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Outdated Items
One good example of this is outdated electronics.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 You will be amazed at how helpful they are in removing outdated items from the areas you are remodeling.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!


8 Ways Clutter Affects You and Your Family

As an organizer I have seen first hand how a disorganized environment can wreak havoc on a family. Many people minimize how clutter not only affects you but the people around you.

My mission is to motivate and inspire people to clear the clutter and help them enjoy a simpler life.

These are eight ways clutter can affect your life. Do any of these sound familiar?


Has your bedroom become a storage area for items that don’t have a place anywhere else in the home? It is difficult to have a romantic relationship when your bedroom is full of clutter? Remove toys, unused exercise equipment, school projects, pictures that were never hung and piles of paperwork.

In my opinion your bedroom should be a place that you look forward to coming home to at the end of a busy day. A place for peace, solitude and romance. Clutter breeds the exact opposite and the master bedroom should be one of the first areas in your home where serenity begins. Once you have purged and you are enjoying your new space it will encourage you to move on to others areas in your home.


Kids learn by example. Once the environment is free of clutter you will be surprised the positive affects it will have on your family. Children actually enjoy knowing that everything has a place and being organized teaches them skills they will need in their adult life.

Time for Yourself

This is one that people don’t realize until I point it out. When you elevate clutter it gives you time to do the things you enjoy without feeling guilty. Making time for yourself needs to be scheduled like anything else on your calendar to ensure it will be done.


Clutter causes depression! When you clear the clutter and simplify your life you feel motivated and inspired. No one can honestly say they enjoy a cluttered house. Start with one area in your home and you will feel the difference every time you pass by what was once a cluttered room.


When clutter is out of control people feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. If you have reached  this stage and you are feeling overwhelmed don’t hesitate to enlist the help of a professional organizer. Sometimes all you need is a little help to get the process started.

Feeling Defeated

When you live in a house full of clutter one of the feelings that always surfaces is the feeling of failure. I should be able to do this myself, what is wrong with me? My answer is NOTHING! People start out with the best intentions and then life, work, kids and school take over. Make purging a priority and keep your surroundings simple!

Over Buying

How often do you hear yourself say “I was looking for that”.  How much money do you spend on buying more of what you already own because you couldn’t find something or see it? Simplifying, keeping like things together and having a place for everything will prevent clutter and over buying.

Health Issues

Living in a house with clutter can affect a persons health and most people don’t realize it until the clutter is gone. It can create dust, mites, bugs, mildew, trigger asthma and cause sinus problems and allergies. When you clean around clutter you are not really cleaning. The things you own should never be more important than the surroundings you are living in.

Clearing the clutter and getting organized will eliminate stress for you and your family and the results will be life changing!