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Christmas Clean Up

Oh, the holiday season! This time of year is so bright and cheerful – and also a bit overwhelming, exhausting, and messy! With all of the parties, events, family time, and gifts, our homes can look like a magical war zone between Santa’s elves and the Keebler’s elves: full of baked goods and discarded bits of wrapping paper. It can be hard to know how to get back on track. Junk King Austin is all too familiar with this holiday haze. We recommend organizing a bit of a Christmas clean up.

To start, save the boxes! It seems logical to recycle them, but use them instead as a vehicle for decluttering. Commit to filling up every leftover box with items to get rid of, whether clothes, toys, or kitchen accessories. The boxes will also help you keep track of how many new things have entered your home – giving you a starting point for how many objects should leave!

Another, slower method is to get rid of 2 items for every new one you receive. This works well if you tally up areas of the house, such as 3 new items for the kitchen, 5 new clothing items, and 2 new DVDs. These would translate to getting rid of 6 kitchen items, 10 items from the wardrobe, and 3 DVD’s or electronics. This method helps ensure that no one area is suddenly bursting with newly acquired stocking stuffers.

Consider setting up a gift closet for duplicates you have received. Re-gifting can be a great way to save money next year and prevent items from being wasted. Just be sure to label who gave you the gifts so they don’t end up back with the original sender!

Avoid throwing all of your Christmas decorations back in the box. Instead, sort the items and inspect them. Are any of them out of date? Are some of them broken? Are there pieces you didn’t even use? Take the time to assess your decorations and prevent keeping unwanted objects for another Christmas season.

Junk King Austin is always ready to help simplify your life and get your home back in order. We remove items large and small, and will save you time (and your back!) that you could be spending relaxing over the holidays. Junk King services homes, offices buildings, and outdoor spaces, and will remove items large and small – including hard to remove items like hot tubs, decks, and large appliances. Give us a call now or book online today and receive a free estimate.

Pre-Holiday Cleaning

Christmas is right around the corner, and it with it comes an influx of gifts and visitors. Trying to stay on top of housework between Christmas parties and shopping trips can be daunting, much less trying to get a head start on decluttering for the coming new year. Squeezing in pre-holiday cleaning does not have to be utterly time consuming. Just a little improvement here and there is still work done, and you can see and appreciate the difference. Here are some tips for pre-holiday cleaning:

  • Don’t skip over the big items. It’s easy to pass right over the large appliances or pieces of furniture during your assessment, but that doesn’t make them more necessary than smaller bits of clutter. Take a second look at hot tubs, old decks, broken appliances, and old couches, and decide if you really need them. Removing a large item can make a huge aesthetic difference very quickly.
  • Think about what new gifts are heading into your home. If you know that some things are being replaced, don’t wait until Santa drops them off to get rid of the old model. If you don’t absolutely need it, and you know you are getting another, go ahead and make room.
  • Build decluttering into your schedule. Want to go through your wardrobe but feel you don’t have time? Commit to looking through 5 items of clothing as you are getting dressed in the morning. Anything you don’t want, add to a pile. The pressure of adhering to your morning schedule will help you decide if you really need that sweater.
  • Focus on the areas of the house you spend the most time in. Making changes in your kitchen or living room will help you feel accomplished and successful, which will encourage you to continue decluttering.

For the ultimate speed and efficiency, call Junk King. We do all the heavy lifting for you, whether the items you need removed are small boxes or larger items like hot tubs, decks, or couches. In fact, with Junk King,  you don’t even have to gather the items up. We will go room by room and take what you point to. Junk King removes junk from homes, offices, storage spaces, buildings, and outdoor spaces. Call now or book online to get your free estimate!

 

Home Organization For The Holidays

Efficient coordination and home organization are of the most stressful aspects of the holidays for many homes. However, home organization for the holidays does not have to be a thorn in your side. Junk-King Austin has some tips to help keep you sane:

  • Have a plan – make a list of what needs to be done, when people are coming into town and what parties you will be attending. Writing it out will help you feel less stressed, will enable you to keep track of it all and will aid you in delegating tasks you cannot finish on your own. 
  • One thing at a time – do not start 18 projects at once. Begin one task and work it to completion. This applies to cleaning as well. Focus on one room at a time, cleaning it to your satisfaction before moving on to the next room.
  • Relax – the most important part of the holidays is the relationships we invest in. Friends and family will likely not remember how clean your house was or if you were a couple of minutes late to dinner. What they will remember is how everyone was treated, the pleasant or unpleasant atmosphere and whether or not everyone was happy.

If you find you do not have enough space to hide your gifts or host your guests, Junk-King Austin is one call away from helping you out! We clean out any space –  in the home, at work, in a storage space – and haul away everything*. We can even haul off larger items like broken refrigerators, unwanted hot tub, broken down boats or vehicles and unused heating units. Let Junk-King Austin help reduce your stress this holiday season!

*Junk-King Austin does not haul away hazardous materials.

Holiday Decorating

Decorating for the holidays can be fun but can also be expensive. No one wants to overspend on holiday decorating at the same time that they need to buy gifts for everyone. Junk-King Austin has selected some of our favorite cheap and easy DIY Christmas decorations:

1. Bow Wreath
2. Pine Cone Christmas Tree
3. Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer**

If you’re having trouble finding room to store holiday decorations in your home, it may be time for a clean out! Junk-King Austin will clean out and haul away items in your attic, crawl space, garage, storage shed, closet – even under the bed. We clean any space and can haul away anything (except hazardous materials), including large appliances like freezers, automobiles and hot tubs. Junk-King Austin is in the giving spirit all year round by donating or recycling up to 60% of what we pick up. Happy decorating!

**This tutorial is written in another language but there are plenty of easy-to-follow photo instructions

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

It is a pleasure doing business with you, Austin, Texas! We love our city and we are thankful for the opportunity to live and thrive here.

Tips For Turkey Cooking

Cooking a turkey is a Thanksgiving Day tradition most Americans share. While the task can seem daunting, Junk-King Austin has some tips for turkey cooking.

  • Turkeys take a long time to thaw. Move the turkey from the freezer to the refrigerator at least 4 days in advance for a 20-pound turkey. 
  • To estimate cooking times (cooked at 350 degrees F in the oven), allow 20 minutes/pound for a thawed turkey and 10-15 minutes/pound for a fresh turkey.
  • About 45 minutes before pronouncing it cooked, remove the foil cover from the bird and place it back in the oven. This allows the turkey to brown.
  • When you remove the turkey from the oven for the final time, check its temperature. Use an instant-read thermometer for best results. The turkey should measure 165 degrees F in the thigh. If the bird is stuffed, check the inside of the bird which should read at least the same temperature.

Junk-King Austin wishes you and your loved ones a happy holiday!
Give us a call if you need your home, business or property cleaned out or any large appliances (refrigerators, hot tubs, washing machines, etc) hauled off. We donate or recycle up to 60% of what we collect.