With the new year comes new resolutions and goals. You might have decided that this will be the year you run that marathon or that you audition for a play. Maybe you want to finish writing a book or simply spend more time with your family. These are all great New Year’s resolutions. In addition to these larger goals, you may also have some more practical resolutions such as keeping your home clean.
If you’ve decided that your home is a little too crowded, starting the new year off by purging and cleaning can have a number of benefits. Living in a home with a lot of stuff in it, especially if some of that stuff is junk, affects more than just how much space you have. It can affect your mental and emotional state. If you work from home, it can even impact your job performance.
Start the new year off by giving your home a clean slate. There are many reasons why this is a great idea, and many reasons why working with Junk King Northern Kentucky is the right move.
You Have Room for Your Christmas Gifts
If you received gifts for the holidays, you may find that your home is now even more cramped. This is especially true if those items are on the large side. New kitchen gadgets may not fit in your overcrowded cabinets. New clothing may not have space in your closet. If you received something like a stationary bike or new furniture, you may find that there’s just no way of keeping everything in your home.
These gifts may be sitting in your garage or other space where you can’t use them because you need to get rid of other stuff first. If you don’t deal with that junk now, your new items may end up sitting unused for months. They may not even be unboxed by the next holiday season. Go through your closets, clean out the cabinets, and call Junk King to get that old sofa or busted washing machine now.
Purging Can Give you a Functional Garage
Tired of your garage being so full of stuff that you can’t even park your car in it? The winter isn’t the best time for parking on the street or in your driveway. A bad winter storm could leave your car damaged from hail, result in tree limbs falling on it, and more. You could slip and fall trying to walk on the icy sidewalk to get to your car, too. It’s much safer and better for your vehicle if you can park it in the garage.
Unfortunately, garages are one of the places where junk tends to build up over the year. You may have stuff in your garage that you didn’t even realize was in it or that you thought you had gotten rid of a long time ago. Maybe you moved an old chair out there just to get it out of the house but never had it picked up. You then stacked boxes on it and around it, so it’s been out of sight for months. That’s how junk accumulates. Now’s the best time to get rid of this type of junk and get your garage organized so it’s useful during the coldest months of the year.
New Year, New You, New Stuff?
Is your New Year’s resolution to transform your look or your style? Maybe you’ve never really had a personal style before and have decided it’s time to start looking and dressing in a way that reflects your personality. Maybe you’ve decided the old look you’ve had just isn’t working any longer. No matter what the reason, it’s a new year, so maybe it’s time for a new you and some new stuff.
You can start with purging. You want a clean slate to build your new style. If you’re changing up your wardrobe, go through your closet and pull out anything that you haven’t worn in the past year or so. This is stuff you probably won’t be wearing again. Some of it may no longer fit like it should, while other pieces may be items you no longer like. You may even have some clothing that has tears and holes in it. Those items might go in the trash, while other pieces could be sold, donated, or passed on to friends and relatives.
For décor, you can do the same. Get rid of things that no longer fit with your style or that you no longer really like. You can use Marie Kondo’s method of “sparking joy.” Unsure if you want to keep that piece of art? Does it make you happy when you see it? If not, it’s not sparking joy, so it can go. Of course, you may want to keep some items that have sentimental value or that have been in your family for generations. That’s fine, but if it’s something you don’t like, why do you still have it?
Tips for Creating Your Clean Slate
Other than getting rid of stuff that is obviously junk and purging items that don’t spark joy, how can you quickly and easily create a clean slate for the new year? Here are a few tips.
Don’t keep it if you don’t need it
Everyone keeps things they don’t need. You may have a whole drawer full of charging cables that you have no idea what they go to. Maybe you’ve got a few kitchen gadgets you haven’t touched in years. You may even have some things you’ve never taken out of the box. If you’re not using it or have any need for it, it’s time to let those items go.
Get everyone involved
If you don’t live alone, you can’t purge alone. You need to have all of your family members participate. Each person needs to purge their own rooms and closets. For shared spaces, everyone should take ownership of their items in that space.
Don’t just purge—organize, too
While purging will help get rid of junk and stuff you don’t need, organizing helps create a more usable space. You need to organize as you go so you can easily incorporate your new holiday gifts and the other items you’ll pick up throughout the year. If you don’t, you may start shoving those items into whatever cabinet, drawer, or other space that’s empty. This will lead to being a disorganized mess, which in turn will lead to accumulating junk again.
Curb your shopping impulses
One of the reasons why homes become cluttered is impulse shopping. Some people are more prone to this than others. If you enjoy a bit of retail therapy after a bad day, try to limit yourself to items you need. Buying things just because you want them may be fun, but those items will start to accumulate.
Purging isn’t a one-time thing
While your new year’s purge may be one of the biggest and most challenging, it’s not going to be the only time you need to go through your home. By doing so a few times a year, you can make this a much easier task. Many people do spring cleaning, which is a good time to purge and sort through your winter wardrobe and donate anything that you didn’t wear in the past year. In the fall, you can go through your summer clothing before you put it away. Lawn equipment, sporting equipment, and holiday decorations are also items that you can purge seasonally.
Stay on top of junk
When you have old furniture, appliances, or other large pieces of trash that need to go, don’t wait to get rid of them. Call Junk King of Northern Kentucky as soon as you can. This way, this junk doesn’t sit in your home taking up space. The longer it’s there, the less likely it is that you’ll ever get around to getting rid of it.
Why Junk King?
Why call Junk King Northern Kentucky? Our crew has years of experience in junk removal, and we can handle anything you have except hazardous waste. This includes furniture and appliances, of course, but we also haul away electronics, hot tubs, yard debris, DIY construction waste, and much more. We’ll take everything from a single recliner to everything in the house. You just let us know.
You also don’t have to do any of the work. There’s no need to get items moved out to the curb or even put them in the garage. Just show us what you want us to deal with, and we will carefully get it outside to our truck. We don’t ask you to lift or move anything.
Call Today for a Free, No-Obligation Quote
We provide estimates for every job. You can call us, text us, or use our online cost estimator for a fairly accurate quote, but we will also do an in-person estimate when we arrive, so you have a completely accurate price before we go to work. To learn more, get a quote, or schedule a pickup, call 1-888-888-JUNK or text us at 1-737-888-5865.