Need to get rid of junk? Whether you’re moving from one home to another, or simply doing a periodic purging of unneeded items from around your current home, you’re likely to find a lot of stuff that you’d describe as, well, junk.
While something might be junk to you, however, it might be useful to someone else. Once you’ve had a yard sale, sold everything you could on Craigslist or eBay, and run out of friends and family to give things to, there are still ways to get your unneeded items into the hands of people who need or want them.
Here are a couple of handy strategies to get rid of junk, hand off your hand-me- downs and toss other unneeded stuff:
Not only can you get a hand when you move or clean out your garage, but donating your unneeded items can give a hand up to people who need it. For example, your donations can help Goodwill provide education, training, mentoring, and online learning opportunities to people in your community.
The Salvation Army can use your donations to fund various food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, as well as a wealth of children’s programs. Not only will donating your stuff help you make room for new stuff—or just room, period—but they can also help enrich someone else’s life.
Not only that, but Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and other organizations will even give you a receipt for your donations that can help you save some money on your taxes.
If your junk truly is junk—and you can’t haul it off yourself—your best bet might be bulky trash collection. To get rid of junk in a metro area, there’s a good chance city services will pick up items you place on your curbside. Check out your city’s official website for a list of acceptable items, collection guidelines, and collection schedule. You might also want to try calling 311.
(It’s important to note that your city will not pick up potentially hazardous materials like motor oil. Again, check your city’s official website to find the location of a household hazardous waste collection facility for items not accepted for bulky trash collection.)
Things can be a little more tricky in rural areas. If you are unable to haul your junk to a local dump or recycling center yourself, consider hiring a company that specializes in junk removal. Websites like Thumbtack.com can help you find companies in your area that can come pick up your items and haul them away.
Once you identify what’s not junk and you need to get that stuff to your new home, let Bellhops help. Check the list of Bellhops cities, and if we’re where you are (or where you’re going), book some Bellhops moving muscle.
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