy more stuff. Resist the urge to fill your newly empty space. Thinking carefully about each thing you bring into your house means that later on down the road you won’t have to come up with a plan to get rid of your junk, because you won’t have any.

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