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How to Clear Emotional Clutter

Physical clutter we all understand. It is the accumulation of too much stuff that we can see and feel. Emotional clutter is something altogether different, yet, similar in its own way. It is the accumulation of persistent negative thoughts or thought loops that can clutter our mind and drain our energy. Although you can’t call a junk hauling company (like 123JUNK) to haul it away, the good news is that there are ways to clear emotional clutter.

What is Emotional Clutter?

Emotional clutter is negative thoughts that are deep-seated beliefs about yourself, like “Nobody really loves me,” “I am terribly awkward talking with people,” “I’m not deserving,” or “I can’t do it.” Unfortunately, the more you let them clutter your mind, the deeper these thoughts seat themselves, like a bad habit, or grooves on a record that that plays over and over again.

How to Clear Emotional Clutter

The brain is an amazing instrument that can be reprogrammed. In scientific terms, this is called neuroplasticity, or “the brain’s ability to modify, change and adapt both structure and function throughout life and in response to experience,” according to a Frontiers in Psychology article.

Step One: Identify the Negative Thoughts

Each time you have a negative thought, acknowledge it. Write it down. Notice and record how often it appears. Think to yourself, “Is this really true?”

Step Two: Slowly Make Changes

You can’t just swing your thought to the opposite end of the spectrum. It won’t work. You have to take baby steps and look at the reality of the situation. If your thought is “Nobody really loves me,” take a count of all the people that really do care about you and create a new script like “My spouse and children love me, and I am lovable.” It is OK to also include yourself in those who love you, as in “I love who I am.” Work on one negative thought at a time.

Step Three: Create New Grooves

Every time you have a repeating negative thought, replace it with the new thought. The more you retrain your brain, the fewer times the negative thought will reappear. Consciously repeat the new thought, even when the negative thought isn’t appearing. Say it out loud, and repeat it often, like when you’re taking a walk, driving or in front of the mirror.

Step Four: Be Kind to Yourself

It takes time to reprogram negative thoughts, so be compassionate to yourself and remember your own worth. Create a strong support system of people who can reiterate and reinforce your new, positive thoughts.

Once you are able to clear negative thoughts, you will feel lighter and more freedom than ever before. These thoughts are not facts. They are merely thoughts. Visualize a path to a new outcome and repeat that image until it becomes the new reality. As you clear emotional clutter, you are able to make better decisions about everything, leading to a more joyful and fulfilling life.

Want to know more? Here are several books designed to help clear emotional clutter:

Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation, by Donald Altman, 2016.

Emotional clutter—the equivalent of a jam-packed closet in your mind—has been proven to block success in professional and personal lives. It can results from hidden pains and traumas and creates toxic patterns. The author helps you identify what you’re holding on to and how to cleanse, heal or accept old wounds, mistakes and disappointments.

Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect with Yourself and Others, by Brooks Palmer, 2012.

Keeping things you no longer need can keep you from experiencing the joy of connection. The author discusses how we use clutter to protect ourselves, control others and cling to the past, and how to not only clear clutter but enjoy deeper, more authentic relationships.

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Free Yourself from Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Clutter Forever, by Karen Kingston, 2016.

This author claims that clutter is stuck energy that has far-reaching effects beyond the stuff, and causing effects to the body, mind, emotions and spirit. She covers why people keep clutter, how it stagnates your life, and how to clear it quickly and effectively.

Clear Clutter in MD, DC and Northern VA with 123JUNK

Did you know that emotional clutter can lead to physical clutter? When you’re ready to clear the clutter out of your home or office, contact 123JUNK. We’ll be glad to remove junk, furniture, appliances, household goods and use our 1-2-3 process to Donate-Recycle-Dispose of them in the best and most eco-friendly ways possible. We’ll also do a complete cleanout of your property if needed.

For junk hauling in Maryland, Washington DC or Northern Virginia, contact 123JUNK.

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What Are My Collectibles Worth?

For generations, people have collected items that were considered to be “collectibles,” with plans that they would become more valuable with age. The homes of Baby Boomers are filled with them. As people are now trying to cash in on their collectives, they are finding their value has not increased as expected, leaving them to wonder, “What are my collectibles worth?”

