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Most of us, at some point in our lives accumulate or inherit clutter, and it is not always easy to find the right junk removal solution to clear it all up. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the clutter and junk! Should you tackle it piece by piece, room by room, or all at once. Where do you even start?

Having a junk-free home can have an impact on your own, your family members, or your friends physical and mental health. A cluttered space and other unwanted items and junk around everywhere can make people feel overwhelmed, and can even lead to depression. Large amounts of junk and clutter can not only impact our mental well being, but also can lead to physical harm such as falls or accidents. In order to prevent these negative outcomes, it’s important to declutter and have a plan for handling bulky items

Rather than let the junk and clutter pile up and take over the property, we’re here to help you find the quickest and most efficient junk removal services. For more information about our business and how we can help you, please visit our website.

In today’s blog, you’ll find the do-it-yourself tricks and tips for when cleaning up real estate, homes, and offices to get rid of all the junk and clutter quickly and easily. So, if you’re looking for a fast and simple solution for real estate cleanout services, to declutter your home and lead a more organized life, make sure to contact us.

Know What Property Cleanout Means!

Knowing how to identify items that need to be removed is an essential skill for maintaining a clean and organized home or office space. Sometimes it’s obvious like a hoarding situation or 10+ years of junk accumulation, but in other situations it can be more challenging. Removing unnecessary or unwanted items also helps to free up space and organize the house or office more effectively. Today, we will provide you with practical tips and helpful advice on how to identify what needs to be removed and what does not.

We will cover a range of topics from a uniform perspective, such as what items should be kept or thrown away and how to create an effective cleaning plan to help you keep a tidy and organized house or workspace.

What Do You Keep and What Do You Throw Away in the Case of a Property Cleanup?

This is a question that most homeowners or even office space and business owners must face each year. It can be a daunting task to decide what to keep and what to discard. Furthermore, it can be difficult to distinguish between the items that are truly necessary and should be kept from those unwanted items or junk that simply take up space and should be thrown away.


Historical Documents

Whether it’s an old house or business, there are often valuable documents, such as family or business records, legal documents, or diplomas, left behind. These can be kept as important records of the family,  or business, or returned to the proper owner.

Additionally, these old records may even provide insight into past events and provide verification of events. When you inherit or move from a house, it’s necessary to secure the documents that show your identity, as they are valuable when interacting with access services, or financial support.

Any document of this nature that is not being kept should be disposed of properly through a document shredder or other destruction service. There are several of these in Chicago such as Shred Spot, which will come to your location and safely shred the documents for a fee.

Sentimental Items & High-Quality Furniture

Much of the artwork in an old house is often found on the walls, from family paintings, to vintage wall hangings. These works can not only provide aesthetic value to your home, but they can also be a source of pride in the form of family heritage. Inherited artwork is very useful to preserve due to its historical significance and sentimental value.

Antiques can also be kept as keepsakes or if you find things of high value it might be smart to contact an estate sale agent. They will be able to help you determine if an estate sale is worthwhile, and may add a way for you to cover the costs of junk removal for items that need to be thrown away in the next section.  

These items can be seen as a link to the ancestors, and a physical reminder of the stories and values that were shared within the family.

Throw Away:

Old and Bulky Furniture Items

Many old houses have furniture that has been around for years and is no longer useful. The furniture may be damaged, or too large for the space. Additionally, the furniture may contain harmful substances such as mold which is why throwing it out is an essential step for a property cleanout. 

We cover a wide range of item removal, including furniture removal. Should you find yourself in the position to throw away bulky furniture items, please make sure to book an appointment online.

Old Appliances and Broken Electronics

It’s important to throw away broken electronics and old appliances because they can be hazardous to humans and the environment. Without proper disposal, toxic materials like lead, mercury, and arsenic, contained in old electronics, can seep into soil and groundwater, leading to long-term consequences for the environment. Proper disposal of electronics also helps to keep them out of landfills where these substances can have a further exacerbating effect on the environment. 

