For most people, winter means the holidays and looking forward to a new year. For others, it means time to downsize and take care of junk removal.
Downsizing can mean different things to different people, but it almost always requires getting rid of some unwanted belongings. And that's where junk removal comes in.
Smaller Home, Less Stuff, More Life
Oftentimes, downsizing comes from not-so-good events like job loss or the loss of a spouse. And, while it is understandable in those circumstances, there are plenty of more positive reasons to downsize one's lifestyle.
For many, the idea of a smaller home, unloading themselves of unnecessary belongings, and reducing their life commitments promises more time and money. And time and money can equal more life for those who embrace it.
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This idea has caught with many seniors, as well, as represented by the book Let It Go from organizing expert Peter Walsh.
Winter is also a great time of year for many of these folks to start the process as they prepare for a new year and new possibilities with their new lifestyle choices.
While making changes in one's activities and personal commitments may not impact their physical surrounding, downsizing a home and getting rid of unwanted household and personal items means there will be things to haul off and dispose of.
Downsizing Does Not Have to Mean Suffering
For some, the thought of giving up "things" and moving into a smaller home sounds a lot like a form of self-deprivation and not at all a positive thing. However, there is a great deal of evidence to show that it can actually be a far better lifestyle choice for many.
Author Marie Kondo, in her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, describes the rewards of downsizing,
"I have time to experience bliss in my quiet space, where even the air feels fresh and clean. Although not large, the space I live in is graced with only those things that speak to my heart. My lifestyle brings me joy.”
If a significant part of your downsizing strategy is to actually sell your home, it’s wise to start offloading non-essentials and unwanted items early. Before you can show your home to potential buyers, you’ll need to clean and organize everything. You want your house to look welcoming and cozy, not messy or chaotic.
But even if you aren't going to move, but just want to minimize your "stuff," you still want to get rid of as much as you feel is not needed or wanted.
The first step you should take before anything else - tossing junk, throwing things out, selling your home - is to get what you do have organized and decluttered. And out handy guide for getting organized can help you along that first, essential task:
And there are the more immediate and practical benefits to getting rid of clutter and staying organized. According to an article at SeniorSafetyAdvice.com there are four main reasons for doing so:
The number one reason to clear out space is to make the living environment as safe as possible. This is especially true if someone in the home uses a walker or a cane or any other mobility device.
- Easier to clean
It's difficult enough for most seniors to clean their homes as well as they used to. Strength, mobility issues, problems with flexibility, etc. all contribute to this problem.
The old saying by Benjamin Franklin is true – “A place for everything, everything in its place.” Having a sense of organization in the home not only helps with memory problems but it makes life a little less stressful.
- Psychological Benefits
There are many psychological benefits that can come from a decluttered and organized space. Psychology Today reports it’s energizing, reduces anxiety, reduces stress and tensions and more.
Your Local and Professional Junk Removal Team
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your storage organization project is complete.
Whether you need our services several times during a decluttering and cleaning project, or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the furniture and debris is quickly out of your way so that you can get on with your life.
Our team specializes in trash and junk removal. We can be at your home in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle as 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).