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3 Steps Towards Creating A Trash Removal Plan For Your Next Move

If you are planning on moving soon, one of the things that you need to do is go through all the stuff inside of your house and determine what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. There is no point in taking things that you don't use with you to your new home. To help make the entire moving process go easier, you need a plan to manage all the trash that is going to be generated as you go through your home. Here are the three steps that you are going to need to take to create an effective trash moving plan.

#1 Set Aside Time For Sorting Early On

Sorting through all of your belonging can take more time and energy than you may have bargained on. To help ease this process, it is best to start going through all of the rooms in your house before you start packing. For example, if you know that you are moving in six weeks, spend the first two weeks going through your belongings and spend weeks four and five packing up, and week six cleaning up your home and taking care of any last minute business.

As far as going through the items in your home, set aside a day for each area of your home and mark on your calendar what area of your home you are doing that day. If you have areas of your home that have a lot of stuff, such as your garage, you may want to block off a couple of days for these areas.

When you go through each area of your house, create a few different piles. The first pile should be things that are in good condition and that you can donate or recycle. The second pile should be things that you just need to throw away. Anything that you want to keep, put those items back where they belong.

#2 Arrange For The Disposal Of Items

At the end of each week, take all the items that you need to donate or recycle, and drop them off at the appropriate locations in your town. Throw out the trash with your regular trash; this will help you manage your trash on your actual moving day.

If you have large items that you need to get rid of, you have a few options. Many charities will pick up large items that are in good condition, such as couches, and provide you with a donation slip that you can use to write-off the items on your taxes.

If the large items you have are not items that a charity would accept, you will need to call up your waste management company and arrange for them to pick-up the items. Some waste management companies allow you a certain amount of oversized pick-ups per year for free and others charge you a small fee. These items are generally picked up on the same day as your regular trash pick-up but are picked up by a different, large truck.

#3 Rent A Dumpster

Finally, if you are not able to spread out going through your items over a couple of weeks, and thus spread out your trash over a couple of weeks, you may want to rent a dumpster. Renting a dumpster is great if you don't have a lot of time to go through everything. For example, if you only have a week to go through the stuff in your house and pack, a dumpster can be really convenient.  You will have space to throw away the small and large items you no longer want, and space for all the general trash that moving can create.

Make sure that you create a plan for going through the items in your house before moving day, and for managing all the trash that going through the items can generate.