It’s Springtime and the urge to clean and re-organize has hit! But that garage… is daunting. The idea of taking everything to the landfill is no longer an option for most ecologically minded people. A garage sale probably sounds like too much trouble, and most people simply don’t have the time. So, where do you start? Well, junk removal is the way forward. Here’s a look at the process.
Pick a Date
You might want to set aside an entire weekend for the garage cleaning project. Get your family involved, and assign tasks to everyone. If you ultimately decide to have a garage sale, you might offer cash from the sale as incentive for help. When you put your garage clean-up on the calendar, you help to ensure it gets done.
Get Organized Before You Begin
There are a couple things to consider when cleaning and re-organizing your garage. Basically, you need to decide what you’re going to keep and where you’re going to store it. If you don’t have storage solutions, consider investing in some shelving to put along the walls and some plastic bins or containers with lids. To be on the safe side, make sure you measure the height and width of your shelves to ensure your bins will fit. To boost your garage’s future organization, you might even want to get bins in three or four different colors.
To get started, you should divide everything in your garage into a few different piles:
- Trash/Get Rid of
- Borrowed Items to Return
- Broken Items Needing Repair
- Items That Belong Elsewhere in the Home
Begin the Process
First, put obvious junk and things you’ve not used in a year into the “get rid of” pile. As a general rule of thumb, if you haven’t used something in the last 12 months, you’ll probably never use it again. Try to sort big items first, as that will give you more room to work. Then, go through smaller items like tools, holiday decorations, etc..
Once you’ve got a few piles of items you want to keep, subdivide them into categories such as holiday decorations, tools, pet supplies, etc, and put items from each category into the bins you’ve purchased. Clearly label each bin and place them on your shelves. The goal is to have everything you want in a container on the shelves and labeled so you can see exactly where things are, even from a distance.
Finish the Project
When you’re finished sorting, return your borrowed items, decide what is or isn’t worth repairing, and take the items you want to donate to your favorite charity. Then, call a bulk junk removal company to take the rest of the items you don’t want.
Simplify With Junk Removal
A junk removal company can simplify this process and do all the heavy lifting for you. You simply put the items you want to get rid of in the middle of your garage, and then, they haul them away. Quality companies even donate or recycle some of the items so you don’t have to worry about them going to a landfill — “Restore, Reuse, Recycle” seems to be their motto.
In general, as much as 85% of what these companies collect is donated for reuse by charities and non-profits, restored, or repurposed. In the end, very little is taken to a landfill. So you see, you can actually feel good about your junk! To set up an appointment for junk removal, contact us today. At Junk Shot, we make junk removal easy.
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This post was written by Sam Saidman