Junk and Junkyard Dream Meaning

What is junk? To most people, junk is something they leave behind or throw away once they no longer need it. Used napkins, empty water bottles, broken sunglasses… The current condition of these things means they no longer serve their initial purpose. The word “junk” is usually used to describe all of these objects. 

To certain others, junk is something more than just garbage. To them, an old thing is a potential new project. Used cans can end up in a trash can. But, they can also be turned into flower pots. 

Dreams about junk and junkyard can mean different things. In this article, we’ll analyze both the positive and negative meanings behind these symbols as well as different examples of dreams regarding junk. Hopefully, it will help you understand better the message your subconscious is sending you. 

What It Means To Dream About Junk And Junkyards


The definition of clutter is a collection of things lying around in an untidy mess. A crowded shelf, full drawer… Filled with random objects we are pretty sure we’ll need someday. These are the things we, for some reason, just can’t let go of. An old floppy disk, a broken pen and a phone case to your old non-android phone are just some objects that are more than likely to be found stored somewhere in your house. If you’re to be frank with yourself, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ll never find a use for them. 

It’s not uncommon to be emotionally attached to your clutter. Certain objects can remind us of something or someone we love, so we decide to hold onto these things. But, this item has no real use, takes up space and just looks plain ugly sitting on your desk like that. When you take all of that into consideration, the only logical solution is to get rid of that thing. 

Dreams of clutter can be a reminder to let go of something you’ve been holding on to for way too long. You might be emotionally attached to it, but it’s holding you back. This clutter can symbolize the lover that’s no good for you, but you can’t get yourself to break up with them. Or, it can represent the job that you’re unsatisfied with, but too scared to quit. This dream is a signal from your subconscious that it’s time to clean the clutter from your life and let yourself be happy.

As Barbara Hemphill said, clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions. When you choose your priorities in life, you’ll get rid of all the clutter. The hardest thing is deciding on where to start cleaning. But once you do, you’ll feel content and relieved. 


Unlike clutter, some things we hold onto can be recycled and serve a purpose different than its intended use. For example, an old tire can serve as a planter or an ottoman. You can repurpose just about anything, from palettes and ship containers to furniture and tools. Upcycling helps the environment as it creates less trash. It’s also cost-effective, as store-bought furniture usually costs way more than all the tools you need for your repurposing project.

Repurposing allows you to get creative and innovative. Transforming an old TV into an aquarium or car wheel into a clock are just some examples of how to breathe a new life into an old object. A dream about repurposing old junk refers to a certain problem you’re currently facing in real life. To solve it, you need to get witty and inventive. This one-of-a-kind situation requires you to find an avant-garde resolution.

Moving On From The Past

Lots of romantic movies include a scene where a person expresses getting over their ex by burning their old stuff. By doing that, nothing is left to anchor them to their past. They’re able to move on without being continually reminded why the relationship didn’t work out. This act of burning their things show that they’re now in control of their life, even if no one sees them doing that. 

Dreams of junk can be a reminder to learn from the past, but stop dwelling there. You can’t live in memories forever. Only when you start looking forward, you’ll allow yourself to be happy again, to heal and grow. 

Finding Creative Solutions

What is useless to one person can be valuable to another. If your neighbor is throwing away some old palettes, snatch them! There are so many rustic pieces of furniture you can make out of them. To be fair, your neighbor probably didn’t think of that, otherwise, he’d surely keep the palettes and upcycle them himself. 

Did you know that, for example, an old car seat can make an insanely comfy bench? That way, a part of your old Chevy can stay with you even after it’s time to be sent to the “car heaven.” On another hand, if you’re searching for a stylish new bench for your patio, search a junkyard for a well-preserved car seat. 

If you dream of a junkyard, that could be a symbol of certain things in your life that you still have use of. They just need to be repaired. Scavenging the junk will probably help you find what you need to fix those things. This dream reminds you that you shouldn’t give up on something just because it didn’t work out as planned the first time. Think about why was that. Did you have all the right tools for the job? Was your approach right? Only by looking back at your actions, you can see what you could do differently the second time.      

