Monthly Archives: December 2013

Office Cleanouts

Junk King Office Cleanout  <– How to make your next office cleanout painless, efficient, safe, and within budget.

Junk King is your solution for the office or warehouse cleanout. We take the extra precautions to protect your business and your property. We have the capacity for large jobs, and we can assure you that all the office materials are property donated, recycled, or re-purposed.

 

Holiday Clutter

Don’t let the holidays stress you out!

We all love the holiday season. Family we haven’t seen in a while, the decorations we put up with care, the delicious foods, it’s both joyful and triumphant. We cook and bake ourselves into a wonderful holiday frenzy. Days are spent shopping and thinking of our loved ones. Evenings are spent watching our favorite movies, attending parties and sipping eggnog and champagne.  It’s fun but exhausting and stressful.

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When the dust settles and the seemingly endless parade of holiday visitors leave, we find ourselves in a post apocalyptic size mess. Empty bank accounts, refrigerators, and pantries now replaced with, full credit card statements, mounds of trash.

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Well, not this year. Here are some great tips to keep you sane:

1. Stick to a Budget – It’s really not the amount you spend on someone, it’s the thought. Don’t overextend yourself and regret it later.

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2. Toss the Junk: Holiday decorating often involves rearranging the house. Make sure you organize and store items properly or you will get claustrophobic. Clean every day. A little tedious but with busy schedules it’s so much easier to pick up every morning before you leave for work, rather than waiting until the house is a chaotic mess. Get rid of the junk! Nothing will make you grumpier than going into every room of the house and seeing clutter. If you don’t need it, toss it.

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3. Organize the Kitchen: Cleaning your fridge and pantry before the Holidays will help you stock up on real food, not just snacks and processed foods.

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4. Get Some Sun: Some people suffer from depression due to a lack of sunlight. It may be cold outside but on sunny days go for a walk, or do an outside activity. It will help take a minute to breathe and de-stress, while getting some much needed Vitamin D.

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5. Post holiday-pocalypse clean up: If you are just too tired to deal with it let Junk King help get the bulk of it out of the way by removing your christmas tree, and clutter. 

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Have a safe and Happy Holidays. Remember if you drink, don’t drive.

From your friends at Junk King in Fairfax

Time to Clean out the Garage!

Your car is on the street exposed to the snow, sleet, and frost. Why? It’s because your garage is full of stuff you don’t really want or need.

The space in your garage is worth on average $60 per square foot – a typical 2-car garage is about 500 square feet or worth $30,000. You’re using a $30,000 space to store stuff you’ll never use.

Give yourself (or your spouse) the gift of a garage, where she can park her car and unload groceries in dry comfort.  But don’t let this chore become your next big headache.

Call Junk King 888-888-JUNK (5865) and let us make this vision reality with our rental dumpsters. The heaviest thing you’ll lift is the phone. We do all the work. We donate, recycle, and purpose everything we haul. Because your items are already in the garage, we’ll give you a nice discount. We haul almost anything—including all the items that your subscription trash company will not take.

Take your garage back!

Sea Ice—increasing or shrinking?

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The average temperature of all ocean water is about 38.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Salt water freezes at 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit or less than 10 degrees colder than the average. That’s a pretty tight range when you think about it.

At least 15% of the ocean is covered by sea ice some part of the year—about 10 million square miles. Sea ice was shrinking rapidly in 2009.  However, data from September 2013 indicate that sea ice coverage hit a 35-year high this year. Other data indicate the ice, although broader, is still thinner.

Geologists claim that 200,000 years ago, the Ice Age presented a different habitat, wiping out many species. Sea levels were 400 feet lower—the English Isles were then part of the continent, for example. Most of North America was buried under ice – over a mile thick in places like Seattle.

Are we in a temporary lull in trend toward less ice or is the trend going back to more ice. Will the sea levels rise of fall? Is there anything we humans can do to affect the rate of change? Sixty years ago, scientists said the long-term trend was cooling. Then global warming was the prevalent theory. One thing is certain: most things change.

However, we at Junk King won’t change our strong commitment to being 100% landfill free: donating, recycling, and re-using materials. Whether the global trend is warming or cooling, we should not foul our own nest. In our own small way, we strive to the best of our ability to leave our living space in better shape than we found it.

By the way, a colder planet means more fresh water—sort of. Sea ice contains hardly any little salt. You can melt the ice and use it for drinking water. Of all the Earth’s fresh water, 69%is stored in the ice caps and glaciers and 90% of that “fresh water” is in Antarctica. Another 30% of the Earth’s fresh water is underground. Only 0.03% of fresh water is what we see in rivers and lakes.

Getting Rid of Old Appliances — Refrigerators

You have options how to get rid of your old refrigerator.

Option 1: Call Junk King and pay a flat price – typically $89 to $118 – that includes all the labor, truck, and recycling fees. You get same-day service – completely hassle-free. If demo is involved, we provide a free estimate. Our job is to make you happy and earn your repeat business.

Option 2. Call your trash hauler. They typically charge $75, but you need to get the regerator to the curb, and you need to have a technician drain the freon and tag the compressor. The typical cost for that service is $200.

Option 3. Do It Yourself. You can rent a truck for approx $69 (or borrow a friend’s truck for a six-pack of beer), load and drive the refrigerator to the County dump or to a metal recycler. Fairfax County charges by the weight and adds a $2 charge for the freon purge (residents only).  Some metal recyclers are more flexible than others regarding the freon purge: they may charge a fee or they may not. The best case scenario is that you get free use of a truck and you spend about three hours loading, driving, and disposing the refrigerator and pay a disposal fee of $20-$30.  Rule of thumb: if your time is worth more than $12/hour, DIY hauling hardly ever makes sense.

If you have an old appliance that you need hauled away, call us and we’ll give you a free estimate and work with you to ensure that you get the best value.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday — in with the New; out with the Old

You scored huge savings on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Your cool couch, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, mattress . . . all that new stuff arrives, and now you need to get rid of the old stuff.

Keep your savings streak alive and call Junk King to remove your old, unwanted items. We offer single item pricing—the best deal of any insured, full-service hauler in Northern Virginia. We’ll even demo that old hot tub or shed for you.