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Summer Organization

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes the added stress of children getting out of school, college students returning home, vacations to plan, graduation parties to attend, and weddings to go to. Though this time of year is marked with sweet watermelon and bright fireworks, summer organization is a keystone to making the most out of our holidays. Junk King Austin has some useful tips to help your family achieve summer organization this year.

1. Prioritize Early - With all of the chaos that accompanies summer, it’s important to make sure you nail down what is most important as soon as possible. Spend some quality time with your planner and look at what’s ahead. Soon enough the days will fill with swimming lessons, BBQ’s, and Fourth of July celebrations. Ask yourself what things are the most important this summer and work out how to make them happen. Summer organization doesn’t require tons of planning; even just a little thought can go a long way.

2. Pack a Pool Bag - Going swimming for the first time is always a summertime milestone – usually followed by even more trips to the pool or lake. To save time on preparing to go, and to lessen the risk of forgetting something crucial (like sunscreen!), pack a pool bag. To start, pick out a large tote bag. Mesh bags work especially well because they allow air to pass through and keep items dry. Add all of the essentials: sunscreen, goggles, diving toys, membership cards or pool keys, flip flops, and a towel. When it’s time to swim, all you have to remember now is the pool bag and your swimsuit. Don’t forget to replace items when you get home, such as adding a fresh towel!

3. Stock Up on Groceries - With everyone home more often, the food seems to disappear more than twice as fast. Now is the time to make sure summer doesn’t equal gallons of sugary drinks and mountains of candy and chips. Stock up on healthy foods (like mixed nuts) and think about diversifying the lunch menu to include things like salads with chickpeas, tortilla wraps, and oven-baked vegetables.

4. Get Your Car Cleaned - It may seem like a waste of time to clean out a vehicle days before it will become a Super Taxi, but trust us on this one. Having your car cleaned now will start off the summer with a clean slate. It will be easier to find things that were dropped, will make road trips more pleasant, and can help minimize the damage of the coming weeks.

5. Jumpstart the House Cleaning - Even if you missed the traditional spring cleaning, it’s not too late to get the house in order. Summer organization starts with the home, so make sure to get everyone off on the right foot by starting the summer with a clean and organized home. If you need help removing large appliances (washers, hot tubs, refrigerators), would like your garage cleaned out, or want your deck removed, give Junk King a call and we will handle it for you.

Junk King Austin would love to help you with your summer organization this year. We make the task easy by doing all the heavy lifting and cleaning up after ourselves. You can make a list and we will take care of it: yard waste, storage spaces clean outs, furniture, clutter and junk, boxes, garage and attic clean outs, large appliances, hot tubs, deck removals, and more. Book online or give us a call to receive your free estimate today!

January Cleanse

A new year has begun, offering us all a fresh start. Regardless of whether or not you believe in New Year’s Resolutions, this is the perfect time of year to get everything in order. A January cleanse for your home is an ideal way to refresh your living space. This year, think of what areas of your house are often overlooked during your routine clean outs. To help you get the year off to a great start, Junk King Austin has compiled a list of the more forgotten areas of your home to consider during your January cleanse:

  1. The Big Things – Do you have any broken appliances taking up space? How about outdated furniture? Now is the time to assess the big things in you home and mark them for the chopping block.
  2. Look Out – Look outside, that is. Hot tubs, mowers, lawn furniture, decks, and fountains – everything outside your home should be considered. Is is all in working order? Should any of it be removed?
  3. The Pantry – When was the last time you went through all of your cans of food? Food has a way of sitting quietly on the shelf, complete unobtrusive and out of date. Don’t forget your baking cabinet!
  4. Medicines – No one likes to open a bandaid and find that the adhesive is less than sticky. Go through your medicine cabinet and check the dates. This area of the home is rarely addressed, and the consequences of taking old medicine can be severe!
  5. Extra Clothes – Sure. your ski trip 10 years ago was awesome, but are you really going to go back? Does it even still fit? Be honest with yourself as you tackle your formal wear, winter clothes, and other seasonal, seldom-worn pieces.
  6. Craft Closet – It’s all rainbows and glitter until it’s time to get organized. Do you need all that yarn? Is that glue even still liquid? Are you ever going to finish that project?
  7. Linens – Look through your towels and extra sheets. It’s great to have additional linens on hand, but it’s easy to forget to discard the threadbare sheets and ragged towels.
  8. Paper – Do you keep old magazines? Do you have a stack of mail? Be brave and sort through it. There’s no use keeping it around if you’ll never look at it again. While you’re at it, make a list of publications and mailers than can be received over the internet. Going paperless has never been more convenient.
  9. Bathroom – Collecting perfumes, lotions, body scrubs, and tubes of mascara is the fun part, but do you actually use them? Go through your cosmetics and bathroom items. Anything you don’t want, add to a pile. Host a girl’s-night-in-spa-night, and invite your guests to take home the items they try.
  10. Fantasy Emergencies – We all have items we’ve been holding onto ‘just in case’. Well, it’s time to face the music. If you haven’t used it yet, you probably won’t.

