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Decluttering for Home Staging, Part 2

In this second post in our series on decluttering for home staging, 123JUNK continues our quick list of what to declutter from your home.

123JUNK’s Quick Guide to Decluttering for Home Staging

Bedrooms

• Pack up all personal items, including photographs, memorabilia and artwork
• Pack out-of-season clothes and linens to store off-site
• Reduce the quantity of clothing in the closet to one third and hang them in categories such as short-sleeves, long sleeves, jackets, skirts, etc.
• Remove extra accessories like handbags, shoes and belts
• Choose pretty, light-colored linens for the bed, with decorative pillows.
• Remove jewelry to a private and secure location
• Store extra furniture to open the room; leave only a bed, a nightstand and a dresser. If there is a seating area, leave on or two chairs.
• Clear off dresser and table tops, leaving one or two decorative items
• Keep children’s toys to a minimum. Corral them into a decorative box.
• For items you need regularly, place them in storage boxes under the bed

Bathrooms

• Remove prescription drugs to a private and secure location
• Pack up seldom-used toiletries from drawers and cabinets
• Keep only one or two extra sets of linens in the closet to create an airy look
• Group essential cleaning items into one small out-of-sight area
• Clear off all surfaces

Home Offices

• Remove all furniture except a desk, desk chair and guest chair
• Move business paperwork to Banker’s Boxes; hide them from public view
• Minimize electronic and computer equipment
• Clear off all surfaces and store personal items
• For items you need regularly, store them in a decorative desk-top box

We hope you find this guide helpful for staging your home. At 123JUNK, we have a three-fold philosophy: donate, recycle and dispose. If you need furniture or appliance removal, or cleanup services, please contact us.

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Spring Cleanup and Cleanout

It’s official! Spring begins this week. That means it’s time for spring cleaning.

This year, 123JUNK wants you to look at spring cleaning a little differently. Instead of just spring cleaning, make your goal a spring cleanout. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Clean Out Inside

Surely there are items around your house that you haven’t used in years: plastic food containers, old appliances, or furniture that is just taking up room. Just think of how fresh and clean your home and cabinets will look with more open space.

Clean Out Outside

Don’t just look inside the house…look outside. Clean out the shed, remove outdated lawn furniture or a jungle gym, and chuck what’s been cluttering up the garage.

Can’t Decide?

If you can’t decide what stays or goes, ask yourself these questions:
• Have you used it in the past year?
• Is it outdated?
• Is it broken, rusted or torn?
• Does it make you feel good when you see or use it?
• Do you still like it?
• Will you ever finish it?
• Do you keep it because you think you paid too much for it?
• Did you keep it because it was sentimental, but have no current use for it?

Looking at your stuff with “fresh” eyes can help you determine what you really need in your life. For all the rest, there’s 123JUNK.

123JUNK Takes the Work out of Spring Cleaning

At 123JUNK, we will pick up your cleanout items and donate to our charities items that could be of use to another family. It feels good to think that your unwanted-but-still-good item becomes someone else’s cherished possession.

Anything that’s unusable we’ll haul off to either recycle or dispose of. You don’t have to lift a finger except to point us in the direction of your items to be removed.

Spring cleaning this year means clearing out. Contact 123JUNK today to make your appointment at 1-800-364-5778 or through our website.

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Decluttering for Home Staging, Part I

Do you want to sell your home faster and for a higher price? It can be as simple as decluttering, which helps set the stage to presenting your home in its best light. For your convenience, 123JUNK offers you a quick list of what to declutter, room by room.

For decluttering, you essentially have two options: stash it or trash it.

Items to Keep:

For items you want to keep, box them up and put them into storage, either onsite or offsite.

Items you Don’t Want to Keep:

For items for which you no longer have a need, donate them, recycle them, or send them to the trash. Let 123JUNK take those items off your hands for you. We’re glad to pick up any items from your home directly. We recycle what we can and trash the rest for you.

123Junk’s Quick Guide to Decluttering for Home Staging

Decluttering Public Rooms

Kitchen

  • Clear counters of all small appliances and decorative items
  • Keep towels and potholders in drawers
  • Place sponges and cleaning products under the sink
  • Pack up rarely used cooking items, utensils to clear out drawers and cabinets
  • Remove rarely used or highly-aromatic spices and foods in drawers, cabinets and pantry
  • Remove any bug deterrents from the home
  • Remove pet feeding bowls

Living, Dining and Family Rooms

  • Clear away all or most books, magazines and hobby materials
  • Pack up personal photographs, knick-knacks and memorabilia from surfaces and mantel
  • Remove most artwork, especially personal art
  • Leave only a few accent pillows
  • Secure or remove throw rugs
  • Hide television remote controls
  • Limit toys or children’s items. Collect them into a basket or box
  • Remove extra furniture to make the rooms look airy and larger
  • Pack up out-of-season items from closets and hanging hooks from hallways
  • Clear off tops of surfaces, leaving only one or two decorative items for staging
  • Remove all pet items

Be sure to read our second post in our series on decluttering. And if you need help in removing items from your home, please give 123JUNK a call at 800-364-5778. We serve northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.