Is junk piling up in your home and driving you nuts? Research has shown that excess clutter is correlated with high levels of stress. With the warmer months upon us, there’s never been a better time to purge unnecessary stuff.
A big spring cleaning and decluttering project can really put a spring in your step. Ha ha… But if you have a lot of junk to clear out, how do you know the best way to get rid of it all? Bringing multiple truckloads of trash to the landfill adds up in both time and cost.
On the other hand, renting a dumpster for spring cleaning is only a phone call away.
What’s the Right Size for a Spring Cleaning Dumpster?
So, what size dumpster should you rent? It can be hard to calculate exactly how much space you’ll need, but you want to get the most bang for your buck. Let’s break down the two most common rental sizes for the job.
If you have about three or four pickup trucks worth of debris to clear out, you likely only need a 10-yard dumpster. The typical dimensions for a 10-yard roll-off are 13 feet long by 8 feet wide by 3.5 feet tall and they can hold two tons of debris. In other words, it would clear the area of about a two-car garage.
For a more intensive clean-out, a 20-yard roll-off may be your best bet. The 20-yard dumpster is one of the most commonly rented dumpsters. They can handle three tons of debris and measure about 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 3.5 feet high. That’s about six pickup truck beds or a three-car garage.
If you’d like a visual example of which dumpster is right for you, our dumpster size tool can help you determine what you’ll need.
Keep These Decluttering Tips in Mind
If you don’t know where to start, decluttering can seem really daunting. This is especially true if you’ve been accumulating items for a long time. But you’re not alone! Here are a few decluttering tips to help you get started and stay on track.
- Ditch everything you never actually use. This tip sounds obvious, but it can be harder than it seems. Have you used it in the past 6 months? It may be useful to enlist the help of a friend or family member for an objective opinion on what’s reasonable to keep.
- Make it intuitive. Place organizational items in places where clutter naturally piles up. This way you avoid creating more work than necessary to keep things in their place. Some storage cubes, maybe? Also, don’t put frequently used items in hard-to-reach places where you’ll be less motivated to put them back.
- Break it down. Looking at a big decluttering project as a whole can feel really overwhelming. Break it up into smaller, more attainable goals such as one room, drawer, or box at a time.
- Make it fun. Turn on your favorite playlist or podcast to help you feel motivated and avoid getting bored. Go room by room and reward yourself with a short break or your favorite snack when you finish a room.
Keep in mind a few of the things you commonly have around your house are considered hazardous and can’t be put in a dumpster. Things such as car batteries, paint, chemical solvents, and flammable materials like gasoline will need extra care to get rid of. Check our recent post on how to dispose of banned items for tips on what to do with them.
At ZTERS, we’re available to answer any dumpster rental questions you may have. If you’re unsure about what size dumpster you need, or what can and can’t go into it, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.