We live in a very small house on a very small lot and we love it. However, one of the more prominent challenges of small space living is keeping your “stuff” from getting out of control.
Every once in awhile, the need to off-load some of the accumulation of debris gets to the breaking point. All of the sudden, it’s time to clean-up. Now. So a few days ago, that’s what we did.
Adios Messy Backyard.
One of the cool perks of being a blogger is that companies sometimes send me their latest and greatest gadgets to try out. Usually, it’s tools, nails, sandpaper, etc.
This time, it was a huge green bag. Huuuuuuugggge.
Waste Management has developed this cool new product called The Bagster Dumpster in a Bag. They sent me one a couple of weeks ago to try out. At first I stuck it in a corner and didn’t think about it anymore.
My original plan had been to use it on a kitchen remodel. But I just wasn’t feeling it. You know? I wasn’t sure what counters I wanted, wasn’t sure about the walls, or the floors. So, kitchen remodel out of the picture, I just sat the cool dumpster in a bag to the side until I felt a project coming on.
Cool Point Number One – It’s Ready When You Are
I’ve tried every method of trash removal there is. I’ve ordered dumpsters in every shape and size, I’ve owned my own trucks and dump trailers, I’ve hired local trash hauling guys, and I’ve hauled stuff to the dump myself.
Other than hauling stuff to the dump myself, all of the other options for large-scale debris removal require advance planning. So much for that spontaneous night of crazy demolition you were hoping for.
You have to strike when the iron is hot! When the stars align and everyone in the house is ready to remodel you gotta go now! Nothing will throw water on your fire like having to call around and line-up a dumpster for $300 bucks or more.
The Bagster Bag solves that problem because you buy it before you need it. You can grab it at local stores or buy it online at Amazon.com. Then you just stick it in a closet until you’re ready.
Cool Point Number Two – Sets-Up in Like Ten Seconds
Open package. Lay dumpster bag out on ground. Fold top edges down toward the outside. Fill.
If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have put it so close to the house. I made life difficult for the pick-up driver. Other than that, it was really pretty simple.
Cool Point Number Three – Holds a Ton of S#$^^ (stuff)
I have a confession to make. Hi, my name is Tim and I’m a hoarder. I’m (almost) powerless to throw stuff away if it appears to have value. As I mentioned, this is a mondo big problem when you live in a tiny house.
Scrap lumber from various projects is one of the worst items, but old outdoor furniture, kid’s toys, and any number of metal items which don’t survive well only a hundred yards from the Harbor start to pile up after a year or so.
My case isn’t hopeless however. Unlike the slightly more disturbed people featured on the tv show “Hoarders”, I can throw stuff away like nobody’s business. I just need one thing to get me going… a dumpster.
Once it’s there and I know I’m paying the same price half-full or full, man I start spring cleaning.
The Bagster Bag holds a huge amount of standard debris. It has a weight-limit of 3300lbs (which is a lot) so you have to be careful with things like concrete, huge amounts of tile, bricks, etc. But for wood, household junk, and old furniture this thing can be filled to the top. A total of about 3 cubic yards of capacity.
Cool Point Number Four – Call in for Pick-Up and Forget it.
If you’ve set your bag in an accessible spot, which can be on your driveway, in your yard, or even behind a fence less than 5′ tall, then all you need to do is call it in.
If calling isn’t your thing, you can set the whole thing up online. You have to pay extra for pickup and it depends on your area. In my part of Florida it was $99.00 for the pickup. The price depends on local disposal costs and you can call the toll-free number to get a quote before you buy the bag, which is about $25-$30 bucks.
But you pay for pick-up by credit card and voila, you’ll come home one day soon and the bag will be gone.
Personally, I miss it already. I thought it was really pretty nifty because unlike garbage cans, it held man-size stuff. Rusty fire pits, broken wooden benches, old outdoor planters, you name it. I liked having it around.
So our backyard is now clean. Ready for the next project and the subsequent mess!
If you see a remodeling, demolition, or clean-up project in your future you might want to check out this Bagster Dumpster in a Bag. It worked for me.
Disclosure: This post was encouraged by the fact that Waste Management sent me a free Bagster Bag to use. They also advertise through the advertising network displayed on RemodelingGuy.net so I do make a little money indirectly from them. However, that doesn’t change my opinions. What they advertise is exactly what happened. Buy. Fill. Gone. – TRL