Every spring, the warmer weather invites us to open up our windows and let in a bit of fresh air. After the long, cold months of winter, the freshness of spring also summons millions of people across the United States to take a weekend or two to start to tidy up their home. According to a 2018 survey, almost 76 percent of Americans reported doing some sort of spring cleaning activities on a yearly basis. While most people engage in spring cleaning to give the home a thorough cleaning, around 22 percent of the respondents reported that the main purpose of their spring cleaning activities was to get rid of the extra junk and clutter that was accumulating in their home.
But what exactly should you do with that old lamp that you want to replace or the rugs that no longer match the new coat of paint you just applied to your living room as part of your spring cleaning routine? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans toss out around 9.8 million tons of furniture waste each and every year, much of that probably during the spring cleaning ritual. However, with landfill space filling up around the country, many municipal garbage companies are becoming increasingly strict on what they will and will not pick up. Whereas you might have been able to get rid of that old armchair by taking it out to the curb in the past, today your local garbage service might very well have regulations against accepting any piece of used furniture.
For residents of the Peninsula Area of San Francisco, there are fortunately junk removal companies that make it easy and effortless to get rid of that clutter that seems to magically build up in your home every year. At Junk King Peninsula we are the leading junk removal service in the Peninsula region. We provide professional junk removal services to residents, homeowners, and businesses located in Atherton, Belmont, La Honda, Loma Mar, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Gregorio, and Stanford.
The Problems that Arise with a Cluttered Home
A recent Rubbermaid Survey found that over nine out of every ten individuals admit to feeling overwhelmed at least some of the time by the clutter in their house. We live in a society where new products and things are continuously hitting the market. Even without making an effort, accumulating excessive amounts of “stuff” in our homes becomes almost second-nature. The same survey finds that 88 percent of people in the United States want significantly less clutter in their home, and nearly half are so embarrassed by the cluttered nature of their home that they will not invite their friends over to see their house.
Perhaps even more worrisome is the fact that the excessive clutter and junk that we allow to build up in our home is actually leading to certain mental health problems. A full 57 percent of people report feeling “stressed” and 42 percent are “more anxious” when their house is unorganized or cluttered. Additionally, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America indicates that the physical activity of cleaning coupled with the end result of a cleaner home can play a major role in helping to reduce stress levels, feelings of anxiety, and depressive symptoms.
Unfortunately, getting rid of things is not always easy. Besides the stress of having to decide what goes and what stays, actually removing things from your home can be difficult, especially in the case of large and bulky objects. Because many municipalities and local garbage services do not offer curbside pickup for larger objects like used furniture, refrigerators, and other bulky items, many people without a heavy-duty pickup truck might be left feeling like they don’t have any options.
Junk King Peninsula, however, has a whole fleet of large trucks that make it easy for homeowners to de-clutter their homes. Our professional junk removal specialists do all of the heavy lifting for you so you do not have to worry about carrying heavy couches down the stairs or taking your old refrigerator out to the curb. Simply decide what items need to be removed to your home to improve your home´s Feng Shui, and we´ll do the rest!
The Environmental Commitment that Junk King Peninsula Offers
Getting rid of your excess clutter and junk during a spring cleaning routine can certainly help to tidy up your home and even improve your mood. However, throwing away large amounts of trash every spring also comes with a heavy environmental footprint. Collectively, we produce around 292.4 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) each year in the United States. In 2018, almost half of that trash (49.997 percent) was went to landfills around the country. Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is almost double the amount of municipal solid waste, and even less is recycled or repurposed each year.
The landfills across the country are not only an eyesore, but also lead to a host of serious environmental problems. Landfill gas accounts for almost 20 percent of the human-made methane emissions in the United States, one of the most potent greenhouse gasses. Furthermore, many landfills leach dangerous, toxic chemicals into surrounding soils, water sources, and the surrounding ecosystems, causing potential damage to both wildlife and human health.
Despite the fact that San Francisco sends less trash to landfills than any other major U.S. city, there is still major room for improvements. A 2018 report finds that about half a million tons of material end up in the city’s landfill every year, and up to 60 percent of what ends up in San Francisco’s trash bins could be composted or recycled.
Junk King´s co-founder Michael Andreacchi originally started Junk King out of his two-car garage in San Carlos. One of the main motivations for creating the company was to help the junk removal industry reduce its environmental footprint by offering individuals and businesses more ecological ways to de-clutter their spaces.
“When I started Junk King, I was looking to bring something new and exciting to the junk removal industry,” Michael says. “It is no secret the impact human waste has had on the environment. I knew that as a company we were going to do everything we could to help people reduce their environmental footprint and help local communities minimize the waste that goes into their landfills.”
Today, Junk King Peninsula (and all of Junk King´s over 150 locations across the United States) offers top quality service including furniture removal, yard debris removal, attic clean outs, appliance recycling, and virtually anything else you might want to get rid of when cleaning your home this coming spring. Junk King´s team maintains several relationships with local recyclers, donation shops, and nonprofit organizations so that all items either get recycled, repurposed or donated giving them a chance to have another life.
If your spring cleaning goal is to de-clutter your home or office in order to reclaim your space, you can schedule the Junk King Peninsula team to do the junk hauling for you by calling 1-888-5865(JUNK) or booking online. Putting an emphasis on customer service, the Junk King team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled pick up, offer up-front pricing and leave you feeling like the weight of your clutter has been lifted off your shoulders.
Our well-trained, insured staff does the junk hauling for you. If you live in the Peninsula area, we can be at your home or business within minutes! We’re also eco-friendly as we recycle up to 60 percent of all items we pick up!