junk removal

If your junk is getting out of hand, consider hiring a hauling professional to take it away for you. Photo: American Ratings Corporation ©2018

If you’re moving, renovating your home or simply doing some overdue cleaning, you may find yourself knee-deep in junk and unsure what to do about it. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem: junk removal services. Most hauling companies will handle every aspect of junk removal for you, which will allow you to focus on more important tasks. However, there are steps you can take to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

To make the most of your junk removal project, consider the following tips:

  • Don’t try to clear your entire house in one day—it can be overwhelming and cause you to become unmotivated. Clear out one room at a time, starting with the most difficult. If a particular room seems overwhelming, divide it into four sections and clean one section at a time.
  • Create three categories for your junk: things to keep, things to donate and things for the hauling company to take away. Use large garbage bags to separate your items into these three categories. If you come across an item that you’re not sure about throwing away, put it aside and decide at the end of your cleaning session. The “things to keep” section may also include items that can be more effectively placed in another room in your house.
  • Try to consolidate your junk before the hauling company arrives—it’ll save both time and money. For example, breaking down boxes and placing smaller items into larger ones will reduce the amount of space the hauling truck uses, which is how some companies determine their rates.
  • Be sure to wipe down and empty “throw away” items before sending them off for disposal, especially if you’re passing them on to a free pick-up company that recycles.

Most junk removal companies will pick up almost any type of material, but you should still confirm what a company can and can’t handle before you start the consolidation process.

Generally accepted: Furniture, mattresses, appliances, electronics, clothes, bulk trash, sheds and play sets, carpeting, scrap wood and metal, concrete, construction waste

Generally not accepted: Explosives, chemicals, hazardous waste, liquid waste (Freon), paint, scrap tires, equipment that contains gas or oil, biohazard/medical waste, asbestos or PCBs, fluorescent lights, batteries

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28 Responses

  1. Thank you Matt!
    Whenever i want to clean my house I use garbage bags. They are very useful for separating items

  2. Junk Removal says:

    Well written article and it seems as though you have done your homework on the subject. Interesting blog Matt!

  3. Great article! I wish some of my customers would read it. I have a small junk removal company in San Diego and the only thing that we can not haul away is hazardous materials. Everything else is good to go. Thanks you I will follow your blog.

  4. Junk Angel says:

    Great tips Matt! People try to clear their junk from their house, yard and garage in just one day, and it’s not such a great idea to do it that way.

  5. Eli Baine says:

    Thanks for sharing this advice. We are going to be doing some major remodeling of our house, but we are still making plans to make the process run more smoothly. I had wondered if most junk removal services would also help with construction debris. It will be a great idea to rent a large container to collect all our junk during our work.

  6. Eric Moran says:

    Great advice for the homeowner and fellow junk removal specialist. I have passed a lot of these tips along to my junk removal, trash disposal customers . They have all benefitted form them as well . Thanks

  7. Virginia Davis says:

    Thanks for the tips for junk and trash removal. I definitely agree that trying to clear your entire house in one day can be quite overwhelming. I really like your suggestion of sectioning off the rooms into four parts and cleaning a section at a time. That way, you will be able to see your progress, and it won’t be so overwhelming.

  8. Bryce Trout says:

    My father has been collecting things ever since he was a little kid. This means that he has acquired a lot of junk over the years and it is time for some serious junk removal. I really liked your tip on creating different categories for different kinds of items. I hope I can use all your tips to help out in the future. Thank you for the post.

  9. Olivia Sherwin says:

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to clear out your house a room at a time when doing a trash removal project. It can seem like a huge project, and it’s better to take it a little at a time so you don’t get discouraged. I like to make a checklist as well so you can see the progress you’re making, which can be a good motivator. Thanks for the great post!

  10. Dean says:

    Nice article. You covered the essentials to junk removal in this article. The one that stood out to me is: “Create three categories for your junk”. This never occurred to me. I will have to try it out and report back on how it worked. Thank so much for the great resource!

  11. June Robinson says:

    I really appreciate this information on garbage removal. I like that this gives the tip of not trying to get rid of everything and clean everything in one day or it might become overwhelming. I bet it would be helpful to have some kind of bin to put items into and transport them. Thanks for the information!

  12. Bennett Fischer says:

    I have a bunch of garbage and trash in my side yard that I need to get rid of. The problem is is that I have so much, I’m not sure how to get rid of it properly. This being the case, I really appreciate you letting me know what things I should and shouldn’t do to remove all the garbage. I seriously think that when I follow your tips, that I’ll finally be able to get my side yard cleared up. Thank you so much for all your help.

