When discussing health and wellness, people often neglect the way they keep their space. The conversation on resolutions and intentions focuses heavily on eating better, losing weight, or adopting a meditation practice.
However, organizing and decluttering the house’s rooms is crucial to maintaining a clear conscious and a healthy body. JUST JUNK specializes in removing the larger items collecting dust in people’s homes, including furniture, appliances, pianos, hot tubs, and pallets.
JUST JUNK offers same-day removal, free estimates, and a recycling and donation program for items that are still in good condition. While decluttering is a great intention for the new year, many people might not have the tools or information before starting such a large project. Onside Media spoke to Deb Darbyshire, head of the Calgary franchise, for some insight on decluttering and recycling with ease.
The task of decluttering the home can be overwhelming and daunting. Where do you recommend someone to begin?
Start with a small project first, like a closet. Pull everything out and then systematically go through all items. Get rid of everything you have not used in the last 6-12 months. If you haven’t used an article in this time, it is doubtful you will use it again. If objects are broken, throw them away if you do not plan to fix them. Refill the closet in an organized manner. Labeled shoe boxes, plastic totes, or baskets are useful for any closet or storage area. Once you have completed this project, move on to another closet or even a room.
What are some misconceptions people have regarding decluttering?
Some people feel they are wasteful, or an item from Great-Aunt Josephine should be kept forever. It helps change the mindset to ‘What is of use to me now, and for now only.’ Decluttering does not have to be overwhelming. If it is viewed as a project and with a level of detachment, it can create space for both the home and the mind. If you have family heirlooms and memorabilia, you feel you have a duty to keep, separate them, store them in archive safe containers, and keep them somewhere safe.
How did Just Junk begin as a company? What was the inspiration behind building this business?
When Mike Thorne, JUSTJUNK® CEO, was tasked with clearing out a corporate office floor in Toronto, he saw an opportunity to make things more effortless than ever before for people across Canada. He left the job to start working in his hometown of St. Catharines in the Niagara region in 2004 and from there built the business out to help residential and commercial customers clear much-needed space.
The start of the new year is a great time to begin the process of decluttering. What are other times of the year optimal for decluttering projects? Are there any times of the year where decluttering is not recommended?
De-cluttering can be done any time of the year! New Year and the spring are the most optimal times when people want a ‘fresh start.’ New Year is the best time to look at your home (rooms and storage spaces) and see what you can change up. As the weather is not too great, this is the best time to tackle those indoor projects.
Spring-time brings in the ‘new’ and mentally sets us up for the rest of the year. This is when garages, shed; yards are looked at in a different light. Another good time is when the children go back to school after the summer holidays. Summer items, clothing, etc can be cleared out at this time.
How does your company practice eco-friendliness while sorting through people’s unwanted materials?
Just Junk Calgary will always recycle electronics, metals, and building materials. Home items and clothing in excellent condition are distributed to our charity partners. This ensures our local community of people in need are able to have access to things they need at all times. Someone’s junk is another person’s treasure! We diligently aim to keep as much as possible out of the landfill and to recycle/donate all suitable items we pick up.
For more information on JUST JUNK’s services, visit https://justjunk.com/ or call (905) 849 6047