You know who you are.
Over the years, if you don't keep up a habit of cleaning out, you just end up with a lot of junk, because sadly, you don't even know what you have anymore at that point it's so overwhelming and piled up. I can't tell you how many people I have recently helped who over the years acquired tons and tons of stuff and then needed serious help going through it in order to move out. And most of it lives where?
In the basement or the attic, or worse, in some towns, the yard. People don't keep treasure in the basement, especially not in New England where sump pump is King.
For those of you who have serious problems letting go, there is professional help available. For those of us who just need help pairing down, there is an amazing thing out there called a Junk Removal Service.
I have to say it is sad that we even have companies like this when there are people in the world who struggle to make shelters out of any materials they can find, but I at least found one that said they were the greenest company out there.
For a small fee, said Junk Removal company will come to your house with a large truck, and for a modest fee they will take your large pile of stuff, put it in their truck, and drive it away. Yup. Off it goes.
Here is how it works.
Step 1: Take junk and make a pile under your house.
Step 2: Call Junk removal company of choice.
Step 3: Make an appointment.
Step 4: Junk people come, look at your stuff, give you a price.
Step 5: Accept the price and they take your stuff in about 5 minutes.
Now, I am not talking about chucking perfectly good items that you can reuse or donate to a good cause. And I'm all for buying used items on Craig's List or at Consignment Shops. My favorite thing to do is to take used furniture and fixtures and paint them. I am all for re-purposing and re-using.
I'm talking about the just plain random stuff you keep lying around, computer parts you think you'll use, or freezers that don't work anymore, thirty five spice racks...one piece of fencing, bicycle parts, etc.
I am sorry to say but America, you now have no excuse for junk piles in your yard, attics stuffed to the brim, or moldy basement boxes. It doesn't get much easier than this.
What can't fit into your regular trash can fit in the junk truck.