Time was, creating collections would have been a good plan. However, today’s younger generations are going more minimalist, and have little to no interest in them. That means the collectibles’ worth is much lower than expected. In some cases, there may not be anything but sentimental value left.

Here are some of the more common collectibles markets and their current worth:

Figurines

Hummel figurines were immensely popular at the end of World War II, as the soldiers stationed in West Germany began sending them home as gifts and souvenirs, and after the figures began to be sold by the Army PX system. In addition to the traditional M.I. Hummel figurines, special limited editions also became popular for collecting. Once sold at a handsome price—often hundreds of dollars—they can be worth far less. The same fate has befallen the once-popular Precious Moments figurines. Other than the “Original 21” that are considered to be “vintage,” they are also greatly discounted.

China Patterns

Owning a set of fine china was once a status symbol among families, and acquiring a full set was quite the investment. Some of the more popular china patterns included Wedgwood, Lenox and Royal Copenhagen. Now, you can find full china sets at thrift stores and estate sales for as little as $200 typically. Other than for family nostalgia, they are often unwanted by modern generations.

Longaberger Baskets

Collecting Longaberger baskets was once the rage, but after sales declined, the company closed its doors in 2018. In 2019, the company was acquired by Xcel Brands and the brand was relaunched, but without the provenance it formerly had. Once sold at more than $100, Longaberger baskets are often sold for $10 or less at thrift stores and yard sales.

Miscellaneous Collectibles

You still can see advertisements from companies like the Bradford Exchange and Franklin Mint selling commemoratives and coins. Yet, like the other collectible markets, the value of these items has not increased as originally forecast.

There are Still Collectibles with Great Worth

Yet with collectibles markets down, there are still treasures to be found. You’ve certainly seen them revealed—often to the surprise of the owner—on TV shows like Antiques Roadshow. Rare items and specific characteristics can certainly add to an item’s value. Before disposing of an item, check its label, name and identification marks. What your collectibles are worth still may be high, depending upon market demand.

Your Collectibles are Worth Sharing With Others. Please Donate.

At 123JUNK, we collect more than junk. Homeowners throughout Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland often entrust us with their high-end furnishings and collectibles like unused sets of china to donate them to places where their value can be put to good use. It’s part of our Donate-Recycle-Dispose process.

When you have items that you know have worth and are in good condition, but you no longer want or need them, consider donating them to one of our charitable partners. There, they will be issued to families in need or sold to raise funds for local charity programs.

Many families don’t want to deal with the hassle of an estate or yard sale, the time and effort of delivering items themselves to a charity, or the convolutions of selling these items online, so they call 123JUNK.

We carefully load your donated items into our big red truck and safely deliver them to the charity partners with which we are affiliated. We also provide you with a receipt of your donation for tax purposes.

Even though your family’s collectibles’ worth may not be what is was expected when originally purchased, these items still have great value in your local community. Consider donating them through 123JUNK.

For donations and other junk removal, contact 123JUNK.

Washington DC is One of the Greenest Cities in the World

Did you know that Washington DC was the first LEED Platinum City in the world!  In 2017 it was awarded the LEED for Cities Certification, an honor given to cities containing the most green buildings and sustainable building initiatives. For a world capital, the District of Columbia is surprisingly green! But it didn’t happen by accident. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the city chose to leverage technology and data to achieve resiliency and sustainability goals to create a healthy and safe community.

According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), “The LEED platform recognizes the outcomes of a city’s leadership in creating a sustainable and resilient-built environment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support clean energy innovation, and focus on inclusive prosperity and livability in all eight wards.”

One example is the American Geophysical Union (AGU) headquarters, with its net zero energy renovation. The energy used to power the building and activities within is the same or less than energy generated onsite through renewable energy. This building has 700 solar panels installed on the roof and a rainwater collection system. Another example is the Discovery School in Arlington, VA, Virginia’s first net zero energy building, with 1706 solar panels on its roof to help power its 100% LED lighting.

Even More Greenest Honors

Washington DC/Arlington/Alexandria also came in third place as one of the greenest American cities with more than 1 million people on a ListShack survey, just behind number one Austin/Round Rock, Texas and Portland, Oregon. Cities were rated based on five “green points:” the number of LEED-certified buildings (per 1,000 residents); the percentage of parkland; miles of bike lanes (per 10,000 residents); the number of farmer’s markets (per 10,000 residents); and the quantity of electric car plug-in locations (per 10,000 residents).

