After a long winter hibernation, it’s finally that time of year when everyone starts their spring cleaning. As the flowers bloom and birds start chirping, there’s no better time to start fresh and tackle those cluttered basements and overfilled garages.
To help streamline the process of spring cleaning, we turned to Green Line Junk Removal, a Veteran-owned and -operated business based in the Hudson Valley that deploys veterans to deliver efficient, respectful, and professional junk removal service on time. “The entire Green Line Junk Removal process is built around the customer with the goal of simplicity,” says owner Chris Larson.
Read more for Green Line Junk Removal’s five simple tips on how to start and get the most out of your spring cleaning.
1. Create a criteria for what you want to get rid of
Before you start pouring through stacks and boxes, it’s important to identify what needs to be thrown out and why, so you can stick to those rules throughout the entire process. For each item you assess, Chris recommends asking yourself questions like:
Is this something that I’ve been meaning to fix and do I still intend to fix it?
Have I used it in the last two years?
Do I have a reason for keeping it and is that reason still valid?
2. Develop a plan to clean each space
Start by creating an easy-to-access spot in each space where you will store the items you want to get rid of, like a clean section of the garage you’re working on. Then Chris recommends cleaning the floor first, starting at the main point of entry.
As the floor gets cleaned, it will be easier to organize the walls and shelves, and you’ll soon find all the stuff that you thought had been lost for the last three years. You’ll be amazed at how much you find in the corners of your basements, garages, and sheds.
Consolidate all the items you’ve decided to get rid of in a few central places, then watch the magic happen before your eyes. Staging your junk in this way before you throw it out will help keep you organized as you gather everything from the different sections of your home. Make it a game with the whole family to see how big of a pile you can make!
4. Call a reliable junk hauling company
You’ll be surprised when you see the amount of stuff you’ve successfully culled from your home. Some of it may be easy to add to your weekly trash and recycling, but you may find yourself with a large volume of stuff or unwieldy pieces that need the help of experts to remove. That’s where a professional junk hauling company comes in. Junk hauling companies help you quickly and efficiently remove your items, streamlining the process in a way that will save you a lot of headaches.
Not all junk hauling companies are built the same, however, so Chris recommends using a locally owned junk hauling company and one that aims to divert the majority of items away from the landfill. Green Line Junk Removal works to recycle or donate items to local non-profit organizations whenever possible.
5. Enjoy the rewards of all your efforts
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the inner peace you’ve found! Less clutter equals a happy mind.