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Your yard is an extension of your home; think of it as an outdoor room. And as you would put time and effort into cleaning and decorating your home, you should also put the same effort into making sure your outdoor living space is also appealing.  Here are some easy tips for a quick yard cleanup.

Deadhead Flowers

Flowers go through a cycle, and following their peak bloom, they fade, droop and die. This helps to create the seeds that will foster a future generation of flowers. To perform an instant pick-me-up on your flower garden, trim away the dead flowers and leaves. Using a small rake, pull away any debris that has fallen on the ground.

Trim Overgrown Bushes

In growing season, errant shoots can seemingly come out of nowhere on the shrubbery and bushes surround your foundation. Use a trimmer to easily reshape shrubbery and remove extra-long branches and shoots. Trim away any dead portions of the shrubs or bushes at the same time.

Edge Gardens and Walkways

Use a string trimmer to cut the tall grasses that just can’t be reached by the lawnmower. They are often found along walkways, garden edges, paths, trees and foundations. If you’re really ambitious, use an electric edger to give a crisp, clean edge to walkways.

Cut Dead Branches

Dead or broken branches on trees are both unsightly and dangerous. In a windstorm, or really at any time, these broken or dead branches can break away, dropping onto and harming anything or anyone that is beneath them. If you cannot reach dead branches yourself, hire a professional tree service.

Cut the Grass

Grass doesn’t seem to grow all at the same rate, leaving areas of tall and short throughout the lawn as it matures. But don’t think that if you cut it short, you won’t have to cut it as often. According to the DIY Network, “Grass that’s cut too short is more susceptible to weed invasion, drought and heat damage.” Set the lawnmower to about a 3” height and cut about every 5-7 days, depending on its growth rate.

Place Potted Plants

An instant way to create a lovely garden space is with large planters. Insert brightly colored and scented flowers, or create a kitchen herb garden. Since these plantings are in pots, they can be clustered in attractive settings or moved around to give a new look to your outdoor living space. Place potted flowers near entrances and on decks for an inviting and colorful transition from the outdoors to the indoors.

The Easiest Quick Yard Cleanup Tip of All: Call 123JUNK

Once you’ve chopped, lopped and dropped all your yard debris into one or more piles, it’s time to call 123JUNK. Our professional crews will come to your yard and haul away all that unsightly yard debris for you in one (or more) of our big red trucks. Just point us to the piles you want remove.

And while you’re at this yard cleanup, are there any structures that need to go? How about an old swingset, sandbox, hot tub or pool? We take that away also.

Your yard is going to be so beautiful that you won’t be able to stand to go back inside the house again. You’ll want to spend all your time admiring your yard.

We’re glad to help.

Contact 123JUNK to schedule your yard debris pickup today.

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123JUNK was pleased to be asked to provide a guest blog for Middleburg Real Estate | Atoka Properties. When we talked about what we might contribute, we thought about why someone would use a junk removal company to help either sell or live in their homes and we came up with the idea that decluttering is probably the quickest and easiest way to really make your home shine. So we wrote the guest blog titled, “3 Simple Steps to Help Declutter Your Home.” Take a moment to visit our guest post.

What to Do With Excess Clutter

Essentially, when you are looking to sell a home, the first thing a Realtor or professional stager will tell you to do is declutter. Clear all surfaces and put away personal items. Get rid of or put into storage extraneous furnishings and decorations.

We all have too much stuff, and moving is an ideal time to winnow down the amount of stuff we own. But we hate to throw it away.

That’s where 123JUNK comes in. Instead of tossing your unwanted—but perfectly good and valuable—items into the trash, call us. We have the philosophy of repurposing household goods, furniture, clothing, and other items back into the community through the charitable organizations with whom we partner. They include organizations like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, A Wider Circle, and No One Left Behind. They take your unwanted items and put them up for sale in their retail stores and use the profits to fund their programs.