And in 2021, Washington, DC appeared in the 7th position in the Greenest Cities in America list provided by WalletHub, based on 28 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability that promote a green lifestyle.

Other Greenest Initiatives

Washington DC was the first city in North America to institute a bikeshare system—Capital Bikeshare, and more than 60% of travel around the city is done by bicycle, walking or public transport, where many of the buses run on alternative fuels.

DC’s food scene is also green. You’ll find “farm to table” restaurants and hotels featuring their own gardens and beehives to supply food, and with access to farmer’s markets, locally-sourced foods and beverages are often found on the menu. Catering companies switched from single-use cutlery to reusable or biodegradable options, plastic and paper bags received a surcharge, and polystyrene food packaging and cartons were banned.

Another initiative, DC’s RiverSmart program, gives financial rebates to property owners who use rain barrels and rain gardens, shade trees and green roofs to capture water. These enable rainwater to stay on site and soak into the ground where pollutants are removed by natural processes. The program was initiated to help reduce stormwater runoff that can harm both DC’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

123JUNK is Committed to “Going Green”

At 123JUNK, we founded our business with environmental sustainability at the forefront of our mission. We like to think we’re the “greenest” junk removal company in our area! Our 3-step “Donate-Recycle-Dispose” process helps keep items out of area landfills, and often recirculates them back into the community through our charitable partners.

Learn more about our 1-2-3 junk disposal process and our convenient flat-fee pricing, and contact 123JUNK when you need to clear out your home or office. There’s no need to sort items in advance; our team is glad to do that for you. Just point us towards the items you’d like to donate or remove and we’ll do the rest.

For the greenest, most environmentally-friendly Junk Removal in DC, Northern VA and MD, contact 123JUNK.

Partner Spotlight: Christina Bond, Creating Space DC

Meet our Partner – Christina Bond, owner of Creating Space DC

We’d like to introduce you to another great partner of 123JUNK. In this post, you’ll meet an organizing expert who helps homeowners declutter and keep only those items that “spark joy” utilizing Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method.

Tell us about what you do at Creating Space DC.

I help people declutter. I’m called a professional organizer, but if people that call me don’t say anything about needing to declutter first, before we organize, then I refer them to one of my organizing colleagues. My passion is helping my clients take a fresh look at what they have, where the clutter builds up, and why it is still there. Hopefully, we get some insights into why the clutter accumulated in the first place, which is a long-term solution rather than a quick fix. I am certified by Marie Kondo’s organization to coach people through the KonMari Method.

What is your background?

I was in the Navy and attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, after which I served on a cruiser and an aircraft carrier. With Creating Space DC, I’m a Certified KonMari Master Consultant. To earn my certification, I took a three-day training in person, and after the training session we had to submit reports on practice clients for at least 30 hours until the organization felt satisfied that we were staying true to the KonMari Method. Then, I had a written test and an interview. I continue to submit reports and moved up through the certification levels, based on the number of hours put into teaching the KonMari Method. I now have more than 1,500 hours in client sessions to date.

How did you get interested in this business?

My interest started with the KonMari Method. I heard about it on Facebook from a friend who posted a picture of her stuff going out the door. Then I read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in the airport on the way home from a yoga retreat. It was powerful for me. By the time I arrived home, I had a few pages of notes full of things I wanted to get out of my house, so I did the process on my own home. I loved it so much that I created my own business helping other people through the method. I’m also interested in Japanese culture having lived in Japan and studying there in high school.

Did you have any insights when decluttering your own home?

I actually got stuck partway through the KonMari Method in the paper category. I wished I had a coach to help me through that. I ended up getting through it because I signed up for Marie Kondo’s training and had to complete my own tidying marathon.

What is the KonMari Method?

There are two things that distinguish the KonMari Method from other organizing methods. First is the idea of sorting and organizing by category and not by location. It’s not “I need help with the basement.” Rather, you look at categories, like books, clothes, and papers, for example. Once you start pulling the categories together, storage areas eventually get resolved. The second distinguishing characteristic is the very simple decision-making criteria: Does it spark joy? I have people touch each item and then ask themselves, “Does it lift my energy, or do I feel ‘ugh’ about it?” Then I start asking questions like “Would you pack it for a vacation?” or “When was the last time you used it?”

