Austin Junk Hauling: Decluttering Before Downsizing

Posted: January 20, 2014 in junk removal
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Many seniors choose to downsize their home before they retire. Some do it for financial reasons, but others do it simply because they don’t want to have to clean and maintain a large home during retirement.

Whatever your reason for wanting to downsize, you’ll have to get rid of quite a bit of your junk to make the new arrangement work. Here are some tips to help you determine what to keep and the best way to get rid of stuff you’ll no longer need.

How to determine what to keep…

A lot of people who downsize rent storage units to keep their extra stuff in. This is a great idea if you’re planning on downsizing temporarily, but if you’re downsizing permanently, there’s no reason to hold on to junk you know you won’t need any time soon.

What you plan on keeping will depend on your new living location. For example, if you’re moving from a house to an apartment, you’ll probably have to get rid of a lot of furniture, but if you’re just moving from a house to a smaller house, you’ll probably just have to get rid of the junk you no longer use.

When decluttering, pay special attention to the stuff in your garage, attic and basement. These are the parts of the house that we tend to throw our junk in and you’re likely to find things here that you need to just get rid of.

Get rid of anything in the house that you haven’t used in a year or anything that you have multiples of. Anything broken should also go! If in doubt, throw it out!

What to do with the stuff…

If you don’t want to mess with getting rid of all your old junk, you can always call an Austin junk removal contractor like Dirty Work to help you out. We’ll make sure your old junk gets donated and/or recycled as opposed to just tossed in a landfill. You can find us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you have the time, however, you can make some money off your old junk! The easiest way to sell your old stuff is to have a garage sale, but you’ll make a lot more money if you take the time to sell the items online. Craigslist, Amazon and Ebay are the most obvious choices, but you can also try out the dozens of local Facebook groups designed for people looking to get rid of their junk.

Did you downsize? What did you do with all your extra stuff? Let us know in the comments!


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