When you schedule a pickup with 123JUNK, we will document your donation and provide you with a receipt for your tax records. You will be clearing out your house, saving money on your taxes, and helping others in need all at the same time.

Of course, we do take junk too. We'll haul away non-working electronics, piles of newspapers and magazines, outdoor items like swingsets, pools, sheds and hot tubs, and even yard debris and brush from your yard cleanout. You name it, we'll haul it.

Contact 123JUNK

When you want to sell your home—or just want it to look beautiful with less clutter—contact 123JUNK. And be sure to read our guest post offering 3 simple tips to decluttering.

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Since opening our office in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 123JUNK has been building relationships with various charitable partner organizations. This month we’d like to feature the Montgomery County Humane Society which just celebrated its 60th anniversary in May 2018. (Help them celebrate at their September 22, 2018 gala event at the Lakewood County Club, Rockville, MD. Tickets available online.)

The Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) is a private, no-kill rescue organization whose mission it is to end animal homelessness through education, outreach and adoption, while saving animal lives and supporting the bond between pets and their families.

The MCHS rescues dogs and cats from public shelters and tests to determine serious medical conditions such as heartworm disease. When they identify a disease that needs treatment, they provide that care, as well as basic vaccines and other preventive treatments. All rescued animals are spayed and neutered as well.

“We pull animals from overcrowded shelters, mainly in rural areas where they don’t have the resources to care for or treat them, especially with medical care, then we bring them back our community for adoption. This both helps the rural shelters and provides highly-adoptable animals for our own community,” said Ms. Cris Bombaugh, MCHS president and CEO. More than 650 cats and dogs were rescued and adopted out in 2017.

MCHS Outreach and Education Programs

“We support animal homelessness through adoptions, but also through education and outreach,” Bombaugh continued. “We want to help people become more aware of a pet’s emotional life, how we can help them be happy pets, and how they can help us, too. A healthy human/animal bond is good for everyone and makes our community more humane, as a whole.”

Reaching into the community, the MCHS provides programs about animal welfare, what it means to care for a pet, and how to keep pets happy, healthy and out of shelters. A lot of that education happens right there at the Humane Society. “When people come in to adopt an animal, it’s an ideal educational opportunity. Some have never had a cat or dog, and we can help families choose the pet that is the optimum fit for their family. Sometimes folks come in with a conception of what they want, but it turns out that what would work best is either a different animal, species or age,” Bombaugh explained.

When people are afraid of animals, the shelter staff gently introduces them to the ambassador dog or the two guinea pigs. Children learn how to touch and pet animals and not be afraid of them. Programs also include wildlife, and how to be humane to all animals.

Although it generally does not accept animals directly from the public, the MCHS provides many services, including fielding approximately 60,000 calls about animal welfare per year, like, “I found a nest of baby bunnies in my yard,” or “I’ve lost my pet…what do I do?”

Visit the Wagging Tails Thrift and Gifts Store

The Montgomery County Humane Society is 100% privately funded; it does not receive funding from any government agency. Although much of its revenues come from private donations, the MCHS raises money through its programs, adoptions and the Wagging Tails Thrift and Gifts store. Located at 1310 East Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, the 12,000-square-foot thrift store offers clothing, jewelry, household goods, furniture, appliances, books and records, art, holiday items, and much more. Donations are welcome!

How 123JUNK Helps

123JUNK hand-picks its partner organizations, choosing those whose mission of doing good for their community aligns with ours. We are proud to provide the Montgomery County Humane Society with items like furniture and household goods that can be repurposed to people who want and need them. For sale in their thrift store, these items help create the much-needed funding to support the goal of reducing animal homelessness.

If you’d like to schedule either a donation or a junk haul-away pick-up in Maryland, please contact 123JUNK.

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With recent features in Washingtonian magazine and the Wall Street Journal, Let’s Move is grabbing the attention of home and business owners reaching from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD and throughout the DelMarVa region. And at 123JUNK, we’re proud to partner with them to better service our clients.

