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Monthly Archives: August 2022

How Junk Hauling Services Can Help With Empty Nest Syndrome

How Junk Hauling Services Can Help With Empty Nest Syndrome

For parents, there were certainly days, if not years, when you longed for the day when your children would be grown and gone. You looked forward to the day when there would once again be peace and quiet in your home.

But now that they really are gone, the quiet can often be deafening, and the peace you experience can feel more like loneliness.

It’s an age-old phenomenon that every generation of parents must go through – and most adult children will likely experience it, as well, someday.

But there are many ways to cope with what has been labeled as “Empty Nest Syndrome.”

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Free at Last, Free at Last… But Not So Happy About ItFree at Last, Free at Last… But Not So Happy About It

According to one source, the symptoms of those older adults suffering from Empty Nest Syndrome include the following:


  • Loneliness
  • Emotional distress
  • A loss of purpose
  • Fear of a lack of control
  • Worry and anxiety
  • Depression
  • And even a sense of grief


In some ways and, to a certain degree, our responses to our grown children leaving home is akin to those of losing a loved one.

However, the good news is that most all of us get past this stage and once again learn to enjoy a new sense of freedom and independence. In the meantime, though, there are few things we can do to help ease the pain and disoriented feelings of suddenly having no kids at home.

One therapy website recommends, among other things, that empty nesters become more active outside the home and involving themselves in other activities.

For example, parents can focus on other areas of their lives such as:

Physical: Go for walks, join a gym, learn how to do yoga, re-engage in sports or other physical activities you enjoyed at earlier points in your life

Creative: Learn to draw or paint, write, play an instrument, join a band, take a dance class

Social: Take or teach a class, join a club or organization, reconnect with siblings, extended family, and old friends

Community: Volunteer for organizations whose causes matter to you

Another great activity that can help ease the unease of Empty Nest Syndrome is to begin the process of ‘downsizing’ your lifestyle. And this can include getting rid of all the things in your home and garage you no longer really need.

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When There’s More Stuff in Your Home Than You Need

Most Americans tend to accumulate household goods and personal belongings year after year throughout their lives. In fact, many of us still have things we bought or received as gifts even as far back as childhood.

While the passage of time may imbue some items with a strong sense of sentimental value, many other things are just “things” that we haven’t needed or used in years. For many of us, our basements, attics, and garages are little more than storage units attached to our homes.

And, of course, many of us have rented storage units somewhere to hold all the overflow of things we own.

This is where the problem lies for many people: we simply have too much stuff.

The problem becomes even more apparent for many older adults when their children have finally all left home, and they find that there’s way too much stuff for a house with just one or two people! Or, as we like to refer to it in our industry, residential junk.

The good news is that once the last loving son or daughter has crossed the front door threshold for a life on their own, it becomes a great time for getting rid of some or most of that stuff or junk.

So, not only can culling your personal belongings and whittling down on all the miscellaneous stuff be therapeutic for dealing with that Empty Nest Syndrome, but getting rid of that junk, you have lying around or stuffed in closets, drawers, boxes, bins, and what all, can transform your home and your living spaces.

Call it a “home cleanout” or simply “downsizing” decluttering and clearing out unwanted and unneeded items from your home can be mentally and emotionally healing and helpful.

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Taking an Organized Approach to Downsizing and Junk Removal atDownsizing Table Home

Of course, we certainly don’t recommend that you go blindly from one room to the next, throwing out things you don’t think you want or need. This will only lead to confusing piles of junk and debris around your house and, quite possibly, some regrets later that you didn’t think it through better.

For those who have been around the planet for a long while, many belongings in our homes are often unused but have great family or sentimental value. In other words, not everything needs to be tossed out.

Having a plan and being organized in your approach to sorting and separating will serve to make your decluttering, downsizing, and junk removal project much more stress-free and enjoyable.

In addition, knowing in advance what you plan to do and how you plan to dispose of everything will make it much quicker. So, with that in mind, we have put together this handy guide for downsizing and junk removal to help you with your own efforts.

In addition to this brief guide, there are many great resources to be found both online and in print to help you plan and navigate your own downsizing efforts. It is also important to keep in mind that there are no “right” ways to go about downsizing.

