Every Client Has a Story – And a Good Review!

Each and every client who calls into 123JUNK has a reason they need us. Sometimes they need to clean out a house where a recent tenant has vacated. Other times they are redecorating and want to donate old furnishings and household décor, or a loved one has passed away and the family is tasked with sorting and distributing their belongings. Regardless of the reason, each client has their own story.

Here are just a few of their stories…and their glowing reviews.

Recommended By Our Movers

“123JUNK was referred to me by our movers. We are renovating our house and needed our old appliances and furniture removed – with items sorted for donation, recycle, and junk. The 123JUNK team dealt with my fluid plans and rescheduled me as needed. When they arrived, they were on time and extremely courteous. They did a good job educating me on how the items would be distributed, and reassured me that nothing would find its way into a landfill. They moved some very heavy items through a basement that is in the process of being built, and through very narrow entrances. They swept up the old house for me, even rooms that did not have items for them to move. I thought they were terrific and I recommend them very highly.”  – ML P., Bethesda, MD

DC Walkup Junk Haul

“These guys are really great. I used their services yesterday to get rid of unwanted furniture and junk. Three guys showed up, gave me a very reasonable estimate up front, and carefully and quietly (I live in a walk up apartment building) removed all the items. On top of it, they were really fast. It was in and out. Done. I’d recommend 123JUNKI – Super professional, friendly, on time, and stayed in communication with me as needed. Someone picked up the phone every single time I called to answer any questions (Great service!)”  – CC, Washington, DC

Tenants Leave Junk Behind

“[123JUNK] should be called the Dream Team Junk Removal. I called them to remove an old ride-on lawnmower from under a deck, and by chance it was the day after our tenants vacated the property, leaving a ton of junk along the driveway and curb. I called 123JUNK to let them know we may have a lot more junk than I thought, and they said they would make sure the truck had ample space just in case. 123JUNK was super helpful about helping us get the rest of the stuff from the deck, the home and the curb. It was like having angels in the midst of a nightmare. They were super organized, positive, helpful…Best Junk Removal Ever. As a Realtor, I will keep this number handy for future junk removals.” – Madi G., Leesburg, VA

Quick House Clean Out

“I’ve used [123JUNK] 3 times and I can’t say enough good things. The customer service is great, the workers are friendly and they are quick at removing items. I used them to clear out a property I’m selling (small single family). It took a little under 2 hours to clear the entire 1st floor with only 2 men. I would recommend them to anyone.”  – Moni M., Woodbridge, VA

Compassion Following a Family Loss

“After suffering a loss in the family, I needed help cleaning out the house. I called [123JUNK]. They were compassionate and straightforward. They arrived on time and were polite and efficient. They communicated clearly and when they happened upon something they thought might be of value, they asked. The price was reasonable and when they had to add a second truck they politely informed me of the price change and waited for approval.”  – Mark C., Vienna, VA

Move Out Clean Out

“These folks at awesome. No need to search any further for a junk hauler. Great communication and accommodation of our needs. They did a move out clean out for us. Fast, no damage, and extremely courteous in every aspect. They made sure of what went and what did not. Very fair pricing that is presented before they commenced work. Could not be happier.”  – Doug Z., Clovis, CA

Speedy Basement Clear Out

“This is the second time we’ve used 123JUNK, and I couldn’t be more pleased. After renovating our basement we had a lot of things that we had stored and just didn’t use any longer. The Maryland crew came in and made quick work of removing old doors, shelves, cabinets, suitcases and other stuff. Their quick service was matched by the office’s speedy and efficient scheduling. I highly recommend 123JUNK for helping you declutter and purge!”  – Dwight C., Washington, DC

Want More 123JUNK Stories? Or Want To Leave One of Your Own?

If you’d like to read more stories about 123JUNK’s jobs, check out our reviews on Yelp! or Google And be sure to leave your own review! If you want to create a story of your own, call 123JUNK today! 

Marie Kondo

Tidying Expert Marie Kondo Comes to Netflix

World-renowned organizational expert Marie Kondo is now appearing on an original Netflix series of inspiring home makeovers titled Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Released on January 1, 2019, the eight new shows in Season 1 run between 35 and 50 minutes each and show Marie Kondo helping American families get rid of clutter to reorganize their lives through her now-famous KonMari Method. The show demonstrates the positive impact the act of tidying up can have on a family’s happiness when they keep only objects that inspire joy.

