Ah, spring! That magical time of year when you spend your weekends strolling through fields of wildflowers, counting robins and splashing in puddles like a giddy toddler.
That was a nice daydream, wasn't it?
The reality is, your house and yard are a mess, and there'll be no puddle splashing until you tackle a few spring home projects. A sure sign of spring: a dumpster in your driveway. Here's some inspiration:
Yes, this is a thing. Not just a legend passed down from your great-great grandmother. But before you can tackle the actual scrubbing of corners, you have to clear out.
Start with the kitchen cupboards. Take each item out, give it a hard stare and ask yourself if you really use it. Goodbye, weird contraption that presses Mickey Mouse faces into your toast.
Hit the bathroom. Purge the beauty products that have gathered dust for a year. Toss out old cosmetics. They don't come with expiration dates, but after a few months, bacteria grows there.
Broken toys, old mops, towels with holes in them, ratty old rugs. Pitch them. Spring is a time to purge, purge, purge. Into they dumpster they go.
Winter might have beat up on your home a bit. Time to walk around the outside for a spring inspection.
Inspect your roof for any loose, missing or damaged shingles. Check the yard for any damaged shingles that may have fallen. Inspect your wood fencing. Remove any badly rotted or damaged pickets, boards, lattice or posts and replace them. Check your wood steps and deck for cracks, rotting boards or places where nails have popped up. Get rid of any rotted boards and replace them.
Clean out the debris from your gutters and make any needed repairs. Consider buying easy-to-clean mesh screens that cover your gutters and prevent debris from clogging them. Less work next spring!
Everything looked so pretty under that white blanket of snow. One of the best things about winter is the giant excuse to completely ignore any yard work. Well, guess what? The snow is gone, revealing a big expanse of yuck.
Decaying leaves you never got around to raking. Fallen limbs from that big storm. Trash that blew in from who knows where. A couple shrubs that succumbed to ice.
It's time to rake it all up and get it out of your yard so winter's debris doesn't hamper your lawn and garden's new growth. Fallen leaves and dead foliage can smother plants and foster disease.
Remove old mulch to make way for a new layer once your spring planting is done. Prune away dead and damaged branches. Cut back spent perennials and pull up those sad old annuals you ignored last fall.
What to do with all this yard debris? Hmmm. We think you know.
You're a pro at the excuses. In the summer, the garage is too hot. A guy could get heat stroke out there! In the winter, frost bite! Guess what, Goldilocks? Spring is just right. Not too hot. Not too cold.
If you want your garage to stow all your summer stuff, from lawn mower to kiddy pool to beach toys, you better clear it out. What to toss? Broken outdoor toys. Rusty, wobbly old lawn furniture. Gross old garbage cans.
One thing to note: you can toss almost anything in a Bin There Dump That dumpster — except for hazardous materials. No motor oil, please, or gasoline, household cleaning chemicals or pesticides. No propane tanks, batteries, old paint, fluorescent light bulbs, tires or aerosol cans.
Check with your local Bin There Done That franchise operator for the restrictions in your area, then dispose of those items properly. Use cabinets for storing anything toxic. You can lock the doors for safety.
Use your walls! With the right shelves and hooks, you can actually quadruple your storage space. There are lots of fancy garage organizing systems out there, but don't forget about humble pegboard. It's inexpensive, and holds everything in plain sight.
When you're ready to tackle your spring home chores, Bin There Dump That is ready, too. (Actually, we're always ready. You're the one procrastinating.)
Our residential friendly bins snug up conveniently in your driveway, so you'll only have to walk a few steps to load your unwanted items. (More time later for puddle splashing.)
Don't worry about heaving that old lawn furniture over the side of the bin. Walk it right in, through our easy-access double doors. Not every dumpster company offers this back-saving feature, but you can count on it here.
Now that your garage is clean and tidy, you might take more pride in your driveway, too. Our operators place protective wooden boards on your driveway before they put the dumpster in place. This helps distribute the weight of the bin evenly, and protects your driveway from any scratches or gouges.
When it's dumpster time, contact a franchise operator near you.