Author Archives: Marti W

Desk Organization Tips and Tricks

 

Last month, we talked about the common problem that many of us have when it comes to keeping our office clean – the desk – and why it gets so cluttered so quickly. That being said, what can you do in order to keep your desk more organized throughout the year? What tips can you use to keep your desk as neat as possible? Here are some tips that you should try next time.

download

Compartmentalize everything. You have drawers in your desk for a reason, but you don’t want to just stuff everything in there and hope that it stays organized. No, instead you want to make sure that you have everything in a particular place that it always goes and stays. Get containers for your pens and other small items. Have a drawer for important papers. Just make sure that you have everything in order and where you can find it at a moment’s notice – that way, you don’t feel so scattered or stressed out.

Does everything really need to be on your desk? Some people, especially if they work at home or just spend a lot of time at their desk in general, will put anything and everything on their desk. Looking at my desk, I’ve got medications, water bottles, and a wide variety of other things on it. That being said – do you really need to have all of that junk on there? Reevaluate exactly what needs to be on your desk and what could be located in other areas (even if it’s in a drawer or somewhere else). That can help you find more room for the things that actually need to be on your desk, and you won’t feel like you’re knocking everything over all of the time either.

Sit at the end of the day and reorganize your desk.  When you’re done with your desk for the day, don’t just leave it as it is. Instead, take the time to look at it and figure out exactly what you need to do in order to get it back to the organized state it was in before. By taking a minute or two to tidy up your desk at the end of the day, you’ll have an easier time keeping track of everything and keeping it in the organized state that you want it to be in in the first place.

Junk Jitsu is a junk removal company that also provides moving services located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services.

Why is my desk always cluttered?

If you’re like me, then you’re always looking at your desk and wondering how it gets so cluttered. Junk just accumulates all over the place and we aren’t 100% sure how it got there in the first place. After thinking about it a little bit, I came up with a few reasons as to why my desk is cluttered. Chances are, it’s why your desk is cluttered as well.

I spend a lot of time at my desk. A lot of people spend a lot of time at their desks. Because of that, you’re going to start to put items on there that you don’t think about. First, it’s just the pen that you put over there in case you needed to sign something or write something down. Then, it’s the post-it notes that you use to write on. Then, after that, you have snacks for when you’re starting to get the munchies and you want to make sure that you’ve got something there in case you get hungry. Then every little paper ends up in my files – including the ones I don’t need to keep. Does this sound like you yet?

I don’t take the time to take the trash, or the dishes, or anything else off of my desk. If you’re spending hours at a time at your desk, then you’re going to be more likely to forget to take the dishes to the sink. I can tell you that there have been wrappers on my desk for a couple of days. If I would just take the time to go to the trash can and clean up the trash, the desk would have a lot more room on it with which I could work! I’ve thought about getting a trash can for near my desk, but then you’ve got the concern of not cleaning that out as well.

I let stuff accumulate that doesn’t really need to be there. As I look at my desk, I see my cell phone, my tablet, deodorant, Aleve, a bottle of water, several empty bottles of water, medication, some change, and a wide variety of other items. This, of course, sounds really silly. Why isn’t there any space for me to put my keyboard and my mouse? Because I put everything else on there instead. Take a look at your desk and see what’s on there. Then, clean off the items that don’t really need to be sitting there. That way, you have some more space to put the items that are supposed to be there.

Junk Jitsu is a Chantilly VA junk removal company that also provides moving services located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services.

Can Hiring a Professional Junk Removal Company Really Save Me Time and Money?

One of the questions that we often get is whether or not our services at Junk Jitsu can actually help you to save time and money. The truth is – absolutely! But, if you don’t want to take our word for it, here are some of the main reasons that hiring a junk removal company can save you some cash and some time.

You don’t have to rent anything to haul your stuff. This is the main reason that you’re going to save a lot of cash when you work with a company like Junk Jitsu. You know how expensive it can be to rent a truck, or if you go and rent one of those big garbage bins to throw your stuff away in. Junk Jitsu will help you to eliminate some of those costs and give you everything that you need to get your junk cleared away.

You don’t have to try and figure out what to pawn, give away, or throw away. Sorting out your stuff can be a huge headache. If you don’t have time for that (and many of us with our busy lives do not), a junk removal service can help you by taking everything away and doing that part for you. You can still do some of that if you want to, but honestly, why would you want to take the time to do that if we can help you out?

You work with others to make sure you get everything out. Trying to clear out your home is a huge issue, and it can be overwhelming if you try to do it by yourself. A junk removal company can give you the help that you need in order to clear that stuff out quickly instead of trying to deal with it all by yourself. This can be a huge help for you, and can save you a lot of time and stress. And who doesn’t want to make the process less stressful?