Marie Kondo has a particular KonMari folding method. Do you teach that?

Yes. I show my clients how to fold items and put them away using that method, but I don’t push that point if they don’t want to do it.

Do you help with downsizing?

Sometimes. But if people are thinking about moving, they have to work with me in advance. If they’re just about to move, it’s too late to do the type of editing we do.

How did you meet 123JUNK?

I joined the local NAPO chapter (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals) where 123JUNK is a business partner. I heard about them at one of the monthly meetings, had a client who needed their services, and I suggested them. When I reached out, I got a great and quick response. They gave me an idea of pricing right away so I could tell my client during our session. The client used them and the job went well.

Do you have a favorite story about 123JUNK?

My client had ordered a lot of things online and had never even taken the items out of the boxes. There were piles of unopened boxes in several different rooms. I helped the client to open the boxes and when we did, there was a lot of cardboard to get rid of. We also decluttered the home and had a pile of both trash and donations. It filled half the garage. When 123JUNK came, they were able to take the cardboard for recycling, the trash and the donations all at one time. 123JUNK is always responsive—I get a quick response, which I appreciate. And after the job, they emailed to thank me for the referral.

What is your favorite part of your business?

I get to see a range of people, and everyone is so different. I love hearing their personal stories. Some people are extremely organized and have just accumulated items over the years and it’s time to go through them. Others are very disorganized and have lots of things. I enjoy the feeling of helping them get unstuck, at whatever place they are, and feeling like I’ve made a difference in moving their lives forward.

What region do you work in?

I live close to Union Station in Washington, DC and I like to work within a 25-mile radius from downtown DC.

What do you do when not working?

I’m passionate about yoga and taught yoga classes for years. I spend time with my family—my husband, my nine-year-old son, and a pandemic puppy. I also like traveling and am planning trips for later this year.

What’s one thing you would like people to know about Creating Space DC?

What I do takes a little more time than, say, a team that spends eight hours organizing everything in a house. I work one on one with clients to make decisions about decluttering. They have to be there and engage in the process. I consider this a longer-term solution. It doesn’t make sense to me to invest time and money into organizing the clutter nicely just to have it accumulate again. When my clients are engaged in the process themselves they get a chance to confront the underlying cause of the clutter. Because people tend to procrastinate, I’d encourage them to set a date with me, and that will help them get started.

Meet Jack Brandt, Client Relationship Executive

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  –Often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

Our team here at 123JUNK continues to grow! Meet one of our newest additions: Jack Brandt.

What is your role at 123JUNK?

I am a client relationship executive for the Virginia jurisdiction as part of the business development team here at 123JUNK. In this role I am a brand ambassador; I attend networking functions, visit with referral partners, and plant the seeds for connections to help our business grow.

How long have you worked at 123JUNK?

I started in November 2021. I tried to hit the ground running and learn as much as I could, and I’m excited to keep that momentum going.

What did you do before?

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Environmental Science in the Class of 2020. After graduating, I worked for a short while at Bozzuto Management Company doing leasing and marketing at a property outside Philadelphia. Then I decided to come back to my hometown of Oakton, VA.

How did you discover 123JUNK?

My college roommate had worked for 123JUNK in the summers and always had good things to say about the organization, so when I was job searching and came across the listing on Indeed, I recognized the company. They were looking for someone with my skill set and it seemed like a great fit.

What’s your favorite part about working here?

Definitely the people. From the first day working on the trucks to the customer service team to the business development team, it’s all about the interactions. I was welcomed from day one with open arms and every person I met has made this experience worthwhile for me. I have to say I loved being with the truck staff; those guys are the lifeblood of our organization.

What do you enjoy best about what you do?

I like being out and about and going to different offices and events—meeting new people and seeing new sights.

What 3 words do you think best describe you?

Compassionate. Energetic. Trustworthy.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors. I’m an avid snowboarder, camper, hiker, surfer, golfer…anything outside. I also love to spend time with family and friends.

