Organizing Your Closet

September 8th, 2011

When you think of your closet do you think of a neatly organized space of clothing, shoes and accessories, or do you think of a jam packed space that has hangers falling out and old clothes and shoes you haven’t seen, let alone worn, in years? Well if you fall into the latter category, no worries. Below are 3 great tips to organizing your closet.

1. Clear it out. This might be the hardest step, but remember it’s all about the nice, organized end product. You need to clear out your closet of everything (I mean everything), and then distinguish between the items (shoes included) that you wear and the items you can throw away. Now if you find that the items you plan on throwing away equals a sweater with a hole and a pair of shoes two sizes to small, then you’re probably not being completely honest with yourself. Use this rule: if you haven’t worn it within a year, toss it.

2. Simplify your space. Think of your day to day activities, what clothes you wear the most, and begin to organize your closet based on that. If you make it easier to find the clothes you want, you not only save yourself time, but you’re also not rummaging through trying to find that one pair of jeans, which means a neat closet everyday. Another trick is to keep the things you wear the most at eye level or below. Those things will be easy for you to reach on a daily basis, while other seasonal items, like swimsuits, can go up top (out of sight and out of mind until next summer).

3. Invest in your closet. Your closet will be more neat and look better if you invest in the right products, hardwired and materials. Uniform hangers and shoes racks will not only organize your space, it will help it look clean and appealing.

And remember, if you have a space that is too overwhelming to clean out, Jurassic Junk can help! We specialize in residential and commercial junk removal! Your Junk. Extinct.

3 Great Tips to Organizing Your Child’s Room

August 25th, 2011

It’s the end of August, which means back to school, which means back to homework, after-school activities, birthday parties, and the start of the holiday season! Which means, now is the time to get your child’s room clean and organized. So Jurassic Junk has complied 3 great tips to help you clean, de-clutter and organize your child’s room!

1. Sort, store and simplify! Children’s rooms are hard to keep clean. There are usually piles of clothes, toys, toys and more toys, and to make things worse a general lack of storage space. A great idea is to sort, store and simplify. First pick a category, let’s say clothes, and sort through them. Organize them into neat piles, and then store out-of-season clothes. Also remember to simplify during the process. Does your child really need 56 t-shirts, or the jeans that he/she outgrew 3 years ago? If not toss them out, or donate them!

2. Label, label, label! Did we mention it’s important to label? Well, when it comes to keeping your child’s room clean, long-term, then labels are a lifesaver. Label where things belong, label drawers and label the storage boxes. If you have a young child, add a picture to the label (it will also help them learn some words!). During clean up time, you can turn it into a game of match the toy with the label!

3. Develop a routine! Developing and maintaining a routine will help your child keep his/her room clean on a day-to-day basis. During the morning, make it known that you expect your child to make his/her bed, put any pillows, stuffed animals, etc. where they belong, and put dirty clothes in the hamper. In the evening, continue the routine with putting away toys, books or games, organizing their schoolbooks, homework or projects for the morning and then getting ready for bed!

Ready or not, autumn is fast approaching! So now is the time to get organized for a new season and a new school year!

Organizing the Estate

August 19th, 2011

The death of a loved one is never easy, and there are always many things to do as you try to grieve. One of the hardest things to do is organizing and clearing out the belongings. This can be a long and painstaking process because each item might bring back a certain memory or hold some special meaning. Below we would like to give you a few helpful suggestions on how to organize the process.

Utilize the ABC Approach: This approach designed by authors, John W. James and Frank Cherry, tells you to categorize items.

  • Pile A is items you and your family members would like to keep. These items tend to be very sentimental in nature including: jewelry, pictures, furniture items, etc.
  • Pile B is items that you are planning on discarding, which could include: old clothing, stored newspapers and magazines, etc. Also in Pile B can be items that you would like to donate to a local charity, which could include household items that no one in your family needs, but that someone else might be able to use.
  • Pile C is items that you are indecisive about.

After you separate your items into different piles it is important to take action. The items in Pile A should be divided up accordingly and then taken out of the home and into the new owner’s possession. The items in Pile B should either be taken out to the trash or donated to a local charity. And finally the items in Pile C should be organized and placed in storage until you can revisit and sort through those items at a later time.

