[This article was first published in January 2021 and has been revised and expanded.]
The New Year represents a day of new beginnings, new starts, and new hopes. For some, it can be a simple as getting free of clutter with some junk removal.
Sure, that's not as glamorous as losing 15 pounds or running a half-marathon, perhaps. But it's certainly doable and it can set the stage for a clutter-free living space in 2021.
Going Into 2023 Slim, Trim, and Clutter Free!
New Year's resolutions and routinely broken, abandoned, or forgotten in the rush and press of life going into the next year. But with a plan and some determination, some of your more realistic goals can be accomplished.
A humorous take on holiday wishes and resolutions is this popular quote:
Dear Santa, All I Want is a Fat Bank Account and a Skinny Body. Please Don't Mix It Up Again Like You Did Last Year!
For some, however, a more pressing goal is not so much "slimming" down as it is reducing clutter and freeing up living space.
That's because we tend to accumulate belongings over time that then begin to take up more and more space in our homes. This often spills over into the garage, the closets, and every available nook and cranny in the house.
Sometimes, it is simply a matter of rounding up all the things we've been meaning to get rid of for months - or years perhaps - and getting them out of the house and disposing of them. Which is why an important step towards reducing clutter in your home - and your life - is to make use of a local and reliable junk removal firm like Junk King.
Okay, so we can admit that junk removal isn't the most exciting task, but it is an essential part of helping you declutter and organize your indoor space.
In other words, actually getting rid of all the things you no longer need, use, or want is a required step to becoming clutter free.
Linens and Tablets and Books, Oh My!
For many people, the sheer quantity of stuff we've accumulated over the years can be both overwhelming and distressing. And the older we get, the more we seem to pile up and hold on to.
A post from Edgewood Healthcare addresses this issue,
Multiple studies have found that Americans are drowning in their possessions. A study by the University of California at Los Angeles found middle-class families with garages full to bursting, sprawling toy and book collections and refrigerators cluttered with magnets.
The U.S. Department of Energy reported that 25 percent of people with two-car garages didn't have space to park a car, and a report by the National Association of Professional Organizers found we'll spend an average of one year of our lives looking for lost possessions due to clutter.
And, as we get older, the issue of living with too much clutter can become even more of a problem, not to mention a potential safety hazard!
Many of us find ourselves accumulating collections of various items such as books, electronic devices, clothing, and other things that may or may not have useful or sentimental value. At some point, all of that stuff can get in the way and make your living space less than optimal.
In addition, it can be unhealthy.
According to another post,
Psychological studies have shown that clutter exacerbates anxiety, depression, and generally just makes us feel overwhelmed and stressed. Cleaning, on the other hand, is often cited as a stress-reliever.
This is why getting organized and getting rid of junk is a necessary project to start off your new year clutter free.
Junk Removal, Decluttering, and Getting Organized: Where to Start?
You can research on the Internet and find tons of advice, suggestions, and tips for getting your home or work space organized. In fact, the amount of information and differing approaches and organization strategies out there are practically overwhelming!
That's why we have simplified this step for you by creating this handy guide to getting your stuff organized and your space clutter-free:
The Many Benefits of Being Clutter Free
Hundreds of minimalist bloggers and organization consultants of various types have written quite extensively on the joys and benefits of decluttering and maintaining a "clutter free" lifestyle.
Here are some of our favorites adapted from an article at The Simplicity Habit:
Systematically decluttering your home causes you to face your past purchasing decisions. Some of the feelings that come up with that such as guilt and regret can lead people to hold on to their clutter.
Decision fatigue is real. When you walk into a closet or open a drawer that is jam-packed with stuff, it is immediately overwhelming.
Clutter causes stress. Studies have shown that it increases women's cortisol levels more dramatically than men’s. When moms are stressed it can carry over to other family members as well.
Less time spent cleaning
One of the benefits of cluttering your home is that it takes you less time to clean. That isn’t to say you don’t still have to do laundry or wash dishes but having fewer of them means they are less likely to stack up to an overwhelming amount.
Find items easily
Did you know that on average Americans spend 2.5 days per year finding misplaced items? And collectively we spend 2.7 billion dollars each year replacing items we can’t find.
Easier to maintain
A wonderful decluttering benefit is that it makes your home easier to maintain. Putting items away at the end of the day doesn’t feel like a monumental task.
Life is full of distractions. Around every corner, there is something begging for our attention. Technology is a big culprit, but our stuff can be too.
Another common tip is to simply reduce our amount of purchases. If we make a conscious effort to buy less, use less, and own less, the clutter will naturally be less.
Junk Removal After Decluttering Can be Easy
One of the challenges that can result from all your cleaning, decluttering, and organizing is getting rid of all the piles of stuff that will have to be removed and hauled away afterwards.
It does little good to clean up and rearrange everything if you still have too much stuff and not enough room to store it all. And there's no good that comes from holding on to things you don't need, don't use, and can't give away!
The bottom line is that you probably have a lot of junk that needs to be gotten rid of.
And, while your cleaning and decluttering project will result in a few piles of junk, keep in mind that much of it is recyclable. In other words, it shouldn't be hauled off to the dump or thrown into your household trash bins.
In addition, you may need some professional junk hauling for the bigger junk items, as well.
If you find yourself looking at large amounts of debris and junk when you're done organizing, you can easily get rid of all of it all with a full-service junk removal service. And you don't have to worry about which items are recyclable or reusable, if you choose your local Junk King removal team.
Get Clutter-Free Today With Professional Junk Removal
Junk King offers efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about how to dispose of your junk after your cleaning and decluttering project is done.
And whether you need our services several times during a home cleaning project, or just once after it is complete, our junk hauling professionals will make sure that the all your unwanted items are quickly out of your way so that you can get on with your simpler, uncluttered life.
Our teams specializes in trash and junk removal. We can be at your home in mere minutes, so call us today! And they are fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
You’ll love your experience with Junk King:
- 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
One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK (5865).