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How Junk King Can Help Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life

How Junk King Can Help Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life

Minimalist living has become more and more popular. People are downsizing or even moving into tiny houses. Some of this is driven by finances—it’s much more difficult to buy a home today than it once was, but tiny homes continue to be affordable. While these small homes may be perfect for some, you don’t have to move into a 500-square-foot space to declutter and simplify your life. Many people aren’t looking to move, but they want to get rid of clutter and unnecessary things that they just don’t need anymore.

How can you accomplish this? There are a number of ways to simplify your life, and not all of it has to do with getting rid of stuff. While that’s certainly a part of decluttering your St. Paul home, it’s just the beginning of the process. Fortunately, you have help during this first step. Junk King is here to help you get rid of the things you don’t need so you can create a comfortable space to relax. Let’s look at some ways of decluttering your home and what Junk King can do for you.

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What Does it Mean to Declutter Your Home?

When people think of decluttering, they usually think about getting rid of knickknacks and other things that are purely decorative. They imagine rooms with very little in them other than furniture. While that’s certainly one option, it’s not the only way to define decluttering. Just because you don’t like clutter doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything that’s purely decorative. You can still have photos, artwork, mementos, and other decorative items throughout your home. The goal of decluttering is to get rid of the things that you truly have no attachment to or have no use for.

For example, you may have a blender in your kitchen that you haven’t touched for years. Why do you still have it? Maybe you used it a few times years ago to make drinks for a party but haven’t needed it since then. That’s clutter, and you should let that blender go. Another example could be an art print you bought at a big box store years ago just because it was on sale and you wanted something to put on the wall. If you have no attachment to it and have purchased better art over the years, you don’t really need to keep it. This is especially true if that print hasn’t hung on the walls for years. It’s just taking up space in a closet or cabinet.

Clothing, toys, electronics, hobby tools, and yard equipment can all become clutter if you don’t use them regularly. Junk, of course, can also be clutter. If you don’t get rid of junk mail regularly, it’s going to clutter up the counter or coffee table.

How do you get this clutter under control? The first step is identifying it.

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Where is Your Clutter?

What’s cluttering up your home? Figuring out where the clutter is will help you get rid of it. It could easily be in your kitchen cabinets, but it could also be in your closet or spilling out of your bookshelves or entertainment center. When most people think of cluttered houses, they picture stuff everywhere. That may be true in your case: you might need to declutter just about every part of your home, and that’s okay. Decluttering does typically involve going through each room and determining what needs to go.

Don’t forget to look outside your home, too. You might have clutter in your garage, in the shed, or elsewhere on your property. Even your car could be full of clutter. Check the basement and the attic, too. If you’re going to do a full declutter on your home, you might as well do every part of it so you can truly start with a fresh slate.

Note that decluttering doesn’t always mean getting rid of stuff. You should never throw away something that has sentimental meaning to you or that you’re deeply attached to, such as family heirlooms or thoughtful gifts. In some cases, decluttering is more about curating what items you have out on display and what you have in storage. It’s about learning how to decide what to use at any given time and how to rotate through items so you get to enjoy everything that has meaning to you without your home feeling cluttered.

Keep, Donate, or Trash?

Once you’ve identified cluttered areas, it’s time to decide what to do with the stuff. Anything broken should go into the trash pile. This is what you’ll want Junk King to come get rid of once you’re done sorting. We can haul away just about anything, so don’t hesitate to mark pieces of furniture or appliances as trash. The trash pile can also include things you know no one else will ever want. In fact, Junk King can actually help you out with things that are still in good condition, too, because we sort out items that can be donated or recycled.

If you do have things that are in good shape that you know others might get some use out of, set them aside to donate them. This includes items that you want to pass on to friends or family members. Let them know that you have things they may want and that they need to come and get them. Be sure to let them know that they need to do so soon because you’re decluttering your home. In some cases, it may help to set a date to have your donated items picked up. This way, you can tell your friends and family that they have until that date to come get things. Otherwise, the items will be donated.

Finally, there’s your keep pile. These are the things you don’t want to let go of. There’s no shame in having a large keep pile, and you shouldn’t feel like you have to reduce the number of things you’re keeping to a certain number. However, you should ask yourself why you’re keeping something. Make sure you have a reason why, especially if it’s not something you’ve used recently or have out on display. Be purposeful in what you keep.