“Let’s Move is an organizational and move management company that provides ease and simplicity to anyone in transition,” explained Kim McMahon, who co-owns the company along with Allison Pihl. Services offered include move management and concierge, downsizing, home organization, senior move management, staging, and aging in place.

Their clients range from seniors who are downsizing and moving into retirement communities, to empty nesters who are right-sizing, to busy professionals who needs to move but just don’t have the time to do it themselves. As a move concierge, “We can orchestrate the entire move, from start to finish,” Allison said. “We make sure our clients take the right possessions with them and get everything settled into their new home. They can move in the next day and the home is ready to operate.”

“What we do is declutter, sort and reorganize, whether it’s for a move or to help someone stage their home for sale,” Allison added. “And in any transition, it is inevitable that there are items remaining that need to be repurposed or hauled away.” That is where 123JUNK comes in. “123JUNK is mission driven, like us, with their business model of donation, recycle and trash. We both are dedicated to keeping perfectly usable items out of the landfill, while making sure our clients are well served.”

Let’s Move gives back to the community in a number of ways including supporting Soles for Souls; First Tee in Washington, DC; Move for Hunger; Habitat for Humanity; and the Nationwide Food Drive, turning un-used items into charitable donations.

From Corporate Careers to Let’s Move

Allison and Kim each came from big careers in corporate America, and met each other as running partners in the local community (they’ve actually run marathons together). Each was making good money but lacking a balance in life so they decided to leave the corporate world to open Let’s Move.

“We love making a difference in people’s lives, and we love what we do. And we get to meet the most fascinating and good people,” Kim said. “We let our clients dictate the customized solutions that work for them. We talk with our clients to understand their needs when we’re doing the entire move for them, and create strategy and floor plans for their new home. For other clients who want to be involved, we work alongside, giving emotional support as well. They find it helpful when they are letting go of years of belongings and treasured memories.”

“Moving is the third most stressful thing you will do in your life,” Allison explained. “To pay a small fraction of your real estate transaction for Let’s Move’s services is money well spent in creating a stress-free, positive, much happier move experience.”

Let’s Move’s Tips for Reducing the Stress of a Move

  1. Start early, end happy
  2. If you don’t love it or use it, lose it
  3. Start in an unemotional area first
  4. Schedule time on your calendar to make it happen
  5. Ask for help

For MD, VA or DC Junk Hauling, Call 123JUNK

123JUNK is proud to serve as a partner for the fine companies in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC that help people clean out their homes and offices. If you need to have junk hauled, call 123JUNK.

Garbage Man Day

Did you know that June 17 is Global Garbage Man Day? Truly, there is a holiday for everything.

Global Garbage Man Day was begun to thank the tireless men and women in our nation and the world who work daily to keep our neighborhoods and streets safe and clean. The logo honors those who are vital members of the waste management industry, who work together to build a better environment for us all.

A Global Garbage Man Day slogan, “Keeping You and the Environment Safe,” captures the mission of our waste disposal representatives, and why we should celebrate their jobs. Without them, our world would truly be a stinky mess.

The control of garbage is one of the world’s most important improvements. In the United States alone, more than 250 million tons of garbage are processed every year and that takes a huge team of people to manage. (You can read more about the history of garbage on our previous post.)

According to the National Day Calendar, Global Garbage Man Day “goes far beyond garbage collection. In each community, waste management professionals provide a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment. It celebrates the great strides the industry and the experts are taking to make a better world for all of us.”

The Dangers of Garbage Collecting

Collecting garbage is actually a dangerous job, with 2x the fatality rates of police officers, and 7x the fatality rate of firefighters. Why is that? Because garbage workers are exposed to many more potentially harmful elements, like medical waste, dog attacks, pests, and hazardous materials like battery acid that are carelessly tossed into garbage dumpsters. Community members can also create hazards when they are frustrated, angry or oblivious, deliberately harming waste management professionals.

