Downsizing in Denver
It’s no secret that downsizing is a challenge, from both a logistical and an emotional standpoint. We recently contributed to an article by the real-estate experts at Redfin discussing those challenges. Let’s explore some ideas that might be helpful if you are considering downsizing.
Reasons for Downsizing
Sometimes downsizing is a practical decision. From empty nesters wanting to streamline life to simply looking to save on monthly bills by moving from a large house or apartment into a smaller one, people make calculated decisions to downsize all the time. However, it can also be a necessary life decision, such as situations where someone is facing long-term mobility issues that make their existing living conditions untenable.
Every downsize is unique, but they tend to face similar challenges. First, there’s the emotional challenge associated with parting with possessions. We’ll discuss ideas to help people decide what stays and what goes, as well as tips for preserving memories without keeping every item. The other major challenge is the very practical one of what to do with all that stuff? Once you figure out what you should keep and what will go, where does all that stuff go? We’ll get to that a little later on.
Let’s talk first about the emotional challenge of parting with items that are connected to years of memories. Just look around your room right now. Pick an item or two and think about why you have it. I bet you could tell me a story or two associated with just about every item you have. Those memories are wonderful, but those memories are also why it is difficult for some people to approach the idea of downsizing. Inevitably, downsizing means parting with many of those items, and that’s really hard, but it doesn’t mean parting with memories.
Ways to face the emotional challenge
How can you face the emotional challenge of parting with personal items when downsizing? Let’s explore some ideas:
Alright, now you have taken the steps to figure out what you are keeping after you downsize, but what do you do with everything that is left? In the past, many people may have simply thrown a lot away, but that’s not an environmentally friendly approach. Let’s look at some options for responsible disposal of the items that need to go.
Ways to face the logistical challenge
We highly suggest taking a moment to read this Redfin article on the subject. They collected the thoughts and advice of people from many industries that work with people who are downsizing. You’ll find helpful ideas and resources.
Remember that downsizing doesn’t happen in a day. For some people, it’s the culmination of years of careful consideration, and completing the process will take time. Sustainable Junk Removal will always be happy to consult with you regarding your downsizing needs. We offer free estimates and advice. If we are not the right ones to help with your situation, we likely have resources and partners who fit. Give us a call at 720-740-7200 to discuss anything from reducing a little bit of clutter to removing a household full of items that you have chosen to part with.
Getting rid of old appliances
Getting rid of an old water heater, oven, or other appliance can be a pain. You've got several main options, and they all have benefits and drawbacks. You can load it in your own truck and take it to a dump or recycling center, contact your local trash pickup to find out if they have a large item trash day, or you can hire a junk hauling service to take it away and dispose of it.
Hauling it yourself
Local trash large item pickup
junk hauler large item removal
As you can see, there is no perfect option for every old appliance disposal situation. It is important to understand the costs and challenges involved with all options. While junk removal services may seem like a premium price, with charges usually starting around $100 for large items, you also get the benefit of haulers doing the hard work, convenient scheduling, and knowing that your item is being disposed of responsibly.
If you would like to talk to us about an old appliance, call us at 720-740-7200 or
How does junk hauling work?
Whether you are just curious about those junk hauling trucks you see on the road, or if you are looking into junk hauling services for yourself, you've come to the right place.
The junk hauling industry is a specific subset of the waste management industry. Junk removal specialists often use open bed trucks, as opposed to the front or rear loading garbage trucks that regular trash services use. While junk hauling companies, including Sustainable Junk Removal, will often have regular contracts, we don't provide weekly trash collection at your curb, the way a municipality like Denver or a company like Waste Management might. Instead, we are called out for specific needs.
The kind of situations where you might call a junk hauling service include:
The history of the industry doesn't go back that far. While there have likely been people who hauled junk for as long as there's been trash, the idea of a competitive industry of junk hauling specialists is relatively recent. Our largest competitor, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, started in 1989, which is likely where organized junk hauling began. They are now an international corporation, based out of Canada, with over 150 locations in three countries. We are not here to trash the competition (pun intended); there's plenty of junk to go around. Their success is incredibly impressive! What's also impressive is their commitment to reducing landfill waste, which is what motivated us to start Sustainable Junk Removal.
Your junk isn't simply dumped into a landfill when you use a reputable junk hauler, like Sustainable Junk Removal. One advantage of the open bed junk hauling truck is the ability to sort and organize items as they are loaded. Your junk can be separated into categories such as:
The days of pouring paint down the gutter and tossing perfectly useful excess construction materials in a dumpster are over, and rightly so. The general rule in remodeling projects is to buy 10% more than you estimate that you need, in case of overruns. What do you do with the leftover bits from a home improvement project that are brand new and perfectly useable? What about solvents and chemicals that you'll never use again? Do you store them in your garage for the next 20 years, taking up space and slowly going bad? You COULD, but there are better options. Let's talk about a few ways to dispose of leftovers from a remodeling project.
What can you do with extra construction material?
As part of our commitment to being environmentally friendly, when we are called out to take these leftover building supplies in bulk, we do our best to ensure that useful items are distributed in responsible ways. Unfortunately, we cannot accept chemicals and solvents, but we can certainly take away remnants, removed vanities and cabinets, carpet, drywall, and much more. If items still have a useful life, we do our best to let it continue that life. If they are worn out, we will break them down and responsibly distribute them. Call to learn more.
Here is a list of resources in the Denver area for building material reuse:
Spring Decluttering Tips
We all know the feeling of waking up from a long Colorado winter hibernation only to find that our closets, basements, garages, and maybe even our general living spaces have gotten a bit cluttered and messy. It can be overwhelming to try and take on a big mess, but we've found some tips to help you tackle that Spring cleaning project thanks to Merry Maids.
