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From Attic To Basement: How To Sort Your Domestic Waste


One of the defining features of modern life is that we all tend to accumulate lots of stuff. Whether its new trainers, soft furnishings or kitchenware, most of us love to shop for things to put in our homes. The result of this is that many people are now living amidst clutter, where there is only so much space for all our belongings. Over time, this accumulation of stuff can become oppressive and overwhelming, especially when it comes to moving house or renovating an interior.

 

That’s where waste clearance comes in, as a solution to this perpetual accumulation. Whether you’re sorting through old clothes or disposing of unused building materials, proper waste management is essential in order to limit your environmental impact. Recycling and repurposing can help you to prolong the life of your waste, reducing the quantities of rubbish that end up in landfill sites.

 

Read on to find out more about domestic waste clearance, with a look at how to handle everything from old timber to garden materials.


Time For A Clear Out?


It can be difficult to decide when a big clear out is due, especially if cluttered surroundings have become familiar. But there are some instances that could kickstart your waste disposal journey, where these include:

 

Moving House - Moving with lots of stuff can be stressful, where it can make the process easier if you have a clear out beforehand. Alternatively, you may wish to have a skip handy while you’re packing, where you’re bound to accumulate waste along the way.

 

Renovations - If you’re planning renovations for your property, it can be helpful to clear out any waste to make room for your construction team. You will also produce rubbish as a by-product of building work, where this should be handled responsibly.

 

Property Valuation - When an estate agent comes to value your property, it is important that they are seeing the best version of your interior. Having a big clear out beforehand can help with this, where prospective buyers will want to view a tidy house.

 

Making Money - Sorting out your belongings can also be a good way to generate income, especially if you have valuable items to sell. Furniture, clothing and homeware can all fetch an impressive price when sold second hand, helping to transform clutter into cash.

 

Decluttering - Sometimes the reason for clearing out your home might be that it's simply become too cluttered. This is as good a motivator as any, where a tidy interior can make you feel happier and more relaxed.


Managing Your Domestic Waste


When it comes to clearing out your property, there are lots of different ways you can reduce your environmental impact. Managing your waste in a careful, considerate manner means repurposing materials wherever you can whilst keeping the quantity of rubbish sent to landfill to a minimum.

 

Primarily, conscientious waste management means recycling as much of your waste as possible, whilst other items can be resold or reused in your home. Some decluttering solutions are discussed below:


Reselling & Donating


Before you recycle your waste, it is important to consider if it still has any value. Clothing and furniture may still be in a usable condition, meaning it can be donated to a charity vendor or resold to someone else. Some charities will collect unwanted furniture from your door, providing an easy and cost effective way of clearing out your interior.

 

Beyond this, your old books and technology can be bought by resale companies, where this typically involves sending your items in the post in return for payment. Other more traditional methods include carboot and yard sales, where this can be a good way of getting rid of lots of low value items in one go.


Repurposing Domestic Waste


Some forms of domestic waste will have an intrinsic value that you can benefit from within your own home. Building projects and DIY jobs often result in leftover materials, where these can be used throughout your interior. For instance, old timber from reflooring projects can be used to build new shelves, or to create raised beds in the garden.

 

If you have unwanted fabrics from old clothing or bedding, then these can be repurposed to make new curtains or pillowcases with some basic sewing knowledge. Leftover tiles can be reused throughout your home for a cohesive look, or as a rustic alternative to coasters. Untreated, natural wood from a building project can also be chopped for use as firewood or bonfire fuel.


Storage Options


Decluttering doesn’t have to be about getting rid of things, where this process can also involve organising, sorting and storing your belongings. Your interior may only be lacking some effective storage solutions, where small changes like a fitted wardrobe, under the bed storage or additional shelving can make a big difference when it comes to freeing up space.

 

Sometimes though, you may need to move belongings out of your property. In this case, you can consider investing in off-site storage, where these can be hired on a flexible basis according to your requirements. You can also consider storing items in your attic, basement, garage or shed, where clear labelling and boxing can make it easy to find things when you need them.


Handling Hazardous Waste


When it comes to disposing of hazardous items, it is important to follow the guidance of your skip hire company whilst following local guidelines. Electrical items, solvents and chemicals shouldn’t be disposed of in a general waste skip. Instead these can be taken to your local recycling centre, where they will be handled safely.

 

Additionally, if you’re clearing out an older building you should stay alert for asbestos-containing materials. These may be uncovered in loft spaces and basements if insulation is exposed, where you should evacuate immediately and call in professional assistance if you suspect you have uncovered an asbestos site. You should never attempt to remove asbestos yourself, where this will release toxic fibres into the environment.


Garden Waste


If you’re clearing out your domestic garden, then a range of additional waste management methods may be utilised. For instance, green waste can be used for compost, where it can be collected with kitchen waste in a designated bin, decomposing over time to produce a nutrient-rich soil. You could also collect branches and leaves to create a wildlife-friendly brush pile, where insects and small mammals can make their home there.

 

Small amounts of green waste can be collected at home alongside your recycling, where larger collections can be taken to your local recycling centre. Additionally, some forms of green waste can be repurposed throughout your home and garden. Sticks and branches can be used to form a natural pathway or to build a raised bed, whilst some dried out wood can be repurposed as fuel.


Which Skip Is Right For You?


We offer a range of skip hire options for effective domestic waste management. Our smallest 2-yard mini skip is perfect for small clearance projects, where we also offer 5, 10 and 12-yard skip options for bigger jobs. In addition to this, our range includes roll on/roll off skips. These provide plentiful storage space and can be moved on and off a collection truck for straightforward waste removal.

 

Beyond this, you may also wish to consider hiring an enclosed skip for domestic use. These can be locked overnight, providing a secure container for holding potentially hazardous or valuable waste materials.


Cherry Hill Waste: Domestic Skip Hire For Your Home Clear Out


At Cherry Hill Waste, we offer a variety of domestic waste management solutions, where our skips vary in size to meet your project requirements. We can deliver our skips and retrieve waste at a time that’s convenient for you, so you can declutter your home according to your own schedule. Our team also prioritises environmentally friendly waste disposal, where we always endeavour to recycle as much waste as possible.

 

Beyond this, we offer a range of commercial waste management services, where these include aggregate delivery and tipper hire. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about how we can help.

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