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How to Make Your Clean-up Project an Easy One

Updated on March 17, 2020
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Lauren Klesser is the Content Marketing Strategist for Happy Little Dumpsters, a dumpster rental & hauling service provider in Virginia.

Organizing a cleanup can be intimidating, but sometimes necessary. Whether you’re preparing to move to a new home or disposing of materials after a remodeling project, big cleanups can be very challenging.

From scheduling to dumpster rental, this easy-to-follow, step-by-step cleanup process will help you tackle any major cleaning project with ease.

Set A Schedule

The first step to any cleanup project is picking the date. Cleaning up during the winter season will be complicated and messy; doing it in mid-summer could be a tad too uncomfortable.

Spring and fall are the best seasons for cleanups, but be sure to check the weather forecast for chances of rain. Also, most people prefer to schedule their cleanup projects on the weekend. It doesn’t matter if you do it on a Monday or a Saturday, though. Pick a day that’s most convenient for you and your helpers.

Recruit Help

Whether you’re organizing a community cleanup or just spring cleaning your home, the more, the merrier – and in this case, faster too.

Smaller cleanup projects can be a good bonding activity with family and friends, and a quick invite or text message is usually all it takes to have more hands-on-deck. Organizing a neighborhood cleanup, on the other hand, won’t be as easy. Recruiting volunteers can be a challenge, but putting up notices and seeking out the help of schools, clubs, and neighborhood organizations should do the trick.

Safety First

To make sure nobody gets injured – or worse, ends up in the emergency room – during the cleanup, a few safety measures are necessary.

Remind everybody to watch their step and always to pay attention, especially when handling unknown trash, chemicals, glass shards, and other sharp objects. Also, don't forget to wear clean up gloves—the nitrile side should cover your palm.

Designate Tasks

Even if you’re only organizing a small cleanup with about two or three other people, there’s still some planning to do. Larger cleanup projects will require a more careful and detailed approach for things to go as smoothly as possible.

Knowing what work needs to be done is the first step to completing it. That said, create a breakdown of all the tasks involved and assign a team or person to every chore. To make the process more efficient, break the bigger tasks down into smaller subtasks.

Cleaning an entire bathroom or organizing a walk-in closet can be overwhelming, but when you focus on a specific subtask at a time, the whole thing becomes more manageable.


Another secret to a clean and tidy home is decluttering. Basically, decluttering is getting rid of the excess stuff you own – the ones you no longer need or barely use. You’ll need two big boxes (or more) for the process. One labeled “trash” and the other “donate.” Donate the ones that are still in good condition and throw away the rest.

But mind you, decluttering is so much easier said than done -- more of a commitment than a one-off task. You have to train yourself declutter daily or at least on a regular basis because no matter how organized you are, it's all too easy for clutter to pile up.

Dispose Trash Properly

Whatever the scale of your cleanup project, there will always be garbage to get rid of. This could be as simple as figuring out where the nearest public trash and recycling receptacles or garbage drop-off points are or contacting local government organizations for assistance.

When your cleanup project is likely to take more than a few trash cans, it’s another story. If you’re doing a major cleanup and expect to collect a lot of waste and debris, dumpster rentals are a perfect option for disposing rubbish and keeping work areas clean.

Roll-off dumpsters come in different sizes – from five-yard containers for smaller cleanouts to forty-yard containers for demolition jobs. These dumpsters have swinging doors and rollers on the bottom, which make loading bulky and heavy items almost a breeze.

So, there you have it! Our six, easy-to-follow tips for a successful cleanup project.

Oh – and don’t forget to have a little party afterward to reward yourselves for all the hard work.

Good luck!


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