You can schedule your appointment for when it works for you. Sometimes, we have busy lives and we just don’t have time to do the things that we want or need to do. We have flexible times that you can schedule your appointments, so you don’t even need to rearrange your schedule in order to make sure that you’ve got everything together – we can come when it’s best for you!

Junk Jitsu is a Chantilly, VA junk removal company that also provides delivery services in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services.

What can I pawn, Part 3

Last month, we started our series telling you what you can pawn off when you’re decluttering your home. Today, we’re going to continue this series and tell you a few more things that you can pawn off while you’re decluttering your home.

ft-lauderdale-on-line-jewelry-pawn-shops_full

China and Other Dishes. I know, there are probably six or seven sets of China that you got at your wedding, and you worry that you will feel absolutely horrible if you get rid of any of them, but they are taking up way too much space in your home. You can get a nice little chunk of change for a set of China, so if you don’t decide to sell them on Craigslist or another source, the pawn shop is definitely the direction that you should decide to go in. Complete sets of dishes that aren’t missing anything and that don’t have any sort of damage done to them will definitely get some cash in your pocket.

Books.  Books, especially ones that are more difficult to find, or ones that you have the entire series or collection of, can end up giving you a lot of cash at the pawn store. Obviously, you’re going to want to check the prices and such on the internet before you head to the pawn shop. That way, you can have an idea of what people are trying to purchase the books for and whether or not it’s going to be worth your time and effort to load up those books and take them to the pawn shop. That being said, if they aren’t worth a whole lot, donate them instead – thrift stores love having books to sell!

Toys and Games. Toys and games are something that kids and adults absolutely love, and they fly off of the shelves at pawn shops pretty quickly. This is especially true if you have classic editions of favorite games, or you have fancy ones that you aren’t using or collecting in any way. So, if you’ve got toys and/or games that either have collectible value or they are popular in some way, you’re going to find that you get a nice chunk of change from them, and the pawn shop will be happy with it as well!

So, there you have it. Three more things that you can pawn off when you’re looking to declutter your home.

Junk Jitsu is a junk removal company Chantilly Virginia that also provides moving services located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services.

What can I pawn, Part 2

If you’ve been decluttering, you may have also been trying to figure out what to do with particular items that you are getting rid of. This month, we’re going to the last blog in this series of blogs related to what you are going to be able to pawn while decluttering your home. Here are the last three categories of items that you should be taking a look at.

pawn

Furniture. Furniture, especially if it is in good condition or it is unique, is always a good thing to take over to the pawn shop. For older furniture, or items that could be considered to be antiques in some way, you could get a nice chunk of change from it. Obviously, you want to make sure that it is in good enough condition to be resold – otherwise, you may just be better off getting rid of it in another manner (at Junk Jitsu, we can haul it away for you, if that’s what you need to happen).

Jewelry. Many people have jewelry chests or other places where they put their jewelry. And, as you get older, that jewelry accumulates a lot more than it used to. It takes up a lot of space, and if you aren’t using it at all, why do you even really have it in the first place? Obviously, if it’s a family heirloom or something, you will want to keep it, but if it’s just something that you had and wore once and don’t know what to do with it, consider taking it to a pawn shop. Pawn shops love jewelry, especially if they are made from solid gold and silver – even if they can’t sell it as is, they can get the precious metals out of it and sell that instead.

Collectible Items. Collectible items are another thing that pawn shops love. If you’ve been looking to parse down a collection, or you were given a collectible item that you really don’t care for in the first place, the pawn shop is definitely the place to do it. With more collectible items, you could really end up making bank on it – especially if they can confirm its authenticity and how old that it is. There are lots of different collectible items that you can sell, from baseball cards, to antique items, to coins, and more.

Junk Jitsu is a junk removal Fairfax Virginia company that also provides delivery services located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services.

What can be pawned

So, here on Junk Jitsu, we’ve talked a lot about the fact that you can get rid of a lot of cool items in your home and end up getting a financial benefit from it. Decluttering can, at times, end up being really beneficial to our wallets in the long run. So of course, the question is, what can you end up pawning off?

bigstock-Hands-holding-money-dollars-is-26575568_2_

Musical Instruments. It sounds really random, but musical instruments are a big deal in the pawning world. They were likely a bit pricey if and when you bought it new, and depending on how old it is, it could be worth a pretty penny now. You want to make sure that it’s in good condition, because if the pawn shop would have to refurbish the item to make it pawnable, you’ll get a lot less out of it than you would otherwise.

Tools. If you’re like me, then you’ve got lots of random tools, all over and around your home. There are so many different things that you get over the years, and honestly, you know that you aren’t using all of them. In some cases, you haven’t ever used some of them (that’s not true for me, thankfully). Go through all of your tools. Tools do really well in pawn shops because a lot of tool collectors will try and find nice tools for a cheap price. Or, if they’re looking for a piece of a set, the item you pawned off may be what they’re looking for. You can get rid of a lot of tools and get a nice chunk of change out of it.

