From Alamo to Walnut Creek, most people in the San Francisco Bay Area are spending more time at home right now under shelter-in-place orders that are helping to minimize the COVID-19 threat. If you’ve got a little more time on your hands why not put it to good use by cleaning out while staying in your place?
After all, once the travel restrictions are lifted and life returns to normal, you’ll have more important things to do, right? Doing some much needed cleaning up around your home will not only help you fight boredom and get a little exercise, it’s good for your mental health too! If that sounds like a plan, here are several ways to clean out your home while you’re staying in during the coronavirus shutdown.
Why Are Stay-at-Home Orders Important?
On March 16th, California public health officials announced temporary travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders for residents in 7 Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, San Mateo and Alameda. Those stay-at-home orders, and the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC, are all designed to slow down the spread of coronavirus.
Which Areas Should I Be Cleaning Out While Staying In?
When you’re ready to get started, decide which areas of your home to clean out first. Don’t forget to include the attic, garage and backyard on your “decluttering list”.
These often-overlooked areas around your home are notorious for attracting clutter:
Basement Clean Out
If your basement is like most, it’s filled with piles of junk that you haven’t used for years, like:
- Boxes of old books and games
- Dusty furniture
- Flooring and carpet remnants
- Empty metal and plastic shelving units
If you come across old cans of paint and stains in your basement, those can’t be tossed out in the regular trash. Instead, you’ll need to cart them off to a local hazardous waste facility.
How many times have you stared aimlessly into your kitchen pantry because you can’t find what you need amongst all the mess? Make your pantry more functional by cleaning out while staying in by:
- Discarding expired items like canned foods, cooking oils and cereal
- Reorganizing overpackaged snacks, nuts, dried fruits and other food items in labeled plastic storage bins or clear glass jars
- Installing door-mounted storage racks inside your kitchen cabinets for dish soap, pot scrubbers, aluminum foil, storage bags and other frequently used cooking items
If you have some extra canned foods that haven’t expired yet, consider donating them to a community food pantry where they can be used to feed the less fortunate.
Tackle your bathroom next, starting with all those old bottles of nail polish and makeup that are decorating your vanity top. Then, go through the vanity’s contents and discard unwanted items like:
- Mini hotel shampoo bottles and bars of soap
- Tattered bath and hand towels
- Old combs and brushes
- Unused toiletries
- Crusty contact lens cases
And, don’t forget to clean out those grungy shampoo bottles and smelly bath sponges sitting on your shower shelf!
Garage – Cleaning out While Staying In, like this home in Walnut Creek
Wouldn’t it be nice to finally get both your vehicles in the garage? Declutter your garage by eliminating these junk items:
- Metal shelves
- Broken tools
- Old computer monitors, printers or TVs (e-waste)
- Wood scraps
- Broken flowerpots
Remember that trash like rubber tires, metal scraps and e-waste can only be lawfully disposed of at designated recycling facilities. It might also be a good time to get rid of that old rusty lawnmower that’s been sitting behind the garage for years!
If your attic is filled with cobwebs and dust put on a mask and then spend a little time up there to purge items like:
- Boxes of unwanted clothes and shoes
- Old holiday decorations
- Golf clubs
- That seldom-used Thighmaster™ or ab roller
- Children’s toys
Instead of tossing out the toys, clothes and shoes, donate them to a worthy cause!
Junk Removal Tips During the COVID-19 Shutdown
Now that you have several piles of junk sitting in your yard, you’ll need to figure out how to get rid of them. You may have a separate pile for recyclable junk, hazardous waste, e-waste, donations and bulkier items- all of which can’t go out with your regular trash. And then there’s that shelter-in-place order that’s preventing you from hauling your junk to where it needs to go. Cleaning out while staying in will not be thwarted! What should you do?
Call West Coast Junk in Dublin and we’ll do the rest. As an essential business that’s still open, we provide one-stop junk removal services that can handle all your needs- including hazardous waste, recyclable waste and e-waste removals. And, we are always happy to drop off your donations at the San Francisco Bay Area charity of your choice!
To ensure the safety of our clients and team members we are taking all the necessary COVID-19 precautions, including the use of non-contact methods to collect junk from your curb, porch or yard. You can also conveniently schedule a pick-up and authorize a payment right over the phone! We do ask that you please refrain from scheduling an appointment if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms.
If we can be of assistance today, call West Coast Junk at: (510) 421-1730, or book an online appointment with us now!