When you're ready to tackle the clutter in your home, one of the most efficient ways to go about it is to rent a dumpster for hauling things away. However, you'll probably be surprised at how quickly a dumpster fills up, especially if you're getting rid of furniture and other bulky items. Being organized helps you get the best use out of the dumpster and it helps cleaning day go a lot smoother. Here are a few tips for using a dumpster to clean out your house.
Get Permits If Needed
Your city or your HOA may have regulations on where you can place the dumpster and how long it can stay on your property. You want to know the regulations in advance so you don't incur daily fines and fees. In addition to making sure you have permits if needed and that you have the dumpster placed properly on your property, also make sure the placement is convenient for you. You want a straight path to the dumpster so you can easily carry furniture and other heavy items right inside of it without struggling around bushes or house corners.
Choose The Right Size
Bigger dumpsters cost more, but it is better to err on the side of too large rather than too small. A dumpster fills up fast, and you probably won't be able to pile things taller than the side. Compare costs of different sizes and also check into fees you'll be charged if you have furniture that sticks out of the top of the dumpster. If you choose a small unit, be prepared to load it carefully so you can maximize the space.
Know What You Can't Toss In The Dumpster
The dumpster will also come with regulations on what is not accepted. Be sure to follow these rules or you may be charged an additional cost. You may not be allowed to put in things not accepted at your local landfill such as paint and computer parts. Food may not be accepted either. You may also need to separate construction trash from brush and household waste.
Organize Your Clutter Before The Dumpster Arrives
You might cut down on the amount of stuff you need to throw in the dumpster by giving some things away. Put it on the curb and list it as free on various websites. Pull out items made of metal and call a junk dealer to pick them up free in exchange for being allowed to sell the metal for scrap. Once all that is out of the way, come up with a plan for loading the dumpster. It helps if you have everything ready to go in the yard or garage first. This gives you an idea of how much you have and how you'll need to stack it. Plus, if everything is ready to go, you can cut down on the amount of time you need the dumpster so you can save money on daily rental fees.
Load big items first and dismantle them when possible. Stack from the back towards the front in a manner similar to loading a moving truck. This fills voids and keeps the dumpster stable. You'll get more use of the space this way than if you just toss things over the side randomly.
By renting a dumpster, you can have a huge amount of clutter and trash hauled away in a single day, which is the best way to clear out your house. Otherwise, it may take several weekends for you to haul things to the dump in a car or truck and that can cause you to lose motivation to get your home in order.