It’s a new year and a new decade. So, what better way to kick-start 2020 than with a clear-out?
Decluttering your home not only frees up space, but it’s also been shown to have a positive effect on mental health. Perhaps you’re guilty of hoarding and need to get rid of 10 years’ worth of junk? Or maybe you just wish to remove excess rubbish after the festive season? Either way, the biweekly bin collection won’t be enough and it may be worth hiring a van to do the job.
Here at PSD Vehicle Rental, we have numerous vans for hire in St Helens that are ideal for a home clearance. Check out our advice on how to declutter your home and book your van today.
3 decluttering tips to start the year afresh
1. Be ruthless
This is the key to a successful home clear-out. Try to avoid thinking about the ifs and maybes – such as ‘what if I need this in the future?’ or ‘I may use this again…’ – and be as ruthless as possible.
As a general rule-of-thumb, if you haven’t used something in the last six months (and it has zero sentimental value), get rid of it. Most people wear just 20% of their clothes, 80% of the time. Therefore, when decluttering your wardrobe, remove anything that doesn’t fall within this 20% bracket. It’s also a good idea to check everything for faults; if they don’t work, it’s a no-brainer.
By the end of a good home clearance, the only items you should have left are those which you either use regularly or love wholeheartedly and couldn’t bear to be without.
2. Use the three-box method
Keep in mind that not everything has to be binned. Landfill waste has a huge negative impact on the environment and, as such, you should try to recycle and re-home as many items as possible.
We recommend using the three-box method. This involves sorting junk into three categories:
- – bin
- – recycle
- – re-home
Anything made from glass, plastic, paper, and metal can then be easily taken to a recycling centre. Items that are of good quality can be delivered to the local charity shop. Or, alternatively, you could hire a small van – such as the Renault Kangoo – and take your stuff to a nearby car boot sale. This is a great way to declutter your home, reduce waste and earn a little extra cash in the process.
3. Set targets
A home clearance can be a big task. Just thinking about the level of junk in your loft or garage – and how long it will take to sort – can be overwhelming. So why not set a few goals and targets? For example, you could identify ‘clutter hot-spots’ and aim to clear one area a week. Or, you could hire a 3.5 tonne tipper from PSD and try to fill it with rubbish by the end of the month.
Thanks to its spacious open-box storage bed, this particular tipper can be loaded with up to 1000kg of rubble – thus giving you an achievable goal, whilst keeping trips to the tip to a minimum.
Book your van hire in St Helens today
2020 is the year to get organised and declutter your home. So why not hire a van in St Helens today and get started? It’s easy to make an online booking. Simply use our ‘quick hire calculator’ and fill out the relevant details. If you’re unsure which is the best model for you, you’re always welcome to get in touch. Our team are happy to help and can advise on the best size and model to meet your needs. Either give us a call on 01744 649 889 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.