Do I Need To Keep This Thing?

There’s no putting it off any longer–it’s definitely time for spring cleaning. That means no more excuses about decluttering! Time to get into the nooks and crannies of your home and get rid of your unwanted items.

When people get down to decluttering, a common question comes up: “How do I decide what to keep?” That’s a great question! Mr. Junk is here to help answer it, and help with all your decluttering and junk removal needs in metro Atlanta.

First of all, ask yourself a very important question: “Do I use this?” Not “Do I think I’ll use this.” Be honest with yourself. When was the last time you used this particular item? If you can’t immediately answer that question, or it was more than a few years ago, consider giving it the old heave-ho.

Toss Items That:

  • Are broken beyond your ability/time available to repair them
  • Are duplicates (how many coffee mugs do you need, really?)
  • You can’t identify
  • Don’t fit
  • Are in the way (or find a better place for them)
  • You’re only keeping because you think you should (it’s ok to get rid of unwanted gifts. Really!)

Keep Items That:

  • You use regularly (daily, weekly, or seasonally)
  • Make you feel truly joyful (you don’t have to get rid of your photographs and memorabilia!)
  • Have a place (and no, “in a box” does not count as a place, unless they’re seasonal items in storage)

Decluttering can seem overwhelming, but don’t panic. Remember, you don’t have to handle the junk-hauling yourself! Contact Mr. Junk for a free quote and save yourself the hassle.

Don’t Keep That Old Landscaping Equipment!

Can you feel it? Spring is almost here. As you turn to garages, sheds, and other storage units to pull out landscaping equipment, it’s not uncommon to realize that a lot of it us in need of replacement. Now is a great time to upgrade so you’ll be ready for all the spring and summer lawn chores, but what do you do with your old landscaping equipment?

First of all, why would you want to upgrade? Newer equipment, especially lawn mowers and trimmers and the like, is more efficient and thus better for the environment. Gas powered lawn mowers are big polluters, so the more efficient you can be the better! Not only that, but sharper blades, better engines, and more advanced technology mean you’ll have less work to do, use less power, and save yourself time and energy.

Now, how to get rid of your old lawn equipment? You could always sell it, whether at a garage sale or online. On the plus side, you could make a little money. On the other hand, you’ll have to manage transportation, and online selling can be a hassle. For the easiest solution, just call Mr. Junk to haul your old landscaping tools away. Not only will we sweep up after ourselves, but we’ll make sure to donate or recycle whatever can be donated or recycled before we throw anything away. We can even take yard debris while we’re at it! Give yourself more space to work and enjoy your yard this spring and summer and contact Mr. Junk for junk removal in metro Atlanta today!

Why DIY? Call Mr. Junk Instead!

It’s popular to tackle a lot of home projects on a DIY basis nowadays, but there’s something to be said for hiring professionals. That’s especially true when it comes to junk removal! Check out the top reasons to hire Mr. Junk to remove your unwanted stuff rather than hauling it yourself:

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  • Save Your Back. Improperly lifting heavy objects is a major source of back injury, which makes DIY hauling a quick way to find yourself in a lot of pain! Leave the heavy lifting to us this time. 
  • Don’t Worry About Anything. We’ve been doing this a long time, and we have the Yelp reviews and customer testimonials to back up our expertise. You’re already taken the time to go through all your stuff–now let us do the rest of the work. We’ll even sweep up after ourselves!
  • Be Kind to the Environment. When we haul away your junk, we don’t just trash it. We carefully sort through everything and donate or recycle every piece that we can before ever tossing anything. Your junk won’t just take up space in a landfill–it might make someone else’s life a little easier, or be used to make something new. We can even deal safely with hazardous waste.

No matter why you call Mr. Junk, you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting professional, affordable junk removal service in the metro Atlanta area. You’ll only ever pay for what we haul, so don’t hesitate! Contact us today and reap the benefits of a clutter-free home or office.

How to Rein In Clutter with Kids

There’s nothing like children to bring joy–and chaos!–into a parent’s life. At Mr. Junk, we’re big proponents of keeping tidy, but we understand that life with kids can be messy despite our best efforts. Here are some ideas on how to rein in clutter when there are kids in your home!