The 8 Netflix episodes are titled:

  • Tidying with Toddlers
  • Empty Nesters
  • The Downsizers
  • Sparking Joy after a Loss
  • From Students to Improvements
  • Breaking Free from a Mountain of Stuff
  • Making Room for Baby
  • When Two (Messes) Become One

Marie Kondo: Best-Selling Author

Marie Kondo became known following the release of her #1 New York Times best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” released in 2014. In it, she demonstrates the KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing and storing items you own.

The book’s overview promises, “If you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results.”

There are six rules to Kondo’s KonMari Method:

  1. Commit
  2. Imagine the ideal life you wish to live
  3. Ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?”
  4. Discard
  5. Tidy by category
  6. Follow the order above

Marie Kondo is also the author of “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up”. This book features an illustrated guide to the KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations and drawings of organized drawers and closets.

In 2017, Marie Kondo released her third book: “The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story.” This is a graphic novel that tells a quirky story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who transforms her home, work and love life using Kondo’s advice and inspiration. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home and life in order. Illustrations by award-winning manga artist Yuko Uramoto.

What To Do With All That Discarded Clutter…Call 123JUNK.

Marie Kondo’s method of simplifying and organizing calls for you to dump everything into one pile, then sort it according to whether it “sparks joy” in your life or not. If it doesn’t, it goes into the discard pile. The items that do spark joy are organized in the KonMari Method in your drawers, closets and life.

People who do the KonMari Method generally end up with a large pile of stuff that they wonder why they were keeping in the first place! But not to worry, because 123JUNK is nearby to take that discard pile off your hands. We are the next logical step in the organizing process!

You don’t need to sort items in your discard pile. And you don’t need to make just one pile. All you need to do is point the professional, uniformed team members from 123JUNK to the piles you want to disappear. And poof, they’re gone!

We’ll do the job of sorting through your items ourselves and donate household goods and furniture to our local charity partners (and send you a receipt for your donation). We’ll also recycle items to the area recycling center. You’ll not only be helping your own state of life by tidying up, you’ll be helping other families and the environment through our green initiatives.

When you’re ready to tidy up and clean out, and are located in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., call 123JUNK. We’ll give you our all-inclusive pricing and schedule a convenient time for pickup. Contact us today.

Old carpeting

Steps to Removing Old Carpeting


It’s an exciting day when you’ve decided to get new carpeting! It will give your home or office a fresh makeover! The only thing standing in your way is the removal of your old carpeting. Here are some tricks of the trade to try when removing old carpeting.

How to Remove Old Carpeting

Step 1: Pull it Back

Begin by protecting your hands with heavy work gloves. Starting in one corner, begin to cut the carpeting with a utility knife. If it is difficult, use your pliers to pull up a corner of the carpet and the tack strip holding it down. Continue to pull the carpet towards you, rolling it up as you go.

Step 2: Cut it into Strips

Removing large pieces of old carpet will be easier if you cut it after you’ve rolled up or folded up about 3-4 feet of carpeting. Cut the length with your utility knife where it’s folded over. These smaller pieces will be easier to handle and lighter when you remove them.

Step 3: Work Carefully

Carefully maneuver areas where old carpeting connects with other flooring types, like wood or vinyl. Try not to damage any connecting transitions.

Step 4: Remove Padding

If there is padding below the carpet, remove that as well. It may be loose or stapled into place. Using your pliers, carefully remove all staples as you go. If the carpet padding is glued to the foundation base, such as is often done with concrete floors, use a scraper to remove as much as you can.

Step 5: Call 123JUNK

Your trash collector will not haul away old carpeting or padding, so you won’t be able to toss it into garbage bin. Instead, call 123JUNK to take away your old carpeting.

Can Old Carpeting Be Recycled?

Carpets are filled with fibers and chemicals that don’t allow them to break down in landfills. Fortunately, some carpet can be recycled and broken down into its raw materials that can be used to make new carpet. There’s even an organization dedicated to recycling old carpet: the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). Since its inception in 2002, it has recycled more than 3.6 billion pounds of carpet, keeping it out of our landfills. In our area, DC Foam Recycle Center helps.

