Planning a House Clearance? Our Ultimate House Clearance Guide
So you’re planning on clearing out your home, what a great idea! We here at realiableskip.com understand that it can be a tricky and stressful process so have decided to put together a guide for you to follow. Below, we have provided information on how to get started and what to do when you finish so some of the stress is eliminated for you.
1. Can you do it?
House clearing isn’t a quick and simple job. It can be very tiring and time-consuming and you need to be sure that you have the time to complete it. The best tip for house clearing is that you need to give yourself enough time to do the job to your best standard. Apart from time, there are also a few other things you need to take into account such as: how many people are needed for the job, do you have the right resources, and where are you going to put all that rubbish? If you don’t live alone and there’s also other members living in the house, you might want to let them know what you plan to do. Once these questions are all answered and a house clearance is on the cards, you can start to plan!
2. Planning it out
The best way to tackle a house clearance is to go into it with a plan. If there’s no plan someone will just get confused and you’ll end up in more of a mess than you started in.
First is planning your time. Each standard size room will take you anywhere around half a day to a full day each. Plan how much time it would take to do all rooms in the house so you know how long it will take to finish your project. It’s very important to leave yourself with enough time, you don’t want to get halfway through and have to stop. Some rooms might also take longer than others so remember to account for that as well.
You are also going to want to plan the order you do rooms and tasks in. For example, it may be easier to do harder rooms first, where there is more to get rid of and sort. By doing them first saves you from doing them when you’re tired later down the line. It might also be useful to plan the order in which you do tasks within the rooms. Something like, first sorting the rubbish from the items you’d like to keep, organising the kept items, and then cleaning the room to the way you like it. By keeping to a structure it helps you keep on track and complete rooms faster.
Lastly, something to plan is where all the rubbish is going to go. Our skips are a great and convenient way to get rid of all the rubbish you find!
3. How to know what to keep and what to throw away
We know that sometimes it can be difficult to know what to throw in the rubbish, what to sell/donate, and what to keep. However, there is a simple series of questions that may help with this process.
Does it hold sentimental value?
It’s easy to know whether to get rid of old appliances or clothes but that simplicity is hard to find when looking at an old photo album for example. If the item you have in front of you holds lots of old memories and lots of sentimental value, then feel free to put it in the keep pile.
Is this item unique?
We’re all guilty of buying lots of different versions of the same item. For example, buying lots of different versions of the same style dress, or multiple blankets that do the same job. If this is the case you may want to consider whittling it down to just one or two versions of the same item so you’re not so cluttered.
Does this item add value?
The last question to ask when deciding what to do with an item is whether it adds value to your life or not. It’s about deciding whether the item makes your life easier or whether it might just look nice in the draws or on display. If it’s about looks you may have to think carefully about whether you want it cluttering your home.
4. What to do with the Rubbish?
You’ve completed the clearance! But after you’ve donated or sold what you can and organised what you wanted to keep, you’re now left with all the rubbish still in your house. This is where we come in! Our skips are a great way to dispose of all your rubbish from your house clearance. All you have to do is hire one of our skips, making sure you pick the right size for you, and we can do the rest. Before filling the skip until your heart’s content, just make sure you look at our waste restrictions page so you’re all clued up on what you can’t put in our skips.
5. Well done!
And you’re all done. The house is clear from clutter and the rubbish is all taken care of by us. Time to put up your feet with a nice cup of tea and enjoy your newly organised, clean house!