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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!

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.

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!

Cleaning a House For Sale

Cleaning a house in preparation for selling it is a necessary part of the sales process. A home that is dirty or cluttered will seem small and overcrowded. Junk-King Austin has some tips for those preparing a house to go on the market.

  • Start in the storage spaces of the house – the basement, garage, and attic. These areas can oftentimes be improved quickly and the momentum gained from those spaces can help you move through the rest of the house.
  • If you are a Realtor with a house that needs to be cleaned out, Junk-King Austin offers you a 10% discount on our already low prices!
  • The dining room, kitchen, living room, and bathrooms are the areas that receive the most attention from potential buyers. Make sure to focus heavily on those rooms.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms are the spaces where lack of cleaning and care is most obvious. Be careful when cleaning these rooms, making sure none of the cleaners are too harsh or abrasive for the surfaces.
  • When cleaning, always move from top to bottom and from left to right. This method increases the chances of noticing dirt that is often missed.
  • Make sure to clean the walls, especially if painting is not in the budget.
  • Focus on mold and mildew, attacking affected areas with bleach.

If you need help cleaning a house for sale by getting rid of clutter, unwanted furniture, or large appliances, Junk-King Austin will save you time and effort. Give us a call or book online today!

 

Purge Your Wardrobe

Fall is in the air. Temperatures are dropping with the leaves – albeit slowly here in central Texas. As we leave summer (hopefully) behind, it has become time to switch out our clothing options. While sifting through your entire wardrobe, it only makes sense to get rid of excess clothing. Junk-King Austin has some tips to help you purge your wardrobe!

  • Have you worn it in the last year?
  • Does it still fit?
  • Does it flatter your body type and skin tone?
  • Are you prioritizing a staple piece or an every-changing ‘trendy’ piece?

Parting with possessions in the home is something most people desire, but a task in which they often find themselves overwhelmed. Let Junk-King Austin help you regain control of your living space. We will take care of more than just your discarded clothes. We clean out attics, garages, basements, sheds, storage spaces, and businesses – all while donating or recycling up to 60% of what we collect.

Back To School

Making the transition back to school is a tough time of year for both parents and kids. The sudden changes in daily routine and responsibilities can leave everyone stressed out. Here are some tips to help make the transition easier.

- Reintroduce the Schedule: Two weeks before school starts back, reinstate the school year bed time. Similarly, begin waking your children up earlier and earlier until they wake up at their normal school year wake up time.

- Create a Morning Checklist: Giving kids a concrete list of things they need to take care of can help them get used to their responsibilities, and serves as a reminder so nothing is forgotten.

- Set the House Clocks Ahead: Changing your house clocks so they read 10 minutes fast gives everyone a head start.

With school starting back, you may notice a lot of out-grown clothes, unneeded paperwork, torn backpacks, and other items leftover from school years past. Junk-King Austin will clean out closets, rooms, sheds, garages, and attics, giving you extra time and space to enjoy your family. Junk-King Austin is committed to minimizing waste and serving our community. You can feel even better watching our red trucks drive away with your unwanted clutter knowing that we recycle up to 60% of what we haul away.

Austin Home Organization Tips

Home organization is a constant process. Whether in the kitchen, bedrooms, study, or garage, there always seems to be unneeded clutter. At Junk-King Austin, we want to help our community in the greater Austin area become more organized.

When unpacking clothes in preparation for the next season, do you ever get the feeling you don’t wear all of them? Here’s a tip to help you determine which clothes to cut from your wardrobe:

In The Closet:
When you first hang up all the clothes for the coming season, hang them up backwards so the hanger points toward you instead of the wall. When you wear the item, hang it back up normally. At the end of the season, get rid of the clothes still hanging the wrong way.

In The Dresser:
When you put away your clothes at the start of a new season, fold and stack them so the necks point toward you. When they are worn and washed, stack them with the necks pointing away. When it’s time to pack up for the next season, get rid of the clothes with the necks still pointing at you.

If you find your attic or garage is full of unwanted clothes, give Junk-King a call and we will pick them up for you, along with anything else you want removed from your home. Not only will we save you time and effort, we recycle up to 60% of what we pick up – making your cleaned space good for your community as well as your home.