Common Examples Of Junk/Junkyard Dreams

Dreaming About Clutter Or Junkyard

An abundance of things is great, until it isn’t. Before you know it, your collection of things you might need in the future turns into a pile of things whose only purpose is collecting dust. What’s even worse, it can easily turn into compulsive hoarding. While it might not seem so, this type of behavior has damaging effects on both your physical and mental health. 

Dreaming about clutter or junkyard is a reminder that some aspect of your life needs a good spring cleaning. It’s time to get rid of things you don’t need. That’s just an unnecessary burden.  

Driving A Junk Car

In a dream, a vehicle represents your own life and destiny. Dreaming about driving a car usually means you’re the one calling the shots. However, a junk car can signify you’ve encountered a problem that you don’t know how to fix. You might have all the right tools, but if your vehicle is rusty, there’s only so much you can do. However, if you dream about repairing that car, that means you’re on the verge of finding the solution.

Fixing And Repairing A Piece Of Junk

To fix something, you need two things: adequate repair tools and the skill to do it. Owning wrenches of all sizes is great, but what’s the use if you don’t know how to hold one? And before you jump into problem-solving mode, evaluate your competency to engage it first. No one can fix everything. For example, you might know a thing or two about cars, but that doesn’t mean you can simply repair it by yourself.

At some point, you might encounter a problem that’s you can’t solve by yourself, and that’s okay. Don’t bite more than you can chew. For instance, while you’re trying your best to help a friend cope with depression, you probably can’t help as much as a psychotherapist could. You’re just human, you aren’t omnipotent and that’s totally fine. Pretending to have everything on a string, when that isn’t true, can only do harm. Instead, always be ready to ask for help when you need it. Sometimes, solving a problem can only be done with mutual efforts.      

Getting Rid Of Junk

If you dream about throwing away all of your odds and ends can symbolize turning over a new leaf. The junk has to go to make space for your new things. If you recently started leading a healthier life, the clutter you’re getting rid of in your dream actually represents the old unhealthy habits you decided to quit, like fast food or smoking, for example. 

Furthermore, changing a career path can also be expressed in a dream as throwing away the old junk. What you’re really throwing away is the dullness of an old routine, making space for the adventures your new career path will lead you on. 

Finally, the junk in your dream can represent your former lover. It’s a sign from your subconscious that you’re finally ready to get over them and start dating again. You feel emotionally stable enough to open up to someone new.   

Searching Through A Junkyard

Finding what you need on a junkyard can be like searching the needle in a haystack. Just like when Harry Potter was searching the diadem in the Room of Requirement, you feel like you’re on a mission impossible. There’s a countless number of things, laying on top of one another. The object you’re searching for can be just about anywhere. 

What this dream scenario signifies is that you might not find what you’re looking for. There are two possible reasons for that. First, you’re too picky about what you want. The second possible reason is that the thing you’re looking for might not even be there. 

Instead of spending your time and effort on a wild-goose chase, think about other ways to find the things you want. Our life paths are not straight lines, and there’ll always be different ways to achieve our goals. Remember, if one door closes, another opens. The road the door leads to might even be rocky or slippery, but the end result is always worth it.   

Questions To Ask Yourself About This Dream

A dream about junkyards or junk can be confusing. Sometimes, you’re surrounded by scraps of things that have no use for you. It’s not always clear what those junk pieces are representing. 

Here Are Some Things To Ask:

  • Are you the one to easily throw away things without thinking twice? Or you’re struggling to let go of objects even though it’s likely you’ll never need to use them again?
  • What do you think of when you see an old tire? Is it a piece of junk or a potential DIY project?
  • What emotions did you experience during the dream? Were you anxious or excited while at a junkyard? 
  • What other symbols did you see in a dream? How did they make you feel?

Answering these questions can help you understand better what is your dream about a junkyard meaning and how it’s related to your waking life. 

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