Do You Have Too Many Holiday Decorations?

Have you ever looked in your garage or attic and wondered why you have so many holiday decorations? Do you even put them out anymore? Do they work? What can you do with them? It can be hard to throw out old decorations as they may evoke treasured memories. However, there comes a point when it’s time to clean out your no longer used holiday décor. Wondering how to choose what stays and what goes? Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you decide.

1.      Does it Work?

We’re all guilty of hanging onto that special holiday decoration that doesn’t work anymore with the best of intentions of fixing it. However, if it’s been more than one season since you pledged to fix it, chances are it’s ready for the pitch pile.

2.      Have You Set It Up in the Past Two Years?

If you haven’t set up a decoration in two or more years, it’s time to get rid of it. If it still works, isn’t too badly faded, perhaps you should put it on a buy/sell/trade page and see if you can keep it out of a landfill. Otherwise, put it aside to throw it away.

3.      Do You or Your Kids Still Love It?

Often kids age out of decorations. Perhaps they think Paw Patrol is now babyish and the once beloved Chase and Marshall ghosts are no longer loved. Find someone else who will enjoy them.

4.      Is it Worth the Storage Space?

Many holiday decorations come unassembled and take up little room in the trunk of the car. However, once assembled they take more space than you’d like to give up. This is especially true when you have to keep things in a basement or garage. If you’re tired of storing it, either get rid of it before the holiday or pledge not to put it back in your garage, basement or attic again after the season.

5.      How Does it Look?

Even if it’s a loved piece, sometimes it’s time to get rid of it. Decorations in the sun fade. Stored items can become water damaged or pest infested. If it doesn’t add to your home’s holiday curb appeal or indoor décor, it’s time to dispose of it.

Pitch Crew is here to help get rid of your old holiday decorations that you don’t use and that no one else would want. As we approach the holidays that we have the most décor for, contact us now or after the holidays and let us help get rid of the no longer wanted or useful holiday décor. Call (571) 200-7851 or fill out our contact form. We have teams ready to help you now!

Garage, Meet Car!

If your car and your garage haven’t had a close relationship since you moved in, chances are good that you have a lot of junk in there that needs to be organized, thrown out or donated. We see cars parked in driveways and along the streets in neighborhoods throughout northern Virginia. If you’re looking for a way to get your car in the garage, here are some ideas that may help you.

Things with Wheels

As you stand in your garage, how many bikes do you see? How many do you need? We get it, giving away or selling your kids bikes means they’re not so little anymore. However, bikes, tricycles, big wheels and other wheeled toys take up a lot of space. If your little ones aren’t so little anymore, it’s time to let those toys go. If you and your family have bikes that they do use, look into a wall or ceiling mount rack for your bikes. It keeps them out of the way, yet easily accessible.

Other Toys

Bats, balls, gloves, pool noodles, kites and other toys can easily be organized. Your local home improvement store sells easy to install wall systems that allow you to put these items away so they take up minimal space. Of course, if they’re not being used anymore, sell or donate them. Play it Again Sports will sell quality used sporting goods for you.

Tools

The same wall units that can organize your kids’ toys can organize dad’s too. From wall mount cabinets that can go above the hood of the car to tool cases that can roll out of the way when not in use, you can find a way to store your occasionally used items in an organized manner.

Junk

This is by far the biggest hurdle for many homeowners. If you look in the garage of a home that you’ve lived in more than a few months and still see boxes that haven’t been opened, chances are that you don’t need whatever is in them. If the old washer and dryer or refrigerator that came with the home are sitting unused in your garage, they should go. However, if you’re not content with just pitching them, open them and sort the items into four piles:

  1. Garbage
  2. Donate
  3. Sell
  4. Put Away

Apply the same principles to the piles of stuff in the basement too.

You may find that you have more in the ‘garbage’ pile than you anticipated. If you don’t have the time to handle the clean out yourself and don’t want to make multiple trips to the dump, call Pitch Crew. We’ll come in and dispose of the junk taking up space in your garage. We can handle old bikes, electronics, appliances, furniture and more. Give us a call at 571-200-7851 and schedule a team to come to your home so you can get your car where it belongs…into your garage!