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by Brenna Timm

What to Donate?

Even the most organized people find themselves hoarding old relics. We no longer need our children’s baby clothes. We no longer need the DVD player since now there is Blu-ray. None the less, we keep them. We don’t need them or use them, but they are taking up space and collecting dust. The best thing to do, especially for unused items, is to dispose of them. However, we cringe at the idea of perfectly functioning items getting crushed in a dump. But there is a solution which can help you clean out your house without destroying the things. Donation centers are everywhere and can assist you with many different types of items.

Clothes and Toys

The first step with old clothes and toys is to reach out to those around you. You could have family with children that would fit your children’s out-grown clothes. There could be friends at the office or church who are expecting that could benefit from old toys. Being able to donate to those you know can bring some amazing things. Beyond your personal connections other options exist. There are also a number of donation centers for people in need that your clothes could be beneficial. We covered some of these donation centers around the Fort Collins/Front Range area previously.

Donation Centers

Plastics

Plastics are something that we don’t put much thought into beside throwing it into the recycle bin. However, plastic bags and film can be reused and recycled in different ways. Most grocery stores and supermarkets have bins you can recycle bags from any store. Also, instead of adding to your collection, you can reuse the plastic bags you have while shopping.

Another side to plastic comes with the thicker types found in toys and water bottles. If they are broken, it may be better to dispose of them with the rest of the trash. However, if they are in good condition, donating them to places like ARC and Goodwill is a good way to reduce waste, clean your house, and help others.

Electronic Items and Waste

It is easy to just throw an old, blocky TV into the garage or the dump and forget about it. However, there are proper ways to deal with unused electronic items and waste.

If an item like a TV or printer is still in working condition, there are donation centers that will take these items. There are sometimes restrictions, but most places are happy to take them off your hands. There is no need to throw away a working device when someone else could make use of it or its parts once you donate it.

If an electronic device is broken, recycling it is a better option. This will allow the device to be disposed of properly and safely while allowing the parts to potentially be used. For more information on local places that recycle electronic, check our Electronic Waste blog.

by Brenna Timm

Cleaning and organizing go hand in hand. They are disliked equally. But cleaning’s reputation is much worse. Doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the living room, all of these things are dreaded. Most people don’t enjoy cleaning. And that is okay. In the end though, we still need to clean. Organization is an important part of cleaning, and if you’re interested in some tips and tricks, check out our blog. Let’s explore some ideas that will help encourage you with cleaning and keep your house in good shape.

Regular Cleaning

One of the first things to help your home stay clean is to do it regularly. Cleaning is hardly fun, but it’s much worse when the work load piles up. If you wait to do your dishes for two weeks, it takes a few days before you can catch up and see your counters again. You may not notice if your carpets are looking dusty and dirty, but that doesn’t mean the grime isn’t there. Laundry is another thing that can be done on a schedule. Especially if you start to run out of socks and underwear, it might be time to set aside one day of the week where you always do your laundry. If there is too much to handle by yourself, call upon your spouse, housemates, or children to help. As long as cleaning is done in smaller chunks consistently, it will be easier to do.

Turn up the Tunes

Cleaning is monotonous and a bit mindless. We can get bored and distracted easily. In order to help maintain your focus, turn on some music or a TV show. Don’t pick something like a new album you’ve been dying to listen to or a show you are very attached to. This will just further your distraction and keep you longer. Instead, pick something you like and are interested in but aren’t too invested in. Having some sound in the background that you could mindlessly sing along with can help your cleaning go much quicker.

Set a Date

Sometimes, we need to be strict with ourselves. With cleaning, now might be the time. Without a set, specific goal in mind, that spare bedroom-turned-storage-closet will never get cleaned. Accountability and rewards could be your best option. Maybe if you desperately need to clean your house and kitchen, offer to host a dinner party. Having people coming to visit is a sure-fire way to get moving and cleaning. Also, if you have an extra room that is just used for storage, this could be an opportunity. Maybe you have always wanted a man cave, an office, a craft room, or a movie and game room. Make this your goal. Cleaning the extra space will open up the opportunity for a new usable space. Now your hard work can be rewarded with your personalized space.

Throw it Out

We own too much stuff. This is true for most people. But how much of this stuff do we actually use? Do you use it daily, or was the last time you used your kitchen mandoline two years ago? Are there clothes and jewelry that you haven’t looked at for a few years’ worth the space they are taking? Is your fridge and cupboards full of nearly empty supplies? It is time to just get rid it. These things are just taking up valuable space and perpetuating the clutter. It is easier to clean if you just start throwing out the things that have no use anymore. If you think that a massive cleaning includes disposing of your stuff, check out Dumpster Rental’s information and the blogs on donation centers. This can help you clean out your house efficiently.

by Brenna Timm

The year is coming to a close with a new one fast approaching. Soon we will be faced with New Years Resolutions and Spring Cleaning. Such tasks are daunting. For most of us, we have piled up clutter from years past taking up our offices, spare bedrooms, garages, and attics. The mere thought of trying to organize the piles encourages us to push it back. Maybe till next year. But the longer we all continue to collect, the harder it will be to sort through. We have some organization tips and tricks for you to use for the upcoming projects.

Organize

Do I really need this?

The first, and probably most important step is to contemplate what you really need. Do you have multi-color Christmas lights that you haven’t used since 2012? You may be planning on getting that one light fixed, but it could also be time to toss it. What about the bins full of baby clothes? We may hope to pass them on in the family to cousins or maybe your own grand kids. If there is a particularly special outfit, keep that but get rid of the rest.