DVD’s/Movies/Music. People collect these items. Some people love to collect old VHS tapes, so if you have those sitting around and you aren’t using them, you should be able to pawn them off to a pawn store pretty easily. Even more modern DVD’s can be sold for a decent price, depending on what it is. Music – especially if they’re in the form of records or other hard to find types of music storage from the past – can be incredibly lucrative as well. Pawn shops will buy a lot of those, especially if they are harder to find items or they are unique.

Join us next month to take a look at a few more items that you can easily pawn off when you are decluttering your home. And, if you have suggestions for items that you’ve found while decluttering, let us know!

Junk Jitsu is a junk removal Chantilly Virginia company, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services. Happy Holidays!

How do I benefit spiritually from giving

If you remember, last month we talked about all of the different benefits that come emotionally when we give to other people who may be in need or that we care about. Giving is such a big theme during this time of year. Even though the holidays are basically over, that doesn’t mean that we just forget about everything that has to do with giving – many of us will make New Year’s Resolutions that revolve around generosity and giving more to others.

Save-The-World-1080x1920

This month, we’re going to look at the spiritual benefits that come with generosity. Now, don’t assume that just because they’re “spiritual” that they are for one particular religion or faith. They are meant for everyone who is looking to become more in tune with themselves and the world around them. So keep that in mind as you read.

Giving reminds us of our connection to everything and everyone around us. We are connected to everything around us, whether or not we realize it. What we do has a significant effect on everything that happens to the people and the things all around us. Sometimes, we need to be reminded of our place in the world and understand that, yes, we are connected to it. By giving to others, we are acknowledging that connection and using it for a good cause.

Giving helps us to feel “more human.” We are, obviously, very human. But sometimes we lose touch with what being human is. Many times, being human is considered to be a journey, and by giving to others, we’re remembering that we aren’t on this journey alone. There are millions of people around the world that are on this journey with us, and giving to those in need can really make a difference.

Giving helps us to play a role in the universe’s plan. Many religions believe that, yes, there is a divine force or power that is watching out for us and taking care of us. That being said, it’s important that we understand that we are a vital part of the plan that the divine being that we believe in is taking care of. We have influence and can play a role by giving to others who may be in need or may be looking for the sorts of things that we have to offer. By being willing to be generous, we can find comfort that, yes, we really are part of a bigger plan.

No matter what way you look at it, spirituality and generosity are very closely related. Because of that, it’s important that we are in touch with our generous side and allow it to come out every once in awhile so that we can feel that deep connection with the world and with others. Even if you aren’t especially “spiritual” in any way, you can still find a lot of significance if you look at the role of giving in your life.

Junk Jitsu is a junk removal Chantilly Virginia company that also provides moving services located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services. Happy New Year!

How do I benefit emotionally from giving stuff away!

It’s coming up to the holiday season, and when the holiday season comes around, we think about giving away things. Not only do we give away gifts, but many times, we also will give more to charity during this time of the year. Did you know that there are benefits that come with giving our stuff away? That’s part of the reason that we at Junk Jitsu spend so much time making sure that the “junk” from people’s home is able to get reused by other people. There are always people who are in need, and by helping them out, we get a number of benefits – and not in the money sense at all.

iStock_000015102902XSmall

First off, let’s look at the emotional benefits (in next month’s blog, we’ll look closer at the spiritual benefits of generosity as well). We all want to feel like we can make a difference in the world around us, right? That’s true for a lot of us, and giving things away to people or organizations in need can make us feel as if we are making a difference in the world around us. Yes, it’s a simple difference, but we’re still doing something good for the world that we live in. It makes us feel happy and there are even bits of proof that show that it may have positive benefits related to our overall health.

Why is that the case? Well, the main reason is because giving to other people reduces the stress in our own lives. For people who give of themselves and/or give away the items that they possess, it’s been shown that their blood pressure is much lower than it would have been otherwise, and on top of that, our bodies are much less tense. There are a number of different connections that our bodies have when it comes to stress, and if we are doing things to ensure that our bodies are reacting appropriately to the different stressors in our lives, our mental health is much better for it. Stress causes a number of mental health and physiological issues, so if our minds are more at ease and the stress that we have is reduced, our mental health is usually in a much better state than it would have been otherwise.

Last but not least, generosity makes it so that we feel connected to other people. This sounds simple, but in all honesty, it’s something that a lot of people in today’s day and age lack. Why? Because we don’t connect with others as easily as we used to. Through acts of generosity, it helps us to remember that no, we are not the only people who are walking on this earth and living through this journey. There are a number of us, and we’re all here to love each other and help each other out through it. And social connection, above everything else, helps our mental health in the best ways possible.

