Breaking up with someone you don’t love anymore is never easy. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult things many of us ever have to do. Well, it turns out that breaking up with your junk shares some parallels with breaking up with a significant other.
Maybe you’ve been with your comfy couch for years; it was love at first sight and it was the first big piece you bought with your professional job income. You loved that couch for years and shared so many naps. It made you feel so warm and cozy, but lately, it hasn’t been treating you the same and the magic is gone.
You know you’re going to have some hang-ups feel about letting go of your stuff, but it’s one of those things that when the time comes, you have to get it over with. The longer you keep your junk, the harder it is to let go. So, if you’re unsure how to properly let go of your junk, keep reading this guide for we’ve prepared for you.
What To Do Before You Break Up
Before you break up with your junk, it’s important to make sure that’s what you should do. As with ending a romantic relationship, the decision to bring it to a close it is final and can’t be reversed. Once that vintage turntable is gone, it’s gone forever. Unless you find it again later which would mean you two were meant to be!
Is there anything you can do to repair the items you’re getting rid of? If they’re not completely worn out past the point of no return, you may be able to repair or refurbish the items.
For example, if you have upholstered furniture in your living room such as a couch or recliner on the chopping block because it’s dirty or stained, giving it a good deep clean before deciding to give it the heave-ho is a great idea.
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If the furniture is ripped, lumpy, or sagging, you may be able to have it reupholstered by a professional. This can get pretty expensive, though. Having a piece of furniture reupholstered can often cost as much or more than replacing it with a new piece, so you may only want to consider reupholstery for especially sentimental items or unique items.
When it comes to electronics and appliances, having them repaired is often a much better option than having to deal with proper disposal and having to research and spend all that money on a newer model, especially for high-quality items. The needed repair may even be something small and simple that you can do it yourself.
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Plan How You’re Breaking Up With Your Junk
If it turns out that the items in question can’t be salvaged, it’s important to come up with a plan before tossing stuff out on the street or in a dumpster.
If you’re going to be replacing the items you’re getting rid of, you don’t want to have the old washer & dryer and the new ones in your house at the same time taking up space. That would be just about as awkward as being stuck in a room with your ex and your new beau. Though for different reasons, obviously.
While it’s not advised to jump from one romantic relationship straight into another, you definitely don’t want to go without a refrigerator or mattress once the old one is gone. In this case, it’d be smart to cheat on your stuff by purchasing a new fridge or mattress before throwing the old one away.
In a perfect world, the guys delivering your new Bowflex would take the old one with them, but unfortunately, that’s almost never the case.
Find Where to Let Go of Your Junk
Actually getting rid of your old junk can be even harder than making the decision to let it go. Your options for junk disposal really depend on where you live and what types of things you’re trying to throw out.
If your unwanted stuff is still in pretty good condition, you can try donating it to a charity or thrift store or even try selling it. If you’ve got a whole lot of odds and ends to throw out, you could even have a yard sale.
If you decide to donate your items like clothes, call local charities and ask if they need any of the items you’re trying to donate, as well as whether they offer pickup of donated goods. Some charities and other nonprofit organizations will pick up donated items that are large or heavy, typically for a small fee.
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However, there’s usually a long wait time for this service (around 2 to 3 weeks), you’ll probably have to haul your donations to the charity’s drop-off center to get it out of your house.
But what if the things you’re donating don’t fit in your car or are too heavy for you to lift?
You’ll need to pay additional fees for this service and can also be a couple of weeks before your junk is actually picked up. Not to mention the fact that all that junk is probably going straight to the landfill, though some programs try to recycle most of the bulky waste they can.
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You really don’t want to send your old stuff away to sit in a landfill until the end of time; that would be too sad. For most bulky waste items, they can be dropped off at a recycling center where they’ll be broken down and their materials reused.
Types of common junk items that can usually be taken to a recycler or scrap yard include:
The Easy, Quick Way to Break Up With Your Junk
Many people looking for a quick and easy way to end their relationship with their junk assume it’s okay to put their junk on the curb to get rid of it, but there’s a good chance you’ll end up cited and fined for illegal dumping when you leave your junk at the curb or in a dumpster.
For those looking for the easiest, least painful way to get the junk out of their house and out of their life, the best option is to use a junk removal company like LoadUp.
When you schedule a pickup with a junk removal company, a team of haulers arrive to carry your junk items from your home out to their truck, then haul it off for responsible disposal.
Junk removal companies do charge for their services, but they save you time, energy, stress, and money in the short term and long term, instead of worrying about everything yourself.
LoadUp is a nationwide, professional junk removal company that offers fast and affordable junk removal at an honest, upfront price that’s typically 20-30% less than other licensed and insured junk removal companies.
All of the independently contracted Loaders are insured under multiple policies and pass criminal and driving background checks before they’re allowed to start completing pickups on the LoadUp platform, so you know you’re in safe hands with LoadUp.