3 Ways to Prepare for a Spring Cleaning Marathon

Posted on: 17 December 2019

Are you gearing up to do a spring cleanout of your home? Has it been a while since your home was fully decluttered so it is full of things that you don't want, you don't need, or are broken? When you look at a home full of clutter, it can be difficult to decide where to start. An excess of clutter is definitely something that can feel impossible to deal with. While you could hire someone to help you sort out your belongings, this isn't necessary so long as you get things ready in advance. Some things that you should be doing right now include:

1. Rent a dumpster

For your daily trash needs, your household most likely has access to a trash can that holds less than 100 gallons of trash in total. At most, you will only be able to fit 3 or 4 of those large black plastic trash bags into the trash can before it is full. When your house is very cluttered, this most likely won't be able to scratch the surface of what you need. With a 30-gallon trash bag holding approximately 4 cubic feet of trash, even the smallest 10-yard dumpsters can hold at least 20 times more trash than the average household trash can will be able to hold. Contact dumpster rental services in your area to learn more. 

2. Decide where to donate

It can be difficult to decide what to do with things that you no longer need but that are in decent condition. Simply tossing everything into dumpsters can be a very emotional experience. You could have a yard sale to get rid of some of it but you still need to know what to do with the stuff that doesn't sell. Instead of throwing away things that are in otherwise good condition, donate them to your local second-hand store. This can help make it easier to let go of these things.

3. Get storage containers

One major reason why you may have trouble with a cluttered home is that there simply isn't enough room to keep everything that isn't destined to be tossed into dumpsters. To this end, start purchasing appropriately-sized storage containers. Having a bunch of large plastic tote bins can be almost as bad as having no storage containers at all. Depending on what you need to store, consider getting storage containers that come in large, medium, or small sizes. If you're not sure what sizes you should get, buy a few of each and then you can add more to the collection on an as-needed basis.