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Keeping the Clutter Down

Decluttering your home isn’t the end of simplifying your life. You also need to make certain you don’t replace all of that clutter with new stuff. It can be an easy trap to fall into, especially since you may have a lot of empty drawers and cabinets.

In order to keep your home uncluttered, think about what you’re bringing into it. Ask yourself if you really need what you’re about to purchase. There are some things that you will need to buy, but there are other alternatives to some items. If you’re an avid reader, for example, you could turn to the library or start reading books on an e-reader. If you love sewing and had a lot of fabric you ended up donating, don’t buy more unless you have a specific project in mind for it. This should be a project you’re going to actually start and complete within a few weeks, too.

One of the many reasons people fall into clutter is because they find good deals that they feel like they simply can’t pass up. Buying things on sale can be a great financial decision, but you do need to be careful that you don’t impulsively buy things just because you can get a discount on them. That’s how you end up with things like a novelty waffle iron that you only used a few times.

Another way of continuing to keep your home decluttered is to deal with trash promptly. If something breaks that you can’t repair, get rid of it right away. Junk King can help with this. If you need to get rid of furniture, appliances, yard debris, or other things, call us. We work year-round, even when it’s snowing and cold out, so never hesitate to call for a free quote. We’ll haul away just about anything as long as it isn’t hazardous. If you ever have any doubt about what we can take, just give us a call or send us a message online. Don’t let clutter accumulate in your home, garage, shed, or any other space.

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Ready to Declutter Your Home?

Dealing with the clutter in your home can take some work, but when you’re done, your home will feel larger, cleaner, and even brighter. Carefully curating what you keep while getting rid of trash and things you’ll never use can even have an impact on how you feel. You may be more productive at home or feel more relaxed because you’re not surrounded by stuff.

If you’re ready to declutter your home, Junk King St. Paul can help you deal with the trash. We will get rid of all the junk so you can create the simplified, organized life you’ve always wanted. Give us a call today at 1-888-888-JUNK or send us a text to 1-737-888-5865 to learn more.

How Junk Removal Services Can Help With An Empty Nest!

How Junk Removal Services Can Help With An Empty Nest!

The last of your children have moved out. After you wave goodbye and shut the door, the quiet of your home settles around you. Finally, after almost two decades (or more than two decades, depending on your situation), the house is quiet. It’s just you and your spouse again, and you have all the space to yourself.

If you’re like many parents, this moment of serenity lasts all of about five minutes. After that, it hits you that all of your children are now out on their own. They have their own lives to live, and even if they didn’t move far, you won’t see them every day. It’s now just you and your spouse all day, every day. When was the last time that happened for an extended period of time? You may find that the two of you aren’t even sure how to act around each other without someone else in the house. 

Those are just a few of the changes you’ll experience and challenges you’ll face as an empty nester. Fortunately, while it is a change, it’s ultimately a good one. Your kids are gaining valuable life experience and are out there facing the world. Plus, they always know you’re just a phone call or text message away. It can be a sad time, but it’s also a happy one because now you get to watch your children live their amazing lives.

Oh, and you get to transform their old rooms into spaces for your hobbies, a home gym, a home theater, or whatever else you might want! Sure, you probably want to keep at least one as a guest room, but think of what you can do with the extra space you now have. You may need to pack up some stuff and store it in the attic or even call a junk removal service to get rid of some things, but in the end, you’ll have a room dedicated to whatever you want.

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Planning Your Empty Nest HousePlanning Your Empty Nest House

The first step in transforming your home for your empty nest stage is to decide what you want to do with the now-vacant spaces. If your kids are in college, you may not be able to go too crazy because they may be back during the holidays and over the summer. They will still need their room, so whatever changes you make shouldn’t prevent them from having a bed and their own space. 

If your kids are out of the house and likely won’t be living with you again, there are a few things to consider. First, how many rooms do you have to work with? If you have more than one child, did you transform their rooms as they left, or did you keep them like they were? If you took over their old spaces as they became available, you may already have a hobby room and guest room in place. If you didn’t, now you have all the spaces to play with. 

