In the good ole days keeping everything under the sun was called being a pack rat, today it can be called hoarding but whatever name it falls under the same thing is true. It is time to get rid of JUNK! Junk can fall into one of three categories, useless, potentially useful and useful. The hard part is figuring out which category your junk falls into, but with a little time and effort you can quickly de-junk your home or yard.
- The first order of business is to separate the junk into aforementioned categories. This can actually be a slow process in some cases. For example getting rid of all the excess kitchen gadgets and utensils can be difficult, particularly if you cannot remember the last time or how often you need it. Here is one simple idea:
- Clear out utensil drawer or shelf
- Put back only items you use each day
- Everything else place in a box
- Label it with the date
- Remove things from the box as you use them and place them in the utensil drawer
- Anything left in the box after three months gets tossed, donated or sold
You can use this same formula for many different areas of the house including closets, bathroom drawers and dressers.
- For items in your home that are absolutely useless, broken items you have not gotten around to fixing etc… bite the bullet and toss them in the trash or recycling bin when appropriate. Newspapers from six months ago, moth eaten towels or clothing, handless cups and more are probably good candidates for the trashcan!
- Once you have successfully separated your junk, you may find that you have some sellable items. There are several ways you can dispose of this property and earn a little money back in the process. Do you live in an area where a yard sale is feasible? Rural settings are not generally a good location, however if you live in town you could be in business. Check your local regulations on yard sales as some places require a permit.
- Online sales are another handy idea for getting rid of junk you no longer use but still has some value. EBay, Craigslist and even Facebook are great places to list your items to the masses. Some cities even have their very own Facebook yard sale page, which is very helpful! Remember to be careful with venues such as Craigslist and eBay, you can be scammed out of your item and money so read the terms of service and cautions on these sites carefully.
- When the yard sale is over, auction listings have expired and you have had no response to other online sales methods it could be time to donate. On the other hand, you could have a few useful items that really are not sale worthy but still have some use left in them. Check around your area for charities or offer your items free through organizations such as free cycle, Craigslist and local newspapers. As a rule, these venues are free to use and have large numbers of users.
- Scrap is a category of junk that many people never think about, and yet most have at least one or two items. After all, you can toss junk mail in the trash but what do you do with that microwave that just quit? If you have old appliances, car parts or other metal junk lying around it falls into the scrap category and can actually bring you some money. Check around for local scrap yards to get an idea of what metal is bringing, usually this figure will be per hundred pounds. If you do not want to hassle with this yourself there are many people who will come pick it up, free of charge!