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organized closet

 

Opening a messy closet can really steal the joy out of getting ready in the morning. You have to fight through hangers of unsorted clothing, dig for matching shoes, and slog through racks of sweaters and shirts just to start your day. It’s exhausting.

Can you believe that opening your closet doors can actually create joy? It can, with an organized approach. And who wouldn’t want to start their day that way? Here are a dozen tips from 123JUNK that can help organize your closet—and brighten your day.

12 Tips for Organizing Your Closet

  1. Hang your clothes by style and season. Divide your clothing by season, and then hang like items together, like pants, long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirts, or skirts. It will be easy to spot what fits the weather and the mood.
  2. Color code your clothing. Take organization to the next level by arranging your clothing by color, from light to dark.
  3. Store out-of-season clothes. Instead of cramming all your clothing in, move out-of-season items to another closet or storage boxes.
  4. Stack clear boxes. Clear boxes allow you to sort and display items for quick access. Use them not only for shoes, but for belts, hats, scarves, jewelry and other accessories.
  5. Use hooks or pegboards. Hang items like purses, belts and jewelry on hooks or pegboards mounted inside your closet.
  6. Get a closet organizer system. If your closet has only one bar, consider a closet organizing system that allows you to customize double hanging rows for shorter items, longer rows for dresses and suits, and shelves, drawers and cubbies.
  7. Get good hangers. Use thin-profile, velvet-covered hangers to provide clothing security (they don’t slip off) and create additional hanging space.
  8. Use shelf dividers. Keep stacks of sweaters from toppling over with shelf dividers.
  9. Use creative storage. Add an armoire with shelves to your bedroom to hold folded items like sweaters or workout clothing. Use baskets on shelves to catch smaller items.
  10. Keep toys low. For children’s closets, include several drawered bins or covered baskets on the floor to hold toys.
  11. Use the door. An over-to-door shoe rack behind the door utilizes otherwise-unused space to provide easy access to the most-often worn shoes. Or, install racks or hooks for gear or accessories behind the door.
  12. Eliminate clutter. Each season, as you change out your clothing, purge items that are worn or unused. Donate them to a local charity.

Call the Experts--123JUNK

When you’re ready to donate, call 123JUNK. We partner with a number of charities in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who recycle your unwanted items to families who can use them.

Lawnmower

 

OK, it’s getting to the end of summer and you’re probably getting tired of cutting the grass. It might be more exciting if you had a new lawnmower. Sadly, it could be time to get rid of that beloved old clunker you’ve had for years, or time to finally carry off the one that has become an eyesore of a lawn ornament.

Why not splurge on one of the newer models with self-propelled wheels or a shiny lawn tractor? There are probably some really good end-of-season sales.

Now that you're all excited about a new mower, you might begin to wonder, then, how to dispose of your old mower, especially if it is one of the larger, tractor-type riding mowers. Depending on its condition, you might be able to sell it. But if you’re like many, you’ve probably gotten all the good years out of it you possibly can. Let us help.

Here are some of the ways to dispose of an old lawnmower:

Sell It

You can advertise a working mower for sale locally. Tell the potential buyers the year, condition, engine size, mower type, model number, and deck width.

Break it Down for Parts

If you’re buying a similar model you might want to keep a few extra parts around. You can also try to sell spare parts through local channels.

Give it Away

There might be a trade school, educational facility or charity who would like to have your old mower to recondition and sell, or use for their own purposes. Always check with the organization before delivering it. There’s always an online giveaway platform like Freecycle as well.

Call 123JUNK

123JUNK is a perfect resource for taking that old mower off your hands. We'll haul it away for you! But before we can pick up your mower, you will have to drain the gas and oil from it into a Department of Transportation-approved container. We are not legally allowed to transport these hazardous chemicals.

123JUNK can repurpose a working mower back into the community through one of our charitable organizations and we will provide you a receipt for your donation. Not donation-worthy? No problem -- we can deliver it to the recycling station where scrap metals can be recycled. 

We’ll be glad to pick up your old mower, whether it is electric, gas, riding or even a good old-fashioned push mower—and any other household items you’d like to dispose of. If you are located in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., please give 123JUNK a call to schedule your pickup.

noone left behind123JUNK is proud to announce a new charitable partnership with No One Left Behind (NOLB). The mission of NOLB is to assist Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters to obtain Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), and help them resettle into the United States, get a green card and eventually become citizens.