For example, some folks choose to get rid of almost everything and move into an RV, travel the country, and spend their kid’s inheritance! For most others, however, downsizing just means simplifying their lifestyle while focusing on their pursuits and activities.

Regardless of how you choose to go about it, there will be many opportunities for getting rid of junk as you discover how much you don’t need.

And that means finding the best resource for making that happen.


Junk King Washington DC: Your Local Partner for Downsizing Junk Removal

Downsizing after the last of the kids have gone can be a whole lot easier when you have a fast and affordable junk removal service ready to help you out. Which is why we encourage you to consider Junk King Washington DC as your “go-to partner“ for junk removal from homes, apartments, and rental properties.

Let us help you simplify your lifestyle!

And we guarantee that you’ll love your experience with Junk King Washington DC:


  • Easy scheduling and on-time arrivals.
  • A courtesy call about 15 minutes before we show up.
  • Uniformed crews made up of trained, insured professionals.
  • In-and-out with fast and thorough service.
  • Straightforward estimates with no hidden fees


In addition, at Junk King, being green is simply a core part of our company mission.

And we back that up by routinely and regularly recycling, donating, or re-purposing everything we possibly can. For furniture removal, for example, we take an environmentally-friendly approach by ensuring the metal, wood, and other materials are recycled properly.

If your old item can be reused, Junk King will transfer it to a local donation center where it can find a new home.

So, when you need to dispose of your old sofa, mattress, dishwasher, bulk trash, dishwasher, or trash compactor, think of Junk King Washington DC.

Book online or call us today at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865) to get started with a free estimate.


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Find Out How Appliance Removal Services Can Give You Your Home Back

Find Out How Appliance Removal Services Can Give You Your Home Back

In the United States, we live in a world that is full of household appliances. Almost everyone living in this country today has grown up in homes with at least a refrigerator, oven, and stove. And quite likely a clothes washer and dryer, as well.

And some have never lived without a dishwasher, either.

Statistically, the U.S. ranks fairly high among most other nations regarding household appliance ownership. And we have about 130,000,000 households. That’s a lot of refrigerators! In fact, the data shows that 90 percent of American households have at least one refrigerator. That’s about 117 million fridges dotting the landscape.

Then there are about the same number of microwaves, over 100 million washing machines, 83 million dishwashers, and even 50 million or so stand-up freezers.

The point of these numbers is that with millions upon millions of household appliances, all of them eventually stop working and have to be gotten rid of somehow. And almost as often, many of them are replaced with newer units as families upgrade their appliances.

But not all of the old ones manage to get out of the house…

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A Tale of Two Aging Appliances, One Busy Husband, and One UnhappyA Tale of Two Aging Appliances, One Busy Husband, and One Unhappy Wife Wife

Deidre was once a proud and well-loved member of the Jones household. As a new appliance, she was a top-of-the-line clothes dryer that made Suzanne Jones incredibly happy. Which made her husband, Bob, happy, too.

Not that Suzanne was some stereotype of a stay-at-home mom and housewife. No. She had just gotten tired of hanging clothes out to dry after their last machine had suddenly given up the ghost. Bob tried to fix it, but it really needed much more than it was worth, so they decided to scrap it and buy a new one.

That took a bit, but after a year of drying clothes 1950s style, they finally managed to bring home a new clothes dryer. Of course, Deidre didn’t have a name then. She was simply a prized, new addition to the home and performed like a champ. For about ten years.

At first, it was just some odd noises. Then it was a generalized lack of energy and output. Deidre was tired and occasionally suffered from “hot flashes,” which alarmed Mrs. Jones when she pulled her clothes out after drying.

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Every Good Thing Comes to an End

Then, one day, Deidre just quit. Mr. Jones took a look, poked around on her back, and peeked underneath her frame, but quickly gave up. He assured his wife that he would get it fixed as soon as he could and that maybe they should consider a new one anyway.

So, Diedre was unceremoniously dragged into the garage and shoved in a corner next to Ronnie, the old refrigerator.

Turns out that Bob – Mr. Jones – wasn’t as much of a handyman as he liked to think, and the number of broken appliances was growing. Ronnie got his name from Suzanne – Mrs. Jones – as she worked around him to get to things in the garage. And it wasn’t too long before Suzanne also gave Deidre the dryer her name.

