Getting rid of assorted household goods is often a daunting task. Some things have deep sentimental attachments; others are simply taking up valuable space. However, how does one get rid of some common goods from around the house? Surely everything isn’t just thrown away!
The good news is that most of your items are valid for donation or resale. Those that aren’t often can be recycled. Avoiding landfills is one of the major goals when disposing of your common household goods. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to do so.
Have a Plan to Dispose of Unwanted Household Goods
There are several situations when a homeowner will need to spruce up the house by decluttering. From getting your home ready to sell to upgrading your appliances, cleaning up isn’t always straightforward. Many common household items are too bulky to move and dispose of on your own, which will require the help of outside help. Make sure you think about the logistics when you’re getting ready to clean, replace and dispose of household items, and have a plan to make it a successful venture.
Not only does getting rid of unused items help declutter and refresh your home, but routinely sprucing up your home can boost its value in many ways. This can include:
- Replacing old appliances and lights with new, energy-efficient models.
- Exposing existing hardwood floors beneath old, end-of-life carpets.
- Installing a high-security front door for added safety and curb appeal.
- Fixing up outdated landscaping to breathe life into the property.
Are the Home Cleanup Projects DIY or Will You Need a Professional?
In many instances, the homeowner can do most home cleanup jobs. Renting a dumpster is a sound idea for trash-heavy jobs, like remodeling or cleaning out the attic, basement or garage. Weekly dumpster rental rates vary across the country, ranging from $200 to $800. With a rented dumpster, homeowners can avoid hauling debris themselves.
However, many cleanup projects will require a bit of outside professional help. Junk removal services will collect various types of waste and junk, and dispose of them appropriately. Rates can range from $150 to $400 for an average junk pick-up job. And, unlike a rented dumpster, junk haulers pick up much more than trash and debris. Most will take care of all of your unwanted items, including:
- Yard waste
- Furniture (including mattresses)
- Hazardous waste
- Specialized items
Determine Which Household Items Can be Recycled, Donated or Sold
With such versatility, junk removal services can dispose of most of the assorted household items you have on hand, leaving the homeowner to focus on other pressing tasks.
If you have old or unneeded items lingering within your home, it’s time for a cleanup. But that doesn’t mean tossing everything in the trash. Give your items a second life through resale, donations or recycling. Here are several no-nonsense ways of disposing of 50 of the most common household goods.
(This blog was contributed by Rachel Perez on behalf of Home Advisor).