Whether you are a first-time homeowner or business owner or have been for decades, certain behaviors tend to naturally occur. This includes everything from rooms becoming progressively dirtier or toys piling up in the corner of the room. It happens. We’re busy with life and it is easy to put these chores and tasks at the bottom of our to-do lists.
Most of these behaviors center on the accumulation of junk. Regardless of the size of your house, it is safe to say that there are certain items—perhaps too many items—that are sitting and not being used. You may have thought that you needed that awesome piece of workout equipment or those fancy office supplies for your home office. While we get excited about the initial purchase, what happens is that the novelty wears off and that new purchase gets put to the side. Months later, it is in the exact same spot.
Luckily, we don’t have to settle for the status quo. Instead of living or working in a cluttered space, you can contact us at On the Haul.
Our mission at On the Haul is to remove all of your junk in the quickest and easiest way possible. By getting rid of all of your junk, we can help you eliminate stress, better utilize your space, and have a less cluttered mind.
According to The Atlantic, Americans are “accumulating mountains of things.” This is primarily because of the ease of online shopping and cheaper prices for things that you can find online. With the simple click of a button, we can order virtually anything we want—even if we don’t know where we are going to place those items. Eventually, clutter builds up.
At the very least, it can simply be annoying to have clutter in your home or office. It may make it more difficult to move around your home. The sheer presence of clutter may also cause some internal anxiety. But having said this, having junk or clutter in your home or office may actually cause your pocketbook to suffer.
According to an article in Forbes, clutter and disorganization can be costly. 23 percent of Americans pay their bills late (and subsequently incur late charges) because they cannot find their bills. Approximately 10 percent of Americans feel the need to rent storage space to store their extra “stuff.” We throw away 25 percent of the food that we buy and spend 55 minutes per day looking for things that we can’t find.
Unfortunately, these are real costs. Even though we may not be feeling the effects every single day, junk and clutter are draining our bank accounts. We spend money trying to handle or deal with our junk even though the best long-term decision is for us to get rid of the junk entirely.
Removing some of the junk and clutter from your home and business can save you real cash and remove some of the inner anxiety that you may be feeling. But how can you best go about it? Whether or not you choose to work with a junk haul company like On the Haul, USA Today outlined six steps that you can follow to declutter your home.
First, set some small, attainable goals. Even though most of us recognize that we need to declutter our homes or businesses, actually going about it is a completely different story. Oftentimes, it feels too overwhelming or there are other “more important” tasks that we need to finish. We urge you to resist this temptation. One of the best ways to get started is to set extremely small goals and work on achieving them. Get rid of that unused electronic or some old clothes in your closet. From there, you will get in the habit of removing clutter and will start to see real progress.
Next, identify and throw out all of the garbage. Be honest with yourself and truly decide whether something is valuable or is simply garbage. If you’re on the fence about a particular item, seriously consider throwing it out. This is especially true if an item—no matter how much you may “love it”—has been sitting in a corner for months at a time. Have a bias toward throwing these items away rather than saving them for a rainy day.
Third, create four different types of stations. These stations are so that you can separate out the items that you are considering throwing away. One station can be garbage, the second donation, the third keep, and the fourth relocation. By using this station format, you can better organize your thoughts and make quicker decisions on what needs to be thrown away. Every item needs to fit into one of these four stations. There are no exceptions.
Fourth, create a list of questions to help you sort through the keep station. If you are naturally a hoarder, you may find that more items are going in the keep station than the garbagestation. In all likelihood, you will need to be more strict with these items. Create and ask yourself a series of questions about whether you actually need these items. For example, is the item broken or useful? Do you love it? Do you have any negative feelings toward it? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should seriously consider getting rid of it.
Fifth, set some rules when removing your junk. In addition to the four stations and list of questions, don’t hesitate to set some rules if you keep encountering the same sort of situation. If you find several old pieces of clothing, consider setting a rule that you will donate that piece of clothing if it is now one or two sizes too small. You have to make some judgment calls and the number of rules that you create will depend on how many similar situations that you encounter. Opt for more rules than less. Doing so will help you make quicker decisions and remove unnecessary clutter.
Last (but not least), place an expiration date on certain items. Many of us keep certain items in our home because we “never know when we will use it.” One of the best examples is our collection of cables that we keep in a closet or drawer. Most of these cables are for electronics that we never use or don’t even have. However, we keep them “just in case” we need them. For these types of items, we encourage you to set a hard deadline. If the deadline passes, get rid of those items—no excuses. Doing this can make it easier to get rid of certain items that, in all likelihood, you don’t need.
The six steps above can help you eliminate junk in your home or business. But what happens if you are too busy to follow these steps? Or if you are simply procrastinating and don’t see when you’ll actually remove your clutter.
This is where we come in. We at On the Haul can help you remove junk from your home or business. No job is too large or small. Here are just some examples of the “before” and “after.”
Back in 2015, we started On the Haul to solve this ongoing problem of homeowners and business owners having too much junk. We wanted to tackle this problem in a new and innovative way. Not only did we want to remove your junk in the quickest and most seamless way possible, but we wanted to do it in the most eco-friendly way possible. We believe that we have found the perfect mix of efficient junk removal and green practices.
Our company motto is “let us handle the hauling.” We have designed an easy, four-step process to haul all junk from your home or business. First, call us to receive a free estimate on the junk that you would like to remove. From there, our junk techs will arrive at your location, assess the job, and provide you with a total guaranteed price. Our team then goes to work, removing all of the junk from your location. We take the junk, load it on our truck, and execute a complete sweep and clean up. When the job is completed, we accept payment in cash, check, or credit card. It’s as simple as that.
We can remove junk from virtually any space. This includes junk in your garage, office, basement, backyard, front yard, or even your hot tub. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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Removing junk or clutter from your home or business can be liberating. Not only can it help save you money (as we discussed above), but it can declutter your mind. You can feel less overwhelmed and more refreshed. What’s not to like?
If you want to learn more about our junk hauling services, click here. We look forward to hearing from you!