This is a True Enterprise

Believe it or not, someone has taken this holiday to the next level, creating promotional items branded with the Global Garbage Man Day logo, including trucker-style hats, custom mousepads, travel/commuter mugs, T-shirts, stickers, a downloadable coloring book, neckties, baby clothing, thank you notes and more. If so inclined, you can order items through the Global Garbage Man Day Store.

Speaking of thank you notes. When is the last time you thanked your waste management team? If you’re like most, probably never. If you get the chance, pop your head out and say “thanks” on Global Garbage Man Day. Better yet, give them some cookies or a thank you card to show your appreciation.

Include 123JUNK in Your Celebration

At 123JUNK, we’re proud to be in the trash business. It is even some of our staff’s deepest wishes to make this a career. That’s why we took the time to build actual career paths within our organization.

At our weekly staff meetings, we thank our staff for a job well done, and review any problems, comments or suggestions our team members have for improving our services. This way we can only get better for our clients. And as we grow, this becomes more and more important.

If you have junk in your home or office you’ve been waiting to haul off, and you’re located in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., let 123JUNK do the work for you. You’ll be greeted by friendly professionals from your first phone call to the actual pickup at your door. We’re doing our bit to protect the environment. Now do yours. Contact us today to schedule your pickup.

HOA

If you live in a community that has a homeowner’s association (HOA), you know that part of their regulations deal with the appearance of homes and yards. There are rules for keeping up appearances, and rules for how to deal with contractors—even junk removal companies.

If you choose to live in a regulated community, you are going to have to put in the time or money to maintain the lawn, take out the trash, and keep the kids’ yard toys picked up. Neglect these chores and you could be hit with a notice or a fine from your HOA.

HOA’s frown upon leaving bags of trash near the curb. And they won’t tolerate broken-down playsets or dirt-collecting hot tubs in your backyard. You may even get a gentle reminder that your home needs tidying up.

It’s not just the outside of your home that needs to be maintained. There is plenty enough to do inside with normal household cleaning and decluttering. And with an average of 2.5 kids and perhaps a dog or cat, keeping the home clean is a daily task on top of working full-time jobs.

So on the weekends, you don’t need to be spending your time removing trash, cleaning out the garage, bagging leaves or hauling junk to the dump or recycling center. No, you want to spend quality time with the family on a picnic, an outing or a peaceful afternoon by the pool.

Luckily, there’s 123JUNK.

Our expert teams can deconstruct and cart off yard structures like sheds, swingsets, hot tubs and pools. We can rake and bag leaves and remove yard debris. And we can haul away that excess junk that’s jammed in your garage, like the broken lawnmower you’ve been storing in hopes that someday you’ll get around to fixing it.

If you live in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, DC, all you have to do is give 123JUNK a call. We work quickly so you won’t have to worry about our trucks remaining on site for extended periods of time. We’ll load everything and take it away, sorting through each pick-up to distribute it to the proper destination: a charity partner, the recycling center, or the area landfill.

Your HOA will also love the fact that our trucks are shiny and clean. We wash them weekly and clean them inside and out at the end of each day. When 123JUNK’s bright red trucks are on the block, you know we take as much pride in our business as you do in your home.

And once your home is tidied up, your family will get even more pleasure from enjoying backyard activities like bocce or cooking out. The relaxing setting creates the ideal environment for family bonding or offers a peaceful sanctuary at the end of the busy day or week.

Homeowner Associations Use 123JUNK Too

123JUNK is a favorite vendor for homeowner’s associations too. They often use us to clear common grounds or when they need to have junk hauled away from someone’s home or yard. Knowing we are a reliable, respectful and professional junk removal company, HOAs even recommend us to homeowners looking for our services.

Call 123JUNK

Whether it’s a big job or a small one, when you need yard services, junk removal, or simply want to donate furniture or household items, call 123JUNK and talk to one of our live representatives.

Swedish death cleaning

There is a subject that nobody wants to think about: Death. But as death is inevitable, so is the cleanup process once a loved one has passed.