The 301(c)(3) organization was founded by Matt Zeller who drew his inspiration from the interpreter directly responsible for saving his own life from two Taliban soldiers. Once the Taliban heard that this interpreter had helped Zeller, they began to assault him and his family with threats of terrible death. Zeller worked hard to bring this interpreter to the U.S. and help with resettlement in terms of finding a job, housing and cultural adaptation assistance.

“These combat interpreters put their lives, and those of their families, on the line every day to assist U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq, sometimes for 10 or 12 years,” explained Keith Saddler, DC Chapter President and member of the NOLB Board of Directors.

NOLB’s mission is to support the interpreters, soldiers, cultural advisors and other allies of American troops who have been displaced from their homes due to their association and support to Americans to ensure that America treats its wartime allies as the heroes and veterans they are.

“As an organization, we’re trying to propose legislation to Congress to continue this SIV program that they are trying to cut back on,” Saddler said. “There are roughly 8,000 Afghan interpreters waiting to get out of the country, and our State Department is offering fewer and fewer visas each year.”

“We made a moral commitment to these interpreters when they signed up to do the job that they would be taken care of by the U.S. government if their safety was ever threatened by the Taliban or Isis.”

Working Together with 123JUNK

123JUNK reached out to NOLB to see how it could help and soon it was determined that the household furnishings picked up by 123JUNK on its rounds could be repurposed into new lives within the Afghan communities found locally, mainly in Alexandria, Woodbridge and Hyattsville.

“Every Saturday, we take a volunteer crew to the facilities where 123JUNK places their donated items, pick up what we think we can use, load the items into our rented truck, and drive them directly to these Afghan communities to help furnish the homes of our new arrivals,” Saddler said. “We do not sell the items, everything is purely donated.”

“I’ve never met an organization that puts their social conscience ahead of profit like 123JUNK,” Saddler explained. “They use their own manpower and time to segregate out the good items and make them available to us as part of their mission to give back to the community.”

How You Can Help NOLB

No One Left Behind can truly use monetary donations. “We need about $5 million to do this right for these people who put their lives and families at risk for our soldiers,” Saddler said. “And we take very, very little to run our volunteer-run organization. About 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to the people who need it.”

If you’d like to help, please contact NOLB online at www.nooneleft.org.

Plane Pull 2014 3

It’s that time of year again where 123JUNK is recruiting pullers on our team for the annual Dulles Day Plane Pull. This is our 6th consecutive year participating in this great event held Saturday, September 23, 2017.

123JUNK Dulles Day Plane Pull Video

This year, 123JUNK is pitted against a 164,000-pound jumbo jet to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. You can either join our team of pullers (you get a free T-shirt!), or come and cheer us on from the sidelines as we put our heart and soul into pulling the Airbus A320 for twelve feet as fast as we can, while being timed.

Since we’ve been involved, the number of competing pull teams has ranged from 70 to 120. 123JUNK has done well in this event, usually placing in the Top 15 teams. In our best year, we finished 6th! But we still have our eyes on the Chesapeake Sherriff’s Office—the 13-time defending champions. Maybe this year, we’ll take them down!

Awards are handed out for the fasted full, the heaviest team, the lightest team, the most money raised, the most enthusiastic team, and much, much more. The event is free to attend, and there is so much more to see and do—a plane show, a car show, aircraft tours, a police and SWAT vehicle display, live music, food, and more. There is something for the entire family.

123JUNK Kid’s Truck Pull

123JUNK also participates by supplying a shiny red dump truck for the Kid’s Truck Pull. See which team pulls the truck 12 feet the fastest! We’re also looking for volunteers to help here. The Kid’s Zone features a bounce house, games, music and a dunk tank—fun all day.

Help 123JUNK Raise Money for Special Olympics Virginia

Although there is no fee to attend the Dulles Day Plane Pull, our goal is to ultimately raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. This year our target goal is $3,000. If you cannot make it to the event, kindly considering donating. All proceeds go towards Special Olympics. You can donate by contacting 123JUNK or visiting our The123JUNK Plane Pull Team Page

123JUNK Truck Pic 2

When you see a big red 123JUNK Truck, either driving down the road or parked at a job site, take a moment to notice just how clean it is. You may not think of a truck in the junk business as being clean, however, we don’t think like everyone else. To us, a clean truck is EXACTLY what we stand for.

We’re adamant about keeping our trucks clean because our business goes beyond just what’s on the outside. Having a respectable truck has a trickle-down effect in every other area of our business. It is representative of us being a white-collar junk removal business in a blue-collar industry.

