The big clear out: the 4 options available to you
Once your little one gets to a certain age, that inevitable “clear out” day will arrive. Over the years umpteen toys have been accumulated and suffice to say, most are gathering dust. In fact, there’s probably a few out there that have barely been touched – we all know the process.
With bin collections seemingly more infrequent, clearing out with the standard rubbish no longer seems to be an option. Instead, more creative solutions have to be sought and as the headline may have suggested, here is some advice to help you along your way.
Option #1 – the easy way out
Life as a parent is tough to say the least; pretty much every blog of this ilk will say the same. As such, if you’re in the business of making life as easy as possible for yourself, this first option is probably going to be up your street.
The suggestion is simple; turn to an environmentally friendly house clearance service. Hopefully it should go without saying that you should commit to all of the necessary background checks to see if they hold the relevant permits, and to see whether or not they will deal with the clearance in a sustainable manner. Fortunately, this is an industry which is developing quickly; companies are now under pressure to deal with waste responsibly and this can be a unique selling point for them.
By opting for this approach, you don’t need to hire a skip (more on this later), while they will be able to recycle and donate items to ensure that those unwanted toys are being used appropriately.
Option #2 – hire a skip
It’s just been touched on, so let’s move onto the next suggestion. It’s one of the traditional ways to clear out a house and merely involves hiring a skip. If you’re just throwing few toys out, it goes without saying that this is somewhat overkill. If you are doing furniture and other bulky items as well, it can be just the ticket.
You’ll pay a flat rate, which can sometimes work out to be more cost effective, but you might need a skip permit. Most of the time you will be doing all of the legwork as well – so it’s certainly not as easy as the first option discussed.
Option #3 – tap into local services
Most local councils will have their own service which can collect bulky furniture. Again, this isn’t going to be the case for toys, but if you’re having a clear out with larger items then it can be a good solution. Usually, the services are free, but you might be limited to ‘x’ number of items.
Option #4 – the DIY approach
Failing all of the above, you can opt for the complete DIY approach. You’ll need a vehicle and the manpower to move the items, but it goes without saying that it’s the cheapest solution by far. From a green perspective, it lets you control where your unwanted toys are heading as well – which might be important for some of you.