The one thing about spring cleaning in Langley that everybody can agree on is, it’ll make you wish it was still the dead of winter. More than likely it has been six months or more since you gave the place a comprehensive cleaning job. A lot of junk can accumulate during that time. It is no reason, then, that the spring can quickly turn into anyone’s least favorite season.
So, if the inside of your home looks more like the aftermath of a tornado, and your backyard looks more like a drop-off point for unwanted items, then you might need a few junk removal tips that will help turn your property to its former glory.
Depending on the severity of the accumulation, it might not be possible to complete the whole task all at once, so it might be a good idea to space the junk removal job out over a certain period. Determined what you can do in that time and set that as your goal.
Bear in mind that you might not want to get rid of everything stored away in closets and your garage; some of it may be heirlooms you want to hold on to. Try to limit that, however, to a few boxes; something that can easily be stored in an out-of-the-way place, like the basement.
Set a bar for just how much of something that may seem junkie, but you might be tempted to hold on to. For example, that collection of old magazines over in the corner of the garage; resolve to throw away every issue that is over four months old, even though you plan on re-reading them when you get the chance. Also, take any clothes that no longer fit to the Langley Salvation Army.
If you are a hoarder, you should know that most of what you have accumulated is no more than garbage. So, treat it as such and don’t hesitate to whisk it off to the nearest garbage dump. If you’re not sure what needs to go and what needs to stay, if you can’t remember what is stored in those shoe boxes over in the corner, then it’s probably something you no longer need. I realize getting rid of some things is tough, but junk removal is a tough job.
Another way to take the hassle out of the drudgery of that annual spring-cleaning job would be to engage in a sort of pre-sorting; like what you might do with clothes on wash day. Take all the junk you’ve accumulated and place it in one area and sift through it to determine what goes and what stays. If this isn’t possible, go room by room, then the garage, ending with the dreaded backyard.
Again, you don’t want to try to do everything in one day, so it is a good idea to set an egg timer, so you don’t overwork yourself. You may have intended to complete a certain amount of junk removal in a certain time, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t meet your quota. Some stages will probably go faster than others, so you should be able to make it up.
You might also want to plan where, and to whom your junk will go. If you’re going to get rid of it, your junk needs a destination. Here are some possibilities that might help alleviate a junk removal nightmare:
Hire a professional junk removal company. They will usually do it for a relatively small fee.
Have a garage sale. This is a good way to get rid of stuff that might still have some usage. But, don’t expect to make much money off your old junk; just bask in the glory that you’ve finally gotten rid of it.
Of course, you’re not going to sell everything at a garage sale, and if you’re like a lot of people you may still have some misgivings about just throwing all that stuff away. Somebody could use it. Fortunately, I have the perfect remedy for a guilty conscience too. If your junk—clothes, shoes, old purses, etc.—are still in pretty good condition, you could always donate it to the Langley Salvation Army, as I stated earlier. They will be glad to have, and, in some cases, will even come by and pick up your stuff for you. You can even write-off the donation as a tax credit. That’s one way to recoup some of your losses.
If you happen to be the resourceful type and have the time on your hand to indulge it, you can make a hobby out of turning items you don’t want anymore into items that somebody else does. Now, before I go any further let me first tell you that you must be imaginative in your thinking. For example, some people have taken stuff that they o longer need and turned it into works of art, or even jewelry and selling it on websites like eBay and Craigslist. So, what started out as a chore ended up becoming a business.
So, as you can see, getting rid of junk is not that difficult, once you put your mind to it. The hard part is parting with it. Suddenly, it seems like every piece of that junk in the garage, those magazines stacked in the corner, and those rusty bicycle frames in the backyard have developed some sentimental value. But, if you are truthful with yourself, you know that it has long since outlived its usefulness.
Remember the old saying a clean mind and body makes a clean spirit; well, a junk-free property makes for conscience-free spring.