We found that if the truck has trash in the cab, like candy or food wrappers, the people who work in it are less likely to have respect for it. And this attitude can carry over into other areas of the business, from the inventory we need on the job, to sloppy uniforms, to the level of respect we have for a client’s home or business.

We don’t want that attitude among our employees, so every weeknight, we clear out and vacuum the cabs and fill our trucks with fuel. And once a week, wash each truck all over. It’s a matter of crossing the “t’s” and dotting the “i’s,” and is just one of the things that sets 123JUNK apart.

The truck sends a representative message that is greater than a clean truck. We believe that if the truck isn’t clean, it is representative of a business model that is in disarray. That attention to detail speaks volumes about how we do business and how we'll succeed long into the future.

It all starts with the truck!

Reston Town Center

When people think junk hauling, their minds most often jump to residential needs. But did you know that we have a booming business with retail establishments? We’re often hired by large shopping centers, retail management companies or by multi-use complexes where businesses and retail outlets share the area.

Retailers Need 123JUNK

When dealing with the public, especially in retail, there is always need for change. Retailers move out and others move in; displays are changed out; or stores remodel or refresh stale concepts.

Then, of course, there's always the matter of what to do with that overstuffed storage area. Most likely it contains items you haven't used or even seen for years. With a storage area cleanout, you will have much more space to store and easily locate items for your customers, and you'll be helping others with your donations.

The way that retailers clear out old materials like carpeting, fixtures, furniture, small appliances, or office furniture or equipment is to call a hauling service.

Retail Management Companies Rely on 123JUNK

123JUNK also receives junk removal requests from the companies who manage retail centers in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. They bring us in to help their tenants clear out the loading dock area, or when a quantity of junk and trash is dumped behind the shopping center, for example—everything from furniture and fixtures to trash.

Management companies need a company on which they can rely. They don't have time to wait for estimates or deal with companies who arrive late. Their businesses depend on their services to remain vibrant. A professional company like 123JUNK remains at the top of their "to call" list.

Nobody Wants an Unsightly Shopping Center

Retailers live and die by the foot traffic through their stores, so they certainly don’t want to let an unsightly mess deter their customers. The more quickly the junk is removed, the faster they can get back to what they do best: serving their customers.

Our Environmental Commitment

Once we’ve removed your junk, our trained, uniformed staff will sort through the picked-up items and determine whether they can be repurposed, recycled or disposed of, according to our three-pronged environmental approach. We’ll deliver furniture and other items that can be repurposed back into the community to our charity partners, and deliver any recycle items like metals or electronics to the local recycling center. We’d rather not use the landfill unless we have to.

Contact Us

123JUNK is glad to provide a free, all-inclusive estimate, and quick turnaround service on hauling jobs. Please contact us today. Someone someone will always answer the phone in person.

moving company

While 123JUNK does not providing moving services, we work with a lot of moving companies to help clear out spaces both before and after people move. And we hate to hear bad stories about movers. We don’t operate our company that way and certainly don’t want to see our customers have bad experiences either.

Because we care about the homeowners in our territory throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., here is some advice on how to choose the right moving company and prevent fraud.

  1. Ask for recommendations. As your friends, relatives, real estate agent—or us—for recommendations on a good moving company.
  2. Get an in-person estimate. Don’t rely on internet estimates. Be sure the mover has come to your home or office to assess the quantity of items to move. Get a written estimate or a binding “not-to-exceed” estimate. Ask about differences in estimates: one company may provide items another does not.
  3. Check with several companies. Have several companies visit your home to provide estimates. Make sure the estimate contains the words “Written binding estimate” as well as the mover’s signature and date. Never sign a document that isn’t fully filled in or hasn’t been explained.
  4. Show them everything. Take the estimator into every space in your home, including the attic, basement, shed and closets. They will need to get an accurate assessment of the items you want to move, and prepare the correct size truck for the job. Do not hire a mover that provides a quote based on cubic feet.
  5. Don’t assume the biggest companies are the best. You may be able to get a better referral and a sweeter price from a smaller company.
  6. Research the company on line. Check references, testimonials and even consumer-advocacy sites like the Better Business Bureau or MovingScam.com or RipOffReport.com. Take heed if you see a bad report. Call the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Safety and Consumer Complaints hotline at 888-368-7238 to check for complaints.
  7. Prepare the mover for issues at your new home. If there a parking problem, distance to the front door, stairs or other complications at your new home, let your mover know this ahead of time or they may challenge the estimate.
  8. Expect the final cost to be more than the estimate. Estimates are based on weight and distance, plus the amount of time a job will take, and often unexpected items come up.
  9. Read “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” This is a free booklet provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Federal law requires interstate movers to provide you with it. Download a copy at fmcsa.dot.gov.
  10. Check the moving company’s licenses and insurance. Make sure you are covered through their company’s policies. You can also purchase additional insurance.
  11. Make sure the moving truck is branded. A reputable moving company will provide trucks that are permanently marked with their company’s name. Do not use a mover that uses a magnetic sign on a rental truck.
  12. During the move, keep their contact information handy. Do not pack the estimate, packing list or contact information. Keep it with you during the move.

