How to Decide What to Get Rid of During a Clean Out

How to Decide What to Get Rid of During a Clean Out

Everyone has that area in their home that just accumulates clutter, usually a basement or attic. It’s easy to fall behind and let the mess build up. When you eventually start going through the clutter, trying to make better use of that space, you may find it hard to get rid of certain things, even holding on to things you really don’t need. If you’ve started a cleanout and are struggling to decide what should stay and what should go, consider these questions to help make a decision.

How often do I use This?

One of the first things to ask yourself is how often do I use this item, specifically, when was the last time I have used this. If you cannot remember the last time you have used that particular item, it is time to get rid of it. If you haven’t used it for that long, chances are you never will. Another aspect of this question is when will you use it? For example, if it’s a seasonal tool such as a snow shovel, and winter is coming, you’ll want to keep that. If the item is something you have never used and can’t think of a time when you will need it… you guessed it, get rid of it.

Does This Item Have Value?

This question is an obvious one, you will not want to get rid of a valuable item. There are two main ways an item may be of value though. Many people hold onto items that they have some sort of emotional connection to, maybe it is a family heirloom or a newspaper clipping from years ago. The degree of the emotional connection between you and that item dictates whether to get rid of it or not. If it has been stored away for years without you noticing, then maybe you are not that connected after all, and its time to get rid of it. Another way an object can have value is, of course, monetary value. If you believe an item is worth a great deal, it may be worth it to hang on to it.


When going through all the clutter that has gathered in your home over the years, ask yourself these questions when you’re stumped on a certain item. Schiebel Waste has small dumpsters available for any home cleanout, contact us today for your small roll-off container!

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