More Junk Stories

Forming Green Habits

So here’s a scenario that I’m sure has happened to most people, if not every person, trying to incorporate acts of green into their lives. You decide on the one thing you can change to help the environment. Let’s say it’s to begin using reusable bags at the grocery store, rather than plastic bags, as…

Confessions of a Junk Hauler

I was hired at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to work at the corporate office, the Junktion. But last Tuesday, my workday began and ended in full-on 1-800-GOT-JUNK? gear, and I was even dropped off at my house at the end of the day in a familiar blue and green truck.   My roommates stared at me in confusion as I removed my steel-toed boots and…

An Update on the Cathedral

It is with great sadness that I report there’s been a development in regards to the Cathedral of Junk that I wrote about last week. Sadly, some folks aren’t so fond of having a 30 foot high collage in their neighbourhood, and they’ve succeeded in petitioning the city to have it ordered demolished. Vince Hanneman, the…

Hard Working Junk

What has your junk done for you lately? What’s it really done for anyone lately? Other than lazing around, taking care of all that pesky ‘free space’ for you, that is. I don’t expect much from the stuff, and I don’t think anyone really does. I mean…it’s junk! I doubt anyone’s counting on it to bring…

What Does 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Do…Exactly?

Oh, I remember that question well. In my early days with the company I heard it often, in various forms:  Do you charge? You mean we don’t have to take it to the curb? You clean up afterward? Really?   Eventually, the confusion dissipated into the afterlife of oh-so-simple-business-concepts-now-understood. Yet, here I am fulfilling one of…

Stop: Huddle Time.

As employees at the Junktion (1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s head office), we take part in a daily ritual. To seasoned employees, it’s old hat. To me (the new girl), it is surprising. It is impressive. It is called Huddle.

Junk Removal for Breast Cancer Research

Do any of us truly realize the potential of our junk to heal the sick, make people smile, raise big bucks?! Can computer recycling, TV disposal, or appliance removal be achieved at a charity yard sale on a sunny day in May? Yes, they can! There’s a lot to celebrate after last weekend’s successful Yard…

It’s Not Just Entertainment

A full-day marathon and two new episodes of A&E’s Hoarders airs this Memorial Day (May31) and the taping of season 3 has been in full swing for several weeks. The success of the reality series is a testament to the great need people suffering from compulsive hoarding have, as well as everyone else’s insatiable interest in it. Here at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? the majority of our daily…

New resources offer help for hoarders

I stumbled on The New Old Age Blog on the New York Times when the blogger, Paula Span, first wrote about hoarding back in January. After receiving more than 223 comments (!) on that first post, another post popped up this week  highlighting two exceptional resources for those struggling with hoarding. One had been on my radar for awhile, but the…