Let 123JUNK Remove Your Old Carpeting

123JUNK is used to big jobs like hauling away a household’s or office’s old carpeting. If there are elements that can be recycled, we deliver directly to the recycling centers in our area as part of our green initiatives. If it is not salvageable in any way, we’ll take it to the dump for you.

You don’t have to worry about straining your back lifting heavy yards of old carpet, or incurring injuries from tacks or nails. Once you’ve pulled the carpet up, you can hire us to do the heavy work of carpet removal for you. You’ll also enjoy 123JUNK’s all-inclusive pricing and easy scheduling process. Just one phone and we’re on our way.

When you need to remove old carpeting yourself, try these tricks. And then contact 123JUNK to haul it all away. We serve homeowners and businesses throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

New Years Resolutions

7 New Year’s Resolutions for An Organized Life

Every January, many of us make New Year’s Resolutions. We may want to lose weight or go to the gym more. Or we may pledge to be more organized in the New Year. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions to organize your life. 

New Year’s Resolutions for an Organized Life

#1. Create Homes

Each object you own should have a “home.” If it doesn’t already, create homes for everything. Hang a hook near the front door for your keys and purchase a toy box where all the playthings can be stored. Be sure to return each item to its home after use. In the office, create files instead of piles.

#2. Touch it Once

One of the best ways to remain clutter-free is to place an item where it is supposed to go after you pick it up. Do not lay it down and think you’ll get to it later. Immediately return it to its home or take it to the next action in the chain. Hang the clothes in the closet after you take them off, put the newspaper into the recycling bin after you’ve read it, or sort the mail into a “bills to pay” basket or “trash” bin as it comes into the door.

#3. Organize By Kind

Sort items into categories and create storage areas for like items. Hang hooks in the garage for sports equipment, purchase bins to gather baking tools together, or install shelving for arts and crafts. Hang clothing by season and style: put short-sleeved items together and long-sleeved items together, for example, so you can easily grab the style you need without having to search the entire closet.

#4. Purge Regularly

Make a New Year’s Resolution to plan a purge at least twice a year to get rid of items you don’t like or don’t use. Change out your clothes by season and use that time to cull out items you no longer wear. Go through the kitchen drawers and donate gadgets you never use. Going through items on a regular basis will allow you to deep clean the area and re-organize things that have gotten out of order.

#5. Develop Good Habits

Organizing your home once will not ensure that it functions as you would like it to. Create good habits of putting items away into their dedicated spaces after you use them, and if you bring a new item into the house, see if you can get rid of one in return.

#6. Enlist Help

Why not get the entire family on board with your New Year’s Resolutions for an organized life. Clearly label areas where items should go and hold each member accountable for putting items away where they belong. Assign areas of responsibility, like their own rooms or play areas.

#7 Call 123JUNK

When you’ve accumulated a pile of items you would like to get rid of, contact 123JUNK. We can schedule one pickup to take it all away—you don’t need to sort items yourself. We’ll do that for you. After we’ve picked up each load from our clients, we sort through it to find items we can deliver to one of our charity partners. They can place these items into their retail stores to raise money for their missions or, in return, donate them to families who need assistance. We’ll send you a receipt for your donation that you can use against your yearly tax burden.

123JUNK also sorts out anything that can be recycled, like old electronics and deliver these items to the local recycling center. It is our initiative to “go green” as much as possible. It’s our little bit we can do to help our local communities and the environment as a whole.

You don’t have to worry about donating, recycling or taking loads of items to the dump. With one phone call to 123JUNK, it can all be done quickly and easily. If you’re located in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C. and want to keep your New Year’s Resolutions for an organized life, call 123JUNK to schedule your junk hauling.

Recycling numbers

What do Those Recycling Numbers on Plastic Mean?

We all know we’re supposed to be recycling our plastics. But did you know that not all plastics are recyclable? There is actually a key to what can and cannot be recycled right on a lot of our plastic goods themselves!

