Why not start with the garage?

garageNot sure where to start your summer clean out? Here in the northwest, starting on a garage is a great option because it can be done rain or shine. Here are some tips to help you tackle that garage:

  • Dedicate at least one full day or weekend when no other obligations will require your focus.
  • Invite friends or family members to pitch in – offering pizza and drinks always helps!
  • Leave no box unpacked – go through all of them.
  • Divide and conquer – separate everything into four areas: keep, toss, donate, or sell.
  • Be sure paint and propane are stored safely.
  • Put paper products and pet food in sealed containers to avoid drawing bugs or other critters.
  • Mount a fire extinguisher – a must for garage safety.
  • Draw a floor plan! There are free tools online.
  • Use shelves and cabinets wherever possible to help keep the floor clean and clear.
  • Utilize plastic bins for items that belong together, and jars with lids to help sort hardware.
  • Use wall space – maybe you could add a pegboard or hooks for your items?

Whatever project you tackle, complete it. That means getting the items you no longer need out of the space. Call Junk It Store It and let us take care of the last step while you celebrate your accomplishment! We make it easy – we’ll come to you, remove all the items you don’t need, and even clean up after ourselves leaving your new clutter-free, organized space ready to use.

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Why mess causes stress & tips to reduce it

stressYou ever wonder why you feel anxious every time you walk into that overfilled garage, or why your stress level increases when you fumble through that guest room you’ve used for storage? Not all causes of stress are within our control. The good news is, this one is! Clutter in our outer environment directly impacts how we think, feel, and function.

Here are a few examples of how clutter causes stress (you can read more ways mess causes stress in this article):

Clutter:

  • overloads our senses
  • causes distraction and pulls our focus
  • makes it harder to relax
  • sends the signal to our brain that we’ve left tasks unfinished
  • generates feelings of guilt / embarrassment

You can address clutter in your home by taking it one step at a time. You might find these tips helpful as you tackle your next decluttering project:

  • Make it a family project! Start in one area that you know you can complete so you can celebrate your successes together.
  • Define specific places for your most common items so they’re easy to find and easy to get to.
  • Don’t use it/want it/need it? Toss it, donate it, or sell it.
  • Get in the habit of putting things back where they belong.
  • Play some of your favorite music and make cleaning and decluttering more fun!

Read the full article: Why Mess Causes Stress – 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies

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Cleaning out your graduate’s old room

Have a child who is leaving for college this fall? Here are some tips for reclaiming that now-extra bedroom and getting ready for back to school.

Sort, sort, sort. Start by making piles. Things to go to college like clothes, school supplies and decorative items. Things to put in storage like memorabilia from high school, collectibles, and yearbooks. And things that can be recycled, donated or disposed. If your child’s room is like many, there’s a lot that falls into the latter category. Junk It Store It can help with removing and storing items.

Clean. With the room now empty, you’re now faced with that pile of dirt and debris underneath the area that used to be their desk, dresser or bed. A good vacuum is a great place to start. Wipe down walls, floors, window ledges, baseboards and blinds.

Repurpose. That now-vacant room can now become that craft room, home office, home theater, guest room or any other room you’ve wanted!

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