Pretty soon, both Ronnie and Deidre were being used as storage shelves and compartments. Between them, they were taking up quite a bit of space in the already cramped garage. Bob would periodically promise his wife that he would fix them so they could sell them someday.

But someday never came.

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Why No Household Needs to Have Unwanted or Unusable Old Appliances

Bob and Suzanne certainly aren’t alone. And, like thousands of other households throughout the greater Washington DC area, their home was being filled with old and unusable appliances.

And what many homeowners like Bob understand is that, unfortunately, disposing of many of these large household appliances is difficult, often dangerous, and sometimes simply not practical for some folks. Simply moving and loading a washing machine, dryer, or side-by-side refrigerator can be a major undertaking for many homeowners.

This is why so many homes are slowly being taken over by large, old appliances that need to go.

So, what are a homeowner’s options when it comes to reliable and affordable appliance removal in the Capital region?

Of course, you can try to do it yourself, as we have already pointed out here. However, that almost always requires having a suitable vehicle like a pickup truck. And not everyone in the DC area owns a truck, of course. And, even if you do have a truck or access to one, you have to have the ability to lift and load your old appliance – not to mention unloading it when you arrive at whatever disposal facility you can find.

A better option would be to have some type of container that you can put your old appliances into along with any other junk and debris you’ve got piled up in your garage, attic, basement, or backyard. Something like a roll-off dumpster rental, for example.

The good news is that Junk King Washington, DC can easily help you with that.

By renting one of our driveway-safe and user-friendly MINI Dumpsters, you can load enough junk to equal the space of more than ten clothes dryers! Up to 12-cubic yards, in fact. And when you’re done, we’ll send a team to pick it up and haul it all away for you.

However, it may be that you simply want to dispose of your own version of Deidre or Ronnie. Perhaps you really have little or no other junk to get rid of. No problem! Junk King Washington DC can take care of that for you.

Our full-service appliance removal is guaranteed to make your old appliance removal chore painless and simple. Once you make the call and our team arrives, you simply point, and we’ll do all the heavy lifting.

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By making an appointment for appliance removal with Junk King Washington, DC, you can be assured that your old or unworking appliance will be removed and disposed of quickly and safely. All you need to do is show us where it is.

For appliance removal that is quick, reliable, and affordable, your best move is to call Junk King Washington, DC.

At Junk King, we routinely pick up and dispose of a wide variety of old appliances, including:


  • Stoves and Ovens
  • Trash Compactors
  • Microwaves
  • Air Conditioners
  • Dishwashers
  • And more…


Also, if your old appliance is in working condition, we can take it to a local charity where they can be donated. For those items that are not usable, we make sure they are recycled as much as possible.


Get Your Home Back with Appliance Removal from Junk King Washington DC

Not only will you finally free up that space, but you can know that you’ll be partnering with a green company to help protect the environment. And you can also know that you’ll get professional appliance service when you call Junk King Washington DC.

And best of all – especially when it comes to appliance removal – we do all the heavy lifting!

Our professional and experienced appliance removal team can also remove and haul off any other types of junk you have (except for hazardous waste). Fortunately, old appliances don’t fall under that category!

Junk King Washington DC is part of one of the nation’s largest and most respected junk removal firms, a fact of which we are quite proud. And we are also proud of the fact that our location is a 100 percent veteran-owned and locally owned business.

One of our driving passions is to provide green and eco-friendly junk removal and disposal for the DC area. And we are also passionate about providing world-class service to our friends and neighbors who live here in and around Capital region.

In other words, we make old appliance removal easy – and green!

Our professional and insured appliance removal team will come to your home (or workplace), and we’ll call 15 to 30 minutes before arriving on time, as promised. Once we’re there, we’ll give you a free quote based on how much room your appliances take up in our truck.

You simply point, and we’ll load your old appliances – and any other items you have – into our junk removal trucks and haul them away. And we do it all without any extra fees or hidden charges!

So, ready to get rid of your old appliance and get your home back? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Simply make an appointment with us by booking online above or call us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).

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Junk King Washington DC
8900 Edgeworth Drive Suite H
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Hours: M-F: 8A-6P, Sa: 8A-4P

Providing junk removal services to the Washington DC area, including:

Capitol Heights
College Park
District Heights
Upper Marlboro
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