The most effective way to get rid of your junk

Slowly but surely, clutter always seems to enter our home and never wants to leave. It can be found under the bed, in our drawers, on our shelves…the list goes on and on!

Have you had enough? Is clutter taking over your life? Here is the most effective way to declutter.

Think of all the possibilities of what you could do with that extra space; if you weren’t holding on to all of that junk, you could finally reclaim that closet or storage area in your home! What about that ‘junk drawer’ full of miscellaneous items you never use, or that bookshelf full of novels that you’ll never read again? If you’re trying to clean up your act, don’t let the idea of decluttering overwhelm you. It’s easy once you get going – we promise!

Looking for a way to make your decluttering project more interesting? Here’s an idea – whenever you complete each task from the to-list above (whether it is daily or weekly), put a dollar in a glass jar. When the jar is full, use the money to purchase something new for your home!

Now that you’re ready to start, follow our to-do list below:

  1. Choose a room. Once you’ve decided what room you’d like to tackle, take a quick look around. You should be looking for things you no longer need, want or use. If you feel overwhelmed with the amount of clutter in one particular room, then delegate the work to other family members accordingly. Ready? Set? Go!
  2. Assess the clutter. The most important thing to keep in mind: any item that doesn’t have a purpose doesn’t deserve a place in your home. Look around the room and ask yourself the following: Do I need this? Is it meaningful? Will I miss it if it’s gone? When is the last time I used it? If you haven’t used it in the last year or longer, toss it immediately!
  3. Make a decision. One of the hardest aspects of decluttering is deciding what to do with the stuff you’re getting rid of. Should you donate your unwanted items, or throw them away? The first thing to ask yourself is will these items be useful to someone else? If not, then get rid of them! Consider looking into a full-service junk removal company to lend a hand and dispose of your items for you.
  4. Empty the space. Fill at least two boxes or bags with clutter. Each project shouldn’t take longer than one hour (some rooms can even take significantly less time than that). For example, your bathrooms or linen closets are short projects that you should be able to complete in 15 minutes flat.
  5. Take pride in your work. Look around your clutter-free room and pat yourself on the back. You did it – a job well done!

checklistFeel free to expand the list above to meet your needs, and be sure to put checkmarks beside each action when they are complete so you can keep track of your progress! What comes in and what goes out is entirely your decision. If this seems like too much for you at first, take everything one step at a time. Instead of making this a whole day project, tackle one room on a different day throughout the week. For instance, you can declutter your bedroom one day, the office the next, and the garage or basement over the weekend.

Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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