Most people associate cleaning up your home and sorting through your possessions with the spring. No one really talks about fall cleaning, but that doesn’t mean it’s not something you should do. There are a number of reasons to do some cleaning and organizing during this time of the year. This type of deep cleaning and purging typically results in a lot of garbage to get rid of, though. That’s where Junk King comes in. Our team of experts in Mount Adams can help you get rid of just about anything, leaving your home ready for the colder temperatures that are coming.
Why Clean in the Fall?
Spring cleaning is all about preparing for the new year. It’s usually done in March or April when flowers are starting to grow and trees are bushing out. It’s a time of revitalizing your home. But in the fall, everything is dying. Trees are losing their leaves, flowers are done blooming, and everything is starting to become drab. Why clean now?
The biggest reason is because fall cleaning goes hand-in-hand with winterization. Preparing your home and surrounding property for the winter is important because it helps provide protection during the cold. There are a number of different ways freezing temperatures, heavy snow, and ice can damage your home. Fall cleaning can help you eliminate or reduce this damage. Here are a few ways failing to winterize your home by cleaning in the fall can be dangerous.
It Gives Rodents and other Pests a Home
If you haven’t cleaned up around your yard, you’re creating places for pests such as rodents to live during the cold weather. These pests may start out hiding under some junk stacked up next to your home, but you can be sure they will come inside if they get the chance. Once they’re in your garage, they may have plenty of things to hide under. They can then begin eating things like paper or even damaging the wiring in your walls.
If you haven’t done any tree maintenance, the limbs may give squirrels a route into your attic. Once there, they can do a lot of damage. Other pests, including spiders and other insects, can also find places to hide in your home during the winter.
You May Miss Damage
If your patio is covered in landscaping debris and other junk you don’t use, you may not necessarily see cracks in the concrete or pavers. If water gets into these cracks and freezes, it will expand, making the cracks larger. By taking the time to clean up outside, you’ll have a better chance at seeing this damage and dealing with it before it gets worse. Once you’ve bagged up any yard debris, you can call us to haul it off along with any old patio furniture and other junk.
The Holidays Are Coming
There are a few reasons why cleaning up now can make the holidays easier. First, organizing your garage, basement, or attic can make it easier to find your holiday decorations. This also gives you a chance to get rid of any old decorations that are broken. If you wait until you’re pulling everything out, you may put these old decorations back in storage because you don’t have time to deal with them during the hectic holiday season. Let Junk King get rid of that busted Santa or that Christmas tree that is missing half its branches.
Second, you may have family and friends coming for the holidays. If any of them are going to stay at your home for several days, you want everything to look clean and organized. Waiting until the last minute to do any cleaning just adds more stress. Organize stuff now, have Junk King come take away anything you don’t need, and don’t stress later.
Third, if you typically exchange a lot of gifts during the holiday season, you may need some more room for these new items. Cleaning out your closet, your garage, and other spaces will help you make space for these gifts.
What if What You Need to Get Rid of Isn’t Junk?
One reason why many people continue to hold on to old items is that they aren’t garbage. You may have a lot of old clothing, furniture, sports equipment, and even appliances that you don’t use but that are still in good condition. You don’t want to send them to a landfill.
This is another area where Junk King can help the residents of Mount Adams and the surrounding neighborhoods. While we do pick up “junk” we don’t haul all of it to the landfills. In fact, we carefully sort through everything we pick up and set out items that still work or that have been gently used. We take these items to local charities and other organizations that need them. For example, we may donate an old bed to a homeless shelter, while old clothing may go to an organization that helps low-income individuals stay warm during the winter.
In addition to donating anything we can, we also sort out items made from recyclable materials. We don’t want those items to end up in the landfill, either. We will take anything that is recyclable to the appropriate recycling center. We do this at no extra charge to you. One of our goals is to protect the environment and reduce our impact on it. To that end, we recycle plastic, glass, paper, metal, and anything else we possibly can.
We Also Handle Yard Waste
If you’ve trimmed your trees, cut back some bushes, and done other landscaping to help prepare for winter, we can handle that garbage, too. Leaving this debris piled up in a corner of your yard, even if it’s a corner that’s out of sight, during the winter is not a good idea. As mentioned, it does attract animals. Piles of yard debris can also present a fire danger, even during the colder months. When spring comes, what’s left of this yard debris can make it difficult for new grass to get the sunlight and water it needs to come back.
DIY Project Debris is No Problem
Have you done a small DIY project before winter? We can get rid of that debris, too. Many people do take the time to make repairs in the fall. You may need to tear down a damaged shed or other outbuilding before it can collapse under the weight of the coming snow. You may need to make some repairs to your siding or other parts of your home. No matter what type of project you’re doing, we will come collect the debris.
If you know it’s going to be a longer project that will involve piling up debris for days or even a week or two, we have another option. We rent self-service dumpsters that you can use to contain all the debris from a project or the trash from cleaning out a property. You rent the dumpster for a set number of days. When you’re done with it, just give us a call. We will come pick it up, sort out the recyclables, and deal with the rest.
Even better, our pricing structure will help you keep your costs down. You’ll only pay for the part of the dumpster you actually use. If the dumpster is only half full, you won’t pay as much as you would have if you had filled it to the very top.
What Can Junk King Haul Away?
Now that you understand the benefits of doing a fall clean-out, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to get rid of. You can follow the Marie Kondo method of keeping items that spark joy, or you could use the one-year rule (if you haven’t used/needed something in a year, you likely won’t ever need it). You may have your own method of deciding what you keep and what goes.
It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you meet your goal of preparing for the fall by getting rid of unnecessary items, cleaning up the yard, and making repairs around the house. To help you with this plan, here’s a list of what Junk King can haul away for you:
-Furniture, including sofas, beds, mattresses, dressers, and tables
-Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves
-Washers and Dryers
-Televisions and other electronic devices
We cannot take anything that contains hazardous waste, but we can take just about everything else. If you have any questions about what Junk King can handle, just give us a call.
Are You Ready for the Fall?
Are you ready to begin your fall cleanup and organization? If so, there’s no time like the present to get started. If you’re in need of a dumpster, give us a call to set up delivery. You can also call us at 1-888-888-JUNK or text images of your junk to 1-737-888-5865 to get a free, no-obligation quote. No junk is too big or too small. As one previous client said, “they really helped solve our junk problems” and we can help solve yours, too!