What about the stuff you're not moving?

We hope this information helps you to have a pleasant moving experience. And remember, when you’re ready to move, call 123JUNK to help clear out unwanted items you don’t want to pay to move, or even help prepare your home for showing by hauling away clutter or yard debris.

With our three-pronged approach of Donate, Recycle and Dispose, 123JUNK will sort through your items and delivery usable ones to our charitable partners, providing you with a tax-deductible receipt. Items that can be recycled, such as old electronics, metal or components we deliver to the recycling center. And only then do we take the rest to the area landfills. It is our goal to protect our environment to our best ability while providing the utmost service to our customers. Call 123JUNK today for a junk removal estimate or to schedule your appointment.

Basement flooding

There are a number of things that can cause a flood in your basement including a water heater failure, washing machine hose break, heavy rain, hurricanes, or burst pipes. Whatever caused the problem, you must act quickly to minimize even more damage. Even an inch of water can be devastating.

Locate and stop the water flow if possible

If the water is the result of a pipe or water heater, turning off the master valve may help staunch the incoming water.

Disconnect the power

Never enter water where power lines are submerged. Turn off the power, then remove any electronics and wires from the wet areas.

Remove possessions

The faster you can remove possessions, the less chance of damage. Bring all portable items to higher ground, and dry each item as you remove it.

Drain the water

Let the water drain on its own through drainage systems, use mops and towels, or call in professionals to remove standing water. If using a wet/dry vac, plug it in away from the water and do not use an extension cord.

Call your insurance company

Let your insurance company know that you have damage due to flooding. They will advise you as to any steps you should take.

Pull up carpet

Remove carpeting, underpadding, and area rugs.

Cut away affected drywall

Remove areas of baseboard trim, drywall and interior insulation where water has accumulated. Let the areas dry out before repairing the drywall.

Dehumidify

Use fans and a dehumidifier to help the area dry out completely, and open the windows if the weather is dry.

Disinfect

Once the area is dried out, disinfect all areas including floors, walls, wood, and non-upholstered furniture. Apply mold preventive.

Dispose of damaged items

Do not keep water-damaged items. They may harbor bacteria that will create mold and mildew problems in short time. Call 123JUNK and we will haul away possessions, carpeting, drywall, trim, electronics, and other items that are not salvageable for you.

Call 123JUNK

You have had enough stress with the water damage and loss of possessions. Trust 123JUNK’s courteous and professional junk haulers to take at least part of the load off your shoulders. One call, answered by a caring individual, a simple all-inclusive quote, and a pickup date is all it takes to get the job done.

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When we started 123JUNK, we wrote a long list of Core Values that included subcategories under “Culture of Excellence,” “Environmental Stewardship” and “Deep Community Ties.”

When hiring, we ask potential employees if they can uphold these Core Values. If they can’t, they won’t work for us. And our employees not only look at our Core Values every day (they are posted on our walls), we live by them.

From time to time, we like to take a look at some of our values, and reiterate why we chose them. Here are three listed under our Culture for Excellence.

Be Accountable

Every employee at 123JUNK is empowered to be accountable. This means they can make most decisions on their own without having to get approval from a manager. They are also empowered to take action when they see that things need to be done. It is not unusual for people within our company to jump on a truck, or help in a department other than their own from time to time. Even our founder, Collin, can still be seen on a truck occasionally. Each one of us feels like we are an integral part of 123JUNK’s success, and it shows in how we do our work, and how we interact with our clients.

