Groundhog Junk: The Stuff that Just Keeps Coming Back | JUSTJUNK

In our house it's tupperware. We buy it with the best of intentions, but very quickly that complete set turns into a mish-mash of lids and containers that don't match up at all. We gripe about it, get rid of the mixed sets and start fresh, buying another set. Wash. Rinse. Repeat the whole cycle a year later. What happened? We said we'd be on top of the tops this time around.















It's "Groundhog Junk." We all have that something that sees it's shadow and instead of leaving the house permanently like we want it to, it comes back in one form or another. It's usually little bits of clutter that actually were useful that have transformed into a beastly annual fixture in your home. So what do you do about the magazine subscription you keep telling yourself you're going to read (I swear I'm still going to read last November's National Geographic, honest!) or those cheap DVDs you actually haven't watched -- or only watched on Netflix because the DVD shelving is so far away and the smart TV that you're already planning on replacing in a year is RIGHT HERE. And I can't just get rid of all those keychains, they were gifts and I like them. 


Whoo -- take a breath. 


We've provided many, many lists of organizational advice over the years, and they're all great when you've reached the point where clutter has overwhelmed you. Groundhog junk, though, is a tough nugget. Can you prevent these recurrences? How do you stop the pile-up before it starts? Friends and family always mean well with gifts on holidays but your home may soon be unable to hold all that stuff and you may not feel right donating some of these things. We certainly don't recommend re-gifting like Elaine (granted, label makers aren't the most functional gifts, even in the 90s). 



Stopping groundhog junk from creeping back into your home is often very easy and doesn't have to be worrisome. Some items may have to be thrown out, but make sure you check if they can be recycled. Tupperware, or any material featuring "A triangle without a number within [as] the International Universal Recycling symbol" can be recycled, but be careful as some areas may have more specific rules about how these items need to be sorted before being collected. 


Donation is always an option for clothing, furniture, old electronics and more. A lot can be repurposed through your city or town's initiatives and ensuring that you follow their guidelines makes the whole experience better, despite some of the hiccups that can occur, like Halifax recycling plants throwing out 19% of items that come in. 


Donating locally or to private donation centres ensures that items live on and we at JUSTJUNK do our part by working with them. Getting ahead of the problem, like donating old magazines to libraries, giving used books to bookstores or even trying to your hand at online sales ensures that collecting dust doesn't become the main feature of your second copy of "A Tale of Two Cities" because you lost the first and still want to read it. 


Which brings to mind another means of keeping out clutter. It's always easy to bring something in the home if it has to go back again, so use your library. Not only are you able to take out books and current issues of your favourite magazines, you can also take out DVDs and Blu-Rays of that show you've meant to catch up on that isn't on Netflix without paying a dime or worrying about it taking up real-estate in your home.


This junk doesn't have to be stuck in your home. Hoarding can be preventable, but in the end it's not always that easy. Clutter slips your mind and becomes an issue faster than we'd like it to and it overwhelms us. By the time we realize what's happened it's too late. That's why we're here. JUSTJUNK local services help when lists and advice can't quite do the trick. But don't feel bad. We're all fighting groundhog junk together.