They have four main points:
1) Create a Cleaning Checklist - Starting with this step helps you build a plan, and keeps track of what you have accomplished.
2) Do a Little Each Day - Trying to take on too much at one time can be overwhelming. Break it down into manageable chunks, and work in a day for a break!
3) Get Organized - What good is a clean space if it just gets junky again in no time. Organize the spaces you clean, and break that down into manageable chunks, as well.
4) Know When to Ask for Help - We couldn't agree more with this one. Know when a cleaning service is needed to help you meet your goals, but also know when you might need Sustainable Junk Removal to come out and haul some of the clutter, trash, and junk away in one go. A little garbage can wait for trash day, but a big Spring decluttering job could leave you with a pile of junk that just needs to go. That's exactly what junk haulers are here for. We bring a big truck, load it for you, and make quick work of that junk pile.
Call us today at 720-740-7200 to take away your Spring cleaning clutter.
For more information about the Merry Maids tips, check out their article HERE
Spring Cleaning Special
Set it outside and save!
All April, Sustainable Junk Removal is helping you clear the clutter for less. All you have to do is drag it to the driveway or the curb and we'll knock 10% off the price of your junk hauling. We take everything from yard waste to oversized trash. Get a start on spring cleaning with our help.
This discount applies to everything we haul and all load sizes. Cleaning up the yard? Rake it or drag it into a pile in the driveway and call us to come get it. Messy garage? Set the clutter outside the door and it's ready to go. Got an old piece of furniture taking up space? Set it out at the curb and let us do the rest. All we require is that you leave it in an easily accessible place for us to haul it away.
Set it out and save! Call us today for more information.
Come Work for us
Summer is approaching fast! That's our busy season at Sustainable Junk Removal, and we want to be prepared to haul as much junk as we can. We are in search of a few good junk haulers. Experience is great, but a positive attitude and energy are even more important. We remove junk from all around the Denver area, and you'll run into many different interesting and unique situations.
Our employment offers full-time and flexible part-time scheduling, and we are hiring now. The more efficiently you work, the more you make per hour. If you are looking for an side job for a little extra cash or a position that offers an opportunity to grow and lead, drop us a line. We promise this job is anything but boring!
Now that Colorado is beginning to emerge from the winter months, we are coming out of hibernation, too. To celebrate our reopening for 2022, we are offering a Pre-Spring Special of 10% off of all junk hauling services larger than a single item until April 1st. Get a jump on your spring cleaning and take advantage of the discount while you can! We are looking forward to being your Denver junk hauling choice.
Donate items to help refugees
How do I donate my items to help Afghan refugees in Denver?
Afghan refugees that are relocating their entire lives need help with essential daily items. Denver is likely to host many of these families. Everything from furniture to food is helpful. If you want to donate directly to a cause, there are several charities leading the way in Denver. Here are a few:
What kind of donation items are needed to help refugees in Denver?
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of people who have been upended and lost everything they have known. If you are considering cleaning out a few items, see if they can go to help people in need before throwing them away. While we are not a donation service, we would rather see items put to good use to help people than ending up hauled away with the trash. If your items are no longer useable, or don't fit with what can be donated, we will be happy to by the hauling service that takes those things away.
How to get rid of old furniture
Redecorating and sprucing up your living space can be a lot of fun until the time comes to find a way to get rid of your old furniture. For some, it's just a hassle trying to find a dumping facility, but for many there are additional environmental concerns.
Can I donate my old furniture?
Yes! The first thing to consider is whether the furniture is at the end of its useable life. If you think someone might be able to use it, there are many options from donation to resale that could take your old furniture and make it new to someone else. Denver has many charities and resale shops. We think reuse is the best option, and here are a few options in the Denver area:
Should I just throw my old furniture away?
If it is beyond repair, badly soiled, or damaged in some other way, it is time to find a proper way to dispose of it. Recycling is the second best option to reuse. There may be furniture recycling facilities near you.
Many municipalities offer large item pickup as part of their trash collection, but there can be restrictions on what items are accepted. If you live in Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado, you might check those resources. Here are three local links:
https://www.cityofwestminster.us/largeitemcleanup (Sorry, cancelled for 2021. Check back in 2022)
Whether you live in Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Arvada, Thornton, or even as far out as Parker or Boulder, there are online resources from most municipalities to help you.
Who will haul my old furniture away for me?
What if you don't have the means or the time to drag your broken furniture to the dump, recycling facility, or wait for a large item trash day? That's where a junk hauling service comes in.
If you want to get rid of old furniture in Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado, one of the easiest ways to do it is to hire a junk hauling service. You won't have to wait for oversized trash collection days, and you won't have to ask friends to help load up your stuff and take it to a dump. At Sustainable Junk Removal, we handle the removal, loading, hauling, and disposal of your old furniture in Denver and surrounding areas.
Can I drop off my old furniture myself?
We are not a drop-off facility, but there are places that are open to the public. We do not have a comprehensive list of facilities in the area, so the best option is to use an internet search to find one near you. Be sure to call ahead and learn about the process for a dump facility. You will often find that the minimum fee and the time and effort are not really any savings over hiring us to take care of it for you, but make sure to cover your load if you do choose to haul it yourself!
One last note on what NOT to do when getting rid of old furniture. Never dump any trash illegally. That includes dropping donations off outside of the donation processing times or at locations that are not equipped to accept furniture. Not only is it bad for the environment and a terrible eyesore in a state as beautiful as Colorado, but getting caught comes with hefty fines.
Depending on the condition of the piece, it can be free to donate some used furniture at charity and resale shops, or you might even make a few bucks if you resell it yourself. It's always best to reuse before recycling or trash.
Here are even more ideas on the topic from the city of Denver.
Denvergov.org - Don't trash it. Donate it!
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