Tell us about your family.

I’d like to thank my mother and father, Bill and Suzanne Brandt, for everything they taught me to help me become the man I am today, as well as my sister Georgia and my dog Eddie.

What fun fact do most people not know about you, Jack Brandt?

It sometimes catches people off guard, but I actually worked a couple of years as a sous chef in an Italian restaurant. I love to cook and that might be my secret talent. My favorites: Italian food and seafood. My favorite dish: Seafood Fra Diavolo.

What advice do you have for someone who either wants to work here or is just starting at 123JUNK?

Try to bring 110% every day. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; you have a great support group here. Bring your all and you’ll earn the respect of your associates. I can’t say enough about the team members, especially Collin, Kevin, Zach and Bryce for helping me develop into my role. They have been a wealth of knowledge and put in a lot of hard work to help me become the representative I am today.

Do you have a motto you live by?

If you put good things into this world, good things will find their way back to you.

Would you like to work here at 123JUNK?

We’re always looking for great team members like Jack Brandt to help our clients with their junk hauling needs. Check our latest job openings and apply!

If you’d like to schedule a junk pickup in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. or Maryland, contact us!

Meet Paul Brown, Customer Success Representative

“If you think you can do it, you can.”  — John Burroughs

We all love it when somebody new joins the 123JUNK team, and we are pleased to introduce you to Paul Brown, our Customer Success Representative.

What is your role at 123JUNK?

I am a CSR team member—a Customer Success Representative. I am a contact point for anyone who calls in—from inquiries, information or to schedule a pickup, to compliments after the service.

How long have you been with 123JUNK?

About two months.

How did you hear about 123JUNK and why did you choose to work here?

I was searching for a way to escape waiting tables. I wanted to use more of my head than my back.  I found 123JUNK on Indeed, and then went through the recruiting process. I liked Dave Echeverria (our Director of Talent Acquisition) and the culture surrounding the team, and then I was on the truck for a few days and got to see what it was like for and with them.

How did you know it was the right fit?

I knew it on my first time interacting with the team past the interview process—getting out there with the people doing this job every day. When I met them, I could see what they were like, and I knew I would enjoy working here.

What is your favorite thing about the company?

Probably the team. I haven’t met anyone I don’t like. They are all easy to talk to. It’s a pretty down-to-earth team.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned so far?

The devil is in the details—details do count for a lot. It can mean the difference between a smooth, happy day and being frustrated and only looking forward to going home at the end of the day. It’s important to ask the right questions and clarify the situation the team will be going into. It’s not easy working the truck, so the better picture I can create for them before they arrive on site, the more smoothly the job will go.

What three words best describe you?

Creative. Determined. Meticulous. I like to see how things work and function the way they do.

What did you do before you worked here?

I have had multiple jobs, but worked most recently as a server in a restaurant. I have an Associate’s Degree from Northern Virginia Community College and a number of certifications. I’ve been a licensed insurance agent, have Solar Energy, A+ and Network+ Tech Certifications, installed telecom PBS systems, and even worked as a locksmith for a while.

Where did you grow up?

My parents were in the Army, but I spent most of my years here in Virginia. My parents live in Manassas and I have a brother and his fiancé in Nokesville.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like spending time with my fiancé and we look forward to moving ahead in life together. I also write science fiction novels and have self-published two: “Search for Sol” and “Durenda’s Stand.” It was a lot of work and it felt like a big accomplishment when they were finally published. As a teen, I thought I would be a rock star and played with different bands around the area. I love to play guitar and like it when I have a captive karaoke audience.

One last question…do you have a personal motto or mantra?

“Fortune favors the bold.” That means to be bold in what you think you can achieve in and of yourself. Don’t count yourself out before there is a reason. Be bold and go after things.

123JUNK. The leading choice for junk removal in Northern VA, Washington DC and Maryland.

We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Paul Brown. If you’d like to work here at 123JUNK, check out our current job openings.

When you’re ready to schedule junk removal from your home or office, contact 123JUNK at 1-800-364-5778.

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Read What Our Clients Love About 123JUNK

Our goal is nothing less than a five-star review, and guess what…we’ve been getting lots of them! Homeowners and business owners throughout Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland have been highly satisfied with the service they receive from 123JUNK. But don’t take our word for it… read what our clients love about 123JUNK!