Remember that as you are going through this process it’s okay to take your time, to take small breaks, and to take a moment to remember a special memory that an item brings up or just to grieve.

Clearing out a loved one’s space is a long and difficult process. If you find that there is just too much stuff to go through, contact Jurassic Junk today to learn how we can help you with the removal of unwanted items. We can also take large furniture and appliances, and we will donate them to local charities. Jurassic Junk has a knowledgeable staff that can help you with this difficult process. And as always: Your Junk. Extinct.

Cluttered versus Clean

August 2nd, 2011

Did you know that a cluttered home makes you feel stressed, anxious and tired? Well it’s true! Think about it, you wake up in the morning to a cluttered room, and it just stresses you out. Then, you’re ready to head out the door when you realize you can’t find your keys, cell phone, wallet, etc. You leave your house feeling tired and anxious, and you’re day hasn’t even started yet!

Creating a clean, happy, clutter-free home isn’t effortless because it’s so easy to let that stack of junk mail, pile of magazines, or closet full of unwanted clothes pile up. But in order to control your clutter, you need to look at cleaning as maintenance for home. Let’s take a quick look at cluttered versus clean.

A cluttered home, apartment, office, etc. makes you feel:

  • Tired and hopeless because let’s face it, a cluttered space is psychology draining, and after awhile it just becomes just too much. We feel overwhelmed, and we just can’t handle it.
  • Out of control because all that stuff you buy or save just keeps growing and growing. Take the time and sort through your treasures and trash.

On the other hand, a clean home can:

  • Give you a sense of calm and relaxation. Just think of how it would feel to walk into a clean foyer, kitchen, or bedroom.
  • Actually make you feel healthier because all that junk that has accumulated also means more dirt and dust.

If you need professional help de-cluttering and cleaning out your space, then Jurassic Junk is here to help, and as always: Your Junk. Extinct.

Getting Rid of Junk Now Easier on Homeowners and the Environment

March 15th, 2011

It’s here! The March 2011 Edition of North Hills Magazine has hit the streets with an article called “Getting Rid of Junk Now Easier on Homeowners and the Environment” where Jurassic Junk Removal was interviewed. Please check out the full article on Page 20 and let us know what you think.

“In Pictures: Inside A Hoarder’s World”

February 27th, 2011

According to WTAE’s Wendy Bell, “25 million Americans suffer from Hoarding “.  Here’s an inside look inside a hoarder’s world.

At Jurassic Junk Removal, we’re here to help when you need us most.  While you have the ability to schedule online, calling us is the fastest and easiest way to learn more about our services and book an onsite appointment for a free quote.  And if requested, we’d be more than happy to remove your unwanted items during the same visit.  So don’t wait any longer.  Call us at 1-877-595-JUNK (5865) and a friendly Jurassic Junk Removal Team Member will be happy to assist you.

Get the most out of your space

February 16th, 2011

Do you have a lot of stuff, but no where to put it? Instead of letting things pile up, organize your space and decorate it at the same time with these 5 tips!

1. Use your ottoman for more than just resting your feet. An ottoman is a great little piece to add to your living room. It’s where you can relax, kick off your shoes and put up your feet. The trick is to pick an ottoman that also has storage space inside. This is a wonderful place to store your collection of magazines, DVDs, or even out-of-season shoes!

2. “Floating” furniture makes for a unique and beautiful floor plan, but that’s valuable space behind your sofa, and now it’s empty. Not so fast! Place a slim glass-top console behind your sofa, and you can use it as a desk, or decorate it to add some extra flair to your room.

3. Does your kitchen lack proper storage space for your pots and pans? No worries. Consider hanging a line of hooks close to the ceiling to organize them. Another great idea is mounting a magnetic strip to the wall as a resting place for knives.

4. Do you need extra storage space? Well why not buy a filing cabinet or storage bin for your living room. Sounds ugly right? Wrong. Measure the  length and width of your new storage space, and buy some attractive fabric to cover it up! It’s a great way to add a little flair to your rooms. If you don’t want to buy a new filing cabinet, cover an end table that you have, and store things under there.

