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Make a house purge part of your back-to-school routine

The back-to-school ads are in full swing. End-of-summer vacation plans are finalized. And kids and families alike will soon have to transition from holiday-mode into the regular school and work routines that come after Labour Day.

In addition to stocking up on school supplies and fresh outfits, the final weeks of summer are a good time to purge the house of clutter and get organized for the year ahead. Tackling assorted cleaning tasks and projects during the last few weeks of summer may be daunting, but it can be fun and effective when the whole family is involved.

“Getting ready for back-to-school can be easy when approached as a team,” says JUSTJUNK President Mike Thorne. “Sticking to a clear schedule and allowing kids to have direct input in the cleaning process is key to successful end-of-summer organization.”

Looking to get organized for the new season? JUSTJUNK offers the following tips for the whole family to get things ready for back-to-school:

  1. Select Simple and Age-appropriate Tasks

Children can begin doing small tasks on a regular basis when they’re still toddlers. They won’t be taking out the garbage anytime soon, but they will begin to understand the layout of your home and that packaging for certain snacks and other items go in the garbage when they are done using them.  Older children are more used to a routine, able to do things like sweep, take out garbage, dust, etc. Tasks may take a little longer or may be more complex and require a little more heavy lifting, but ensuring that you assign jobs that children are capable of doing – with clear end goals – will give more impatient kids an end in sight.

  1. Stick to the Schedule

There may be a lot to do, and enough people to do it all in one day, but you don’t want to exhaust your family with one session of binge-cleaning. Make lists of what needs to be done, who can do it and when, and consult with your kids in this phase. Letting the kids be involved in the planning process and getting them to help develop a set cleaning schedule will lead to a smoother cleaning session and create a stronger sense of accomplishment.

  1. Offer Rewards

It’s all well and good to see a clean space as a reward for all their hard work, but where we see a job well done, your kids may not. Instill a sense of accomplishment for the whole family with mini-rewards for each individual task, whether that be screen-time, out-doors time or a small family break for a treat between tasks.

  1. Tailor The Chores to Your Kids

Has one of your kids shown a liking for certain chores? Tailoring chores to your kids’ preferences not only gets the job done but can also give them the sense that they’re listened to and creates a great environment for tidying up. Be attentive to their strengths and how they can make the process better because it’s summer and no one really wants to spend the whole break cleaning.

  1. Keep Piles Appropriate and Timely

You don’t want to pile all your items randomly throughout the house. Prepare a dedicated space to put items that need to be donated or picked up by a junk service that doesn’t invade their space. This also goes for storing important school items over summer break. Keep key items in good shape and you won’t have to buy them again next year when school starts up again. Keep a good list of what needs to be bought one year, update, and then you’ll rarely be caught off guard by teachers supply lists ever again.

With franchises across the country, JUSTJUNK removes unwanted materials/items from residential and commercial properties including furniture, appliances, garden refuse and construction and demolition debris.

JUSTJUNK crews help ensure as much of the material they collect as possible is recycled or donated to charitable organizations for re-use, helping to divert waste from landfills.


JUSTJUNK removes junk and unwanted materials/items from residential and commercial properties including furniture, appliances, garden refuse and construction and demolition debris. The pricing rates include all labour, loading of the materials from anywhere on the property, clean up and all disposal or recycling fees. Customers are provided with an up-front, written estimate before any work begins.

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