Removing Junk for a Liberating 2017

By azjunk | DIY

Dec 27

Clutter Free is the Way to Be

Improving in a new year by getting rid of the junk in our lives.

new life in 2017As the year comes to a close we look forward to a fresh start in 2017. Perhaps you're thinking about some New Year’s resolutions like finally getting into shape and to stop calling exes. When it comes to resolutions the sky's the limit, 2017 is a year where anything can happen, even living a clutter free life.

While we agree, improving your health is a good thing, there’s not a lot we can do to help you achieve your fitness goals; but we can help you find peace in your home, a place where you can rejuvenate after a long day of calling your exes.

 

Preparing your mind to eliminate clutter

Remove junk through purging.

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This does not refer to cleaning up and organizing, instead, a radical assessment of your belongings to get rid of whatever you can do without.

It can be a little daunting but you will feel amazing when you're done. You will get a whole new wave of energy when you get home and find you aren’t bogged down by stuff.

Although there is some value to storage containers and other organizational hacks, you will not notice a true clutter free area with them around.

The goal here is to get rid of all of the unnecessary items in your life, not to hide them in a cute box by the door.  Unnecessary items refer to anything you haven’t used in the past year and will likely not use in the coming year. We understand, many single items and apparel may fall into this category. It’s okay, let it go.

Attacking your personal living space

Remove clutter by letting go of clothing.

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We hold onto clothing we will never wear again because of sentimental value and wishful thinking. When we take time to make an honest assessment of our wardrobe we can attack a large source of clutter in our bedrooms.

Start with clothes, that usually the worst of it. If your dresser drawers don’t shut because they are so full, you have way more than you need. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, you don’t need it. If it has a tear, a stain, or doesn’t fit, why on earth are you keeping it?

The key here is not to overwhelm yourself. Work at it a little at a time. Each day focus on one room or area, don’t try to do it all at once. You'll end up with piles of crap you wanted to get rid of just sitting around on the floor, while other crap waits to be discovered in the rest of the house. You won’t have the energy to finish the job much less figure out how to get rid of it all.

Best practice tips to purging clutter

Letting go of items and personal belongings isn't easy. 

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We  attach value to items based on what we paid for them once upon a time and/or a sentimental value. This leads to keeping junk we may never need or use.

Work through your house section by section. Take all of your items and ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this item do something no other item can do? Is it unique? Is it truly useful?
  • Does this bring me joy? Which is different from, am I sentimental about this?

As you work through the house, sort the things you are going to get rid of into piles or boxes. Separate the stuff you want to donate, from the items you want to sell on Craigslist or even at a yard sale. You’ll also need a pretty big box for your trash pile. We all have held on to a lot of things we love but are broken. If you haven’t fixed it yet, face it, you aren't going to fix it just toss it, once the initial pain subsides, you’ll feel a lot better.

After our study of the brain, we know it can be physically painful to part from things we have an attachment to, so once you've taken the plunge help yourself going forward by changing old habits.

Our modern society has created the norm of buying more, but do you really need more? We as a society accumulate more and more items until we are suffocated by them, adding more noise and stress to our lives and wallets.  Stop the evil cycle!

Need help removing junk?

Call us today to schedule a pickup in the Phoenix metro area. Ask for Brad, Owner of AZ Junk Removal.

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