Thinking about finally clearing out your loft? Well these handy tips will help make the process as easy as possible:
1: Give Yourself Enough Time
While we might be able to clear out a bedroom or spare room in a few hours, when it comes to your loft you might need to dedicate more time. In fact, the worst thing you can do is give yourself a deadline of 5-6 hours, as you will feel pressure from the start – making it more likely that you’ll be rushed and not be as thorough in your clear-out.
Instead, give yourself at least a full weekend (if not longer). That way you’ll have plenty of time to really look through everything and decide what you’ll be keeping.
2: Get the Right Outfit
Fashion might not be the top of your list when you’re thinking about clearing out your loft, yet it’s actually pretty important. Think about it, you’re going to be going up and down in and out of your loft. Then, while up there, you will likely be bending and lifting a lot. So, wearing tight and uncomfortable jeans will not be ideal.
Ideally, you’ll want to wear something comfortable like joggers or leggings alongside a loose-fitting t-shirt. Also, you’ll want to wear something old, as it will be easy to rip or get these clothes very dirty while in your loft.
3: Be Prepared for Dust – and Worse!
While your house might be cleaner than a whistle, lofts are dust traps. Which means, you should be prepared to find a lot of dust – and spiders – in amongst all your stuff. To help out with this, it’s a good idea to bring a chargeable hoover up with you. This will let you quickly remove large areas of dust. If you have lung problems (such as asthma) you should also take regular breaks for some fresh air.
4: Try to be Brutal
If you’re taking the time and energy to clear out your loft, you also need to commit to really being brutal. That means not keeping every single little toy, CD or item of clothing just because you have an emotional attachment or memory associated with that item.
Instead, try to be really string and only keep what you will use now or in the future. That doesn’t mean you can keep sentimental items, just try to keep only the very special – otherwise your loft will stay as cluttered as ever.
5: Split Loft Contents into Different Categories
To make your clearance as quick as possible, sort items into categories such as:
You might not have enough room in your loft to do this, so you could bring items down bit by bit. This will allow you to sort them in a room with more space.
6: Is there Anywhere Better to Store Certain Items?
Whether it’s a kitchen gadget or some older clothes that you plan to fit in sooner rather than later – if you leave them up in the loft, you’re just going to forget about them. So, instead, try to keep your loft as a place for long-term storage and keep items that you’d like to use for time-to-time in an easier to reach place.
7: Be Careful in the Future!
Once you have your loft cleared and organised, it’s a good idea to try and keep it that way. Which means, rather than just shoving any clutter up into the loft, really think about whether or not you want to keep that item long-term.
If you keep mindful about what you put up there, your loft won’t need a clearance for a long time!
Do you have rubbish from a clearance? Here at KwikSweep we can come and pick up your rubbish for you, recycling everything we can. Which means, you can relax knowing you’re being responsible with your waste!