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How Do I Prepare My House For A Rental Dumpster?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Apr 11, 2014 6:28:00 PM

A dumpster is such a great idea. In a single fell swoop homeowners have the opportunity clean all the junk from their homes. Try to do that with regular garbage bags — you’ll be carrying them to the curb for weeks.

That said, having a large (albeit stunningly attractive) Bin There Dump That dumpster sitting in your driveway isn’t a situation most folks are familiar with. When the truck shows up to drop off the dumpster there are several things homeowners can do make sure they get the most out of their time.

Here are a few tips to make sure the time spent with a dumpster is productive.

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The Origins of Spring Cleaning

Posted by John Ferracuti

Mar 27, 2014 7:52:21 PM

Spring cleaning is a time honored tradition. Children might think it a concept created by overbearing parents tired of berating them on a regular basis. Weary parents exhausted from a winter where much of life was spent indoors feel the need to reinvigorate the household. Spring is a time of rebirth…so, why not revitalize the home, too?

Interestingly, it seems there’s a bit more to spring cleaning than chore-loving families. The concept finds its roots in several different cultures around the world, which suggests there might be a deeply rooted religious, anthropological or biological reason pushing the need for spring cleaning.

Jewish Roots

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

7 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tasks To Tackle NOW

Posted by John Ferracuti

Mar 24, 2014 2:25:17 PM

Unless you were marking the pages off on a calendar you might not have noticed that we moved from winter into spring. It’s clear, in many parts of the country, no one told Mother Nature.

It won’t be long, however, before the mercury starts rising and we venture outside to see what’s been hiding under the snow for the past several months. It’s not always a pretty sight. During the first warm weekends of spring we see the trees budding, the grass greening, and the first shoots of perennials push up through the earth. As the yard awakens, so does our desire to get our properties in shape, to begin or finish those improvement projects, and to clear the damage from winter storms.

Spring is ripe with opportunities to get your hands on a rental dumpster bin and get cleaning! Here are just a few.

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

6 Ways To Get Your Kids More Involved In Home Cleanup

Posted by John Ferracuti

Mar 21, 2014 7:28:07 PM

Ask any parent the cause of their home clutter. Their near-universal answer: the children. Children have a unique gift for leaving a path of disaster in their wake. And just as universal is a child’s hatred of cleaning up.

Too often pleas to clean up fall on deaf ears. Ask a child sitting right next to you to clean up his or her mess and you might very well be ignored. Whisper that you’re thinking about taking the family out for ice cream and that same child will come running from six rooms and two floors away. Selectively permeable hearing.

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

Overwhelmed By Clutter? Take It Out — One Bag At A Time.

Posted by John Ferracuti

Mar 10, 2014 7:05:55 PM

Hoarders. It’s one of the more popular reality shows. Sure, it appeals to our baser instincts. We love to see someone whose life is more twisted than our own. Maybe we know someone whose house might qualify for a spot on the show. Or maybe you’re just one stack of newspapers away from your home appearing in its own episode.

Kids, pets, vacations, holiday and birthday presents, clothes, hobbies — the list goes on. Our houses fill with memories that are difficult to get rid of, even though we should.

There’s a simple solution: Get rid of the useless, the old and broken, the memorabilia that does little more than collect dust and make a home a mess. Might we suggest the bag-a-day approach?

We saw it on the lifestyle blog White House Black Shutters: 40 Bags In 40 Days, a decluttering challenge with the same time frame as the pre-Easter period of Lent.

Why 40 Days?

It’s easy for homeowners to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the job. Clearing the clutter of decades of hoarding (or its less intense cousin, collecting) is an overwhelming task. We’re simply too intimidated by the size of the job, so instead of getting started we sit paralyzed in front of the television watching the Home Shopping Network buying organizational tools, which temporarily appeases our inner cleaner, but in the long run only add to the clutter. There’s a better way.

All you need to do is fill one garbage bag a day with the junk that clutters your home and your life. Go room-by-room clearing out materials the no longer belong.

