We are all faced with the challenge of living like a minimalist every now and then. Over time it is human nature to build this smorgasbord of different things, because that’s what they are for the most part, things. Not everything in your home is worth keeping but somehow we manage to accumulate piles of stuff and junk over time. We all do it and it’s a part of life. Most people don’t even realize how much stuff they have until they are required to pack it all up because they’re moving to a new home. Only then do you see exactly how much you really have and for some people, it’s incredible!! Now you’re faced with dreading task of purging your things. How do you do it? Well you have a couple of options.
First option is to leave it all out in the front of your home for your garbage company to clean up. But unfortunately, garbage companies have restrictions on what they can take and a limit per household on what they can throw in the back of the compactor truck. Things like, furniture, appliances, organic materials, hazardous waste, mountains of garbage bags full of misc crap, garbage men cannot accept.
Second option is to donate some of your stuff. Furniture left in good condition can be donated to a center like The Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and Habitat For Humanity to mention a few. The only obstacle here is transporting your items to these donation centers. One thing to keep in mind, if your furniture isn’t in good shape and you lug it all the way out to a donation center, they’ll likely turn you away. Now you’re stuck with the responsibility of disposing of it properly (paying and dumping it at the nearest transfer station). This option may relieve you with some big stress ticketed items! As for donating things like appliances, knickknacks, and other miscellaneous things, well that’s another story.
Third option, ask your friends to come over and take whatever they’d like. Remember to check what they take before they leave otherwise your watch may be missing!
Final and most stress free option are to hire a junk removal company. Junk removal companies are the way to go if you don’t want to lift a finger and you don’t want the headache. Junk removal companies will come into your home and take anything away (except for hazardous materials) from wherever it is in your home (attic, basement, garage, crawl space, etc.) at one service rate. Usually, this type of service will be charged by the amount of space you take up in their truck (a little advice, when shopping around be sure to check the rates against the size of the truck. Some companies may seem like they charge very little but they may take very little because they have a pickup truck. On the other hand, a professionalized company will charge you a higher rate but you’ll be able to rid yourself of twice or three times as much junk).
Now you're armed with the information you need to make a dent in your clutter. Go get em'!