If you are starting your spring cleaning, you may already wish it was winter. After all, if it has been months, or a year (or longer) since you last really tried to get rid of the unwanted things residing in your home, spring can easily turn into anyone’s least favorite season. So if your house is looking like a junkyard, try these strategies for removing the unwanted stuff from your home.
What is Junk Removal?
Junk removal is basically the act of removing all of the stuff that you no longer need or want from your home (or even your life). You’ll also be in charge of disposing of the unwanted items responsibly (or at least safely), in order to avoid any accidental fires. First, the good news: As long as the items aren’t hazardous, they can be disposed of without proper permits and with the permission of the owner. Now the bad news: If the items are hazardous, you might need a permit from your local fire marshal. We’ll be sure to discuss the best ways to dispose of these items, as well as what to do with them. How Do I Get Started? The first step is to take inventory of everything you have in your home. That way, you’ll know what you actually need.
Why Do you Need it?
Clear your clutter from your home and yard for a number of reasons. One is safety. Junk hidden in your home or yard is one of the leading causes of injuries. Studies have shown that clutter negatively affects psychological well-being and can exacerbate stress. Excessive clutter can increase the risk of sickness and accidents. It also can attract insects and vermin. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor, outdoor and total body clutter is toxic. If you suffer from a specific health condition, like ADHD, senior citizens or kids with autism, organizing your belongings is also essential. If you are dealing with seniors, increasing clutter in your home may lead to feeling isolated. If you have kids, clutter can be an issue of independence.
Why Don’t You Need it?
Look at the following signs that you may have too much stuff in your house: If you find yourself hauling home a crate or two of furniture every few weeks. If you get a call from your city to pick up furniture or belongings on the side of the road that was abandoned by someone who just lost their house in a fire. If you unload your whole basement onto a hired crew to remove the junk that you’re not using. If you’ve been thinking about selling or trading in your home, but it has been too hard to sell because you can’t get rid of the stuff piling up in your basement, garage, or attic. If you’ve been paying a professional to come by and clear the yard of the stuff you aren’t using—like trees and shrubs that have been trying to die for years.
Who Can Do It for You?
If your home is not big enough to get help, you’ll likely be faced with lugging everything yourself. You can hire a professional, though. Here are some suggestions for types of pros that you could consider using to help you clean up your stuff: Budget: There are a number of websites that allow you to filter the professionals that are available by the cost of your cleanup
Removing and Sorting
If you’re still in the process of adding more stuff to your home, or if you’re just starting a new spring cleaning, this is the ideal time to get rid of the unwanted stuff. Simply find a garage sale you’d like to attend, arrange to have the things you want to sell brought to your home, and get rid of the unwanted things you have in the process. If your garage, attic, or basement have no room for additional things, but you want to make a clean sweep of your house, consider hiring someone to come to your home and help you sort through the stuff. Consider selling If you are just moving in and don’t have much time to get rid of things, then consider selling them.
If you do everything right, your spring cleaning efforts should be well underway in a matter of days. The beauty of a spring cleaning strategy is its adaptability and flexibility, so that even if you’re underwhelmed with your progress, you can simply change directions as necessary. If you decide to keep going with your spring cleaning process, you’ll reap the benefits of having a clutter-free home. You’ll find that you have more breathing room, which will allow you to focus on the people and activities that are important to you most. Just remember to approach your spring cleaning in a matter-of-fact and confident manner. Because with just a little time and effort, you will be able to help yourself — and the people who live with you — experience a bit more harmony.