5. Be savvy with your storage space! Have a bookshelf that’s only half-filled? Why not fill those other shelves with pictures, decorative boxes (extra storage), magazines and DVD’s. Remember, don’t cram the shelves, leave some breathing room. And add your own personal style by adding some punch with colorful and attractive accessories.

Jurassic Junk Removal Partners with RSVP

February 15th, 2011

Jurassic Junk Removal is proud to have partnered with RSVP Publications to offer some great savings in time for all of your Spring Cleaning Adventures! So keep an eye on your mailbox for your RSVP Coupon Pack. We’d look forward to hearing from you soon and would greatly appreciate your business.

Get Organized for Halloween

February 14th, 2011

October is the month where ghouls, goblins and ghosts come out to play. It’s also when your house gets overrun with candy, decorations and costumes. If you want to be organized this Halloween season, below are some tips for a festive, organized home!

1. Go through your Halloween decorations. Now that you’re getting your home decorated for Halloween, it’s a good time to actually sort through your Halloween bin. Toss away the broken items and donate ones that never get used.

2. Only put out what you have room for. Okay so you love to decorate, that’s great, but cramming items onto shelves, counter tops, fireplaces, etc. will leave your rooms looking cluttered and messy. Designate where you want to place your favorite items. If you realize there are a lot of decorations you no longer need or use, go back to step one and purge your old, unwanted decorations!

3. Buy it if you need it. Let’s say that last year you broke your favorite pumpkin that you put on your windowsill. It’s okay to go out and replace it. But as your walking through the aisles of Halloween decorations and start feeling tempted by that black cat or candy dish, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” Actually try to visualize where you would place the item in your home. If your having a hard time thinking of a place, leave it on the shelf.

4. Put everything back where it belongs. After Halloween has come and gone, consider storing the items in containers – one for inside decorations and one for outside decorations. Clearly mark what is inside each bin on a piece of paper, and then tape it to the outside of the bin. This will make it easier for next year!

5. One last tip, as your putting away your decorations, take the time to go through them once again. Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Is it broken or damaged?
  • Did it have a place to be displayed this year?
  • Do I love it? Does my family love it?

If the decoration passed the test, then wrap it up and put it away. If you have pictures of your house decorated for Halloween, we’d love to see them! Visit our Facebook page and post them to our wall!

Different Types of Clutter

February 12th, 2011

Clutter – it seems to come from nowhere. It can manifest itself for different reasons and in many different ways. When you are trying to tackle clutter it is important to know the different types of clutter, and then you can be more successful in clearing out and organizing your space

1. Guilty Clutter – This type of clutter is usually associated with a gift from a friend, family member or co-worker. You think to yourself “But my best friend gave it to me, I can’t throw it away.”

  • What’s important to you remember is even if you give or throw away something that a special person gave to you, well it doesn’t make them less special or take away the sentiment of the gift.

2. Mourning Clutter: This type of clutter is stuff that a family member, friend, neighbor, etc. gave to you, and now you feel guilty about throwing it away because that person is deceased.

  • Think of the clutter this way, if it’s something you can’t use or you don’t need then it’s better off being thrown or given away. The person in your life, who left it to you, won’t be offended, and if you can give it to someone who truly needs it, well that’s worth more than letting it sit and collect dust in your home.

3. Sentimental Clutter: This type of clutter might consist of old trophies, stuffed animals, toys, broken items – well you get the picture. These are items that you don’t use, but you keep them around because they bring back a memory and have been around forever (even if it’s been pushed to the back of a closet).

  • Does this stuff really mean that much to you? If it is an old trophy or picture, and you really love it, then put it on display. If you have a box full of old toys or gadgets that you’ve never looked at again, then it’s time to throw or give them away. If you want to keep the memories, then take a picture, or find a picture of you playing with those toys or using those gadgets.

4. “I’m going to use this…someday” Clutter: This is the type of clutter that just builds and builds because you plan on using it…only it’s always another day.

  • With this type of clutter you need to be really honest with yourself. Are you REALLY ever going to use this item? Don’t make up a time that you might need it, instead think of when and how you would actually use it. If nothing comes to mind, or you realize you might not need it, then toss it – right now!

If you need help with the junk in your life, then call Jurassic Junk today! And remember to check back next week, when we give you helpful tips on clearing out the space of a deceased loved one.

Your Junk. Extinct.

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