Are you ready for a major cleanout? Junk removal is certainly not one of the most joyful things in the world – at least not during the process. With a little bit of organization, you’ll be done faster than you may think. And don’t forget about the sense of relief you’re going to feel once everything’s gone. Should you run into any difficulties during the process, contact the professional to give you a hand. Sometimes you hit a wall, especially when you have to handle bulky items. Don’t feel embarrassed for trying and not being able to make it. A pro is happy to help you at any step of the process.
In order to start with your junk removal, you’re going to need a plan. Establish a list of items that have to go. It’s easiest to do so after a serious decluttering.
- First, go through every room and collect all items that are obvious junk. Set a timer and take a cardboard box or a large trash bag with you. The less time you have, the less you’re going to think about keeping junk items after all.
- Don’t forget to check rooms such as the attic, basement, or garage. They often like to accumulate stuff you don’t actually need.
- Repeat the process, but this time you’re going to collect all items that you haven’t used within the last year. This step may take a little longer since you’re going to take a closer look through your stuff. At the same time, you’ll have to determine what’s definitely going to stay. Put all items you don’t use anymore into an additional box. If you came across a juicer that doesn’t work anymore, consider if you’d like to repair it.
- Is there any furniture that needs to go? The small items you can take out easily yourself, but for the larger ones you’ll need some help. The easiest you can do is to get a couple of sliders for the large ones. You’ll only have to slightly lift one corner after another with a tool that’s usually included in the box of furniture sliders.
- Set yourself a date until when all the junk has to be gone. With setting a date you’re more likely to commit to your junk removal.
Recycle And Donate Your Junk
Take care of the obvious trash first. All items you pulled out in the first round are to be organized according to the following categories: paper/cardboard, glass, plastic, metal scraps. Bring the categorized recycling junk to a recycling center, if there’s one nearby. Alternatively, you can schedule a junk removal already and have all junk gone before you tackle the rest. It provides you with more space to move around and to organize other things. And it’s less chaotic on your property. Any items you don’t use any longer you can bring to a charity shop. Even if an item is broken, they are usually able to repair it. Clothes are especially always welcome, but also household items.
Consider Renting A Dumpster
Depending on the amount of junk you’re going to take out of your property, a dumpster is probably a better choice. You can simply throw in everything you don’t need any longer. Neither will you block your curb or driveway with an unsightly junk pile. Dumpsters are also a good choice for junk removal during home remodeling or other construction projects. On the downside, you’ll have to be careful that your dumpster doesn’t fill up with other items. Once people notice, there’s a dumpster standing around, they may spontaneously decide their office chair has to go. Thus, your dumpster may fill up before you’re finished. Schedule the dumpster hire with a junk removal company. They will bring it around when it’s most convenient for you and pick it up at a scheduled date.
Get Ready To Sell
A garage sale remains one of the best options for junk removal with items that are still in a good condition. Put up some posters a week ahead and advertise in local groups of social media networks. You can also place adverts on craigslist or Kijiji. Note that the first Saturday of a month is usually the best for garage sales. People just got their salary and are happier to spend. Garage sales at the end of a month are usually not as successful. Be prepared that you may not be able to sell all items at your desired price. This is, after all, junk removal and you’re basically glad that you’re rid of it. The little cash on the side is just the icing on the cake.
Put a ‘for free’-sign on each item you haven’t been able to sell and leave it at the curb if it’s allowed in your neighborhood. Whoever comes by may take it and take what’s available.
Schedule A Junk Removal
No matter how much of a good salesperson you are, there are still going to be some items in the garage after a sale. If you’re living in a rather rural neighborhood, there’s less traffic so that the free items you left outside may not be taken. Junk removal is especially worthwhile if it’s a lot that still has to go. If your car is not large enough to fit all inside, you’ll need the help of a junk removal service anyway.
Should it only be a little that fits into your trunk, you can take it to the landfill yourself. Please check in advance at which times the dumping site is open for visitors. Also, make sure in advance that they are accepting the items you need to bring. Some dumping sites may not accept mattresses, for example.