Do you have a pile of junk laying in or around your house? It can be a pain to get rid of old items, but we want to make your life easier.
Let's talk about 10 different ways to get rid of items like furniture, appliances, equipment, wood, and other materials.
Getting rid of your old junk
When items stack up and it's time to throw them away there are a few different methods of doing so. Most people think they have to throw everything in the landfill, but we see a few different methods that are great alternatives.
There are many eco-friendly ways to get rid of items, and you save more waste from going to the landfill. American's dumped 270 million tons of waste and junk into landfills last year.
Sell Used Items Online
If you have items that are not complete garbage, we also recommend posting on online marketplaces like Facebook, Craigslist, and more. You can also use sites like OfferUp and ThredUp.
Items that sell well online are furniture like dressers, dining room tables, functioning appliances, electronics, and yard equipment. Clothes and accessories are also very popular. It never hurts to make a few bucks on things you don't need.
Pro tip. Try and take high quality photos and write descriptive captions to sell your items quickly and for the most money. It pays to give them a bit more time!
If the online marketplaces don't interest you try posting on social media. Post a picture of your item on Instagram or Facebook and I'm sure one of your friends or family would take a look!
Selling items online is a great way to get paid to get rid of your older items! Check out our article on other cost effective options when removing your junk. Like the saying we've all heard, your trash is another mans treasure!
Donate your junk
If you aren't able to sell some of your items, try donating them or have a donation vendor come out to you. If have furniture or clothes that are in decent shape you can always give away your items for free.
National vendors like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill will actually come to you many times. They have a truck and team that will remove items for you!
In addition, call your local stores and they take items the national non-profits do not. Many have drop boxes and you can pop by and donate your items in minutes.
Plus you can feel good about giving your "junk" a second life. Someone else will get good use out of something you no longer need, and it's better for the environment!
If you want to donate your items, but don't have transportation or the physical means, Live Junkless can help. We provide donation pickup services to all of Central Oregon. We will come to your home, pick up the items you have, take them to the donation center and send you the receipt once the drop-off is complete. If you have questions on what we take, take a peek at this article of ours. We explain in detail what we do and do not take!
Recycle your junk
If you want to opt out of selling items online, take a look at what you have and you'd be surprised what can be recycled.
Items like metal, cardboard, glass, wood, foam and more can be recycled and reused for a different purpose. Most landfills also have separate areas for appliances and electronics like refrigerators, ovens, microwaves and televisions.
If you have bulky items most trash companies will not take items for you, but you can rent a truck or call a professional junk removal company to help.
Throw Junk Away
If you are ready to throw your junk away, there are a few options. Most cities have public landfills or transfer stations that will allow you to both dump trash and recycle items. You just need a way to haul and separate the items into piles.
There will be additional fees for having to dispose of large items, appliances and electronics.
If you aren't able to throw away your junk, you can always give Live Junkless a call. Click here to see where in Central Oregon we pick up items!
Hire a junk removal company
If you're looking to save time and headache, hiring a local junk removal company like Live Junkless is a good way to go.
Junk removal companies are different from trash companies. They do not pickup your trash cans every week. These companies will come to your home and professionally remove and separate your items to be responsibly disposed of.
Many companies like Live Junkless offer donation services and only charge by how much space is taken up in a truck. Another advantage of these companies is that they remove almost anything. Large bulky furniture like couches, old and gross appliances, paint cans, commercial material and more.
If you want to save time, energy and headache, reaching out to a junk removal company is a small price to pay!
Enjoy a decluttered home!
Hopefully one of these options will help you clean out your space and declutter your home or business. Getting rid of junk and regaining space is not only nice, but it's proven to help with mental health and mood control!
It's worth the investment to clear out your home or business when the time is right.
If you're located in Oregon, reach out to Live Junkless! We are located in Bend, but we will be expanding into Portland soon!