The accumulation of stuff starts on a small scale. You save a box of the kids' artwork or keep a stack of old magazines. Before you know it, the basement fills up, and the spillover makes its way to the attic, the hall closet and what used to be your home office. You have junk. And it's time for it to go — right now
You're ready to start. But where? Clearing the junk out of your house seems easy enough. Right? So you start tossing everything in the trash. While this might work if you have only a few things to clean up, starting the cleanup with an organized approach can help to make a whole-house (or whole-room) project go smoothly.
How can you organize and prep for a major decluttering session? Take a look at a few of the steps you need to take.
Start With a Strategy
Diving in may seem like the best (or at least the easiest) approach. Even though jumping right in can work out some of the time, taking a more strategic approach is likely to get you better results. First, figure out what the priority rooms or areas are. For example, your living room may be relatively clear or have only a small amount of clutter. But your basement may be filled with boxes of junk that you really don't need.
You might be tempted to pick the most cluttered room and start there. However, that may not be the best way to clear out your clutter. In some cases, starting with the toughest spot lets you get the dirty work out of the way. At other times, you might want to start slowly and build up to the highly cluttered areas. The idea behind starting with a strategy isn't to follow a specific rule. It's to make a plan that works for you and that makes sense for your home.
If the strategy-creation process is stalling, taking stock of the clutter can help jump-start the wheels in your mind. You might have so much junk that you don't even know what or how much junk you actually have. Go through boxes, inventory what's in drawers and make lists that include the main categories of things you need to get rid of.
Keep in mind, this step may take longer than you think. You need to take care and go through all of the boxes, bins, trunks and other types of storage containers you have. If you don’t, you may miss an item that is important and accidentally throw it out.
After taking stock of absolutely everything you want to clear out, you can prioritize items or rooms as high-need spaces.
A major decluttering project isn't always easy for one person to tackle. After you know what you're dealing with and have a strategy set, ask for help. This might mean recruiting your spouse, your kids, some other family members or some close friends.
Make sure that everyone helping knows the plan. If your children are acting as helpers, give them age-appropriate (and safe) tasks. Never ask your child to handle anything that is moldy or filled with mildew.
Assign tasks, making sure that everyone knows their role. This helps you to divide and conquer the cleanup.
Dispose of Junk
Clearing out your junk is only part of the cleanup battle. After you've removed the clutter from your home, you can't just leave it on the curb. Most local garbage collectors aren't able to take large hauls. How can you solve the trash-removal problem? Renting a dumpster or hiring a hauling company is a simple solution.
If you're getting ready for a major junk declutter session, Waste Carting & Disposal has answers for your hauling questions. Call us today to learn more.