Service was wonderful from start to finish

“Service was wonderful from start to finish. I really love their 1-2-3 Process. Any junk you want removed will either go to one of their many local donation partners or recycled as much as possible (reducing landfill waste). Remaining items that could not be donated and recycled get hauled away as safely and carefully as possible.”  — Kimberly J., Chantilly, VA

123JUNK is the best

“123JUNK is the best junk removal company/services. Everything was easily handled from initial contact to the actual pickup. The two gentlemen were on time (even early), professional, courteous and friendly. In addition to great service, the pricing can’t be eat. And it is always great to give a local business our business. I will definitely recommend 123JUNK.”  — Doug S., Gaithersburg, MD

I would definitely use them again

“We used 123JUNK for an office space clean-out of many cubes/office suites of furniture and miscellaneous items. They were on time, efficient, polite and so helpful. They even moved some other items for me once they were on site. Would definitely use them again for the other side of our office during our Phase 2 renovation.”  — Heather K.

I have referred them to my clients

“I have used 123JUNK for years and have referred them to my clients to help get houses ready for marketing, and/or to move furniture for staging. They are fantastic to work with. Just ask them if you have a specific charity you want to donate to, or if they can just take things away, and they will let you know what options work best. I’m happy to use them time and time again.”  — Dianne H.

We were so pleased with how responsive, professional and smooth everything was

“We used 123JUNK and we were so pleased with how responsive, professional and smooth everything was. I spoke to two individuals prior to our actual furniture pick-up date and they were both very helpful in explaining the pricing structure, what to expect the day of, and scheduling us in. I would definitely use 123JUNK again in the future due to the ease and their professionalism.”  — Jackie B., Lorton, VA

I’m a fan for life

“I’m a 123JUNK fan for life!” – Gretchen F., Falls Church, VA

I like their goal to reduce landfill waste

“I like that the items being picked up from home will be donated first to many local donation partners. If it can’t be donated, they take care to ensure that as many items are recycled as possible. I like their goal to reduce landfill waste. Thank you so much for all of your help. I’ve already recommended you to all of my family and friends!”  — Bernadeth T.

No surprise fees

“This is a very impressive business. They’re easy to work with, polite, careful with the house and furniture, prompt and up front about everything they do and don’t do. No surprise fees. I have used them twice and I would definitely use them again and refer them to friends.”  — Stephanie W.

I would use them again in a heartbeat

“It was a delight working with [123JUNK] and I would use them again in a heartbeat. Great company.”  — Kim D.

I needed a couple of strong backs

“123JUNK is amazing. I needed a couple of strong backs to move the contents of a 26-foot-long U-Haul truck into my house. They got the whole job done in 90 minutes and were as energetic in minute 89 as they were in minute 1. This was a great experience and I recommend 123JUNK for anyone needing junk removal or help loading (or unloading) a moving truck.”  — John M.

Our Clients Love 123JUNK–The Leading Choice for Junk Removal in NoVA, DC and MD

Although we really love to read your reviews and testimonials about our people, our services, our customer service and our commitment to the environment, we must remember to remain humble. We are only as good as our next job. We constantly train and strive towards excellence in everything we do, and we hope it shows. Our clients think so.

To schedule your junk removal in Maryland, Washington DC or Northern Virginia, please contact 123JUNK. And don’t forget to leave your own 5-star review! We’d like to read what you love about 123JUNK.

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Safety First with Junk Removal

Around here, it’s always “safety first.” From the first moments on any appointment, safety is the number one priority for our clients, their property, and our team members.

Client Safety

Safety first always applies to the safety of our clients and their property. Our team members are trained in safety measures regarding lifting and transporting items to help our client avoid physical injury from doing it themselves. That’s why they call us here at 123JUNK! And although you may want to help us, there’s no need. It’s our job to clear away the junk you no longer want or need.  One of the reasons to call 123JUNK to help haul away a heavy load is to prevent injury to yourself, your family or friends. Since we’re trained in the proper procedures, let us do the heavy work for you.

