Decluttering Checklist: Help for Clearing Out the Clutter

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Do you have trouble deciding what to do with your junk?

In the pursuit of a cleaner, more organized home, many of us face the familiar struggle of decluttering.

It's a daunting task that often leads to avoidance, but it doesn't have to be so overwhelming.

This article provides a practical decluttering checklist to guide you through the process, helping you determine what you need and how to dispose of what you don’t.

Why Decluttering Matters

Decluttering is more than just a cleaning task; it's a journey towards a clearer mind and a more functional living space.

Imagine walking into a room where everything has its place, and space feels open and welcoming.

That's the power of decluttering.

I remember a friend who, after decluttering, said she felt like she could finally breathe in her own home. That's the kind of transformation we're aiming for.

Preparation: Setting the Right Mindset

Before diving into your possessions, it's crucial to prepare mentally.

Approach decluttering with a decisive mindset. Remind yourself that the goal is not just to organize, but to simplify your life.

This mindset shift is essential for making those tough decisions about what stays and what goes.

Analyzing Your Possessions

Start by analyzing what you own.

Create three categories:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Trash.

Be honest with yourself.

If you haven't used something in a year, it's probably time to let it go.

I recall the emotional challenge I faced when sorting through old college notebooks. They held memories, but I realized those memories weren't in the pages – they were in me.

That realization made it easier to part with them.

Determining the Items You Need

Deciding what you need requires balancing practicality with sentimentality.

Ask yourself, "Does this item add value to my life?"

If it's something you use regularly or holds significant sentimental value, it's a keeper.

Otherwise, it might be time to say goodbye.

Deciding What Goes in the Trash Pile

Not everything can or should be kept or donated. Some items are simply ready for the trash.

Be environmentally conscious about this; recycle what you can.

Consider the condition of the item: if it's broken, worn out, or otherwise unusable, it's probably time to let it go.

Repurposing Items That Might Seem Like Junk

Some items might seem like junk but can be repurposed.

An old ladder can become a quirky bookshelf, and empty jars can transform into storage containers.

One person's trash is another's treasure.

My friend once turned an old, tattered quilt into a series of charming cushion covers. It’s all about seeing the potential.

Additional Tips for Decluttering

  1. One Room at a Time: Tackle one room before moving to the next. This keeps the task manageable and provides a sense of accomplishment.
  2. Use the Six-Month Rule: Haven’t used an item in six months? It might be time to let it go, unless it's a seasonal item.
  3. Digital Decluttering: Don’t forget about digital clutter. Organize your digital files and delete what you don’t need.
  4. Involve the Family: Make decluttering a family activity. It’s a great way to teach children about organization and letting go.
  5. Regular Decluttering Sessions: Schedule regular decluttering sessions throughout the year. This prevents the accumulation of clutter.

Choosing What to Do with Remaining Items

For items you're parting with, consider donating, selling, or recycling.

Donation is a wonderful way to give items a second life.

For items in good condition, consider selling them online or at a garage sale. And always remember to recycle when possible.


We've covered a lot, from preparing mentally for decluttering to finding new homes for your items.

Remember, decluttering is not just about disposing of things; it's about creating space for what truly matters.

Final Thoughts: Maintaining a Decluttered Space

The journey doesn't end with decluttering.

Maintaining an organized space is key.

Adopt a 'one in, one out' policy, regularly assess your possessions, and give everything a designated place.

This way, you'll ensure that your space remains as serene and clutter-free as the day you decluttered it.

If you find you have a lot to declutter, consider renting a dumpster from Wise Guys Dumpsters.

We can make the process even easier. Just throw it in the dumpster. Once its full, call us. We will come pick it up and carry it off for you.

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Frequently Asked

How long are your rentals?

We offer 3 options 3 days, 7 days, and 10 days. If you wish to keep the dumpster longer than the initial rental period, the fee is $10/day. If you have a commercial or construction project, we offer a 14 day rental with an overage fee of $5 a day. We also offer custom pricing to fit your needs. If you need custom pricing, give us a call.

What happens if I keep it longer than the rental period?

We charge a $10/day fee after the initial rental period is over. For those taking advantage of our construction project pricing, the overage feee is $5/day. If you need a dumpster for a bigger construction project or commercial project, we would love to talk.

When should I have my dumpster delivered?

We recommend you have your dumpster delivered the day before you need it for a project.

Not only do we recommend this, but we have built our pricing structure around it. We don’t count the dumpster delivery day or the dumpster pick up day in the rental period.

You can be confident you will be able to use your dumpster for the full 3, 7, or 10 days when you rent from Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Do you offer same day dumpster delivery?

In most cases, we can provide same day delivery. Call us for availability and so we can provide a rush for your order.

We know situations change, or other dumpster companies back out. We are here for you when that occurs. And will do everything we can to get you a dumpster so you can start your project.

We, however, recommend that you plan ahead, if at all possible. Booking your dumpster delivery a day before your project begins will ensure it is available for you to use the moment you're ready to start your project.

As mentioned above, we won't ever penalize you for ordering your dumpster delivery a day before. You will always get the full days for which you booked.

How do I prepare my site for dumpster delivery?

Ensure the area is free from vehicles or other obstacles and is easily accessible for our delivery trucks.

Is there anything I can't put in the dumpster?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that the Denton County landfill won’t allow and a few other things that are allowed but require special care.

Not allowed:

  • No paint
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No chemicals
  • No rocks
  • No dirt
  • No concrete
  • No bricks
  • No shingles unless spread out over multiple dumpsters. If you are a roofing company, we can serve you, but please give us a call so we can talk about the best approach for your work site.

Allowed with exceptions:

  • Appliances are allowed, but there is a $10 charge per larger appliance item, such as a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, etc.
  • Please let us know if you place appliances in the dumpster, and how many, we are required to take those to a different area of the dump when disposing of them.
  • If you are demolishing a brick house, items such as rocks, dirt, concrete, bricks, and shingles, you would be better off with a dump trunk rather than a dumpster.

What should I do if I have paint to dispose of?

If you have paint you need to dispose of, you can put kitty litter in it and once it has dried, your county/city will have a facility that you can take it to.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Prices can vary depending on location, length of rental and weight of what you are disposing of but, for most customers, dumpsters start at are $375 for a medium sized (15 Cubic Yard) dumpster and $400 for a large (20 Cubic Yards) dumpster.

What is the difference between a 15 yard and a 20 yard?

They are identical except that the 15 yard is 4 foot tall. The 20 yard is 6 foot tall. All our dumpsters have barn doors that open on the back, so you can completely walk into them, making it easy to load them efficiently.

Still have a question?

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