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Cleaning out your garage? This company will help move (and store) your clutter

Many Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army stores are closed, but don’t let that stop you from decluttering.
College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving will help move stuff out of your home during the coronavirus lockdown.
College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving will help move stuff out of your home during the coronavirus lockdown. [ Courtesy of College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving ]
Published Apr. 16, 2020
Updated Apr. 23, 2020

While we can’t control what’s happening in the outside world, many of us can control what goes on inside our houses and our heads during the pandemic. That’s why some professionals say they are seeing an increase in clients looking for help reorganizing their homes and getting rid of clutter.

“We’ve definitely seen a shift in the junk removal side of our business,” said Nick Friedman, owner of College Hunks Hauling Junk in Tampa. “People are stuck in their homes and looking around and seeing stuff that they haven’t really noticed before."

Friedman’s company is considered an essential business because it is a waste management company. He said customers can pay to have his teams come pick up trash, recycling or donations without coming into contact with homeowners.

“We offer no-contact services and we’re wearing masks and gloves, sanitizing and wearing shoe covers.”

He said his workers have been thinking up new company slogans like “Call the Hunks While You Are Hunkered Down” and “Spring Cleaning While Quarantining.”

College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving will help move stuff out of your home during the coronavirus lockdown.
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving will help move stuff out of your home during the coronavirus lockdown. [ Courtesy of College Hunks Hauling Junk ]

Cleaning garages has become an especially popular pastime since the shutdown, Friedman said.

“There’s sort of a purging relief from it. Clearing your garage is like adding square footage to your home,” he said.

Friedman, who has 250 employees in Tampa and 150 franchises of the company he co-founded in 2005, said his workers are also happy to deliver donations to charities for housecleaning homeowners who are sheltered in place.

While most large charities are closed, Friedman said his team has a number of small churches accepting their donations. He also has warehouse space available to store donations until the coronavirus shutdown ends.

A Goodwill store at 10596 Gandy Blvd. N in St. Petersburg is closed to shoppers because of the coronavirus, but the adjoining collection center is open for donations.
A Goodwill store at 10596 Gandy Blvd. N in St. Petersburg is closed to shoppers because of the coronavirus, but the adjoining collection center is open for donations. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army stores are closed, but some of their dropoff donation locations are open during certain hours. The locations and hours are available on their websites: goodwill-suncoast.org and satruck.org. Most locations are not accepting large items like furniture, although Friedman can haul those to his storage sites for customers.

“It’s crazy when you actually start looking at the stuff hanging in your garage or on your shelves,” he said. “Getting rid of junk is definitely therapeutic.”

College Hunks Hauling Junk has partnered with the Orlando-based Feeding Children Everywhere to donate two meals for every job they complete. For more information, go to collegehunkshaulingjunk.com.

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