What Qualifies As Junk And How To Remove It

One question I’m frequently asked is “how do you know what should be donated and what is junk?” I have been a professional organizer for years and I know this can be a real struggle for many people. Part of my job is to help in the decision making process.

These are my five reasons on what makes something junk. Do any of these sound familiar?

Broken Items
Even though you have the best intentions of fixing a broken item it usually never happens and it becomes just another thing taking up space. If you have not fixed something within a reasonable amount of time, its junk!

Outdated Items
One good example of this is outdated electronics. It doesn’t work, can’t be fixed, and is taking up space, its junk.

Too costly to repair
If you want to repair something but it costs as much or more to repair than to replace it, its junk!

Items Ruined by The Elements
If you have boxes in your garage or attic that have been ruined by insects or mildew its junk!

No One Will Take It
Last but definitely not least, if no one and I mean no one wants the item, its junk! If you can’t sell it, donate it, swip swap it, or ebay it I think you see where I’m going with this, its junk!

Now that we determined what is junk the next step, which is very important, is getting rid of the junk. The company I use and recommend is 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. They offer full service junk removal which includes same day service if needed and they will work arond your schedule as an added convenience. They pick up from basement to attic and when everything is gone you get instant clutter free results. All you have to do is point, and the junk disappears! A huge value proposition of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is that the company will also donate items whenever possible, if they are in good condition.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? is also a great alternative to an unsitely dumpster when renovating a home. You will be amazed at how helpful they are in removing outdated items from the areas you are remodeling. You can also avoid all the inconveniences that come with a dumpster removal, as 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will remove all the junk so it doesn’t need to sit in a bin on your property and the team will also take care of all the heavy lifting!

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5 Tips to Say Goodbye to Clothes From Your Past

Closets are a place that reveal who we are and who we were.

I’m always fascinated by the stories my clients share with me when we are clearing the closet clutter. Clothes can bring back memories, some good and some bad.

Two questions I’m often asked are, “what if they come back in style and what if I lose weight”.

I’ve thought about the reasoning behind these questions. Yes, things do go in and out of style through the years, but even if it comes back it won’t be the same style, fabric or color. If you haven’t worn it since it was originally popular let it go.

Weight also plays a big role on why people keep clothes that don’t fit anymore. Looking in your closet everyday staring at clothes you can no longer wear can affect your self esteem. Keep one thing that you love as inspiration, but let the rest go.

What is the reason you just can’t let go of those never worn clothes? Is it regret? Guilt? These emotions keep you from moving forward, even in your closet.

Are you finally ready to say goodbye to the never worn clothes that are taking up valuable space in your closet?

These are five tips to purge the past and bring your wardrobe into the present.

1. Make your fashion choices about who you are now and where you are in your life.

2. Do not keep anything in your closet that makes you feel bad when you put it on.

3. Just because it cost a lot of money does not mean you should keep it.

4. If it’s uncomfortable get rid of it because you won’t wear it.

5. Give yourself a few minutes to grieve over the mini skirt you use to wear or the four inch stillettos and then let them go.

It may be difficult to begin but when you have cleared the past from your closet it will leave you with only the things you love in the present.

Remember, even if your size hasn’t changed through the years, you maybe at a different time in your life and ready for a change.

The new you is just waiting to be discovered!


5 Tips To Simplify Your Linen Closet

The linen closet is a great way to start the clutter clearing process. People are generally not emotionally attached to items in a linen closet and it doesn’t take a lot of time to achieve amazing results.

Follow these five tips to simplify and organize your linen closet.

Remove Everything

The only way to tackle any organizing project is to start from scratch. If you organize around your items you are just shuffling clutter. You hear me say it often but you really do have to remove everything if you want to get the job done.


Now that everything is out of the space get rid of old linens that are ripped or torn, mismatched towels, old blankets and pillows that are never used and items that don’t belong in a linen closet. The Humane Society, your groomer and veterinarian would love to take your old towels and by donating them it will make you feel better about letting go.

Group Like Things Together

I say this all the time but it’s something that I know works. Group first aid, sheets, towels, travel, hair care and any other like items you want to keep in the linen closet. Grouping like items will save you time and money. No more searching for items or spending money on things you already own.

Invest in Baskets or Containers 

Once you have purged measure the area and find containers that work for your space. Baskets or lidded containers work well in linen closets but whatever you choose don’t forget to label. If you can’t see it you don’t know you own it.

Keep It Simple

When you are clearing the clutter and organizing always remember to keep it simple. Keep only what you need, use and love let the rest go.

You don’t need to tackle an entire house in order to begin getting organized. Every time you purge a space and enjoy your hard work it will motivate you to move on to another area in your home.

Start small but start somewhere!