The holidays are typically a time for giving. But they can also be a great time for giving away – more specifically, purging some of your unwanted stuff with help from same day junk removal in Toronto.
Most people have way more belongings than they need or can handle. This is not good for a couple of reasons: one of them is it creates stress from clutter. It also can be a hazard from tripping, falling over or even fires if not properly dealt with.
One place that many people accumulate junk is in the garage. While it’s supposed to be a place to park your vehicle securely, often it becomes a dumping ground for old books, electronics, and even old appliances. One study actually suggests that up to quarter of Americans that have a two-car garage don’t have space to park their car – and things aren’t much different north of the border.
Of course, this clutter usually happens because it’s overwhelming to tackle the mess. Staring down a sea of unwanted items can seem insurmountable, and so the problem keeps getting worse. You’ve been waiting for the “perfect” time to tackle it – and what better time is there than the New Year?
With the help of junk removal companies, you can kick off the new year with a home or office that’s both free of clutter as well as better organized, so you can more easily find possessions of value. That being said, you should have a strategy that has Toronto junk removal built into it.
Break It Down Into Phases
If you’ve committed to decluttering and organizing for the New Year, it doesn’t have to be done overnight. You just need to create a plan and stick with it. Breaking down the job into smaller tasks, spending a few hours going through items on the weekend for example, can make it all seem less intimidating. Rushing is not the answer – consistency is.
Start by going through each room – whether it’s a basement or the garage – and separate the items you haven’t used in forever to be collected by junk removal in Toronto. Rooms that haven’t been touched for a while that are full of junk could take more time, so plan for that. Do it a bit at a time if it’s more realistic.
Same day junk removal in Toronto can haul away unwanted items as you sort them, or they can come at the end when you’ve grouped all of the items you don’t need together. But keep in mind that even when you’re sorting, you’ll still be dealing with large piles of junk that could slow you down.
Aim to have each space less than three-quarters full to allow you to move around easily and find what you’re looking for.
Organize What’s Left
As you go through and sort your belongings, group what you want to retain into categories. A good rule of thumb is to keep items you frequently use near the door, while the other items can be put into bins or placed on shelving.
These could be simple plastic bins that you clearly label to avoid any confusion, especially if they’re opaque. For more sensitive belongings, you can consider lockable cabinets to keep the items secure. It’s a good idea to have a step stool handy so you can easily stack/retrieve bins without the risk of them falling on you.
Make sure containers stored in the basement are kept a bit off the floor, as there’s a bigger risk of moisture damage in this area. Either construct some shelving, or use waterproof bins to protect items that have some value. Make sure containers don’t cover up any drainage pipes, as this can cause pooling of water.
Once you’ve got all the good stuff in bins, try to purge some through junk removal companies each time you introduce new items into the mix. That way you won’t end up with the same problem in a year or two, which is counterproductive.
Trust Same Day Junk Removal in Toronto
There are advantages to using junk removal companies to help you with your decluttering/organizing project. One is that they can do the heavy lifting if you have an old fridge in the garage gathering dust, for example.
Another plus is that they will recycle items when possible, and even donate if they’re still usable. This diverts a lot of waste from the landfills that would result from bringing the items to the dump yourself!
If you’ve been considering decluttering as a New Year’s resolution, now’s the time to get started! Find out more about how junk removal in Toronto can help you get a clean slate for the New Year from 1-800-Rid-Of-It, and how to save 10%.