On the positive side, there is a new trend called Swedish Death Cleaning in which people take it upon themselves to clean out their own homes before they pass away in order to both ensure that the items they want to go to particular individuals do so, and to relieve the burden on their loved ones of cleaning up their estate after they pass.

The Swedish word is döstädning, a mash-up of the Swedish words for death () and cleaning (städning). And although cleaning out one’s estate before you die is not new, a new book is, titled The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter (Simon and Schuster).

Author and Swedish artist Margareta Magnusson states that there are benefits to death cleaning that can be enjoyed while you are still alive.  According to her publisher, “Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming.”

Swedish Death Cleaning Involves Others

One of the underlying principles of Swedish Death Cleaning is the involvement of others. The sharing of stories, along with the gifting of items, creates a bond among families and friendships. It can also help keep you accountable and set up a record of your future wishes for distribution. Tuck notes in with possessions that give a bit of history about the piece along with instructions for gifting the item or returning to its original owner.

Instead of trying to give items away to friends and family, offer things they have admired as presents. Items can also be sold or donated to charitable organizations where they can help others build their lives. Dispose of any items that could be potentially hurtful or embarrassing for someone to find.

It’s not about getting rid of your life’s story; it’s about keeping what’s good and expunging the rest. “It is a good thing to get rid of things you don’t need,” Magnusson says. She embraces minimalism and enjoys having her own surroundings be orderly.  

Unlike other tidying-up experts, she endorses keeping just a few sentimental items such as letters and photographs. She doesn’t recommend starting with photographs, however, when beginning the death cleaning process. Instead, begin with easier sorting processes such as your closets or kitchen cabinets. Save the photos for last.

“This surprisingly invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage, but should be done sooner rather than later, before others have to do it for you,” Magnusson states. Her recommendation is to begin dispersing possessions starting by at least age 65.

Magnusson suggests not collecting items you don’t really want. “I don’t think it’s fair,” she says, to make your family take care of all your possessions once you’re not around anymore. “A loved one wants to inherit nice things from you. Not all things from you.” Instead of buying possessions, spend your money on experiences like travel, dining out, or entertainment.

Her own reason for writing this book came from her ordeal of having to deal with the deaths of her parents and husband. It was a puzzle to figure out what to do with their possessions. She has also moved 17 times throughout her lifetime, which enables her to know best “what to keep and what to throw away.” One way she will simplify the process for her children is by keeping a “throw-away box” of items that only have meaning to her. Once she dies, her heirs can simply throw that box away without having to sort through its contents.

Cleaning out a loved one’s estate after their death is often an emotionally-painful and time-consuming effort. It can also be expensive. Senior move managers and estate liquidators can charge up to several thousand dollars for their services. And nobody wants to be stuck with the overwhelming task of a packed house while they are both grieving and trying to manage their own busy lives.

Contact 123JUNK

If you are looking to downsize, or wish to start simplifying your life, 123JUNK can help. Simply create one pile of the items you no longer need or want, call us, and we’ll do the rest. Our philosophy, like that of Margareta Magnusson’s, is to gift your cast-offs to others. We work with a number of fine charitable partners who redistribute donated items back into the communities we live and work in. Your donated items will be documented and you will be provided a receipt for tax purposes. Items that cannot be repurposed are sorted for recycling or disposal.

Giving gifts to others brings much pleasure to both the giver and the receiver. Plus, with fewer possessions, you’ll have the added benefit of living in a much more manageable and pleasurable space. Perhaps this idea of Swedish Death Cleaning isn’t such a bad one after all.

To schedule your pickup, contact 123JUNK today!

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When it comes time to replacing appliances, like your refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven or any other appliance, there is always the problem of what to do with the old one.

