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We’ve learned six decluttering lessons from lockdown.

April 29, 2022 davidcrossan@googlemail.com Comments Off

The most extreme lockdown restrictions in the UK have now been lifted, providing relief to homeowners and businesses across the
country. While the lockdown was undoubtedly difficult for the bulk of us, there were a few advantages. Spending more time in our homes,
for example, made it simpler for many of us to identify which of our belongings still deserved to be with us, and which ones didn’t!

In addition, it started us thinking about the best ways to get rid of these now-irrelevant goods. Some people still prefer “upcycling,” which
entails using local community groups on social media to find new homes for good-condition objects, either by passing them on to friends
or other people in need or donating them to charity.And, after it’s all said and done, you can always hire a skip for anything that’s no longer
useful. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most valuable things we’ve learned from the lockdown, both in terms of organising our
belongings and determining the best method to dispose of them.

Tricks to assist you in making difficult decisions.

We don’t have to tell you that the name “Marie Kondo” is probably already lingering somewhere in the back of your mind, along with the
kind of politeness that is generally associated with the lady herself. She’s become so effective, in part because she’s been able to teach
extremely difficult lessons about hoarding and letting go while making the entire process appear much more simple and less frightening.
You’re undoubtedly already familiar with her now-famous mantra: “Does [the item] inspire joy?”

Perhaps you will find that useful, or perhaps you will not. In any case, here are a few different perspectives to consider:

“That could come in handy at some point.”

If you ever find yourself thinking this sentence, or a version of it, be aware that it is unlikely to come true. “Did I realise I had one of these
before I found it?” is another good question to ask yourself. If the answer is no, you haven’t needed it in a long time, and you probably
won’t need it in the future, either. If you’re still undecided, set a time restriction for yourself. You can properly dispose of the item if you
haven’t needed (or utilised) it in the next six months or a year. In most circumstances, you can easily purchase another one if necessary.

Items that are broken, ripped, or deteriorating should not be kept.

You’re probably not using them if they’re broken or otherwise past their prime. If they’re solely utilitarian, such as a laptop cable or SCART
lead, getting rid of them can be a simple decision. However, when it comes to clothing, for example, things get a lot more difficult. It could
be an old Christmas sweater, a favourite tie, or even your wedding gown. Then there’s the question of whether or not it can be repaired.
Will you ever wear it again if it’s possible? If you responded “no” to one or both of those questions, you’ve already made your decision.

Clothes, on the whole, don’t make the finest sentimental souvenirs, owing to their proclivity to deteriorate and fall apart. The same can be
said about letters you can’t read or wedding recordings that won’t play. A sentimental thing is only worth what you can get out of it for as
long as you can appreciate it. If it no longer serves its original purpose and no longer allows you to savour your memories, it simply
becomes another piece of trash, and it’s time to let it go.

Consider how you store your belongings.

When it comes to memorabilia and sentimental artefacts, it’s never a bad idea to sift through your prized assets and see whether there
are any ways to store them more efficiently. Photographs, letters, CDs, and DVDs are just a few of the goods that can now be kept in
wallets and binders instead of separate boxes and files.

There are several benefits to doing so: not only will you save space around your home (no more towering stacks of DVD cases, for
example), but it will also help protect valuable or sentimental papers from pests and insects like silverfish, which are absolute devils when
it comes to getting into places they shouldn’t be.

Getting rid of stuff in the proper manner

There’s more to decluttering your home than merely figuring out what you’ll get rid of. The second (and possibly easier) step is to really
get rid of it from your life. There are, however, proper and wrong ways to do this depending on the type of trash at hand, and many of
these were brought into stark perspective during the recent lockdown. Some of the most important teachings are as follows:

Things should not be left outside of charity shops.

It may appear that passing by a charity shop without seeing a significant amount of stuff built up outside is rare. While this is usually a
good purpose, since COVID-19 became a more visible menace to the UK population, charity shops have actively discouraged it more
than before. One of the major issues is that when items are left outside, volunteers must bring them into the shop themselves, with no
means of knowing how safe this is. They must also take special precautions to reduce the danger of contamination as they transport the
donations to secure places within the facility.

Instead, it’s significantly easier for them to manage the risks if you bring your gifts in yourself during business hours. In this manner, they
can ask you to relocate it yourself to a safe area so that they can sanitise it as needed while minimising the risk to their employees and
other customers.

When possible, compost food waste at home.

When authorities across the UK cut back on services to the bare minimum during the lockdown, more people than ever were faced with
the challenge of how to deal with rising quantities of food waste (particularly in the midst of scorching heat, which doesn’t help!). As a
result, garden composer sales have increased, as they offer a convenient way for homeowners and tenants to manage their gardens and
food waste. If you don’t already have one, it’s worth thinking about ” experts are still expecting future increases in food waste across the
country as panic-bought items hit their expiration dates.

Garden garbage should not be burned.
This is possibly the most crucial piece of advice we can give, as it pertains to a very real danger.When city collection services were
reduced, an increasing number of homeowners turned to backyard fires as a low-cost alternative to disposing of their garden debris.

Unfortunately, these types of fires are frequently dangerous, and in enclosed garden spaces, wind and weather can make them
unpredictable. Firefighting services in the United Kingdom reported an increase in callouts across the country, with many of them
involving raging backyard fires.While the lockdown may have ended in broad parts of the country, it’s still vital to remember!

So, what other options do you have for getting rid of your garden waste? We’re here to make things simple. Hiring a skip is a terrific way
to get rid of your garden garbage, and at CKB Skip Hire, we strive to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible for you.
Simply go to our webpage to receive a quick skip hire quote right now!

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