First things first: when you’re ready to declutter, take one room at a time, and don’t panic if the rest of the house gets a little crazy in the meantime. Check out some of our previous blogs on decluttering your attic and getting rid of all that excess paper (both things that can get especially out of hand in busy families), as well as tips for cleaning with kids.

Part of the trick to keeping a tidy home is to make sure that everything is it in its place. But if certain things don’t have a place, how can you put them away? Figure out where you set things naturally and make a space for them to live near there. For instance, if kids tend to drop their bookbags they first walk in, hang hooks for them near the door. Remember: “a pile on the desk” is not a good place! If you have an especially forgetful family, it may help you to put labels on containers so no one has an excuse not to know where things go.

If you find that you just don’t have enough space for everything, don’t forget to call Mr. Junk when you’re ready to get rid of stuff in the Metro Atlanta area!

Why Spring is the Best Time to Move & How to Get Started

movingCan you believe that the official day of spring is roughly five weeks away (March 20 to be exact)?

Spring brings showers and flowers, but it also brings new beginnings. Many people sell their home and move during the spring season, and we’re here to help!

Check out a few tips to help get you ready for your upcoming move:

Declutter Your Home

First and foremost, get rid of everything you don’t want in your new home by going ahead and decluttering your current home. Fortunately, there are simple ways to get rid of necessary items! By decluttering your home, you are ensuring a fresh start at your new home (without clutter).

Consult the Calendar

Of course, certain situations don’t allow you the pleasure of choosing when to move. But if you’re flexible with time, move when the kids get out of school in May. Experts say that early summer or late spring is the best time to move because it doesn’t add stress to a child’s schooling. This gives them plenty of time to meet new friends and get settled into their new home before the upcoming school year starts. If your kids aren’t in school, move in early spring when moving costs are slightly lower.

Ask for Help

Moving doesn’t have to be a frustrating and overwhelming ordeal. Order a dozen pizzas, and make it a party! Invite close friends and family over to help move large items and boxes into a moving truck. (For big items you don’t want to move, let the team at Mr. Junk haul them away for you!)

Contact us today to declutter before a move. We look forward to hearing from you.

How Clutter Impacts Your Mood (& What You Can Do About It)

decluttered homeResearch has proven that an excess amount of clutter in your home can be linked to stress, anxiety, and depression. When you have a clean, clutter-free home, you will feel better and be more productive. Fortunately, there are simple ways to declutter your home.

Fill a Box & Donate it

Once a month, hand out a moving box to each member of the family. Ask them to go to their room and collect toys and clothes that they don’t want or wear anymore. (You may need to help younger kids with this.) Then load all of the boxes into the car and take it to a local thrift store or charity donations center. You’ll be teaching your kids about helping others while decluttering your home!

If your item won’t fit in a box, remember that Mr. Junk provides a furniture removal service for the big pieces you don’t want laying around your home anymore.

Set Aside Five Minutes a Day

Spend five minutes a day decluttering your home. A great time is the five minutes before bed or, if you like to multitask, while you’re brushing your teeth. Walk around the house and put papers, trash, and other items where they belong. Ask your kids and your significant other to do the same! If you clean your home daily, you’ll never have to spend countless hours once a month picking up everything that has accumulated.

Communicate with Your Family

No one wants to be the only one cleaning the house – just to turn around and see it become messy again. Take time to talk with your family about keeping a clean home. You can even create a reward system for your kids to encourage them to declutter! They’ll begin to enjoy cleaning when they realize something nice comes out of it.

As always, Mr. Junk is here to haul items away for you! Contact us today with any questions you have.

3 Ways to Keep Your Home Junk-Free in 2018

how to keep a clean homeWas your New Year resolution for this year to keep a clean home? That’s a great resolution to make, since a cleaner home also contributes to better physical and mental health!

Not sure where to get started when it comes to keeping your home clean? Check out three simple ways you can keep a tidy home in 2018:

Clean Up Every Night

We know what you’re thinking: “Wait a second, I thought you said these were going to be simple resolutions?!” They are, we promise. In the beginning, cleaning up your space every single night may take a little longer than usual. However, as items begin to move and stay in their appropriate space, cleaning up every evening will take 10 minutes (tops).

This resolution can apply to your office space, as well. (We can even help if you’re looking to move office spaces!)