If you’re replacing your appliance because you are upgrading, and the old one still works perfectly, you can either:

  • Sell it. Since you probably installed the new appliance before disposing of the old one, now you’re stuck with storing the appliance somewhere on your property. You can’t store it outside because anyone wishing to purchase it will want it to be in the most pristine condition possible. You’ll also have to clean it thoroughly and advertise it for sale. Who knows if it will even sell. If you’re moving, you have the option of selling the appliances with the house.
  • Donate it. Some charities will pick up appliances for donation, but many will not. So you are tasked with figuring out how to get that appliance to their donation center. If you own a truck and have burly guy friends, great. If you don’t, the task is more burdensome.

If it does not work, you need to find a way to dispose of it. Legally.

What you cannot do with an old appliance is:

  • Place it at the curb. No trash collection will take this item away for you.
  • Dump it illegally. No tossing the old appliance over a cliff. Bad.

You do have a third option:

  • Call 123JUNK. We specialize in helping home and business owners dispose of those items they no longer need or want. Especially those big items like appliances, air conditioners and water heaters. Our professional crews will arrive, prepare the pathway by padding the corners and covering the floors to prevent damage, and remove the item for you. We will then deliver it to the appropriate location: the donation center in your area, the recycling center, or the landfill.

We will also take care of any environmental and regulatory requirements for disposing of old appliances on your behalf. For example, a refrigerator contains freon and cannot be simply dropped off at the dump.

How to Prepare for an Appliance Pickup

At 123JUNK, we ask you to do just a little preparation for our scheduled pickup.

  • Unplug the appliance. For refrigerators and freezers, allow time for thawing.
  • Empty the appliance.
  • Wipe it clean if donating the item.
  • Clear a path to the doorway.

Call 123JUNK

123JUNK works with a number of charity partners, located in neighborhoods throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. They would love to have your old appliance to help others who perhaps might need one. You’ll be doing yourself a service and well as helping your local community by donating your old appliances. We’ll provide you with documentation and a receipt for your tax deduction.

When it’s time to upgrade, or your old appliance has just given up the ghost, call 123JUNK. We’ll send our burly men over to your place and do the heavy lifting for you. Contact us today.

Pack quick for move

 

Moving is fun. Packing is not. If you don’t have the means to hire a moving company to do the packing for you, you are faced with the daunting task of putting everything you own into little boxes. Would it be nice to be able to do it quickly?

You can! Here are some tips for quick packing for a move:

Organize by Type

Empty a closet or cabinet and place everything onto an open space like the dining room table. Group like items and pack them together, like baking goods or scarves and hats. Label the box clearly as to its room and contents. That way if you need to find something quickly after your move, you can go right to that box.

Organize by Room

Collect items that go into one room only and pack them together, like living room decorations or craft room art supplies. Don’t try to combine items from various rooms into one box. Label each box with its room location and contents.

Pack Non-Necessary Items First

Pack up household décor, seasonal items and other pieces you don’t need first and get them out of the way. Retain essential items and pack them at the last minute into boxes marked “Open First” and mark the boxes for their appropriate room. Place those boxes LAST onto the truck together so that they will be the first items off the truck once you arrive at your new home. Place them in a prominent and easy-to access place so they won’t get buried by all the boxes to come afterwards.

Sort into Three Piles

When packing items for each room, have extra boxes marked for “Donate” and “Toss.” While sorting, be liberal about keeping only those items that have meaning or value, and get rid of the rest. If you haven’t worn it or used it in the past year, you probably don’t need to keep it. You’ll be glad to have much less to unpack at the end of your move, and can relish in all the extra space!

Engage Friends

Ask your friends to come over for a packing party. It’s much more fun when more hands are in the mix. Assign tasks to each person so they have a job to do, and supply them with the boxes, tape, packing materials and markers they will need. It will be one last chance to get together with them before you move away, and it will give your friends the opportunity to “shop” through your “Donate” and “Toss” boxes. What fun! Gift items to your friends for helping out, and be sure to provide refreshments.

Use a Laundry Basket

For those items you need or want to access right away, there’s no need to pack them. Load them into large laundry baskets for easy transfer and access once you arrive. This can include toiletries and toilet paper, cleaning supplies, coffee and coffeemaker, snacks, etc. The beauty of the laundry baskets is that 1) they have handles, and 2) they won’t get mixed in with the other boxes.

