Clutter in the Attic

Whether you’re unpacking and repacking decorations or sorting through things to make room for visitors, if you’re like a lot of folks, the holidays see you spending a lot of time in your attic. Now that most of the holiday chaos is over, it’s a great time to think about something you probably haven’t thought of: cleaning out the attic! Check out some tips from Mr. Junk.

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP: When walking in the attic, only step on the floor joints. Never step between them!

  • Make Time. You’ve probably got a lot of stuff up there, and even if you don’t, the attic is a dark and potentially dangerous place to be. Plan to spend a good amount of time up there.
  • Think Safety. Protect yourself! Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and a mask to protect against dust particles. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of light, so consider a hands-free option like a headlamp. Also, consider that your attic is probably much colder than your house, and dress appropriately.
  • Divide and Conquer. Since there’s so much space, and attics tend to be so inhospitable, divide it up into sections and tackle one at a time.

And finally, call Mr. Junk. After you’ve pulled the junk from your attic, do you really want to worry about sorting it before you get rid of it? At Mr. Junk we do the sorting for you! We’ll handle recycling, donating, and garbage, and we even sweep up after ourselves. Contact us for an appointment today!

Reduce Waste During the Holidays with 4 Simple Tips

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It’s the holiday season, and with all those presents, big family meals, and Secret Santa gift exchanges going on right now, it’s easy to accumulate a lot more waste than usual. But there are some easy ways to reduce your holiday waste this year. At Mr. Junk, we’re sharing a few simple pointers to reduce, reuse and recycle in Atlanta, GA.

Check out the easiest ways to pile up less trash this time of year:

  1. BYOB – Bringing your own reusable bag when you go to the grocery store to pick up all those delicious holiday goodies helps reduce plastic bag usage. You can even bring your own bag when you go holiday shopping to help reduce plastic use at the mall!
  2. Save Your Ribbons and Bows – Instead of pulling off your ribbons and bows and tossing them in the trash, try saving them for next year. It’s easy to do and will even save you money down the road.
  3. Use Cloth Napkins and Table Cloths – Paper products can build up a tremendous amount of trash, fast. This year try to use cloth instead of paper. You can wash everything after the holidays are over and you’ll have far less trash than you would if you used paper products.
  4. Recycle Your Cardboard – If you’re doing as much online shopping as we are here at Mr. Junk, you’re probably noticing the cardboard boxes piling up. But did you know that cardboard is recyclable? In fact, most of your delivery materials can be recycled. So instead of tossing your boxes and plastic wrapping in the trash, break the boxes down and put them in your recycling bin.

These are some simple ways to reduce your garbage during the holidays, but we know that some trash is unavoidable. If you need a bulk pick up and waste disposal, no job is too small or too big for us at Mr. Junk. We serve the entire Atlanta Metro area and respond quickly. Give us a call for all of your junk and trash removal during the holidays!

How to Winterize Your Atlanta Home!

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Summer was as fun as always and we all enjoyed the beautiful weather and amazing colors of fall, but all great things come to an end as the old saying goes. Now that winter is here, our team at Mr. Junk wants to make sure you’re ready for the colder months in Atlanta, GA.

Here are some tips from us to you to not only help you save a little money on the utility bills and stay safer during the winter season this year.

Winterizing Your Home Made Easy

  • Get Your Gutters Cleaned – if you have built-up debris in your gutters, they can clog or freeze easily. This means water can overflow and fall right at the base of your home causing foundation damage, flooded basements and more.
  • Fix Those Leaks and Drafts – Taking a little bit of time to properly seal up your home can save you tons in energy costs and will prevent water damage during those cold winter storms.
  • Get Your Fireplace Inspected – Over time, soot builds up in your chimney which can pose a significant danger to you and your home. Have a professional give your fireplace a thorough inspection before the holidays!
  • Winterize Your Landscaping – Raking leaves, trimming hedges and dialing your irrigation way back will make getting your yard in order in the spring so much easier and reduces your water bill over the winter.

Once you’ve gotten things ready for winter, Mr. Junk can help you take away any yard or house debris. We have no minimum removal so no job is too small or too big for us! We’ll get your yard cleared out so all you have to do is sit by the fire and wait for the spring to come! Give us a call today for more information.

Get Your Home Ready for Santa!

The holidays are right around the corner. Is your home ready for a visit from Santa? Of course, Santa is generous and kind and would never judge, but he has a lot to do on Christmas Eve, after all! Wouldn’t it be nice for him, and for you, if your home is tidy and easy to get around? That’s where Mr. Junk comes in with our Holiday Cleaning Guide.

