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Spring-Cleaning 101: Junk Removal Richmond

Posted on | June 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Spring-Cleaning 101: Junk Removal Richmond

Spring official sprung in March, but you still have plenty of time to clean and clear out your home before summer arrives in June. To perform the most efficient cleaning, including using a junk removal Richmond company, check out this Spring-Cleaning 101 guide.

Go Shopping

Start your spring-cleaning project by gathering all of the supplies you will need. Have on hand heavy-duty garbage bags, boxes, sticky notes, masking tape, markers and the usual cleaning supplies. If you want to use only all-natural products, many are available at the grocery store, or you can make your own. For example, distilled white vinegar removes hard-water stains and, when combined with baking soda, clears slow drains.

Designate a Holding Area

Spring-cleaning involves not only cleaning your home from top to bottom, but also removing any items you no longer need.

Pick a place in your home that you can move items to as you sort through each room. An area in the garage makes the perfect place, as you can easily load items into your car and provide access to the junk removal Richmond company pickup team. Set up a box for each organization you plan to donate to, adding its name in marker to the front for easy identification, and clear space for items you plan to sell and items you plan to throw away.

Start Sorting

Begin in the room farthest from your designated holding area. Go through the entire room and pull items you plan to donate, items you plan to sell and items you plan to throw away. Any designer clothes and shoes can go into the pile of items you plan to sell, as can books. If your local consignment and used-book store don’t want them, simply add them to the donate pile in your holding area. Towels you no longer use make excellent donations to an animal shelter, and dishware and other kitchen items can go straight to Goodwill or some other like charity. Place any trash in heavy-duty trash bags. As you complete each room, transfer the piles and bags to the garage. Place a sticky note on any item too large to move and label it as a donation, sale item or junk.

Make Appointments

After you have dropped off everything you can at your local charities and consignment stores, make appointments to have everything else removed. Consignment stores will pick up large items for a fee, and a junk removal Richmond company will take everything else, including the trash. Check the company’s website for a full list of items it will take, but expect to not have any issues getting rid of large and small appliances (central and window air units, dishwashers, dryers, furnaces/heaters, fridges, freezers, stoves/ovens, microwaves, trash compactors and washers), electronics (computers, computer accessories, DVD players, gaming units, stereos and TVs) and furniture, including mattresses and box springs; because of the possibility of bed bugs, many charitable organizations no longer take bedding donations. The only items a junk removal company will not take are hazardous materials, as it does not have the licensing to transport or dispose of such items. Sort any paint, chemicals, solvents, oils and asbestos from your junk pickup pile and call your city waste removal service for information on how to properly dispose of them.

Clean From Top to Bottom

Once you have cleared your home of all items you no longer need, start cleaning. Work room by room, starting at the top of the room and working your way down. For example, dust the tops of all appliances and cabinets in the kitchen, then clean cabinet faces and countertops, and then tackle the floors. Apply this method to every room in your house, dusting ceiling fans and window blinds before vacuuming and mopping.

Don’t Forget

Spring-cleaning also provides the perfect time to perform tasks such as replacing batteries in your smoke alarms and filters in your air conditioning system. Also check any safety appliances in your home as well, such as the expiration date on fire extinguishers and the batteries on emergency lighting. Replace any burned out lightbulbs both inside and out.

If you follow this Spring-Cleaning 101 guide each year, you will have a clean home free of clutter. An annual purging of unwanted items also makes any moves much easier than if you didn’t. Imagine having to perform this level of cleaning while also packing for a move. You don’t need that kind of stress.