December 28, 2016

Flat clearance is nothing more difficult than loft, basement or garage clearance.

It’s even easier than the big house clearance that should take place once a year, just because a flat is usually much smaller than a huge house with numerous rooms where you may store useless objects chaotically. So, first try to do it by yourself and then, if you can’t, call a professional clearance crew.

Check out some tips and advice in that regard:

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  •  Instead of spending time to find the perfect clearance crew, spend a couple of hours over the weekend for some basic sorting and de-cluttering of the flat. Get started with the smallest rooms and areas where you are hoarding books, broken furniture, scrap electronic devices or even good-looking useless furniture.
  • Put aside the useless objects in good condition that you have wanted to get rid of for years. Sort the smallest objects and separate the metal from the wooden items. Then, continue with the same de-cluttering process in the bigger rooms of the flat.
  • It is essential to de-clutter not only the smallest areas, because you can find useless objects in the other rooms too. When you get everything sorted, then it would be much easier to decide whether it is too much to handle by yourself.
  • Use gliding blankets for the separation of the scrap objects. Don’t pile objects directly onto the floor, because they can scratch the surface of the floor and spread out into a greater mess. Not to mention that gliding blankets will help move the big and heavy piles of scrap and useless objects in one go.
  • Get a breathing mask and protective gloves for heavy lifting. They will help avoid the issues from the dust that will spread out easily through the small flat. Personal protection is essential, while the gloves are a must during waste removal of some hazardous objects and detergents.
  • Pick the best day for flat clearance and inform the neighbours if required to free more parking space for the pick-up van.
  • Organize your waste clearance in advance and don’t leave everything for the last moment. Check out where the closet spot to pile the scrap and useless objects for disposal is in order to save yourself going the extra distance when loading the van. Check out where the closest recycling centre or the nearest place for disposal of household waste is.
  • Inspect the route between the flat and the van for hurdles, such as stairs, turns, bumps and others.
  • Always consider some waste reducing tips before the disposal of your waste. Donation is one of them. It is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of the useless objects that are still in good condition. Selling is another great tip, but it will take some time.
  • Try to repair and re-use some objects or change their purpose completely. Finally, consider recycling as another great way to reduce the amount of household waste after flat clearance.
  • Book a pick-up service in advance or hire only a van if the rubbish cannot fit in your normal car. Waste collections services are recommended for a major part of the household rubbish, but there are some specific items that require specific care. Always check out the label that shows the right method for disposal of some objects, for example big appliances and heavy white goods.

Do you have any other tips or advice for people clearing out their junk? Share with us below.


  • These are great tips

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  • I like to tackle one room at a time.

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  • These are all great tips. I tend to start on one room, keep it small, but when I move to another room for any reason at all, I sometimes start in there too!!

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  • One room at the time, one corner of the room at the time, one cupboard or one shelf at the time.
    It’s not my favorite thing to do though, I’m happy to find excuses (bad I know).

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  • What I need is the motivation to start – wardrobes are my only problem though.

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  • I have regular clear outs. If I don’t I know we would end up on one of those hoarder tv shows due to hubbies obsession with collecting crap

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  • Tackle one room at a time and be ruthless. If an item has not been used in six months – then out it goes.

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  • Moving time can be more difficult that planned. Charities are getting very fussy about furniture they will accept. In in particular pleads for furniture after natural disasters yet if you offer them as new good solidly built furniture they won’t accept it unless they can sell it reasonably quickly. What’s more when I was looking for something in particular to buy their prices where as high or higher than new at ordinary retailers.

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  • Clear small areas at a time and you wont feel so overwhelmed.

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  • great article, we are a moving family due to employment, so we know what it is like to purge before every move. We still fall into the same traps though and have to purge every single time. Worse now with kids too. I like the tips shared here and it could be adjusted to do a yearly cull.

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  • I definitely believe that selling off as much as you can before your big move plays a pivotal part, unless your items have sentimental value it means you can start shopping again when you get to your new place. And everyone loves that fresh new smell right?

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  • This sounds like a guide for someone who’s let it get out of control…

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  • Definitely do one room at a time but I have started doing this but also if something doesn’t fit it goes straight to charity


    • Giving to charity is also a feel good act.

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  • Yes, good to keep organized and declutter room by room every now and then.

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  • We have book in council clean ups and I find once I book one in, Im on a countdown to make sure i utilise it. I find having my hubby helping a hindrance. Its easier for me to collate and the just get him to glance before crunch time. In terms of smaller items in the house, I keep an Aldi bag on the back of each bedroom door. When filled, off to charity.

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