Junk King Austin is always ready to help you take back control of your home. We will do all the heavy lifting, and even offer a free estimate. We can do everything from a garage clean out or picking up an unwanted couch, to hot tub and deck removals. It doesn’t matter where the junk is – we go to homes, offices, storage spaces, buildings, and outdoor spaces. We even donate or recycle up to 80% of what we collect! Give us a call today or book online to begin the process of your January cleanse.

 

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!

 

Organizing Your Garage

An organized garage is a happy garage. It is always nice to know where everything is and to feel that a space is clean and well kept. This is especially true in the garage. Organizing your garage will give you a sense of accomplishment as well as the feeling of being in control and on top of your home.  Junk King of Austin is here with some tips for organizing your garage:

  • Take stock of everything currently in your garage. There is no way to organize the unknown. The first step is always to know what you’re dealing with. Do not shortchange this step; open every box, inspect every shelf, and go through every bag.
  • Make a pile for each kind of the item, including a pile of objects to get rid of. Group together items for camping, tools, etc.
  • Once everything has been grouped, check for duplicates. Make sure that you only have one of each item and donate or sell repetitions.
  • Assess what systems of organization works best for you and your family. Try to avoid a complete overhaul, unless your garage was a total disorganized disaster area. If there was simply no order before you started organizing then a total restructuring may be called for.
  • Think about the most logical way to group items in zones. It makes sense, for example, to store all the toys in one place.
  • Take measurements and decide which new organizational pieces to buy. For instance, you may want a work bench, storage bins, or need a few more shelves.
  • Open floor space is often the goal of garage organization. Keep that in mind as you begin putting away items in their new homes. Shelving can be your best friend when optimizing storage space in the garage.

Whatever your decisions to reorganize your garage, Junk King Austin is here to help. We clean out spaces and haul away unwanted junk, including large appliances. We are prepared for homes, attics, basements, garages, sheds, office buildings, and outdoor spaces. We will haul away anything and everything that is not hazardous waste. Book online or call today for your free estimate!

Fresh Start

Welcome, 2015! A new year brings with it a fresh start. Why not start with a home refresh?

Whether you’re looking to redecorate or reorganize, Junk-King Austin can help. Want to start a DIY home improvement project? We can haul away the mess. Want to freshen the landscaping of your yard? We can haul away the yard waste. Looking to declutter your home? We clean out closets, attics, garages, crawl spaces – you name it! Want to empty a building or storage unit? Junk-King Austin can do it for you.

If you have a project in mind, Junk-King Austin is here to encourage you and make your tasks easier. We can save you time, energy and your back. Don’t be afraid to be ambitious this new year – Junk-King Austin can work with you to accomplish your goals.

Winter Stuff

Cold weather can bring out the hoarder in all of us. More jackets! Thicker socks! Ski bibs! Everyone wants to stay warm. This can lead to a gathering of winter stuff. Before you pack away those snow boots for the eighth year in a row, ask yourself if it’s worth it.

Especially living in central Texas, we don’t experience an abundance of uncomfortably cold weather. We may pick up warm items for a ski trip, a cold-weather hunting expedition or to visit relatives up north. However, we don’t always need to keep all of these items forever.

Junk-King Austin is here to help you declutter and simplify your winter stuff. Whatever you decide you don’t need, we will come and pick it up for you. You can feel even better about taking advantage of Junk-King Austin’s services by knowing that we donate or recycle up to 60% of what we pick up – we care about our community as much as we care about your cluttered attic. Before packing away unneeded items for another year of dust-collection, call Junk-King and save yourself the space and the effort.

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 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!

Seasonal Decorations

Many of us enjoy decorating our homes and yards with appropriate seasonal items. As the years go by, however, sometimes our tastes change and we no longer like those same decorative pieces we used to. Some of us even cease decorating all together.

Whatever the reason or season, Junk-King Austin wants to give you back space in your attic, garage or home. We will pick up those old seasonal decorations you no longer want, along with any other items you no longer need.

Whether you need more space to stockpile Christmas gifts, to free up a room to host guests, or if you just want to simplify your home, Junk-King Austin has you covered. We don’t limit ourselves to just storage spaces like basements, closets, garages, attics, and storage sheds. We also clean out homes, pick up yard waste, and remove items from businesses.