Call 123JUNK

We can’t help you with the move, but we can take away your Donate and Toss items. You won’t have to worry about sorting through them. That’s our job. Our trained professional crews go through each pickup and divide out the items that can be delivered to our charitable partners to be repurposed back into the community. We then take a picture of those items and provide you with a receipt for your tax deduction. Other items that can’t be salvaged are divided into recyclables (like old electronics, metals and papers), and trash. Each of those piles is delivered either to the recycling station or the area landfill.

123JUNK wants to be the resource for families and business owners in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland for all types of junk removal, donations, appliance and furniture removal, and yard waste cleanup. Our crews arrive in clean trucks, professionally dressed from head to toe, and practiced in the art of customer service. We pride ourselves on it.

When you’re moving, let 123JUNK make your move quicker and easier. Contact us today to set your pickup appointment.

Earth Day 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 marks the celebration of Earth Day, or the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, and 123JUNK is doing its small bit to participate.

Since April 22nd falls on a Sunday this year, we’ve scheduled our Earth Day activities on Saturday, April 21st. We’ll be setting up trucks at various locations around Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC for our annual Spring Cleaning Event.  Come out and bring us your household junk!

We’re accepting household items, small furniture, clothing, and most goods except electronics at these locations, unless otherwise noted:

Saturday, April 21 Community Donation locations together with:

Donations and Electronics Recycling Day:

  • Keller Williams Realty, 46169 Westlake Drive, #200, Potomac Falls, VA, 9 am – 12 pm

Donations Only:

  • Wicker Homes Group, Keller Williams Realty, 43004 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA, 9 am – 11 am
  • Realtor Thomas Doyle, Real Living at Home Real Estate Group, 4600 N. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Realtor Tania Hosmer Neighborhood Cleanup Day, Keller Williams Realty, 7809 Grovemont Dr., McLean, VA, 12 pm – 2 pm
  • Rob and Brent Group of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty:
  • Capitol Quarter: Courtyard by 312 L St SE, Washington, DC, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Capitol Hill: SW Corner of Lincoln Park at 11st St. SE and North Carolina Ave., Washington, DC, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Logan Circle: 13th St. NW and Q St. NW, Washington, DC, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Potomac Yard: 2300 Main Line Blvd, Alexandria, VA, 10 am – 12 pm

Rebuilding Together Program:

In addition, Kevin Wheeler, Client Relationship Manager of 123JUNK, will be donating his day for the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors’ (GCAAR) Rebuilding Together program that helps renovate homes for underprivileged families.

“In reality, every day is Earth Day for us,” Wheeler said. “We are committed to environmental preservation with everything we do, from having a paperless client experience, to donating as many items as we can to our charity partners and other affiliations. What we cannot donate we first try to deliver to the local recycling facility before disposing of the trash as a final option.”

History of Earth Day

With the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, the New York Times best-selling expose, author Rachel Carson began to raise public awareness of the links between pollution, the environment and public health. But it wasn’t until 1970 that Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, created Earth Day after watching the environmental disaster of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA.

In the 1970s, times were troubled. War raged in Vietnam, students were protesting, and Americans weren’t aware of the damage their gas-guzzling cars and daily habits were causing to the environment. It was time to put environmental care on the front pages of the news.

Senator Nelson came up with the idea for a “national teach-in” concerning the environment and enlisted Denis Hayes as his national coordinator. Together, they built a national staff to promote events across America, selecting the date of April 22 because it conveniently fell between Spring Break and Final Exams.

On that first Earth Day, more than 20 million Americans rallied, and thousands of universities organized protests, combining forces with organizations already fighting to protect our environment, loss of wilderness and extinction of wildlife.

By the end of 1970, Earth Day had led to the creation of the Environment Protection Agency and passage of the Endangered Species, Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts.

