As a culture, we tend to collect a lot of junk. We give and receive gifts, purchase things we don’t need, and hold on to items that are no longer usable for either sentimental reasons or because we don’t know what else to do with them. And while we spend a lot of time collecting stuff, we don’t usually give that same amount of time to getting rid of it. If you feel like you’re drowning in junk, it’s probably time to do some de-cluttering and you may be surprised at how good it feels to clear out your home, garage, or storage unit.
The idea of cleaning out an entire house, garage, or attic can be overwhelming. De-cluttering is definitely time consuming, but don’t let that stop you. You don’t have to plan an entire weekend of sorting through boxes and closets, just do a little bit each day. Start in small sections and limit your time for going through stuff. For example, choose one shelf in a closet each day and only allow yourself thirty minutes to go through it. By limiting yourself to small sections, you’ll avoid overwhelm and are more likely to actually get started.
Once you’ve tackled the task of going through your stuff, you may be asking yourself what to do with everything you want to get rid of. Here are a few options:
1. Garage sale. This may be more time consuming than other options, but if you have a lot of stuff that’s in good condition, organizing a garage or yard sale may be the best choice for you. This takes some pre planning and you’ll need to label everything with prices, but you could make some cash on your junk. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure as they say.
2. Sell online. Sites like Craigslist, Ebay, and Facebook marketplace have made it even easier in the modern age to sell those items that still have value. You may even have some luck getting rid of large, bulky items by posting them for free pick-up.
3. Donate. This is the faster, easier way to get rid of your junk if you’re not worried about making any returns. Furniture, electronics in working condition, clothing, and homewares can all be donated to numerous organizations like Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity that can sell your items and use the profits to fund their charity. Items that can’t be donated should be recycled at an appropriate facility.
4. Hire a junk removal service. Even easier yet would be to hire a team of people experienced in removing junk and disposing of it properly. When it comes to recruiting the right team for junk removal services, make sure you hire an eco-friendly company so your items don’t end up in a land fill or causing pollution.
Don’t let junk rule your life. If you feel like you’re drowning in stuff, take the time to de-clutter and call the team at Junk Command in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN for fast, easy junk removal services that are kind to the environment and the surrounding community.
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