How to Get Rid of Junk from Your Home


From ordinary household clutter to homes that look like they belong on the television series Hoarders, one common denominator emerges: that old junk has got to go. Cleaning out unwanted junk from your home can be quite time-consuming and stressful, so it’s helpful to have some options in mind so you can decide the best course of action for de-cluttering your home.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that landfill disposal is the least desired destination for your household junk. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Waste Management Hierarchy prioritizes source reduction and reuse as the most preferred solution for municipal solid waste, so most of the solutions below have this hierarchy in mind. Not only is it better for the environment, but diverting from landfills is often cheaper, completely free, or even profitable!

JunkGator – helpful tips to get rid of junk from your home:

1. Sell it Online

As the saying goes, “one man’s junk (or trash) is another man’s treasure.” Old books, an old sewing machine, or antique furniture may not be worth much to you in your home, but it could command a pretty penny online.

Craigslist and other online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace are quick and convenient ways to list old junk for sale, but there are many other online marketplaces to buy and sell old unwanted items.

2. Donate to Charity

Plenty of people in need across the United States can benefit from items donated to charities. Whether it’s sacks of old clothing items, used electronics, appliances, furniture, or anything else that can go to less privileged families and individuals, donating to charity is a sensible way of reusing what may be junk to you without feeding waste to landfills.

There are many charitable organizations, with some of the notable national charities Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity accepting most household junk – many offer free curbside pickup or donation box dropoffs in most towns and cities. You could also consider donating to your local community center.

3. Give it Away

If you’ve got junk that’s somewhere in the middle of “it’s probably valuable, so I don’t want to get rid of it, but I also don’t want it in my house” then you could pass it down to a family member. Of course, heirlooms like jewelry often come to mind, but most people wouldn’t consider jewelry to be junk at all! Instead, think of antique furniture, ornate mirrors, or other such items.

If you don’t have a family member willing to take your junk for free, you could always list it on Facebook Marketplace for free as a means to get rid of it.

4. Reuse or Repurpose it

Depending on the type of junk, you may be able to reuse or refurbish it so that it’s no longer junk at all. Old, worn out furniture might be of little value in its current condition, but some good quality reupholstering might make it worth holding on to, for example.

You’d be surprised at what people can do with old junk and a creative mind. Some people have turned seemingly useless junk into beautiful artwork or practical, functional home decor.

5. Recycle it

Perhaps when you were in school, you were taught the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Most of the above points cover the ‘reuse’ R, which is important towards keeping a circular economy model that minimizes needless waste. For some types of junk that cannot be reused or repurposed, recycling is another possibility for avoiding landfills.

According to the EPA, about 69 million tons of municipal solid waste was recycled in 2018 out of a total of 292.4 million tons (that’s around 23.6% recycled). Depending on whether you’re a glass-half-empty guy or gal or glass-half-full, you might see this as a massive amount of recycling or perhaps not enough. Either way, recycling anything at all is a great way of lessening our environmental impact as well as reducing the need for raw resource extraction.

Junk like scrap metal, concrete, glass, paper and cardboard can always be recycled either in your municipal recycling collection bin, or if in large quantities at the local recycling center in your city or county.

6. Toss it Away

There’s a few misconceptions that people tend to have about landfills, so much so that they’re still often called the ‘dump’ where waste slowly decomposes over sometimes hundreds of years. While it’s certainly desirable to divert waste from landfills and to make better use of things that we buy, there’s still an inevitable part of daily life whereby we must throw away trash destined for the landfill (at least, most of us do).

The cold reality is that landfills in the United States have a number of distinct advantages over recycling while the environmental fears are often overstated. For decades, landfills across the United States have been regulated by the EPA and are engineered to minimize the effects of ground soil and water leaching.

For your household junk, the landfill might just be the most cost-effective and/or feasible option if it can’t be reused or recycled.

7. Have it Hauled Away

Sometimes you just want your house de-cluttered and all of your junk removed without a fuss or without a hassle. Listing low-value items individually on Facebook or Craigslist then waiting for responses, meeting with potential buyers and so on takes a lot of time and effort. Hauling it off for recycling and sorting all of your junk by waste streams is also time-consuming.

That’s why millions of Americans every year search online for “junk removal near me”. Junk haulers near you will bring their hustle and muscle, load up whatever junk you want gone, then dispose of it all on your behalf. If you’re looking for quick, affordable junk haulers near you, try out JunkGator and receive free quotes from local, approved junk removal teams in your area.