Does it feel like you’re running out of space in your home? If you don’t have any more room for stuff, there are a few things that could be the problem. First, you may have too much junk. For whatever reason, many people do have old, useless stuff in their homes. This could be an old appliance or piece of furniture that got put in the garage but never disposed of, or it could be broken things that got shoved in a drawer instead of going in the trash.
Even if it’s not broken, you may have things that you just don’t use any longer. These things take up space that you could use for things you actually want. Calling Junk King St. Paul can be a great way to deal with all of this stuff that you don’t need in your home.
There are a few other reasons why you may not have as much space as you would like. If you live in a small apartment or house, you may truly have run out of space. If you do a junk purge and still feel like the house is about to burst, it may be time to seriously consider upsizing. In some cases, though, some simple organization may be all that you need. Here are a few tips to help you with organizing your home and creating more usable space.
1. Gather Up Junk
The first step to organizing is to get rid of junk. This can include anything that’s broken, damaged, or is trash. Old junk mail, catalogs, and empty boxes definitely count as junk, as do broken chairs and that old microwave that doesn’t work any longer. There’s no need to keep these things, so they need to go. In some cases, like with junk mail and boxes, they can go in your city recycling bin. Other, small pieces of trash can go in your trash bin.
What do you do with things like old mattresses and other large items? That’s where Junk King St. Paul comes in. Just let us know what you need to get rid of, and we will take care of the rest. We haul away old furniture, appliances, yard debris, DIY construction waste, and much more. In fact, as long as it doesn’t include hazardous waste, we can take it. Just call Junk King St. Paul to schedule a pickup.
2. Donate or Sell What You Don’t Use
Next, take a look at the times that aren’t necessarily trash but that you simply don’t use. These things need to be sorted and either given away, donated, or sold. There are a few different ways you can determine if something falls into this category. The first is fairly easy: have you used the item within the last 12 months? If not, will you ever need it again? Likely not. There might be a few exceptions to this rule, but generally, anything you haven’t needed in the past year isn’t something you need to keep. Of course, this doesn’t apply to things like family heirlooms and other valuable items.
Another organizational tool you can use here is Marie Kondo’s Konmari method. This method is useful for clothing, knick-knacks, and other items that may not have a practical use but that you’ve been keeping. It asks you to judge your emotional response to the object. If you pull out a sweater, ask yourself if it “sparks joy.” In other words, does seeing the sweater cause any positive feelings? If not, don’t keep it. This should help you remove anything in your home that you dislike or that causes negative emotions. Why keep something that makes you angry or that you feel embarrassed about? Again, there could be some exceptions.
3. Get the Right Organizing Tools
Organizing takes more than just some trash bags. You need the right tools to help you organize each space. This could mean plastic storage bins for the garage, drawer organizers for the kitchen, and extra hanging rods for your closet. As you prepare to organize, look at the spaces that need the most work and find the right organizing method. With the right tools, you’ll find the process easier. Sometimes, adding something as simple as a belt organizer or tie rack can make a closet look much more organized. In other cases, you may need to add shelving or other types of storage to make an area really work.
4. Think Through Your Layout
Sometimes organizing doesn’t mean moving small things around in the closet or in your kitchen cabinets. Sometimes, it means looking at the layout of your furniture. Could you move the sofa to the other wall and have more space? Does a room seem to lend itself to being laid out in one specific way, or could you play around with how you set it up? If you find that one room seems particularly tight, take a look at what furniture you have in that space and how it’s arranged. Sometimes, moving out one single chair or end table makes a world of difference. Other times, completely flipping how you’ve laid out a space makes it work a lot better.
5. Is Your Furniture Too Large?
Similarly, another organizational tip that has less to do with drawers and more to do with your furniture is to look at the size of things. You may love your king bed, but does it take up so much room in your bedroom that you can’t have end tables or easily access the closet? If so, that may be a bigger issue than clutter. A giant sectional could make your living room feel very cluttered and small when it really isn’t. Think about this before you start throwing things away because a room feels cluttered.
6. Is Everything in its Right Place?
This is a good organizing tip for the garage and other places where you tend to store things. Ask yourself if what you have stored in that space should really be there. For example, if you have a shed in addition to the garage, does it make sense to have any of your yard equipment in the garage? It might not. Those items should be moved to the shed. Likewise, should you keep your holiday decorations in the garage or in the attic or basement? If you can’t park your car in the garage, one of these other options is the better way to go.
This could even apply to your closet. Are you storing items other than clothing in the closet? If yes, could those items go elsewhere? If you tend to shove things wherever there’s free space, you may find that by moving them to their proper storage location, you do free up a lot of space where you really need it.
7. Look for Ways to Incorporate Hidden Storage
Storage solutions don’t always have to take up a lot of space. In fact, some types of storage are designed to be hidden or to work without taking up a lot of space. You can replace your current ottoman with one with storage, for example. Storage bins designed to slide under your bed make that space usable, and they’re great for things like your out-of-season wardrobe. You can add storage that mounts to the ceiling in the garage, allowing you to use another area that is more often than not wasted. Look for as many ways as possible to incorporate storage that doesn’t take up a lot of space or isn’t that visible.
8. Consider Making Digital Copies of Items
Photographs, documents, and other physical items can take up a lot of space. One solution to making these items more manageable and freeing up space is to make digital copies and then recycle the originals if they’re no longer needed. It can also be a great way of sharing these things. If you have a lot of old family photos, scan them and then put them online so your relatives can see them. This way, everyone can share in the memories for years to come.
Ready to Call Junk King St. Paul and Get the Process Started?
Organizing your home can’t really start until you have gotten rid of all the junk. That’s step one, and it’s where Junk King St. Paul can help. We take just about everything—furniture, appliances, electronics, yard debris, and more. As long as it isn’t classified as hazardous waste, we can haul it away.
We won’t just trash everything, either. We believe in recycling and donating. If you have furniture that’s still in good shape or appliances that still work, we will pass them along to a local organization that will get them to those in need. After pulling out items that can be donated, we will set aside anything that can be recycled and get it to the correct facility.
Want to know more or get a free, no-obligation estimate? Give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK or send a text to 1-737-888-5865.