Used Books

Used books can be disposed of, recycled or donated to a local library or charity. Whether donating or throwing away, disposing of books can quickly make space and clear the property. Additionally, the disposal of used books in an appropriate way, such as donating them or recycling them, can help to preserve the natural resources, like wood and paper, that were used to make them and offer resources to those who need them through libraries or charities

3 Tips for a Quick Property Cleanout to Consider

Start With the Easiest and Fastest Projects First

If you can handle something quickly like closing a bag of recycling and dragging it to the trash bin or dumpster, do it! Starting with quick, easy projects is important when it comes to property cleanup because it helps you build momentum. Beginning with simple tasks that can be completed quickly will help you get into the flow of a cleanup.

This momentum can help you move on to more complex tasks during attic cleanouts, sorting through old boxes or planning the removal of old furniture, without feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, starting a garage cleanout with easy projects can help you get a sense of accomplishment as you complete tasks, motivating you to continue tackling the larger ones needed to get the job done.

Once you’ve done the quick easy tasks or made progress sorting, you can call in the pros! At Junk Relief we will help you haul away the bulky items, boxes and bags of trash, or whatever you have in no time. Our goal is to get rid of your junk as quickly as possible and leave your property broom clean,  so you can move on to your next steps whether it be a home closing, renovation project, or just a simple reorganization during spring cleaning.

Tackle One Room or Area at a Time

Set a timer and plan for focused work! Try not to hop between rooms if you want to be efficient. Tackling one room or area at a time is an important tip when it comes to an efficient property cleanout. This way, you can focus your efforts on one space, save time, get the job done, and make the most out of your time spent on the cleanup task.

Setting a timer also helps you to stay motivated and prevents you from spending too much time on one task. Hopping between rooms can lead to distraction and a lack of progress during the removal process. Having a plan of attack for each space allows you to be organized and consistent throughout the removal process, ensuring every inch of the property is spick and span.

Separate Items Into Four Bins: Keep, Donate, Sell, and Discard

Make sure to put the ‘donate or sell items’ in bags or boxes so you can handle them quickly. Separating items into four bins is an important part of a property or garage cleanout because it helps to organize the process. By letting go of the things that we no longer need, it can clear our minds and create more space in our lives. The ‘keep’ bin is for things that you should keep; these items should be the most important and valuable to you.

The ‘donation’ bin is for items or junk that you can give away to charities or people who may need them more. The ‘sale’ bin is for any items that you can make a few dollars from; you can often list them online or host a yard sale. Again, if you find many items of substantial value that have been forgotten you can always approach an auction house or estate sale service to determine if they might be able to help you. Finally, the ‘discard’ bin is for any other unwanted junk that is no longer useful and needs to be thrown away.

It is important to put the donate or sell items in bags or boxes so they can be taken quickly and easily. This can help reduce the amount of work you have to do and make the process much easier.


The four tips presented above are important to make sure that you declutter your home or property effectively and efficiently. Starting with the easiest and fastest projects first will help to give you motivation and momentum. Additionally, tackling one room or area at a time will help to make sure that you’re organized and don’t overwhelm yourself with too much to do at once.

Furthermore, setting up four bins and dividing items into them will help you keep track of what to keep, donate, sell, or discard. Lastly, calling in the professionals from a reputable junk removal service can quickly and efficiently haul away all the junk that’s too big for you to manage or if it’s a substantial amount to be thrown away, take it all at once versus several trips to various donation or disposal facilities.

Therefore, if you’re looking to declutter your entire home or property now, it’s always best to start with these four tips. If you need help decluttering your entire home and are looking for more advice, why not give us a call today or book an appointment?


Joe Weidman

Joe is a Chicago native, born and raised in Elmhurst. He founded Junk Relief more than 10 years ago and has worked with more than 20,000 homeowners and businesses throughout Chicagoland. His passion for starting a business in junk removal stemmed from seeing the need to do things differently. He prides himself on his company's model to provide unexpectedly professional service.


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