If you’re planning a household move, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things that need to be packed up. This is especially true if you have an active family and have had the family home for more than ten years. Stuff accumulates, and you don’t need to bring it all with you to your next address.
Lifestyle experts recommend giving yourself two to six weeks to sort through an entire household’s worth of possessions in advance of a move. Items are generally divided into four categories: those things you are definitely keeping, those things that you’re going to sell before the move, those things that you’re going to donate to a charitable organization before the move, and those things that you’re going to dispose of before the move.
One COVID-driven note to keep in mind: finding charitable organizations who are accepting donations of household goods at this time can be extremely difficult. If you’re not already connected with an active group, be aware it can take some time to find one.
Now let’s talk about the things you’re going to throw away. This is something that happens in every household before a move. Things that are broken, not of interest to anyone, or not worth moving have to be disposed of. When you’re talking about the volume of items in the typical household move, disposing of even 5% of everything means renting a dumpster is your most cost effective disposal option.
Dumpsters are available in a variety of sizes. When you call your local dumpster rental company, they’ll walk you through choosing the right size, based on the size of your home and your estimate of how much stuff you’ll be getting rid of. Most household trash and furniture in poor repair can go into the dumpster; hazardous materials and metal appliances cannot – make sure you understand the rules before you start loading your dumpster.
Dumpsters are delivered to your home. It’s a good idea to know where you’d like the dumpster to be positioned, so that it’s not too onerous a task for your household to carry items to it. When the dumpster is full, you call for pickup. One big part of moving done, relatively stress free!