Once you decide what you want a room to be, it’s time to figure out what needs to stay and what needs to go. In some cases, you may want to take everything out of the room. In others, you may want to keep some of the furniture but get rid of the bed. It all depends on what you want to do with the space.

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What Do You Do with Your Kid’s Stuff?

Even if you’re not going to make major changes to the space, you probably do need to clean it up. Your child may have taken most of their stuff with them when they moved out, but some things may remain. For example, they may have upgraded to a larger bed or decided not to take all of their high school sports trophies with them. What do you do with this stuff? You have a few options.


Give it to Them

First, you can call up your kids and tell them to come get their stuff. This is perfect if they live nearby. If they don’t, you can always box it up and wait until they visit to give it to them. Even if they don’t want all of it, they can at least look through it and decide what they want to take. You may also decide that you want to keep a few sentimental items. 


Give it to Family or FriendsGive it to Family or Friends

If your kids don’t want all of their things, is there someone else who does? Maybe you have a sibling, cousin, or friend who needs a new bed for one of their kids. If your grown child still has a lot of their toys, they may want to give them to their younger siblings, cousins, or nieces/nephews. 


Donate it

If you can’t find anyone to take things, you can always donate them. There are various organizations that will take donations any time of the year. If you have clothing or toys, there are some specific charities who help children in need or who are with a single parent who has escaped an abusive household. 


Call a Junk Removal Team

What do you do with stuff that is broken or so old that it’s not really usable any longer? You need to get rid of it. The easiest solution to get rid of old furniture, broken appliances, and other trash is to call a junk removal service such as Junk King St. Paul. Junk King is a quick and convenient solution to junk of any sort, whether it’s from your kid’s old room, your basement, or your backyard shed. 

In fact, if you’re going to get rid of some stuff from your kid’s room, why not do a full house cleanout? Get rid of all your old, broken junk at once so you can take full advantage of the newly-free space in your home. There’s no point in storing broken things you’ll never use.

One thing to remember is that you don’t have to do any of this right away. If changing up one of your kid’s rooms doesn’t feel right, you can put it off. If you’re not ready to let go of their old bed or anything else, that’s okay. Becoming an empty nester involves a lot of emotions, so take your time to digest these feelings. When you’re ready, you can start cleaning out the space and making it into something new. For some parents, this emotional journey takes a couple of weeks and then they’re ready for that home movie theater! For others, though, it takes longer. Proceed at your own pace.

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Some Things to Consider When Transforming a RoomSome Things to Consider When Transforming a Room

Now that you’ve got stuff out of the room, it’s time to transform it! Before you go all-out, though, here are a few things you may want to keep in mind:

If it’s your only spare room, you may want to have it double as a guest bedroom when you have overnight company. Consider putting a daybed or a sleeper sofa in the room. This ensures you have an extra bed when needed, but it also gives you more space in the room when you don’t need it. If you have a small home, this spare room may need to do double-duty, but that’s okay. 

Paint, put in new light fixtures, and make any other major changes before you move any new furniture into the room. It’s much easier to change these things when the room is empty or mostly empty. 

Let your child know what you’re planning. Yes, it’s your house and you can do whatever you want with it, but it can be shocking for someone to come home and find their childhood room is gone. If you didn’t tell them about your plans, be sure to do so before they come over for the first time post-renovation. Your child may have their own complex emotional reaction to moving out, so letting them know that you’ve changed up their room may help avoid those emotions exploding.

Be sure you and your spouse are on the same page about the room. You don’t want to fight over who gets the space. If you do both have ideas for it, you may want to consider splitting the space or finding additional space in the house for one of you. For example, a room could be a home office during the day but a sewing room at night and on the weekends. Whatever compromise you come to, you both need to agree and abide by it. 


Call Junk King St. Paul to Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Need

Another compromise may be to convert the basement or attic into additional space for you or your spouse. Of course, that means getting rid of more junk. That’s where Junk King St. Paul comes in. Whether it’s your child’s old bed or a whole basement full of stuff, we’re here to help. Give Junk King a call today at 1-888-888-JUNK or text us information about what you need removed to 1-737-888-5865. 

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Junk King St. Paul
1430 County Rd C West Suite 200
Roseville, MN 55113
Hours: M-F: 7A-4P, Sa: 7A-3P

Providing junk removal services to the St. Paul area, including:

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Marine On Saint Croix
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