Easy Ways to Reduce Household JunkWhether you’re doing spring cleaning or are facing something more daunting, like a house hoarding clean out rehab, It’s critical to “label” what stays and what goes. You’ve got to think practically and pragmatically. This will be especially difficult when it comes to sentimental items, but it’s necessary if you want to get the right results. Keep in mind, there’s nothing wrong with holding onto sentimental items, just be sure they are worth it.
We all know that growing landfill mass and, sadly, even trash floating out at sea are real issues, but it can be hard to know where to start if you want to make a difference. Thankfully, it’s actually quite easy to cut way down on your household trash by making tiny changes in your shopping habits and daily routines. —Houzz.comHousehold junk piles up incrementally and it’s easy to ignore. But when it comes time to take it on and rid your home of a lot of stuff, it’s also easy to rationalize (particularly if you aren’t moving into a new home or apartment). But if you are moving and want to cut down on the amount to reduce expenses, you’ll be in a better position. Regardless if you are or are not moving, here are some easy ways to reduce household junk:
- Set a solid schedule. Don’t believe you’ll be able to do it all at once — you won’t. It’s not only a physical challenge, it’s also a mental and emotion one. You don’t want to turn a mundane task into a full-time or whole weekend job. So, set a schedule and go room by room at a realistic pace.
- Make a commitment. The single biggest challenge you’ll face is the person in the mirror. Make a commitment to say “yes” or “no” and throw the word “maybe” out of your vocabulary during the process. If you give yourself a cheat, you’ll undermine yourself and that’s counterproductive.
- Sell, donate, and give away. Once you’ve identified all the “no” items, it’s time to sell, donate, and give them away. Anything you have difficulty of letting go ought to be donated or given away. This way, you won’t face the temptation of keeping it because it’s slow to sell.
- Don’t add more to the problem. After you’ve begun your quest to reduce household junk, do yourself a huge favor and do not add more to the problem. Just because you freed up room doesn’t mean it needs to be refilled.