When is it Junk?

When is it junk? If you’re reading this it’s likely you are considering whether something you own is junk or worth keeping. There can certainly be exceptions, especially when it comes to somethings age, cost, who gave it to you, etc. Here’s a chance to figure out for yourself whether something you own is good stuff and when it is junk.

When is it JUNK?

When is it JUNK?


It’s JUNK if:

  • It’s moldy, mildew, stinky and growing spores
  • It’s broken or obsolete (and fixing it doesn’t make sense or is too costly)
  • You’ve outgrown it (physically or emotionally)
  • You’ve always hated it anyway
  • It’s the wrong color, wrong size, wrong style
  • Using it takes more time than its worth
  • You won’t really care if you ever see it again anyway
  • It generates anger, bad memories or bad feelings
  • You have to clean it, store it, and insure it (but you don’t use it)
  • Moving it to your new house would cost more than its worth (both in cash and your hearts mind)
  • It will horrify, bore or burden your kids or the generation to come

If you can truthfully agree to one or more of these, it’s most likely junk. Do yourself, the people you live with, friends who visit and posterity a favor…get rid of it! It’s robbing you (and probably several other people) of space and mental clarity.

It’s NOT JUNK if:

  • It helps you make a living
  • It will do something you need done
  • It generates happiness, good memories and good feelings
  • It has high or significant cash value
  • It gives you more than it takes
  • It will enrich or delight your kids or the coming generation

If you can agree to several of the above without hesitation, it’s most likely good stuff. Enjoy, appreciate, take care of and be sure to use it. You don’t need to re-assess its JUNKi-ness until next year.

Resources for consigning, selling, trading, donating and recycling your unwanted furniture, clothing, housewares and more can be found HERE.



Isabella Guajardo, a.k.a. Girl With A Truck™, is a professional home organizer and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Living in Oakland, she travels in her truck to work with clients throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She shares simple and creative ways to stay organized while reducing, recycling and re-purposing. Join Bella Organizing on Facebook. Gift certificates are available. Call (510) 229-7321 to schedule a complimentary telephone assessment.