Junk: It comes in the mail. It balloons to fill every inch of space in your garage. It multiplies like Gremlins in your inbox. It's estimated that each American household receives some 800 pieces of junk mail annually.
Then, of course, there's also the spam, the newsletters you never signed up for, and the stuff crammed into your closet (that you do remember buying, but wish you could forget).
Junk-busting start ups and online communities have been popping up recently, claiming to banish all different flavors of junk, virtual and physical, with just a few clicks. Here are a few that might prove helpful:
Use this iPhone app to snap a picture of your junk mail (showing your address), press send, and the junk mail will supposedly stop.
After being granting access to your inbox, Unroll.me will manage your newsletters in one central spot. You can opt out of any email newsletters with one click.
This free platform is a place where users can connect to give away (and take!) old stuff. It is made up of grassroots members (over 9 million worldwide) who coordinate an effort to give (and get) things for free.
(Image: Chris Perez/Cheyenne Weaver's Gilded Simplicity)