Filling one garbage bag a day isn’t intimidating and after a couple of weeks, you’ll notice a cleaner, happier home.

Tackle It Bag By Bag

In the bedroom: There are a number of simple tricks to help you get rid of the chaos. Start in the bedroom. If they don’t fit anymore, put them in a bag. Turn all the hangars in the same direction. As you pull items out of the closet to wear, face the hanger in the other direction. The clothes on hangers still facing the original direction after a year need to go. Drop them in a bag.

In the basement: The basement is filled with kids’ toys. If something hasn’t been played with in six months (or six years), it’s time to fill a garbage bag.

In the kitchen: The kitchen has plenty of gizmos and gadgets that look brand new even after years of marriage. Maybe because they were wedding gifts and haven’t seen the light of day — let alone the inside of an oven — since they were unwrapped after that happy day! (When’s the last time you made a Bundt cake or carved fruit with a melon baller?) Fill a bag.

Elsewhere in your home: Games with missing dice, puzzles with missing pieces, furniture with missing or worn out cushions, shoes with holes or loose soles, your husband’s lucky pair of underwear — the ones he wears, without washing them, until his favorite team loses — are perfect for a bag.

Newspapers, magazines, and unread books all make great fodder for bags and dumpster bins. One room at a time or even one area of one room at a time is all it takes. Fill one bag a day, and soon your home will have all the room you remember from the day you moved in.

Bag The Bags!

After you've finished putting everything into bags, cart those bags away by throwing them all in a Bin There Dump That rental dumpster bin. Find a local franchise operator on our websiteAnd for more tips on clearing the clutter from you home, subscribe to our One Man’s Trash blog by filling out the form to the right. 

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Topics: Organized Lifestyle

What Materials Can I Put In My Rental Dumpster Bin?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Mar 5, 2014 1:08:27 PM

One of the more common questions Bin There Dump That franchise operators receive is about what materials can be put into the dumpsters. The short answer: quite a lot!

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How Long Can I Keep My Rental Dumpster Bin?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Feb 20, 2014 5:38:00 PM

There are many different jobs and reasons to rent a dumpster or disposal bin at your home. Maybe you’re in the midst of a renovation project, like a bathroom or kitchen. You might be cleaning out your garage, storage area or basement. You could be replacing or fixing your roof.

Maybe you just love how that big metal  box in your driveway accents those pine trees on either side of the front door! (Just kidding.)

Whatever the reason, the dumpster should be there in your driveway for as long as you need it – but not longer than you want it! Let’s face it: Once the job is complete, don’t you really just want that thing gone?

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster

Will a Dumpster Rental Company Recycle The Contents of My Bin?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Feb 7, 2014 12:19:45 PM

From the reusable fabric bags we take to the grocery store to the washable plastic water bottles we tote around everywhere, there’s a lot of evidence out there that Americans are part of an increasingly eco-friendly society.

In 2011 alone, we generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material — that means we recycled almost 35 percent of the trash we generated! (And that EPA stat is from more than two years ago, which means that rate of recycling has probably increased quite a bit.)

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster

How Should I Choose a Rental Dumpster Bin?

Posted by John Ferracuti

Feb 7, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Dumpsters have changed a lot through the years — and you might say they’ve aged gracefully.

Back in the day, dumpsters were industrial, ugly and really, really big: about 30 or 40 yards long. The old styles weren’t designed to be delivered into residential neighborhoods (and displayed in plain sight). Dumpsters were fine for new home construction or other residential development, but once a home was in place — and a family living there — they could become an eyesore and a real impediment to living.

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Topics: Choosing a Dumpster

Home Renovation & Organization Tips You Need To Know

Posted by John Ferracuti

Sep 12, 2013 3:34:00 PM

Truly, great home renovation and organization advice is only a tweet away. In fact, the Bin There Dump That Twitter account is full of organizational blogger, professional organizers, DIY'ers and home renovators that provide daily tips to assist you in your home decluttering or reno project.

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