Here is the general line of questioning you should use when you come across items:

  • Everyday items: If you haven’t used it in the last six months, do you really need this?
  • Seasonal items: If you haven’t used it in the last 1-2 years, do you really need this?

What to Toss

Sometimes it is hard to consider what things can be tossed in bulk that will immediately open some space. There are a few things that you can easily organize and sort through.

  • Plastics: Whether it be bags or containers, plastic can take up a lot of space. It can be good to have some variety in the kitchen cabinet,but how much storage do we need? Unless you make a lot of large meals or parties, there is no need for entire shelves of containers.
  • Clothes: Beyond just baby and kids clothes that are no longer used, there are plenty of adult clothes that can be disposed of or donated. Fashions change even though we are no longer growing. Check what you usually wear and what you longer consider. You might be surprised at how many bags for Goodwill you can fill.
  • Toys: While it is good to have a couple games and blocks around for the occasional visit of children, there is no need to keep all of the toys. Kids toys take up a lot more room than you think. If your kids have outgrown Barbie or Hot-wheels, consider donating them or giving them to a friend. Some may have sentimental value to your kids. If that is the case, make it their responsibility to deal with and take care of.

How to organize

Some things would seem a little more important to organize than others.

  • For Frequent use: if some things, like cleaning supplies,towels, or tools, are taking up cabinet or floor space, consider creatively handing them from the wall. As long as they aren’t overloaded or cluttered, walls can be the perfect new storage space.
  • For the Office: We are now in the electronic age, but we still get so much mail and use a lot of paper. Do we really need it? If you are someone who piles up to mail months at a time, it may be better to go purely paperless with your bank statements and bills.
  • For the Kitchen: The kitchen is another place where things can hang. Instead of a knife block, there are magnetic strips made to hang your knives inside cabinets or on walls. Pots and pans also have some stylish hanging options. But even more basic than this, take a look at your counter tops and take in what you have. Appliances and items that are used daily or frequently throughout the week are allowed to live on the counter top. Anything else should be stored until you use it.

Consider exploring around the internet to find more organizational ideas that will best suit your needs.

by Brenna Timm

 

 

introducing windsor

In 1873, a farmer decided to build their house halfway between Fort Collins and Greeley. In the next few decades, people and families began to settle there for the agriculture wealth of the area. This was the quiet little town of Windsor. Various industries began to call the town home. But it wasn’t until Kodak, the technology and camera company, moved in the town truly began to blossom. This was around fifty years ago. Everything has changed since then. In 2015, the town celebrated it’s 125th anniversary. The population of the town is nearly 25,000 and that number is expected to continue growing.

getting bigger

The town is growing. Planning has been made to make this as easy as possible. It is placed in an inviting area that calls for new families and business. The schools in the area are considered some of the best. New things are constantly being added to the Old Town area and new residencies are being added. Windsor is spreading out in all directions. In time, more and more families, business, and people looking for a new life will join the community. There are plans for various new improvements and additions to the town, such as the Community Recreation Center. Could Windsor be your next stop?

renovation readiness

Due to the growth of the town, there are many new areas in Windsor. However, the older parts of town may be due for an update. Dumpster Rental is a local roll-off dumpster rental service based in Fort Collins. You could be in many situations. You could have just moved to town and want to update your fixer-upper. Maybe you are starting a new business and want to make the building your own. Or your dear home that you have grown your family in is in need of freshening up. Whatever your situation is, Dumpster Rental is excited to assist with your waste disposal needs. Contact Dumpster Rental if you have any questions are want to get started on your project.

by Brenna Timm

 

Thanksgiving has come and gone for the year and now we are left with an abundance of food. Not only that, but Christmas is only a month away, so there is another party to plan. With this season of festivities, we are left with more food than we can handle. So what can we do to either make less waste or properly use our leftovers? Below we will talk about some tips and tricks before in order to reduce food waste.

Planning

There are two steps to take before you even begin your meals that reduce food waste. While this isn’t much help with your Thanksgiving leftovers, it should help with the upcoming Christmas and future parties.

  • Plan your meal. Planning out your courses, how much you need to buy, and how much you need to make will help. By planning this all out, you won’t be making extra additions spur of the moment. Knowing how many people are showing up will help with planning as well.
  • Don’t make too much. As part of planning, you may be tempted to make a double batch of cookies or triple the potatoes you need. Don’t fall into the temptation. By controlling the quantity of what you make, there will be fewer leftovers and wasted food.

Composting

If you have a garden or know of someone who does, now may be the time to start composting. There are options for both indoors and outdoors composting, so investigate if something sounds interesting to your situation.

Reduce Food Waste Composting

Share it

Another way to deal with anything left over from the big dinner party is share the love. Have your family and guests take home their favorite selections from the evening in doggie bags and Tupperware. Who doesn’t love a second day of the rare favorites? This is a great way to share the leftovers with others and leave you with less to figure out what to do. On the other hand, if you stock up on Tupperware and need to get rid of it, offer it up to your guests at this time to help get rid of more of your stuff.

Get Creative

In the end, some food will be left for you to deal with. So what now? It’s time to work your brain and get inspired. Don’t eat the same cold turkey for a week after Thanksgiving. Instead, make potpie with the remains. Or for other days when you have a giant meatloaf left, make it into a sandwich. There are many ideas available online that can help you get creative and reduce your food waste.

 

Dumpster Rental wishes you all a happy holiday season.