Pay Attention

Going through life mindlessly doesn’t cut it at 123JUNK. Our employees are energetic, and alert to not only problems, but opportunities. Some of their suggestions have helped us grow and improve. Paying attention to the smallest details—like answering the phone with a live person every time it rings—shows that we care about how we do business. And when we’re at a client’s location, we look for little ways we can go above and beyond. We’ll jump in to help a client relocate a heavy piece of furniture within the home, for example, without being asked.

Finish Completely

You’ll never find a 123JUNK employee slacking on the job. They wouldn’t be an employee of ours if they did. When we commit to a project, whether our own or a client’s, we see it through from beginning to end—and then some. No matter how difficult it might be. At a client’s location, we not only take care of the job we’re hired to do, we sweep-clean the area, leaving behind nothing but our stellar reputation. That’s how we earn your repeat business and referrals.

123JUNK Chooses to Be Different

123JUNK wants to be a different kind of company; one that cares about more than just making money. That’s why we try so hard to live by these standards we’ve set. Like we’ve said before, we’re a blue collar business with a Ritz-Carlton attitude.

Experience the 123JUNK difference for yourself. Call us to schedule a pickup for junk removal, appliance and furniture disposal, yard waste and debris removal, or labor-only services. Contact us today.

mosquito“Yikes, I can hardly sit outside without getting eaten alive by mosquitos!”

Sound familiar?

If you’ve ever used this line, there may be things you are doing that are attracting insects to your lovely outdoor space.

Summer is mosquito breeding season, and whether you are aware of it or not, you might be setting up ideal mosquito breeding grounds right in your own backyard.

Yard Trash Can Attract Mosquitoes

It only takes a small amount of stagnant water for a female mosquito to lay her eggs, and with closer investigation, you can probably find lots of hidden places that a mosquito might find inviting:

  • Planters and pots
  • Kids playset and toys
  • Kiddie pools
  • Old tires
  • Tarps and covers
  • Bottles and cups
  • Cans and buckets
  • Piles of lumber or yard debris
  • Discarded items or trash
  • Clogged gutters
  • Drainage pipes
  • Bird baths
  • Puddling areas

Take a few minutes to walk your yard, and think like a mosquito, looking for places that might hold even the smallest amount of water. Then eliminate those items. Toss out trash, tent tarps and covers so that rain won’t collect on them, and remove lumber and yard debris that might be piled in the corners of your yard. Turn over items that can trap water, or remove them from the yard entirely.

Let 123JUNK Clear Your Yard For You

123JUNK's professional team can help eliminate mosquitoes by hauling away yard brush and other water-trapping items for you. All we want is for you to take back your space. Get back out there and enjoy your backyard. It’s summer after all. With a quick call to 123JUNK, you’ll be back in the pool in no time. (By the way, we haul above ground pools too…and hot tubs.)

If you live in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, DC, trust 123JUNK for all your junk and yard debris hauling needs. Call us today.

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It’s not only our homes that get filled with too much clutter, our offices do too. And whether you have a home office or work in a big corporate tower, you share the problem of…TOO MUCH STUFF.

Office Items to Donate

Rather than store your unused office furniture, consider donating it to a local charity like Virginia's Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore or Maryland's Montgomery County Humane Society. to help them raise money for good causes. 123JUNK will pick up your items and deliver them for you, and provide you with a receipt for tax deductions. Items we pick up include:

  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Bookcases
  • Storage Cabinets
  • Shelving
  • Modular Office Components
  • Kitchen Appliances (working)

Office Items to Recycle

Most of the clutter we find in businesses comes from paper or outmoded electronics. These items can be recycled to help save our landfills from becoming toxic problems in the future. Recyclable items include:

  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Monitors
  • AV Equipment
  • Televisions
  • Non-working Appliances

Anything 123JUNK can’t donate or recycle, including office trash, we take to the dump, where their workers go through it once again to see what they can remove. It’s part of the overall green initiative.

123JUNK’s Additional Office Services

123JUNK can also provide other office services to include:

  • Full Office Cleanouts
  • Light Deconstruction and Removal of Cubicles
  • Labor Only Services to help move heavy items or relocate items from one floor to another, or to a storage unit

Office managers and business owners love the fact that we provide all-inclusive pricing, convenient scheduling and professional staff. Not to mention some of the biggest trucks in the industry and a real live person answering the phones. We can be in and out quickly, leaving you to get back to business with a cleaner, more refreshed working environment.

Call 123JUNK for your Office Cleanout

When you need to clear out or clean up your office in Northern Virginia, DC or Maryland, call 123JUNK.