Being junk-free is a great goal. In fact, some people make it their New Year’s resolution. But is it really a realistic goal? Can you completely eliminate all of the junk in your home? Maybe not, but you can certainly reduce the amount of trash and other useless stuff that you’ve collected over the past year (or years, in some cases).
Being junk-free is a great thing to aspire to because of how much extra space it provides. Even if you’re usually pretty good about getting rid of trash and stuff you don’t need, there may be room for improvement. You may not have tackled the attic or basement lately, which are two places junk does tend to congregate. Maybe you haven’t cleaned out your shed in a few years or organized the garage.
If you want to declutter at the start of 2023, here are a few of the places you could focus on and some tips for how to get rid of junk. Once you have everything cleaned out, you can reach out to Junk King Cincinnati to help you get rid of the garbage and other stuff you don’t want hanging around for the new year.
Identify the Cluttered Areas
The first step to making 2023 junk-free is to determine where the junk is. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make a solid plan for dealing with it. You may feel like your entire house is cluttered, but where exactly is the clutter? Is it out on your end tables, nightstands, and dining table? Or is it behind cabinet doors, in drawers, and in the closet? If it’s mainly your closet that’s bothering you, that’s where you want to focus your attention.
You may be surprised by what you find when you do a quick survey of your home. For example, you may feel like the little table where you drop your mail, keys, and other items is always cluttered, but when you pick everything up, you find that there’s not much there. In this case, junk may not be the problem. Instead, it’s organization and appearance. You can get a mail sorter, a hanger for your keys, and other things that will help make the space look more organized.
The opposite can also be true. You may have a closet that you have several organizers in, but upon really looking at it, you find that what you usually do is stuff things into those organizers without realizing it. You may have the tools in place to declutter the closet and make it organized, but your process isn’t making the best use of those tools.
Then there’s the worst possible option: a room or section of a room that looks messy and cluttered, has no organization, and has no system in place at all. These are the areas where you’ll typically find the most junk and need to do the most work.
Make a Plan of Attack
It’s important to have a plan to declutter your home. You want to make certain you hit every area you’ve identified as needed cleaned, purged, and organized. It’s also important that you don’t wear yourself out or try to do too much at once. If you try to spend a weekend cleaning the entire house, you may get worn out halfway through and not finish.
Instead, plan a gradual approach. You can still get everything done in a couple of weekends or a week, but you don’t want to exhaust yourself. If you do, you might start throwing things away just to get the job done faster, and that’s not helpful. Coming at each area with fresh eyes can also help you see how to better organize it. You won’t be exhausted from cleaning three other rooms, so your creativity will be at its peak.
Planning out your approach also lets you determine when you’ll need Junk King Cincinnati. You won’t have to hold on to junk any longer than you have to since we will be there right when you need us. Once the junk is gone, you’ll be able to use all of this reclaimed space in any way you want!
Do Some Research
It may sound odd to say you need to do some research before you clean, but it can help. You may not have a good idea of how to organize part of your home. Going online and getting some inspiration can help you figure out how to approach your closet, pantry, garage, or other area. Getting rid of the junk is often the easiest part. It’s figuring out what to do with the things that you’re keeping so the space doesn’t become a haven for junk in the future that can be difficult. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, though. See what’s worked for other people, then adapt that solution to your home.
Now that you have a plan and know what areas of the home need to be cleaned, it’s time to get to it! Your first job will be to gather everything in the space you’re working on. If it’s the living room, that may mean your coffee table and end tables. It could also include anything you have stored in your entertainment center or built-ins. Pull everything out, even things you know you’re going to keep.
Those items can be the first ones to go back to their places or to their new places if you’re moving them around. Next, grab anything that is obviously trash and bag it up or move it to your designated trash area. If it’s something heavy and large like a chair or bookshelf, put a sticky note on it. That way, you know exactly what you’re getting rid of. It also helps us because you can tell our crew to take anything with a note on it.
Once the things you are definitely keeping and the things you’re definitely throwing away are out, you’re left with a pile of maybes. This is what’s going to take the most work. You’ll need to decide if each item is something you want to keep or not. If not, you may want to set it aside to ask friends or relatives if they want it. This is another place where using sticky notes can help. You might have an old TV console you no longer need but think your brother might want. Tag it to ask him about later. You might also want to make a list for each person so when you do talk to them, you know exactly what you have that they might want.
What Do You Do with the Junk?
Now that you’ve got the treasures sorted out and have things marked to give to friends and family, it’s time to deal with the junk. This is where you’ll want to learn more about junk removal in Cincinnati. Junk King is here to quickly and easily remove everything you don’t want, including furniture, appliances, electronics, mattresses, hot tubs, and much more. Our crew will come in and haul away anything except hazardous waste. Just point out what you want us to take, and we’ll get it out of your home. You don’t have to take it to the curb or do anything else with the junk. We do it all.
We Can Also Take Things in Usable Condition
Junk King does get rid of junk, but we do a little more than that. What do you do with that entertainment center if your brother doesn’t want it? If you can’t find anyone to take it off your hands, you don’t need to store it. We will take it, but because it’s in good shape, we won’t throw it in the landfill. Instead, we will donate it to one of the local charitable organizations we work with. These organizations work with those in need or with support organizations such as shelters. They will ensure that anything you have that can still be used will help those who need it the most.
After we sort out things that we can donate, we’ll go through what’s left and see what we can recycle. Some items can be recycled as-is, but others may need to be disassembled. We will remove anything that we can recycle to further reduce our impact on the environment. We divert around 70 percent of every load away from the landfill, and we’re always working on ways to increase that amount.
Ready to Start Off 2023 without Junk? Give Junk King Cincinnati a Call
If you’ve sorted through your junk and are ready to get rid of it, all you have to do is give Junk King Cincinnati a quick call or text. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation quote if you have a fairly simple job. If you have a lot of stuff, we may need to see it in person first before we can do an estimate. However, every quote we provide includes every charge, so there aren’t any surprises at the end.
Want to know more or get a quote? Give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK or send us a text to 1-737-888-5865. We’re ready to help you make your 2023 the year of being junk-free!