It’s no surprise that American consumerism often results in people buying far more items than they need. Since World War II, the United States government presented consumerism as a way to escape a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic could be why Americans are spending so much more now.
It’s not just in America either; people across the world find themselves with too much junk. A spring clean up is a perfect time to declutter! Here’s how to clear out your home or office.
Take a look at the items around your home. Do you have any unopened boxes, such as something you meant to return but forgot to do so? How about clothes in your wardrobe you haven’t worn in years?
It’s often difficult to part with items that are worth something, whether that’s sentimental value or monetary value. You might have a pair of designer jeans that don’t fit anymore but that you paid a lot for, but they’re not doing you any good taking up space. Instead of tossing these items, consider donating them to people in need.
Donating items can make you feel a little better about getting rid of something since it will likely go to another home.
Rent a Dumpster
What about junk around your home that isn’t donation-worthy? For instance, a broken-down couch, renovation waste like tiles and wood, or old appliances?
Sure, you could post an ad on Craigslist or take it to the junkyard, but do you want this junk sitting around your home? You could get it off your hands immediately if you use a dumpster rental.
Check with the company or look at their website to see what types of materials are allowed. However, this is an excellent way to remove all sorts of junk, such as:
- Furniture (beds, couches, dressers, tables, etc.)
- Yard waste (branches, brush, etc.)
- Plywood, tiles, and construction debris
- Other non-hazardous materials
Check your rental agreement to see what you’re allowed to toss, and contact the company if you’re unsure. Items that you cannot put into a dumpster include old paint cans, tires, refrigerators, car batteries, oils and fuels, and other hazardous items. These items require specialized disposal.
A yard sale or garage sale is a great way to make some cash on items you no longer want. If you have antiques, collectibles, gently used clothing, electronics, and other items that you think are worth something, you could try this method.
You might not sell everything during a yard sale, but the items you don’t sell you can donate or toss afterward.
An alternative to yard sales is to sell items online through services like Decluttr, eBay, Craigslist, and so on. This isn’t usually the best way to clean up fast, though, as you have to wait for a buyer.
Start Your Spring Clean Up
It’s never too early to start your spring clean up. Begin donating or tossing junk you no longer want or need and free up some space in your home! You’ll be so glad you did when you can see the floor again.
For more tips on getting your home clean and ready for the spring, check out our “House” category.