Do you have more rubbish in your house than the things you use? Then it’s a good idea to clear out your house and give yourself a fresh, clean start. Clutter causes stress. So all that useless stuff that has been piling up in your home needs to go.
But undertaking such a large project can seem daunting. You could call in the experts and have a house clearing company sort out the whole thing. But that can be financially demanding. If you want to go the DIY way, we have some easy to follow tips to help you out.
Follow these steps to streamline your house clearance.
1. Plan ahead and Prepare
Yes, most times the cleaning spree is impulsive. But when you take on a house clearance, you have to approach it methodically to save both time and energy. You cannot start off in a blaze and then fizzle out later.
Plan out the time it will take for you to clear all the rooms and then make a schedule. Taking a day for every room and two days for the attics or garage is a decent place to start. Space out your work. Taking on a slower pace will make sure you don’t end up getting exhausted and overworked.
Once you have a clear plan, call over your friends and family for a house clearing party! Clearing all that stuff by yourself will be dull and drab work. Your friends can not only help you out with the clearing but will also help make this feel less like work and more like play. With more people pitching in, you can radically cut down on the time taken.
2. Label and Sort All That You Have
Thinking of where to start? Buy three different colored tapes and start labelling your stuff. For example, you can use green tape for the things you will keep, yellow for what you can sell or donate, and then red for the rubbish. This simple color coding will save you a lot of time.
When you are marking out your things, finish one room before going to another. And be ruthless. If you are debating with yourself about whether to keep that 6-year-old toaster that you have only used once, then you are in trouble. You should end up with much less green coded stuff than yellow and red.
Once everything is labelled it’s time to start moving them around. Clump together all the red labelled stuff first since you don’t have to worry about handling them delicately. This will open up space you need to move around furniture. You can then sort out the green and yellow and store them in different rooms so you don’t mistakenly give away something you need.
This is the most arduous part of the whole process. So once you have it all sorted everything else is a breeze!
3. Compost, Recycle and Reuse your Rubbish
Let’s start with the red labelled stuff. Give it a quick sort through to separate the rubbish into biodegradable, non-biodegradable and hazardous wastes. To dispose of the hazardous waste (paint, old tv, batteries etc.) contact your local authority. Do not dump them with your regular rubbish.
You can recycle or reuse most of your non-biodegradable rubbish. If you want to get creative, you can use these upcycling ideas to reinvent your living space. Or you can just take the rubbish to your local recycling house.
Do you have a garden or plants around the house? Then why not make some free fertilizer and get rid of the organic waste all at one go? Compost your organic wastes with these brilliant DIY ideas. You can also use old newspapers that you have heaped up, for composting or as mulch after shredding them. Alternatively, a worm bin can be a faster solution.
Whatever you do, don’t try to burn your waste. With garbage services on hold in many parts of the city, you might be tempted to take the easy way out. But rubbish fires create toxic gases and are a liability to you and your community.
4. Donate to the Charities or Host a Sale
With the rubbish out of the way, you can focus on the stuff that you want to sell or give away. You can contact your local charity shops to check when they are open. Don’t leave the things at their doorstep if they are closed, since the weather can ruin whatever you leave outside.
You can also ask your family and friends to come to take what they want from all your yellow labelled stuff. This is a fast and easy way to clear out the things you don’t need. The best part is that it takes no effort on your part and helps out your close ones at the same time.
If you want to recover some money, hold a garage sale. Fix a date and hand out some flyers or put out an ad on the local newspaper for maximum outreach. Garage sales are a way for the community to come together and have fun. You can sell anything from old books to used furniture in a garage sale or a car boot sale.
If you have expensive antiques or curios to sell then consider using online shopping sites like eBay or Etsy in UK to reach out to a global audience. Just verify the buyer’s identity before finalizing the deal. You can also ask antique shops for quotes.
5. Clean and Disinfect Your House
If all goes well, you will end up with lots of free space and much fewer belongings than you had. Now is the perfect time for a spring cleaning.
Shifting things around will have dislodged layers of dust. You don’t want that to linger, so before you can sit back and relax in your new decluttered space, you have to clean all that up. Gear up with a protective mask and rubber gloves and deep clean one room at a time. You can use this homemade all-surface cleaning recipe to thoroughly disinfect your house.
Still worried about clearing your house by yourself? Don’t be! Just sort out your stuff, and then you can start disposing of them. All you have to do is follow these tips and it’ll be over before you know it.
Article Submitted By Community Writer