Spring Cleanout Tips for Even the Most Stubborn Collector

If you're a stubborn collector, you may not want to wait until spring to actually do a thorough cleaning of the house. Consider that having too many items in your home could be dangerous, as piles of old newspaper and magazines might pose a fire hazard, and stacks of unused items in your home could also block your exit in case of a fire. You might also be encouraging pests to nest in piles of old clothes and linens and allowing mold and mildew to form, all of which are hazardous to your health. If you find it difficult to tackle this type of cleanout job, note a few tips to keep in mind.

1. Get a skip bin

Trying to bag up all your things can be overwhelming and tiresome, as you need to drag bag after bag to the curb. You may also not be allowed to put whatever trash you want on the curb until your actual day of trash collection, so bags may simply sit in the garage where they're still a hazard. A skip bin hire can allow you to easily toss in all your items without bagging them, and you can get one with a chute that reaches an upper floor or attic. This means not having to climb those stairs with each piece you want to toss. This could make the task seem less overwhelming.

2. Consider the money

If you have items that are sellable, consider the money you might earn with them. Many online sites allow you to place ads for free, or you might sell items to an antique shop or other such professional dealer. There might also be fairs and bazaars near your home where you can set up a booth one weekend and sell all those old records, comics, clothes and other such pieces that you know have value but which you no longer actually need. Research these possibilities beforehand, as knowing that you might actually earn some money can be a good incentive to do serious cleaning.

3. Invest in organizing accessories

Good organizing accessories can help you determine the items you want to keep; if you put up shelves and get some rubber totes, be determined to only keep as many items as you can store on the shelves or in the totes, and no more. This can help you to make the decision about how much of any item you can keep in your home, as you'll limit yourself to just the things you can keep on the storage accessories while everything else needs to be tossed or resold.