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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 Are any of them out of date?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.

Planning For Guests

Many of us play host to friends and family who come to visit us over the holidays from out of town. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most popular holidays for loved ones to visit. While catching up is something to look forward to, finding yourself unprepared for the occasion is very stressful.

Junk-King Austin is here to help you clean out your guest rooms. From the closet to under the bed, from making space in the garage to hauling off an outdated appliance, we are here to lend a hand. You have enough on your plate without worrying about cleaning out cluttered spaces. Calling Junk-King will save you time and effort, allowing you to focus on the best parts of the holiday celebrations.

Junk-King Austin celebrates the season of thankfulness all year round by donating or recycling up to 60% of what we collect. While we are at your home, we can clean out your attic, storage shed or any other area of your home or business. Let us help you prepare and the holidays near and you are planning for guests.

Holiday Preparation

The holidays are when families and friends come together to celebrate, eat together, and catch up on life. While this time of year can create cherished memories, the holiday season also has the potential to create stress. Holiday preparation is key to enjoying the season. Junk-King Austin has some tips to share:

  • Think about last year – what were you most stressed about? Make a plan to ease tensions this year and have a more relaxed holiday season.
  • If you haven’t created a gift budget, now is the time! Budgeting can be less than fun, but overspending is worse. Decide how to allot your funds and be sure to stick to it.
  • Make a master to do list, then break it down into categories by deadline. Some things should be done before Thanksgiving, but others might not need finishing until closer to the New Year.
  • Remember that saying ‘no’ to invitation is an option. Don’t feel forced into overbooking!
  • Clean out guest rooms and storage spaces early to make ready for guests and for hiding gifts.

Junk-King Austin would love to help lighten your load this holiday season. We will help you get your house ready by cleaning out your guest room, closet, garage, attic, garden shed – you name it. More space is always a relief and Junk-King Austin can check that off your to do list for you.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Junk-King Austin wants to help you stay safe this year. We have provided some safety tips to protect you and your loved ones:

  • Popular trick-or-treat hours are between 5:30pm and 9:30pm. Be sure to drive extra slow during that time. 
  • Add reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags and costumes to add visibility.
  • Giving children flashlight or glow sticks will help drivers identify the potential danger.
  • Teach your child to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Junk-King Austin is also there to help you clean up post-celebration. We will haul off old costumes and unwanted decorations. While we’re there, we can even de-clutter the rest of your home!

Guest Rooms

With September 23rd moving closer and closer, we are all looking forward to ushering in a new season: Autumn. With autumn comes the end-of-the-year holiday rush.

Thanksgiving and Christmas means families come together. If you’ve played host, you probably know well how stressful it can be to cram people into spare bedrooms. Get a jump start this year on holidays by preparing your guest rooms now. Since these rooms aren’t regularly occupied, they can become a catch-all for random objects and outdated furniture. September and October, before the holiday craziness truly hits, is the ideal time to clean out those rooms.

Whether you’re sifting through closets and under beds, or if you want to redecorate your spare rooms, Junk-King Austin is here to help. Did you know we haul away furniture? We will help with all of your junk removal needs, be they in the air conditioning or outside. Let us help make your holiday season less stressful.