Eliminate Boxes

Do you have a lot of cardboard boxes lying around? Boxes take up a ton of space! Break them down, and put them out with your recycling. Or spend an afternoon rummaging through your closets and fill up those boxes with items you don’t use any more such as clothes, shoes, hats, or toys. Then take the boxes to a local thrift store!

If you’re struggling with which items in your closet you should give away, ask yourself these three questions to determine if you should keep it or donate.

Contact Mr. Junk

There are just some items too big for a cardboard box or too heavy for you to lift. Let the team at Mr. Junk haul it away for you! We remove things you don’t need like old furniture, appliances, electronics, yard waste, and more. And to make it better, there is no minimum pick-up fee.

Contact Mr. Junk today to schedule an appointment!

De-Clutter Your Mind

Having excessive clutter isn’t just a way to welcome critters into your home, it can also aggravate existing stress and anxiety. Decluttering your home will create a calmer, more peaceful environment for you and your family to enjoy. Of course, you can’t always tackle everything all at once, which is why at Mr. Junk we believe in taking things in manageable chunks. Check out our tips for simple actions to declutter your home for a clearer mind.

Start by forgiving yourself. It’s easy for clutter and anxiety to become overwhelming. Don’t sit around feeling guilty or ashamed! Remember that everyone makes mistakes, and what matters is how you choose to fix them. Take a minute to breathe before you get started.

Take your time and don’t wear yourself out. Set a timer for ten or twenty minutes, and tidy up for the whole of it. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done in such a small amount of time. Do that every day and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve de-cluttered by the end of the week.

Next time you put on a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit or doesn’t look good, don’t put it back! Donate it so someone else can make use of it and you can have more space for clothes that you can actually wear. Socks with holes? Shoes without soles? Throw them out.

And of course, don’t forget to call Mr. Junk! We’ll handle your junk in an environmentally-friendly way, and we’ll even sweep up after ourselves.

Moving Your Office? We Can Help!

Is there anything more stressful than moving your company to a new office? Not only do you have to organize and manage the relocation, you also have to keep the actual work going while the office is in flux! Mr. Junk has some ideas to make things easier. Check out our tips for a more efficient office move.

  • Schedule Smart. Plan the relocation during the least busy season for your company, and if possible, plan the actual moving day for when the office is closed. And when you’re estimating how much time it will take, remember: moving is crazy! Give your company plenty of time to account for unexpected delays.
  • Assign Teams. If you’re handling parts of the move in-house, be specific about assignments. You don’t want ten people to think they’re in charge of unpacking, while nobody is keeping track of the moving van! Make sure that everyone can access the to-do lists and important contact numbers.
  • Go Home! As much as possible, make sure that employees have the capability to work remotely during the actual move. This will give your employees and the movers the space to work uninhibited, and keep your employees free of distractions.
  • Hire Mr. Junk. For anything that’s not making the trip, contact Mr. Junk for a free quote. You only pay for what we haul, we focus on donating and recycling before trashing anything–and we’ll sweep up after ourselves!

It’s never too early to start planning for a move, and that’s doubly true when moving your office. Call Mr. Junk today, and don’t forget to pack the coffee maker!

Dump Your Junk and Start Fresh in 2018

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Each New Year brings an opportunity to let go of the past and start fresh. What better way to start anew than clearing out clutter from your home? Whether you need to clear a pathway through your garage, clear out some space in the shed or open some room in your office, creating a more tidy living space can do wonders for your organization and mental health.

At Mr. Junk, we can haul away the biggest or smallest piles of clutter and we serve the entire Atlanta area. Of course, it’s not up to us how much you hang on to or how much you get rid of. But we can give you a few tips for clearing your space and clearing your head this New Year.

Start Small

If you’re dealing with big clutter, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Rather than looking at the whole project at once, try starting with one room or one specific area. Focus on one room at a time and try to stay focused on the job at hand.

Make a List

The hardest part about clearing out your space is deciding what to keep and what to let go of. Try making a list of things you can’t live without, the things you like but don’t really need and the things you never use. Prioritize and make some tough decisions. You’ll be surprised what you can live without!

Call Mr. Junk

Once you’ve made the tough decisions, give us a call at Mr. Junk and set up a junk removal appointment! We’ll come to your home and take away furniture, old electronics and TVs, carpet, and all kinds of other cluttered messes. We take care of it all, big or small, no matter where you live in metro Atlanta.