Earth Day Goes Global

In 1990, a group of global leaders sought help in organizing a global Earth Day, and on April 22, more than 200 million people in 141 countries joined the cause. Recycling efforts expanded and a United National Earth Summit was scheduled in 1992. In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role as the founder of Earth Day.

Please Donate on Earth Day 2018

We hope to see many of you at our Earth Day donation centers, located throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC. And we thank the companies and individuals who sponsor these donation centers. Bring your unwanted items, trash and household furniture and goods. You’ll clean out your house or office while donating to a good cause.

For more information about our Earth Day activities, please contact Kevin Wheeler at 123JUNK.

Brian Timmy

It’s time to introduce you again to some of the awesome people we have working here at 123JUNK. This time we’re showcasing a pair of brothers who work here: Timmy Anderson and Brian Anderson.

Meet Brian and Timmy Anderson, 123JUNK Inside Sales Representatives

The first to join the 123JUNK team was Brian Anderson (on right) in May 2016. He had been working elsewhere and was seeking a new challenge. “I didn’t foresee working at 123JUNK as a career at the time. I was looking to make a little money and save up for school. I started on the trucks, as everyone does, and within six months I took an office position,” he explained.

Serving now in the position of Inside Sales and Client Account Representative, Brian talks about his favorite part of working here. “It doesn’t feel like a regular company; it feels more like a brotherhood. We are all friends and we all get along well. And some days it doesn’t even feel like I’m even going to work.”

Next to come on board was Timmy Anderson (on left) in March 2017. “I also started on the truck doing jobs in the field, then began doing part-time Inside Sales at the end of the summer, with half my time on the truck. Now I’m full time in the office as an Inside Sales Representative,” he said.

His favorite part of working here is the people, he says. “It is a good group to work with and the company itself has a great attitude. We get a lot of work done, but we have fun too.” Having worked previously doing odd jobs like tree work, patios and personal training, he had been seeking a full time job when brother Brian suggested he apply here.

What’s it like working with your brother?

“We did a lot of stuff together growing up, so it feels like when we were kids, but now we’re doing work instead of playing,” Timmy said.

“We have similar tracks with the company thus far, transitioning from the trucks into the office,” Timmy added. “The owner, Collin, saw something in us and thought we could contribute more to the company. It’s cool to have the owner have that kind of trust in us.”

Were there any issues about being brothers?

“When Timmy first started, I think people may have been a little less open with him about issues, thinking that he’d tell his brother and everyone would know,” Brian said. “But we’re all kind of like brothers here anyway.”

“Being Brian’s brother, when I came on I felt like people thought ‘Let’s see what he’s got,’” Timmy said. “But being on the truck is the ultimate equalizer.”

Brian was brought into the company by friends who worked there, and he has brought in not only his brother, but other friends as well. “You wouldn’t want to recruit your friends or sibling into a company to be miserable, but here it’s such a great place to work that you’re excited to tell others about it.” Even so, it’s not easy to get a job at 123JUNK. All potential employees are interviewed by the owner and a manager, followed by a set of "working interviews" on the truck. All prospective employees need to be green-lit by everybody they work with. “We want to make sure we find people who truly want to do this work and who fit in with our company culture of providing exceptional service.”

Personal Lives

Outside of work, Brian enjoys working out, watching TV, reading or listening to podcasts, and hanging out with friends. Timmy goes straight from work to the gym to work out and enjoys playing rugby several nights a week. The two currently live together in Manassas, and grew up in Burke. They come from a family of 8 siblings!

Brian and Timmy aren’t the first or the only pair of brothers to work at 123JUNK. The owner, Collin Wheeler, welcomed his own brother Kevin Wheeler into the business, and there have at  least a half dozen pairs of brothers throughout the years.

Want to Contact 123JUNK?

If you’re interested in a career at 123JUNK, please check out our Employment Opportunities. And if you need junk hauled from your home or office in Northern VA, MD or DC, please give Timmy or Brian a call. Now that you know them, it will be like calling a friend!