Overwhelmed With Clutter? Here's How To Get Rid Of It

3 September 2015
 Categories: , Blog


If you've lived in the same home for several years, you've probably accumulated a lot of clutter. One reason it's so easy to accumulate a lot of things is because it isn't easy to get rid of them. In fact, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to dispose of paper trash, clothes, and appliances. Here are a few ways to go about it.

Rent A Dumpster

While it's an additional expense to rent a dumpster, it is worth it when you have a lot of trash to get rid of. For one thing, you can get rid of it all at the same time. You'll have a better chance of successful decluttering if you dig in and toss everything at once. If you try to spread it out over weeks or months, you're more likely to lose interest. Knowing you've rented a dumpster for the day or weekend keep you motivated to keep working. You may be able to rent a dumpster from your local sanitation department or rent one from a private company. You'll usually pay by the day, and you may be restricted in the type of things you can place in the dumpster for disposal.

Haul To The Dump

If you have a pickup truck, it may be easiest for you to haul trash to the dump yourself, even if you have to make several trips. When you go to the dump, you'll probably pay by the pound when you empty your truck. For that reason, you'll want to separate things you can get rid of for free. You can probably have a metal buyer pick up your metal trash, and you may be able to get rid of branches and yard waste by taking them to a free brush site. If you don't have your own truck, you can hire a trash removal service, like Sullivan Refuse Inc, to come to your home and haul your things off for you. This is especially convenient if you don't want to do the heavy lifting of loading and unloading all the trash.

Rent Another Trash Bin

Another way to get rid of your excess trash is to put it on the curb on trash day. It could take weeks to get rid of it all since you can only put out a little at a time each week. If you put out too much at once, you may be charged hefty fees by your sanitation department. You may be able to ask your sanitation department for an additional trash bin to use for a few months until the job is done. You'll probably have to pay a monthly rental fee, but you'll get twice as much trash removed on pick up day. You'll have to be careful here too, since some items, such as electronics and paint, are not allowed in municipal trash cans.

If you're getting rid of clutter because you're going to move, be sure to start early and get organized. If you don't get rid of your clutter beforehand, you'll be tempted to pack it up and take it with you. That just adds to the expense and effort of moving. Even if you have to pay someone else to haul off your trash, it's worth it to be free from all the accumulated junk around your house.