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Is your closet brimming full of clothes? Are there thingy-ma-bops and what-cha-ma-callits galore under your bed? Can your careven fit into your garage? Do you even know what’s in your attic?

Looks like it’s time to declutter, but if you need any more motivation, consider these three reasons why you should declutter now:

Clutter stresses you out.

Studies have found that simply looking at clutter can raise your stress levels.  Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. writes in Psychology Today that clutter causes stress in eight major ways:

  1. Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli which causes our senses to work overtime.
  2. Clutter distracts us.
  3. Clutter makes it more difficult to relax.
  4. Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
  5. Clutter makes us anxious.
  6. Clutter creates feelings of guilt and embarrassment.
  7. Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity.
  8. Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly.

You can read the rest of her research and her solutions to the clutter problem here.

Clutter wastes your time.

Sherrie Bourge Carter mentions this as her eighth reason, but we think it’s worthy of a spot all its own. According to Harper’s Index, the average person spends one year of their life looking for lost items! An entire year!

And the National Soap & Detergent Association reports that clearing out excessive clutter would cut the average American’s housework by 40%!

You can do some good.

Most household clutter includes items like extra clothes, furniture, dishes, décor, shoes, etc. that can be donated to a family in need. Donate the items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. If you only have clothing and shoes, many churches have drop boxes where you can leave the items. Later, they’ll be redistributed to a local family in need.

Are these three reasons enough to get you motivated?

If they are and you decide you have too much clutter to handle on your own, you can find Austin junk hauling contractor Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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Austin junk hauling

Was your New Year’s resolution to declutter and get organized? Well, now’s the time to get started!

And to help you get started, here’s a list of items that you should throw away (or recycle!) right now along with some reasons why these items should go:

  1. Broken appliances (because you’ll never get around to getting them fixed.)
  2. Old electronics (because if you don’t use them anymore, you can trade them in for some cash!)
  3. Clothes that don’t fit (because just because we dream of being high-school thin again, doesn’t mean it’ll happen)
  4. Clothes that you don’t wear (because yes, clothes sometimes come back in style, but how long will you be waiting?)
  5. Old food (because when’s the last time you cleaned out your fridge?)
  6. Children’s toys (because once your child has lost interest in a toy, wouldn’t it be better to donate it to someone in need as opposed to allowing it to go unloved?)
  7. Books (because books take up so much space, consider donating a few of yours to the Starbucks lending library so that others can enjoy them as much as you did.)
  8. Multiple pairs of things (because you probably only use one of the items anyways.)
  9. Expired makeup and half-used lotions (because both of these items expire and using expired makeup can be risky.)
  10. Most of the items in your storage shed (because unless you have a legitimate reason for having a storage shed such as you recently had to move back in with your parents, temporarily downgrade your home, etc., you’re storage shed is just holding your excessive junk.) And as always, if you need any help hauling away the junk in your storage shed, Dirty Work provides Austin junk hauling. Find us on Facebook or Twitter

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Did you know that the average American family doesn’t even use their garage to park their car? They use it to store their junk!

When the average family has so much junk, they can’t even use their garage, we have a problem. Fortunately, there are several simple New Year’s resolutions you can make this year to take back your home and get the clutter under control!

#1 – One Item In, One Item Out

The easiest way to prevent your house from becoming more cluttered this year is to follow the one item in, one item out rule. Every time you bring home a new item, another item must go. Bought a new pair of shoes? Donate one pair to the Goodwill.

#2 – Donate One Bag to Charity Each Month

If you have a bunch of stuff lying around that you don’t need anymore, but the idea of cleaning out your entire house overwhelms you, consider donating one trash bag full of stuff each month. On the first day of the month, place a new trash bag in the kitchen where you’ll constantly see it. Every day, try to find one item you no longer need and place it in the bag. At the end of the month, donate the bag to a local charity.

#3 – Declutter Monthly

If you’d rather do all your decluttering at once, spend a day this January getting rid of all your old junk. Then throughout the rest of the year, spend a couple of hours during the last weekend of each month, running through the house and getting rid of any unneeded junk that has accumulated.

By following one of these three resolutions, you can easily keep your entire home decluttered this year. And if you need the services of an Austin junk hauling company to assist you with your decluttering, you can find Dirty Work on Facebook or Twitter!

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Have a whole closet full of clothes, but can’t find anything to wear? We’d be willing to bet you have a cluttered closet!

Not only do cluttered closets make getting dressed a real pain, but they’re visually unappealing. Fortunately, you can declutter your closet in a couple of hours and without all those expensive “home organization systems.” In fact, all you need is some trash!

Ready to get started?

Start donating.

As an Austin junk removal company, we’ve seen a lot of cluttered closets and every single one has been overflowing with clothes the owner no longer wears. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does it fit? Not “will it fit when I lose weight?” If it doesn’t fit now, it needs to go!
  2. Have I worn it in the past year? Once you go a year without wearing something, it probably won’t be worn again and it needs to go!
  3. Is it ripped/missing a button/has a broken zipper? If you’re not willing to take the item to a seamstress this week to get it fixed, than it needs to go!
  4. Is it stained? You’ll probably never wear a stained piece of clothing, so it needs to go!

Make two piles for these items. One for clothes and shoes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn in over a year. These can be donated. Ripped and stained items, however, will need to be thrown away.

Start organizing.

Think we were crazy when we told you earlier you could organize your closet with only trash?

Here’s how:

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Tip #1 – Use old soda tabs to create double hangers. Twice the room, half the price!

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Tip #2 – Use old beer bottles or glass soda bottles to hold bracelets.

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Tip #3 – Use an old picture frame to hang necklaces from.

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Tip #4 – Use old wood and thrift store door knobs to make a purse hanger.

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Tip #5 – Use an old cheese grater to hold earrings.

And there you have it, simple and cheap closet organization that use all your old trash!

For more fun ideas like this, find Austin junk removal company Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

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Tired of digging through your junk drawer to find some loose change for the parking meter? Frustrated that out of the 20 pens in that drawer, you can’t find one that works?

If this sounds like you, then it’s time to organize your junk drawer. Of course, you can buy drawer organization systems to do this, but why bother? You have everything you need to create your own organization system in your trash!

To begin, dump the entire drawer upside down on the floor. Next group all similar items together. If you’re like most people, you probably have a variety of…

Coins

Use old pill bottles to store your coins in. How great would it be to just be able to grab a bottle out of the drawer whenever you need to go to the car wash?

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To organize all the miscellaneous junk in your drawer, you can use old soup cans. Cut the can in half and sand off the rough edges of the cut line. Voila! You now have an organizational system as good as any one you could buy!

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To create a separate storage unit for pens and pencils, you can use an old milk bottle. Simply cut off the side of the bottle. This idea, combined with the soup can idea, is a great way to keep all your junk organized in its own separate compartments.

For more organization and upcycling tips like this, find Austin trash removal company Dirty Work on FacebookTwitterTumblrGoogle+ or Pinterest.

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Photo by James Thompson

Here at Dirty Work, we’re all about getting your home in tip top shape. With that in mind, we’d like to share a few links to our favorite home organization articles…

For surprising ways cleaning out your attic can save you money, check out:

http://voices.yahoo.com/nine-reasons-why-cleaning-attic-will-save-you-8876219.html

For awesome ways to organize your bedroom closets, see:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ways-to-organize-your-dresser-43236

For great tips on how to clean your garage, visit:

http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/tips-for-cleaning-the-garage/pictures/index.html

For a beautiful and clean kitchen, check out:

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/kitchen/organize-kitchen-00000000007051/

Do you have any great home organization tips? Share them in the comments section!

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