Neighborhood Decluttering Day: Hosting A Cleanup Block Party

Posted on: 20 December 2017

One way to get the community together while making everyone's homes a bit more beautiful is to host a cleanup block party. This neighborhood decluttering day gives you a way to pool your resources, get rid of junk, and get to know your neighbors. Here are a few things you can do to create this event on your block.

Rent A Dumpster

While you might not have enough clutter to justify renting a dumpster on your own, hosting a community event provides a way for everyone to pitch in and use a large communal dumpster. Work with your dumpster rental company to determine the size you might need along with where it will be placed. For a long block, you may want two smaller dumpster rentals that can be easily accessed by people living at either end of the neighborhood.

Collect Moving Equipment

Start an email chain with your neighbors to see how much moving equipment you have between each household. Dollies, hand carts, and wagons can all be used to haul items from homes and to the dumpster. If you don't have enough equipment, consider renting a few hand carts from your local hardware store or moving company. On the day of the cleanup party, position these items at intervals throughout the block so they can be used as people bring old furniture or other items out of their homes.

Plan For Recycling

Your dumpster rental company can help you to come up with a recycling plan for electronics and other recyclable items. Ask if the company participates in a recycling program, as you may be able to earn a little bit of cash for these items. That money can be used to offset the cost of renting the dumpster. It's also a good idea to have a few recycling bins ready for other items, such as newspapers or plastic bags, which can sometimes accumulate in homes.

Make It A True Party

Use this day of decluttering as a way to get to know everyone in the neighborhood. Have a few refreshment tables filled with snacks and bottled water, or have the event catered. Be sure to have hand sanitizer and other hygiene items available so people can clean their hands before digging in, and consider setting up a few picnic tables in the front yards on your block so people can take a break from the heavy lifting and have a few conversations with each other.

Discuss this idea with your dumpster rental company, and see if it has any other offers or equipment you can use to make your decluttering day block party a success. At the end of the day, everyone will have homes that are a little neater, and you may even make a few new friends.


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