We also pay attention to the safety of your home or office, and your belongings. We take great care to avoid damaging your walls and floors, paying especial attention to corners. We pad surfaces to avoid scratches and bumps. We also respect the items you are donating and take care to safely load and transport them to our donation partners where they can be re-introduced into the community

Team Safety from Physical Injury

The teams on our trucks are required to lift heavy objects, a task that could be hazardous to their physical safety if not done correctly. That’s where training in proper lifting techniques comes into play. We teach our team members to prepare for heavy loads, asking them to think about how best to lift and maneuver objects like pianos, sofas and refrigerators. We look ahead to the pathway to clear any obstacles, prepare for steps up or down, and talk about proper body position. Lifting, carrying, and even setting down a heavy load can tax the body in different ways. Working together with their teammates is the best way to avoid physical injury from heavy loads.

Safety First from Biohazards

Biohazards are any biological material that can cause a risk to human or animal health. Some of the biohazards we could potentially come into contact with at 123JUNK include blood and bodily fluids, human or animal waste, mold and fungus spores, and industrial chemicals. Biohazards can also include viruses, toxins or things like E.coli, HIV and tuberculosis.

If we encounter a biohazard that we are not equipped to deal with, we may refuse the job. The safety of our workers is too important to us to expose them. We may need to recommend another professional to handle the job of cleaning or clearing a home or items that present a biohazard.

Safety First from Infestations

Animal and insect infestations can post another safety threat for the 123JUNK team. In addition to the biohazards of animal waste and dead carcasses, insects like bedbugs can create an unsafe haul. We don’t want to carry insects back to our offices or team members’ homes, nor do we want to introduce them into client homes or our donation partners’ facilities. (Read our blog post on Bedbugs and Junk Hauling). There are proper ways to dispose of items exposed to infestations, and we may again refuse the pickup and recommend other professionals who can help with your particular issue.

Safety First from Hazardous Materials

There are certain items that we cannot take in a general junk haul; items that need to be handled individually to prevent biohazards. We don’t want these chemicals to spill into our trucks to contaminate other items, and potentially spill out onto roadways. Nor do we want to expose our team members to environmental hazards. Items like paint, kerosene, gasoline, fertilizer, pool chemicals, ammonia, bleach, antifreeze, mercury-containing fluorescent light bults, freon coolant and just some of the items we must avoid. 123JUNK is even prevented by law from hauling many hazardous materials. These items must be disposed of at appropriate waste collection stations. (Learn more in our blog post What’s on the Hazardous Materials List?)

Safety is something we’re not willing to take a risk with, and we apologize in advance to any customers for any inconvenience. It only happens rarely because we prepare our clients and our team members so well. We just want you to get the best service possible, with the safety of all in mind.

Ready to Schedule Junk Removal with 123JUNK?

When you’re ready to schedule your junk removal in Northern Virginia, Washington DC or Maryland, contact 123JUNK.

Preparing for the Hybrid Work Model & Decluttering Your Office

If you’re returning to the office and transitioning to a hybrid work model, decluttering your workspace is one of the most effective ways to prepare your team for success. COVID-19 sparked the potential for a hybrid work environment, causing employers to scramble to adopt new in-office and remote work routines. 123JUNK proudly works with Northern VA businesses by providing professional junk removal so their teams can work in an optimal environment. 

If you need assistance decluttering your workspace, allow 123JUNK to help! Using our 1-2-3 Process, we will be able to determine which items can be donated, recycled, or properly disposed of. We partner with local charities throughout the DC Metro area to donate gently used unwanted items to families in need. 

Below, we discuss hybrid work and how your business can easily adapt to the new changes.

What is Hybrid Work? 

Hybrid work is often described as a more flexible work schedule and environment with varying levels of remote work and in-office work. There are a number of hybrid work models that businesses are tailoring to ensure the highest level of productivity and work-life balance for their employees. Whichever type your team has agreed on, make sure that everyone is aware and prepared for the changes. 

4 Steps to Adopting a Hybrid Work Model

  1. Declutter
    As employers are still navigating the best way to implement hybrid work, many may find that their current office space needs to be decluttered and re-envisioned  to create a workspace that’s focused on safety.

    Our local junk removal team can help haul away any unwanted desks or items your company no longer needs. You can trust us to thoughtfully donate, recycle, or dispose of them so you can focus on preparing your team for their new work routine. 