Junk Jitsu is a junk removal Chantilly Virginia company that also provides moving services located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services. Happy Holidays!

Health Benefits of Decluttering

Okay, so you’re still on the fence as to whether or not you should start decluttering your home. There’s so much stuff that you want to keep, and you feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things that you would have to dig through in order to finish cleaning your home. So let’s try to convince you a bit more – did you know that decluttering can make you and your family a lot healthier? It’s true! Here are some of the main ways that this can happen.

live-healthy

It is a great form of exercise! It sounds kind of silly at first, but you will find that it takes a lot of energy to sort everything in your home. Of course, that will turn some people away from it, but in general, it’s a great idea. You will be moving items around your home, burning calories while you’re sorting stuff, and even the time that you take changing the room that you are in will help to burn calories. Sure, it may not be as many as you would burn in other situations, but you’re still going to build up a sweat and drop a little bit of weight in the process.

It makes your home less susceptible to mold and other dangerous things. Mold and bacteria are common problems in homes that have too much clutter. If you aren’t moving items around, or if you aren’t cleaning your dishes or keeping up with other household chores because of all of the clutter, you’re putting your family at risk. If they have allergy issues, the dust and mold are going to make it that much worse. The bacteria could end up making your family and/or your pets sick in the long run. Bugs could end up getting into your home and bringing in more disease. The problems just compound on top of one another, so if you want to reduce your medical bills and keep your family healthy, decluttering your home is a good decision.

It helps to reduce stress. Exercise helps to reduce stress; this is a common face that many people know, understand, and apply. But that’s not the only reason that decluttering reduces stress. If your home has a lot of stuff in it, or it’s a mess a majority of the time, you will find that it’s incredibly stressful for you and/or your family members. Think about it – if you have to walk around junk or move it all of the time, or if you get stressed out every single time that company comes over because of all the clutter, it’s not good. Stress can cause its own set of health problems, not just in the physical health realm, but in the mental health world as well. So by decluttering, you’ve got one less thing to worry about and you and your family can reduce at least some of the stress you cope with.

Junk Jitsu is a junk removal Chantilly company located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. As you may expect, we also make sure that we recycle and donate as much as we can in order to help play a role in saving the world that we currently live in. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services. Contact us today if you want to partner with us as well.

How to prevent cluttering your home with junk

We’ve all seen the television show “Hoarders” by now, right? These professionals go in and help people to clean up their homes that have been cluttered with all sorts of junk, so much that it makes their homes unsuitable to live in. When we think of a problem with junk, that’s usually the mental picture that we get, right?

That being said, junk can be a problem in anyone’s home, no matter who you are or what you are doing with your life. How can you be sure to prevent cluttering and hoarding in your home? In this blog post, we’re going to offer you a few tips that can help you stop the junk hoarding before it even starts to become an issue.

Always ask yourself if you really need an item before you buy it. This is a good rule of thumb to keep your house free of junk and to make sure that your wallet doesn’t get blasted by impulse buys. If you see something that you want, make sure that you ask yourself whether or not it is a good investment, if it is something that you actually need, if it will just take up space, or if you have an item that does the same exact thing.

Try to make sure that everything in your home has multiple uses, especially in the kitchen. A lot of items are what are called “multi-taskers” and you want to make sure that you have a lot of those in your home, especially if you don’t have a lot of space in certain areas. This is especially important in the kitchen, where there are a ton of items that only have one purpose. Instead of having three different types of mixers or slicers, have a good set of knives and a tabletop mixer or blender to take care of all of those things at the same time. Use towels for a number of different tasks, and be sure that you are using everything to its fullest potential. In short, if you have items that only have one use, reconsider them.

Even if you’re a couponer, don’t buy so much food that you aren’t going to be able to use it in a reasonable amount of time. Yes, couponing is great, but if your cupboards are overflowing with items that you don’t need or you have a drug store in your basement as a result of it, you may have a bit of an issue. That being said, it’s always okay to have some extra stuff on hand, but don’t overdo it, especially if the space that you have is limited in your home. Only get what you have room to store and don’t make it a hassle for your family to store other items.

Now, what should you do if junk has already started to accumulate in your home? Call us! Junk Jitsu is a junk removal company located in Northern Virginia, and we are glad that you decided to come and check out our blog. As you can see from browsing our site, we are able to help with a number of moving and junk removal services. We focus on giving you the best quality services for the lowest price possible. As you may expect, we also make sure that we recycle and donate as much as we can in order to help play a role in saving the world that we currently live in. You can check out our services page to learn more about our eco-friendly services. Contact us today if you want to partner with us as well.