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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips for Junk Removal and Donations

Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for spring cleaning! As you start tidying up and decluttering this season, figuring out what to throw out versus donate can be tricky.

At Above Average Moving, we understand this time of year is both exciting and busy as the weather starts to warm. In this blog post, check out our tips to make junk removal and donations stress-free during your spring cleaning.


Kickstart Your Spring Cleaning Like a Pro with These Tips

Wave goodbye to a winter mess with these spring cleaning tips:

A couple getting ready to do some spring cleaning at home.
Are you ready to start your spring cleaning?

1. Sort Through Your Belongings

Start your spring cleaning by going room by room and taking everything out of closets, drawers, and shelves. As you do, divide your items into four piles: keep, toss, donate, and “not sure.” This process will help you visually see what you actually use versus what's just taking up space.

We encourage you to be ruthless as you sort. If you haven’t used something in over a year, it likely can be tossed or donated. For items you’re uncertain about, put them in the “not sure” pile and re-evaluate later.

2. Prioritize Junk Removal

Once you’ve sorted your belongings, shift your focus to removing all the items you’ve deemed “junk,” regardless of what pile these have landed in. Junk items may include belongings broken beyond repair, ripped or stained beyond use, or items you simply no longer need but aren’t quite certain what to do with them.

While some of these items might just need to be tossed or donated, others may require being disposed of safely and properly. For example, old paint cans can be taken to hazardous waste drop-offs sites after drying them out. If you have an old piece of furniture you no longer have use for, check with your local waste management company for dates of neighborhood pick-ups. 

3. Donate Generously

For any items still in good condition that you just don’t need anymore, choose to donate! Local charities, places of worship, shelters, schools, theaters, and other non-profits are often grateful recipients of clothing, housewares, electronics, books, toys, and more. Depending on the place, we recommend checking the donation site’s website to make sure they accept whatever items you’re planning to donate. Each place can differ based on their needs and the time of year.

If you're unsure where to donate your items in good condition, consider this list of resale stores and donation spots in the Madison area. Ask friends and family for reputable organizations near you accepting donations. Many even offer free pick-up services for large loads.

4. Enlist the Help of Above Average Moving

At Above Average Moving, we can safely and efficiently handle those large items like old furniture, appliances, exercise equipment you’re replacing, and more.

As you clean your home this spring, consider enlisting Above Average Moving to help with delivering furniture and appliances or moving in-home furniture or appliances.


If you feel overwhelmed about how to purge years of accumulated belongings, know that you’re not alone. Spring cleaning takes time!

This spring, breathe new life into your home by clearing out clutter. With these tips, you can feel accomplished tackling junk removal and donations.

Happy spring cleaning from Above Average Moving! Call us at (608) 556-7980 or message us with any questions.


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