    Figuring out where and how to get rid of your junk can be a time-consuming challenge, especially during an office transition. However, we make the entire process easy with fast pickup and thoughtful disposal services.
  1. Reorganize
    After decluttering your space, the next step is to decide how your hybrid workspace will operate, especially when your employees do come into the office. Consider collaborating with your team on determining what the best office layout will look like.

    Some companies may choose to start “hot-desking” or having shared workstations on a “first come, first served” basis. Others might opt for having a few teams to rotate their designated workstations in a more structured way to maintain productivity.

  2. Set Expectations
    It’s crucial to stay connected with your team. With a more flexible hybrid schedule, it might become a little challenging. Be sure to set expectations regarding new policies and procedures for in-office and remote work, team member schedules, meetings and more with your team upfront.

  3. Communicate
    It’s important to stay on the same page with your team on a daily basis so nothing falls through the cracks. Ensure your employees have everything they need to get their tasks done—whether they’re in the office or at home.

    Also, have one primary mode of communication where employees can check updates frequently. Some companies have daily meetings as well as shared access to necessary files to prevent lack of communication or miscommunication. 
Northern VA Junk Removal Service

Returning to a Hybrid Work Model? Let 123JUNK in Northern VA Haul Away Your Junk

When it comes to organizing a hybrid workspace, you may feel overwhelmed not knowing where to start. With the world constantly changing, 123JUNK is here to help you feel more grounded with our professional junk removal services. We are passionate about helping residents and businesses throughout Northern Virginia thrive in healthy, clutter-free spaces by providing thoughtful junk removal services. No matter what you need to haul away, we can take care of it for you.

Clear out your junk today! Call our junk removal team at (800) 364-5778 to schedule a junk removal pickup or receive a quote.

A First-Hand Look into 123JUNK Experiences

Working in the waste management industry is full of surprises—some more memorable than others. And while at first glance, a junk removal company may seem similar to the usual garbage collection and disposal workers that visit your neighborhood once a week, we have a much more thoughtful process. 

123JUNK is Washington DC’s leading junk removal company that is on a mission to donate, recycle, and properly dispose of unwanted, gently used items. While implementing this 1-2-3 process, our team of experts have encountered a variety of unique experiences while out in the field. Take a look at their personal experiences below!

The House with 10,000 Records

On my first day, I was on the trucks with Timmy, and we had finished up all of our appointments, but another team’s job took longer than expected and they were going to miss the window for their last appointment. So we get assigned to the house with 10,000 records. The job was far away, but we still went to make sure the customer’s expectations were met. 

It was an exhausting, awesome, and eye-opening experience. The client was even fine with us taking some records, but most of them were donated to a local record store. I also got a better grasp of the team mentality at 123JUNK. It really showed that no matter how your day has gone this company and its team has a mentality of always helping and going the extra mile.

– JJ Pedder, Customer Success Representative

Clearing Out A Legendary Boxer’s Home

My most memorable moment so far is probably when I got to go to the legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard’s old house. We were just clearing out some old furniture and kids’ toys when I got to see his boxing room. It had a giant, full wall mirror, a punching bag, a speed bag, and an autographed poster. I was definitely starstruck. 

– TJ Spencer, Customer Success Representative

A Successful Hot Tub Takedown

One of our client representative managers was asked by a client if we could take apart a hot tub attached to an above-ground pool. Take a standard hot tub, and then put another one next to it, and another one next to that. It was essentially all one big piece. When we got there around 11 o’clock in the morning, we were working there for most of the day, having multiple people working saws to cut it up. It’s one of the more memorable success projects that we have had. 

– Paul Atherton, Fleet Dispatch Manager

Local Junk Removal in Washington DC

Join Our Junk Removal Team in Washington DC!

As a locally-owned and operated junk removal company in the Northern VA, MD, and DC area, we are proud to help our community grow through proper waste management support and partnerships with local businesses and charities. Our passionate junk removal team continues to work hard for our customers, keeping them satisfied with the highest quality of service possible. If the above stories piqued your interest, consider learning more about joining our team! Contact our junk removal team today at (800) 362-5778 or fill out our form to schedule a service.