We all go through periodic cleaning spurts where our homes or office premises go through a clean and declutter. One area that does continue to be neglected though are the lofts. It is the place where everything we cannot get ourselves to throw away but that we actually never use, go to be. This is unfortunate really when you consider the potential lofts offer to a space as they provide an easy way to add square footage to a place. It may seem daunting but with planning, determination and a loft clearance guide tidy attic dreams can easily become a reality. Follow these tips and be ready to thoroughly enjoy your loft.
Make a plan for the steps to follow
Drawing up a step by step plan and timeline will help bring a sense of reality and purpose to the loft clearance project. Take stock of the work that needs to be done and a rough inventory of the goods and items that need to be moved. If there are many heavy items and just a lot of junk to wade through, then it will be advisable to get professional help. They will have a team of experienced people who will be able to do the clean up quickly and efficiently and ensure that the job gets done. When you depend on different members of the family or work colleagues it is hard to schedule times that are convenient to all. This can lead to the tidying getting postponed or dragged out over a long period of time.
Gather waste bags and storage boxes/containers
For the loft to be a proper functioning space, a genuine clean out will be necessary. It is important to actually get rid of clutter to free up space. This will be easier to do if you keep the garbage bags and storage boxes and containers ready so that the prospect of removing items for waste removal, recycling or donating will be a reality.
Also, having this ready will make the job easier to do quickly, when you do not have to spend your time running around looking for storage containers and waste bags.
Of course not everything will be for removing and some items will need to be sorted and marked clearly for convenience. When you take your initial stock of the items make a categorised list so that it will easier on the day itself, because the decision of what to do will already be made. Trying to decide what to do while cleaning will delay the entire process. Follow a prepared list of which items are used more regularly, which can be stored away as they are used less regularly, and which items are for disposal, donation or recycling.
Either pre-label boxes and containers and have them ready, or have a label maker or simple paper, marker pens and sticky tape at hand to mark the boxes as you go along. Once tidied and stored the labels will give everyone a clear idea just what is in each box and avoid a lot of useless rummaging when looking for something later on.
Donating or discarding unnecessary items
As mentioned before, have a clear list of items to be donated, discarded or sent for recycling. When the categories have been clearly demarcated it make it easier to make decisions and avoid any miscommunications between everyone involved in the loft clearance process.
Safety precautions during the clearance
This should definitely be added to your list as any clearance operation can have its difficulties to overcome. This is where a professional cleaning and removal service will be helpful as they will have people trained in such matters with experience in lifting and moving heavy items. If you are handling the actual clearance yourself then have googles, gloves and masks at hand, depending on how bad the clutter is.
Safe and correct disposal of unnecessary items
Make a note of all the hazardous and electronic items that need to be disposed of or sent for recycling. It is best to leave the disposal of electronic and hazardous goods to the professionals who will have experience. Further, they will handle all the logistics so that is one less worry for you to deal with.
Selecting a proper loft clearance service
A professional loft clearance service will take the hassle out of the loft clearance task and do so quickly and with minimum fuss. They have the experienced personnel, the proper equipment and vehicles needed to ensure a smooth loft clearance. The quicker the job is done the quicker you will get to enjoy this additional room and create a functional space that everyone can actually appreciate.
It is not impossible to handle the project yourself but unless everyone is totally committed to the goal and set aside the time to actually do the work, your loft clearance could take forever or never happen at all, as enthusiasm wanes. When you weigh the cost of having professionals handle the task with efficiency, against you having to gather friends or family and handle the heavy lifting and sorting yourself, it is easy to see how hiring a professional clearance company will make life much simpler for all.