Quick Holiday Cleaning Tips

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For the most part, you’ll want to focus on the areas of your home that guests will be most interested in: the kitchen, the entryway, and the bathrooms. Wipe down all the surfaces, clean the insides of things, wash all the fabric. Don’t neglect the floors, but do those last so you don’t have to do them again. And of course, sweep the area around the fireplace and leave some treats for Santa.

Don’t forget the clutter! Your home will feel so much homier with more space. There’s so much that needs extra space during the holidays! Not only will you be hosting Santa and other guests, but the Christmas tree, decorations, boxes, and wrapping paper will need a place to go, not to mention the piles of presents and all the new toys, clothes, books, and other goodies that will be inside them.

While you’re decluttering, consider donating to charity. Mr. Junk can handle the sorting and donating for you in the Metro Atlanta area; just give us a call. You only pay for what we haul away, and we even sweep up after ourselves!

How to Conquer the Paper Overflow

You’ve cleaned up your lawn and at your old holiday decorations. Now let’s look at something that may fill you with dread: all that paper!

First of all, remember the electronic storage available to you. If you’re still receiving paper bills, switch to email to save both trees and clutter. Many documents can be stored electronically: scan or take clear pictures of receipts, old leases and contracts, old records and invoices, pay stubs, etc. Save a copy in your computer and consider backup storage on a secure cloud server in case of emergency. Not only does electronic storage clear up space in your home, it makes it easier to sort and find these when you need them.

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Of course, some documents can be dealt with immediately and then tossed out. Set aside a spot for any paper that needs immediate attention: invitations, notes from school, forms to sign, etc. Check on this every day, or at least every other day. Likewise, some documents should be kept in their original form. Set a specific file for birth certificates, marriage certificates, mortgage and tax documents, car titles, and important medical paperwork. 

Of course, what about children’s artwork? This is arguably some of the most precious paper in the house, but it can quickly become overwhelming. Designated a place such as the front of the fridge or a specific spot on the wall and fill it with artwork. When your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, etc. present you with new treasures, either snap pictures or scan old art for storage, and then replace it on the wall. This way you can share artwork with family for years to come.

Conquering the paper overflow is a huge step to making your home feel tidy and free of clutter. When you’ve decluttered your paper, call Mr. Junk in metro Atlanta and let us haul it away for you!

This Holiday Season, Declutter and Donate!

November is the month to be thankful, to enjoy time with our families and consider all our blessings. That makes it a great time to donate items you don’t need anymore.woman with pile of christmas presents

Why donate items you don’t use anymore? First of all, it helps people in need. Temperatures are finally dropping in the metro Atlanta area; homeless shelters and other organizations that serve those in need often find their resources strapped right now. In this time of goodwill and thankfulness, isn’t it great to give back to our communities?

Second of all, it frees up space in our homes to prepare for the holidays! At Mr. Junk we’re pretty excited about decluttering–we love the pleasant look and calm feel of a tidy home. Plus, we love being able to find things when we need them! The winter holidays often bring an influx of guests, food, and gifts, so get prepared by paring down early.

While you’re planning what to declutter and donate, bear in mind a couple of easy tips. Be ruthless in what you select to declutter, but don’t donate trash! The easiest way to handle this is to get rid of everything you don’t need, and then contact Mr. Junk to haul it away. When we pick up a load of junk, we don’t just toss it in a landfill–we sort through each piece and donate or recycle everything we can before we ever throw anything away. Plus, you only pay for what we haul, with no hidden fees. 

This holiday season, let’s work together to get your house organized and your excess stuff to people who need it!

No More Holiday Kitchen Emergencies!

Nothing says “Thanksgiving” like a home-cooked meal for all your friends and family. But nothing says “stress” like a cluttered kitchen, especially when you’re trying to cook for all your friends and family! Before the holidays kick into gear, clean out and organize your kitchen by following these steps from Mr. Junk.

  • Tackle the Fridge! Are you ignoring all that expired cheese and the leftovers from last month? Stop ignoring them and get rid of them. Clearing space will clear your mind and make shopping and meal prep easier.
  • Fix the Pantry! Do the same thing with your pantry. Don’t forget those darker corners that you haven’t really looked at in years–they are hot spots for critters!
  • Declutter! Yes, you’re having friends over soon, but how many mugs, place settings, and pieces of silverware do you really need? Be honest with yourself, and get rid of what you don’t use.
  • The Junk Drawer. Don’t panic–you can take this in stages if you need to. Get rid of all the old receipts one day, bundle up all the rubber bands the next, organize the batteries the day after that. It will be easier to actually find things once you can see them.

