How do you know it’s Junk? Filtering those sentimental, donateables, and junk items.


Trash is obviously garbage, things that can never be reused or fixed, things that are broken and completely useless. Junk, on the other hand, is not that easy to spot and can sometimes have some potential. That old mathematical calculator that you used for grade nine calculus? It just needs a new battery, so it's not necessarily garbage, it's just junk. But are you ever going to use it again? Well, that's the question you really need to ask when trying to figure out: junk or trash.

That's the conundrum of deciding what to keep and what to let go of. When you are faced with the huge task of decluttering yours or a loved one's closet, or moving to a smaller place, you're forced to ask yourself what is worth keeping. An excellent benchmark is to ask yourself if you have used it in the past six months. The six months test passes all the weather seasons, school timelines, and mood or weight fluctuations. When you are going through your closet and you find a pair of strappy sandals or old running shoes, you still think they are good, but didn't find the right occasion to wear them last summer. Chances are this summer you won't have the chance either, and they are junk.


How do you decide?

A porcupine fish we removed in 2006. An example of junk that's just junk.Realizing that something is junk can seem really hard or reckless, and it can be hard to part with your belongings. Remembering how much money you spent on those strappy sandals or premium athletic running shoes (that you swore you'd use in the new year), and now you are just throwing them away! But that's the reality of life, we buy things, we enjoy them, we throw them away. It's not possible for every shoe, or glass or piece of clothing you've ever had to become an antique one day, eventually someone down the line will somehow call it trash.

The past six month test is an excellent way to sort through your own belongings, but it's unbearable to throw away something that belonged to a late family member or friend. Sentimental hoarding is equivalent to a child's teddy bear, it comforts us and helps us remember. When you miss someone one of the nicest feelings is to be surrounded by their things and what they loved. But that does not equal keeping every tiny frog trinket that your grandmother ever collected. Find one or two pieces that really resemble that person, and keep them in your home somewhere that you will see it and be reminded everyday.


So, What About the Rest of the Junk?

For all the junk items that you don't use, but aren't completely trash, you can donate or recycle. Donations are a huge part of our business, we donate almost 60% of everything we pick up. We do that without you doing any extra work, we sort everything ourselves. Our truck teams are skilled and trained to look for items that can be used again. They work closely with many donation centers and know what they are in need of. What is junk to you right now, might be useful to someone else for awhile, like a grade nine student and your mathematical calculator. The process of deciding what to get rid of is hard enough, so let us step in and take it from there!