  13. Eliza Cranston says:

    This is some really helpful information on junk removal services! I’m renovating my house and need to have quite a few things hauled away. I’ll make sure to organize into thins to keep, donations, an junk as you suggest. Would you recommend hiring a skip bin to consolidate junk for removal?

  14. Justin Knox says:

    Thank you for the help. I am going to have to remove a lot of junk soon after a remodeling project. I love your idea to sort it into three different categories. If we were able to start that from the beginning of the project, it would keep things a lot more organized.

  15. Jeff Madison says:

    I appreciate your tip on pacing yourself when removing junk. It seems like you would want to rush through a job to get it done faster but I could see that just stressing me out. My mom has a huge barn that is full of junk we’re trying to get rid of, we’ll be sure to pace ourselves however so we can actually make it through the job.

  16. James Bergman says:

    I agree that it is important to pace yourself when de-cluttering the house. I like the idea of doing one room at a time, but once I get started I like to get everything done. It actually bothers me more if I don’t. However, I do recommend scheduling breaks. If you are like me, if you don’t schedule them then you will work through them.

  17. Tyler Meredith says:

    I like what this article mentions about consolidating the junk before the removal team arrives. This could be a good way of ensuring the process goes as quickly as possible. I’ll have to keep this in mind when looking to have trash removed from my property.

  18. Judy Wilson says:

    I liked your tip to separate my junk into three categories. Separating everything that’s supposed to be handled by a company before hand would probably make things easier. There are a few things that I need to donate and others that need to be taken by a disposal service, so I’ll be sure to separate my junk from each other before getting rid of them. Thanks for the tips!

  19. Lillian Moore says:

    Thanks for the article! I love how you suggest not to try to clear out your space in one day. This can often be overwhelming and can cause more stress, where decluttering is supposed to provide an outlet for the stresses of life. I love your suggestion to divide your junk into three piles, stuff for the hauling company, donations, and keeping. Whenever I end up doing spring cleaning I use that system to efficiently divide my things. Though decluttering isn’t always a fun experience it will definitely benefit you and those around you.

  20. John Carston says:

    I’m planning on hauling out a lot of unused items in my home so I’ll be using this helpful junk removal guide to assist in that. I think it’s a great idea to section out my house and work on a section a day to tackle the large job. I’ll be sorting them into groups of garbage, donations, and things I’ll keep as well. Thanks for the helpful article.

  21. Lauren Woodley says:

    I like the insight you gave about creating categories for your garbage. As you say, this will make it easier for the hauling company. I would even suggest getting multiple garbage bins that will help you consolidate the things more easily. This will help you to keep all of your things organized and confined to one space so you know where all the different categories are! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Jeff Carbine says:

    I can totally relate to forgetting to break down all the boxes and small stuff before hauling all the junk. I remember the first time I dumped a large amount of garbage (including random items like a T.V. and couch) at a landfill, I found out they did not accept T.V.s for some reason. Make sure you call landfills and removal companies about the specific type of rubbish they will actually pick up for you.

  23. Dennis Sanchez says:

    I’m currently trying to clear some junk out as I am in the process of moving. You said that we shouldn’t try to clear out an entire house in a day. This makes a lot of sense and in my case I know that this project will take some serious time and moving some heavy metal objects might be difficult. But knowing that I can make some money for scraping some of these items is really neat. Thanks for the great read.

  24. Luke Smith says:

    I can really appreciate your advice to wipe down and empty scrap items before sending them off for disposal. It’s not hard to imagine that a recycling or salvage company would be very grateful to find your refrigerator empty when they come to remove it. Calling the company who will be picking up your items to ask if they have any specific requirements for the pick-up might not be a bad idea either.

  25. Cindy Tesler says:

    I agree that you should not try to clean your entire house in one day. More specifically you said that this be overwhelming and unmotivating. I think it’s a good idea to choose a garbage removal company that is punctual and reliable.

  26. Max Jones says:

    I hadn’t really considered options for a waste care professional until we were moving to our new home. I really appreciate the tip about consolidating before a sanitation expert comes, so you don’t get overcharged. I’ll have to make sure I pack everything nice and tight to make it work out for the best! Thank you!

  27. Wesley Bergman says:

    Do I need a license to start my own junk removal business in Las Vegas?

  28. Keelie Reason says:

    Yes! I know I always want to just throw everything away. I love the suggestion of different categories and breaking down boxes. It can be a pain, but it really does help out and free up space.

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