Once you’ve got the clutter under control, add some daily habits to keep the mess from building up again. Keep the counters clear by storing things in cabinets and shelves, not on the counter. Clean as you go, and make sure that when you’re done with something you put it where it goes: remember, “away, not down!”

Set up your at-home recycling, call Mr. Junk to haul away your unnecessary stuff, and you’ll be good to go. Enjoy your holidays in a clean, clutter-free environment.

Get Kids Involved with America Recycles Day on November 15th

RecycleMany people think recycling began in the 1970’s, when its popularity became widespread. But recycling has actually been a common practice since the early days of America. From the Colonial Age to the Great Depression (and again in the 21st Century), recycling has demanded America’s attention. And here at Mr. Junk, we’re listening.

For the clutter in your garage or on your lawn that you can’t recycle, contact Mr. Junk to remove it!

About America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is right around the corner, and thousands of people across America are gearing up for local events and activities. In the U.S., America Recycles Day falls on November 15th every year. People pledge to recycle more and encourage recycling in their everyday. This year, over 71,000 people have taken the #BeRecycled Pledge, and that number continues to grow.

Ways to Involve Your Kids

There are over 2,000 events happening in America on November 15th for America Recycles Day. And there are four in the Atlanta area! From donating blankets to keep pups warm to collecting gently-used musical instruments for Roswell students, the Atlanta-area events are the perfect way to teach kids more about the benefits of recycling.

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Another way to your kids involved in recycling is to show them how it works. Find a local recycling center that allows tours and bring your kids along for a tour of their recycling plant. At the grocery store, pick up different items and ask your kids which ones are recyclable. When you’re at home, talk about the importance of recycling. The more information they have, the more likely it is that they’ll want to recycle! And that’s great for the world.

At Mr. Junk, we value recycling and the effort made by all America Recycles Day participants. Whether you’ve been recycling for years or you’re just starting out, Mr. Junk is here to help you recycle your unwanted stuff. Check out our services and call us to recycle the big stuff!

How to Keep Critters Out of Your Crawl Spaces

The weather is finally cooling down, which is great! But as it gets chillier outside, you may find that your family members aren’t the only ones retreating into your home. That’s right–pests will happily invade your indoor spaces for shelter during the colder months. How can you keep them away from your attics, closets, and crawl spaces? rat in wooden box

  • Declutter. Rodents in particular love to live in your junk. The less junk you have, the fewer places they have to hide. Get rid of clutter and be ruthless!
  • Properly Store Food. Make sure that you’re not providing free meals to pests. Store food in rodent-proof containers, and never leave uneaten pet food out.
  • Take Out the Trash. Pests aren’t picky! The less trash there is in your home, the less pests have to eat. Take out the trash regularly and keep indoor trash cans carefully sealed. Use bungee cords if necessary. Don’t put anything past rodents!
  • Call an Exterminator. By the time you see rodents, your pest problem is well advanced. The signs of pests are also signs that you should call a professional.
  • Declutter Again! Did you really declutter last time? Do it once more, just in case. Cleaning out the attic, the crawl space, the closets, and even the drawers in your home will go a long way towards dissuading pests.

With a little extra work, you can make your home comfortable for your family, but not for mice, rats, and bugs. Don’t forget to call Mr. Junk in Metro Atlanta to haul away your unwanted stuff so they have nowhere to hide!

Get Rid of Clutter with These Garage Sale Tips

garage salesGarage sales can be a great way to clear out unwanted clutter while making a little money at the same time. Before winter arrives, set aside a weekend to clear out and sell unwanted items! Whatever doesn’t sell, contact Mr. Junk to haul away for you!

Check out these useful tips for hosting a successful garage sale at home.

Start Early

Saturdays are the best day for garage sales. During the week, people are at work. On Sundays, people may be at church. So, when you pick the perfect-weather Saturday for your garage sale, start as early as possible. Most people like to go treasure hunting in the early-morning hours before the sun gets too hot.

Poster Up

Put posters everywhere telling people about your garage sale several days before the sale! Make sure the signs have all the necessary information (address, time, and day). The more posters that you place in your community, the more people will come.

Offer Drinks

Treasure hunting at garage sales can get tiring for your customers. Provide water or sodas for your guests to enjoy while they browse through your things! Since they received something for free, they will be more inclined to buy something.

Play Music

Nobody likes to feel awkward at a garage sale, and complete silence can definitely contribute to awkwardness. Turn on a radio station that plays appropriate music, or play music from the 70’s or 80’s to add that extra nostalgic touch.

The team at Mr. Junk hopes your garage sale is extremely successful! Whatever you don’t sell, we’ll haul away for you. Check out how we price our services.