Moving out can be a truly challenging phase of your life, but also an exciting one. After all, you get to make a new start in a brand new place, make new friends, see new things. What can put a dampener on your excitement is the clearing out of your home. If you are the kind to hoard every little thing you see, this process of clearing out unwanted stuff before your move is likely to be giving you a few sleepless nights. But there is a way to address that.
Here are a few tips that can help:
Start early: Don’t leave the clearing- out- rubbish part for the very last. Start about a month early so that you have plenty of time to do a thorough job of getting rid of every single thing that you do not need. Remember that by doing so, you start in your new home with the least possible things cluttering up the space. Fewer things in the house mean fewer things to clean, maintain and find a place for there. That’s a great incentive to persuade yourself to clear out ruthlessly.
Go room by room: Schedule one room per day and if possible, do a survey of the room the previous day and make a list of the things you want to throw away. This list will not be exhaustive because as you start the task, you will come across a hundred items that you did not even remember you had, but a list is a good starting point.
The way to go about it is to remove everything from the room first. Lay it all outside, preferably segregated into ‘Things that work’ and ‘Things that don’t work.’ Mentally prep yourself for throwing away the latter without a second look.
Sell, donate, throw- which one?: Before you start, think about how you want to go about handling the stuff that you do not need any more. You can sell items that might be of use to others, like textbooks or electronics. You can have a garage sale for exotic items like lampshades or intricately carved bookends or antique clocks or unusual bric-a-brac; however, some things, like old clothes or a rusty old bike, may have to simply be trashed. If you can find someone to donate sturdy clothes that do not fit you or a cycle you have outgrown, that’s a feel-good option that you should explore. Making a list (in advance) of places that accept donations with details of what kind of items they accept helps here immensely.
Segregate the ‘safe’ trash from the ‘unsafe’ trash: You are doing yourself and your neighbourhood a huge favour by doing this. Things like batteries, old cells phones, and so on that can potentially be hazardous to the environment, or anything explosive that can be dangerous to those who are handling the trash should not go along with the other rubbish you are throwing out. Call in professional rubbish clearance providers to handle this task safely, efficiently.
Don’t forget the paper: Often we tend to categorise books and papers as one single item and leave it aside. Keep in mind that paper might be the single-most cumbersome item you possess if you put it all together, not to mention the heaviest. Set time aside to sift through your books and papers and throw out everything you do not need. If you are able to reduce it by even half, you are saving that much storage space in your new home. Plus, paper/books accumulate dust very easily, so by getting rid of these, you can make it easier on yourself to keep your new home clean. Consider donating unused books to a library if you can’t find anyone to give them away to.
Mentally prepping yourself for decluttering
The six- month rule comes in very handy when you sit down to do your rubbish clearance. When you look at an item, think if you have had to use it in the previous six months. If not, then you probably never will. This applies to clothes, crockery, electronics, general appliances and many other items.
Often, we get stuck when it comes to things of sentimental value. These are things that are ideal for giving away to family members who would cherish them. This way, you know it has gone to a ‘good home,’ and you don’t feel guilty for discarding it. While this works for things that you have been left by family members or things that have been in the family for years, guilt is the predominant emotion when you have to discard gifts that people have given you. For such items, donating to people who really need them is the best solution.
If you are in two minds about throwing something out, ask yourself why you have kept it and why you need it. If you don’t have a convincing answer to both questions, bid goodbye to it.
Getting help from the clearance professionals
Once you have everything you don’t need to put aside, you have to get them carted away and disposed off safely. That’s where you will find clearance professionals playing a very critical role. You can have your home rubbish, garden waste, office supplies carted away quickly, efficiently and safely with friendly, highly trained professionals from an insured and well-reputed waste clearance service. Remember that disposing off the waste in the RIGHT way is very critical so that you do not end up putting anyone at harm or damaging the environment in any way.
Waste clearance services do not just address the rubbish from home clearance or remodelling; you can find professionals to handle waste clearance from building sites. So, if you have rubble, tiles, pipes, walls, windows piled up after a renovation project, call in a service provider who handles such projects as well and get an estimate of the total cost.
So, the next time you need waste clearance in Beckenham or garden clearance in Chislehurst, or helping with rubbish removal in Lewisham after an office renovation or any similar service, keep these aspects in mind and call in the experts!