How to Decide Which Junk Needs to Go: The Ultimate Guide

storage unit full of a decades worth of junk
Storage unit full of a decades worth of junk.

1. Start with a Plan

Before you dive headfirst into your piles of clutter, create a plan. Identify areas in your home or office that need the most attention. Whether it’s the attic crammed full of items or the garage that hasn’t seen a car in years, knowing where to start can make the process less overwhelming.

2. The One-Year Rule

One simple rule of thumb to follow when deciding what to get rid of is the one-year rule. In my home, if we haven’t used it in a year and it doesn’t have significant emotional or monetary value, it’s time to let it go.

3. Evaluate Your Items

Ask yourself the tough questions. Do you need it? Do you love it? Does it bring you joy? If the answer to all these questions is no, then it’s probably clutter.

4. Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

Often, we focus on big items like furniture, but sometimes it’s the small things that add up. Like saying goes, “the best way to eat an elephant, is one bite at time”, Old magazines, broken electronics, outdated clothing—they all take up valuable space. Don’t forget to evaluate these items too.

5. Enlist a Friend

If you’re finding it hard to make decisions about your items, enlist a friend. Don’t feel bad about it, we all need help at times. They can provide a fresh perspective and help you make those tough decisions.


Deciding what to get rid of can be tough, but remember that the goal is to create a space that’s functional, organized, and stress-free. If you need help hauling away your unwanted items, the Freedom Junk Hauling & Demolition team is just a call away. Servicing the Sugar Land area, we’re ready to help you reclaim your space and peace of mind.

Remember, decluttering isn’t about getting rid of everything—it’s about making room for what truly matters. Let’s turn your clutter into freedom, together. Call us today at 281-750-5579 to get started!

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