Junk Removal and DeCluttering: The Key to Happiness?

If you’re finding yourself stressed, anxious, and less happy overall than you’d like to be, there may be an easy fix closer to home than you think. In fact, the fix may be your home itself – specifically, the clutter that surrounds you every day. In “The Happiness Project,” author Gretchen Rubin writes that decluttering“…brings great happiness because it makes you feel lighter. There are less things to lose, to find room for, to rearrange, to be frustrated by, to dust around, to make decisions about,” and she just very well may be right. Junk Removal And Happiness

Decluttering your house can help to:

1) Decrease stress
2) Reduce mental clutter
3) Reduce overstimulation of your mind

Next time you have a free weekend, evening, or even just an hour or two, think about taking on one of the following decluttering projects.

  1. Clean Out Your Closet
  2. Most of us have items of clothing in our closets that we haven’t worn in a long time, or maybe haven’t worn at all! When you’re trying to prepare your mind for the day ahead, the last thing you need is to have an unnecessary amount clothes cluttering your closet, making it harder to complete a simple task like choosing an outfit. Make some time to sort through your clothing, getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit, or that you haven’t worn in over a year. If it’s still in good shape, there are plenty of charities who would love to receive it as a donation, so you can feel good about decluttering and about giving to those in need.

  3. Have a Garage Sale
  4. A garage sale can be a fun way to spend a day, while having the added benefits of reducing clutter and making some extra money in the process. The week before, you and your family can go through your belongings, setting aside anything that no longer gets used. Make a fun activity of putting price tags on everything, and set up shop on Saturday morning!

  5. Pick a Room
  6. Decluttering an entire house all at once can be overwhelming, and can make you feel more stressed instead of happier (which is what we’re going for here). To make things less overwhelming, pick one room at a time, and focus on it. One suggestion is to start with the room in which you spend the most time – then when you’re feeling stressed, you can retreat to your clutter-free safe haven to decompress.

Make Cleaning Fun And Easy For Your Kids

Cleaning time can be painful for any parent. Battle cries of “Clean your room!” echo through the walls and seem to make no difference. But all hope is not lost. Here are three easy tips to help make cleaning fun and easy.

  1. Take the child’s view point: By getting down to their level you will realize what the world looks like from their point of view. Closet doors might be too complicated or heavy to open, hangers too high to reach, and containers may be in hard to reach places or are not easy to open. Make things easier for them by removing closet doors and replacing them with fashionable shower curtains, buy child size coat hangers, and have open floor-level containers for clothes and toys.
  2. Keep child a part of the process and make it fun: Yelling is not going to teach them organization skills or maintenance methods. In fact, it’s going to make them hate cleaning even more. Teaching and learning first hand, however, does. So don’t race around the room by yourself because you feel it will be faster and less complicated. You will only be doing yourself a disservice in the long run. Keep your child involved. Have them help. Play some music while you do it. Be their organizational consultant. And when they are done, give them a great big “High five!” afterwards followed with some great compliments. In no time, they will be more than happy to clean their room even if you have to encourage them a little.
  3. De-clutter their room: Children out grow their toys and clothes almost every year and almost every year we replace them with new and better ones. But as the years go on, we soon begin to accumulate a lot of out-grown and unnecessary junk. If you have plans to have more kids, then have your child help you box and store away toys and clothes for their next “brother” or “sister”. If there are no plans for more children, get your child to donate salvageable items they don’t want anymore and dispose of the rest.

If you are moving or planning a big clean-up and need help with removing junk, be sure to book with JuNK iT! online today.