If you look closely at a water or soda bottle or plastic food container, for example, you will find a small number encased on a triangle composed of arrows. This is the key to the types of plastic and how it should be recycled. Here is a quick guide on what you can place in your recycling bin, and what needs to be tossed into the trash, based on those recycling numbers.

Recycling Numbers Explained

#1 PETE or PET = polyethylene terephthalate

Found in: soft drink or water bottles, fruit juice containers, detergent and cleaners bottles, cooking oil, peanut butter jars, salad dressing bottles

  • Can it be recycled? Yes: recyclable but not reusable

This plastic is commonly used in consumer products, mostly in drink bottles and intended for single-use applications. It is difficult to decontaminate. PET is recyclable; crushed and shredded to make new bottles or polyester fibers for garments, carpets and other products.

  • What you can do: Use reusable drink containers

#2 HDPE = high-density polyethylene

Found in: milk and water jugs, bleach and detergent bottles, shampoo and bath soap bottles, plastic bags, household cleaner bottles and butter tubs

  • Can it be recycled? Yes: reusable and recyclable

This stiff plastic is used for milk jugs, detergent bottles, oil bottles and toys. Since it is hard-wearing, it does not break down easily under sunlight or extreme temperatures. Therefore, it is used for plastic lumber, picnic tables, waste binds, truck bed liners and raised garden beds.

  • What you can do: Cut down on disposable bottles

#3 PVC = polyvinyl chloride

Found in: plastic piping, food wraps, blister packaging, cooking oils, some detergent bottles, shower curtains, lawn furniture

  • Can it be recycled? No: do not use for reapplication with food

This soft and flexible plastic contains numerous toxins that can leach out throughout its lifetime and is impervious to sunlight and weather conditions. It is often used to make garden hoses, raised beds and window frames.

  • What you can do: Use food wraps other than plastic wrap

#4 LDPE = low-density polyethylene

Found in: plastic grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, flexible film packaging, squeezable bottles, six pack rings, some furniture

  • Can it be recycled? Mostly no: reusable but not always recyclable

This plastic is found in shrink wraps, most grocery store bags and bread packaging and is considered relatively safe for use, with less toxins. It is recycled into plastic lumber, garbage can liners and floor tiles.

  • What you can do: Use cloth grocery bags.

#5 PP = polypropylene

Found in: bottle tops, syrup bottles, yogurt tubs, car parts, some food containers

  • Can it be recycled? Sometimes

This plastic is lightweight and sturdy, with heat-resistant and moisture-barrier qualities. It is used as the liner in cereal boxes, potato chip bags, straws and packing tape. Once recycled, it is used to make battery cases, brooms, bins and trays.

  • What you can do: Use paper or reusable straws and cloth diapers

#6 PS = polystyrene

Found in: meat trays, egg cartons, plastic plates and cutlery, carry-out containers, clear trays, Styrofoam, packing peanuts, rigid insulation, laminate flooring underlay

  • Can it be recycled? Sometimes, but not often

This plastic is lightweight and easily formed into shapes. Since it is structurally weak, it can easily be broken up when disposed of and pieces are often found floating in our bodies of water, thus creating a hazard for marine life. It can also be a hazard for humans, as it can leach styrene into food products.

  • What you can do: Use a reusable coffee mug and reusable food containers

#7 Other

Found in: Five-gallon water containers, DVDs, sippy cups, other plastics including acrylic, polycarbonate, polyactic fibers, nylon and fiberglass, combinations of plastics

  • Can it be recycled? No

This plastic category includes anything not applicable for the other categories and may contain toxins that can leach into food or drinks. Not recommended for heating liquids.

  • What you can do: Avoid #7 plastics for food service

Let 123JUNK Sort Your Junk For You

With 123JUNK, we try to make keeping a healthy environment as easy as possible for our clients., but there’s no need for you to worry about the recycling numbers unless you are keeping a recycling bin. We will pick up your entire load from one pile—there’s no need to sort items when you call 123JUNK. That’s our job. We cull through each junk haul and sort out items that can be repurposed (like furniture) and those that can be recycled and deliver them to either one of our charity partners or the recycling station. Only then do we dump the rest. It’s our commitment to the environment.

Do your bit for our environment by calling 123JUNK to schedule your pickup. We’ll be glad to help!

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.