The truth is that people living in areas experiencing scorching heat and record-breaking temperatures don’t likely care about junk hauling. You are probably more interested in staying indoors (as long as your a/c is working) and trying to keep cool.
But if you’ve been hit with triple-digit heat outside, it’s likely that you’re not going to be spending much time on spring cleaning or organizing the summer junk haul despite all the clutter.
Here are some ways to make this a painless process, at least as far as possible.
Take away all clutter that has been accumulating in your home. One of the most important steps is to get rid of any clutter that has accumulated over the last few months or years. This old junk can become dangerous in the extreme heat and can cause fires or other hazards if left to collect dust.
If you do decide to get rid of all your old stuff rather than store it in a facility, remember to recycle as much as possible. However, most junk haulers will do this for their customers at no extra charge so check with your local service.
And if you do decide to get rid of your junk, remember to:
- Place all seasonal items into a large box and place it beside the road. This will help prevent animals from getting attracted to your stuff when the time comes for it to be collected. Containerize anything that can fit into one. If possible, use plastic tubs, bins, or storage units because they’re stackable so you won’t have to worry about finding space for them in your home after the job is done.
- Place any hazardous materials (e.g., paint cans, propane tanks) at the end of your driveway for easier pickup by junk removal specialists. These types of things should never be left outside as they might cause an environmental hazard.
- And remember, junk haulers can also help you with all the usual cleaning and organizing that comes right before the summer holidays. So if you have a closet or room in your home that’s never been cleaned up, just call a junk removal service and let them do their job properly.
- Clean out kitchen cabinets. Take everything out of the cabinet and toss some items in the trash bin right away (e.g., any rotten food). Then wash out the insides thoroughly to remove food particles and dust. For especially dirty places, soak a sponge inside bleach water to wipe up stains or mold on non-rubber surfaces like wood or laminate flooring.
- Check over each room for electrical hazards. Since most electrical hazards can cause fire, no one should ever take them lightly. Check for loose wires at the back of your television set and computer equipment or frayed cords on lamps that tend to be unstable on their connections. Make sure all wires are secure so you can avoid a catastrophic house fire later on.
- Organize your closet. Certain things in your closets might be useful but they’ve been gathering dust for months or even years (e.g., old magazines). It’s better to toss these in the trash bin right away rather than keep it hanging around because if nothing else, it will only attract pests into your home when left un-shuttled from time to time. And remember, there may still be some seasonal items (e.g., holiday decorations) taking up space in your closet that might not be essential to your lifestyle during the summer season. If you’ve been thinking about throwing them out, now’s the best time to do so because it will help improve the ambiance of all rooms in your home especially when there are no more holidays coming up for at least another year or two.