So, you just got into your new place. Once the last box gets off the…
Removing junk seems like it should be easy.
- Identify the junk.
- Throw out the junk.
If only it were really that easy. Instead, junk removal can be very challenging. Your trash could be someone else’s treasure, so you have to decide whether you are going to sell or donate it or just throw it away. Plus, tackling one junk removal project can quickly lead to another. Before you know it, you are overwhelmed and quit, instead of getting the job done.
To help you avoid that, we have put together a list of the top mistakes we see people make when removing junk.
Underestimating the Amount of Junk
Most people underestimate how much junk they have. That means that they are not prepared for the scope of their project. Before you start cleaning things out, take a walk-through and look at the junk that you have. While you are at it, be honest about whether most of it is trash or whether you need to plan for selling or donating it. Just having an idea of what you need to go through can help you determine things like whether you need to plan on renting a dumpster, whether you will have to deal with sharp objects, and whether you will need storage bins or other containers to help you organize.
Throwing It All Away
Sometimes, there can be so much junk that you want it set ablaze. So, you may be tempted to just throw it all in the trash. However, there are much more eco-friendly alternatives than traditional waste removal. If you hire a junk removal service, they can help you separate your junk into trash or items to sell, donate, or recycle. The environment will thank you.
Ignoring Hazardous Materials
If you have hazardous materials in your junk, it is important to dispose of it properly. Just because an item is safely stored in your home or garage does not mean it is not hazardous. Improper disposal is not only bad for the environment but can also harm waste disposal workers. So, follow any special rules for waste disposal.
Doing All of the Heavy Lifting
Even if you are in great shape, cleaning out junk can challenge your muscles. Get help for the heavy or awkward-sized items. Plus, be honest with yourself about your physical capabilities. If you are likely to injure yourself doing the junk removal, hire a service to help you.
Ignoring Your Emotional Attachment to Some Items
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There is a whole spectrum of behavior between people with no sentimental attachment to anything and hoarders, who have a sentimental attachment to most of their possessions. You might be putting off junk removal because you are worried about getting rid of all of your things. So, give yourself permission to keep a set number of unnecessary items before you start the junk removal process. It can help take away the anxiety you feel about getting rid of your stuff.
Call Take It Away Today, Today
The reason these mistakes are so common is because they are easy to make. So, if you need assistance removing junk, we can help! Give us a call today to get started with your free, no-obligation consultation.