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By David, Jan 9 2020 10:50AM


If you didn’t need to declutter your home before Christmas, chances are, you do now. With endless gifts, Christmas decorations, packaging etc., things can get cluttered very fast. If you’re partial to hoarding, this can make your living conditions even more cluttered, hazardous and stressful than normal.


Working in the world of house clearance for many years, we know that people like to use January to get things back into order. We help families/individuals with everything from full house clearances, to decluttering, to full support for hoarders who are taking the next step in their hoarding journey.


Here are 5 reasons why decluttering your home in January is a good idea.


1. Start of a new year


What better time to have a fresh start than a brand-new year? There’s something extra motivational about the first few weeks of January. They seem to make people focus on the changes they’ve been wanting to make for a while.


You can wave goodbye to the year that’s passed and make the changes that will start this year off just as you want it to.


2. A New Year’s resolution you can stick to


There are so many New Year’s resolutions that get broken only a few days into January. No refined sugar for a whole month, going to the gym three times a day, training for an ultra-marathon when you don’t regularly run.


Taking the big step to declutter your home in January can mean that you’re making a realistic resolution that you’ll be more inclined to stick to.


3. Start as you mean to go on


So many of us use the excuse ‘I’ll start on Monday’, or ‘Maybe I’ll do it at the start of next month’. What is it about starting/changing something mid-week/month that some of us don’t like?


What better time to seize the moment than at the start of a brand-new year (and this year, decade!)? Hopefully this means the whole family will be more likely to upkeep your fresh, decluttered home environment for the whole year.


4. It’ll help with the post-Christmas madness


There is usually a lot of extra ‘stuff’ around after Christmas. Extra rubbish, toys, recycling, food, furniture, you name it. Many homes are at their fullest after the festive period.


Decluttering in early January will help you not only declutter your home in general, but also get rid of any additional Christmas clutter. You won’t have weeks of extra rubbish for the binman or tips to the skip because we’d take it all away for you.


5. You’ll see more of a difference


As homes are normally fuller through December, what with Christmas decorations, new toys, extra bags of rubbish etc., you’ll see a huge difference after decluttering.


We know that the space where the Christmas tree was always seems a little sad in January (and that it secretly feels refreshing). Well how much better would it feel if when you took the decorations down and reverted back to the way things were, they were even more decluttered?!


Here at Clear & Clean House Clearance, we specialise in all sorts of house clearance, but also other tasks such as decluttering/garden clearance etc. Whether you’re a hoarder who needs some additional support with transforming your home to a safe, fresh environment; or your home needs a huge declutter after the Christmas period; we can help.


We are known throughout Gloucestershire for our specialist support for hoarders and kind and unique approach. We will also avoid taking items to landfill at all costs, using alternatives like recycling, upcycling and donation.


If you’d like our help, or even a chat and a free quote, get in touch today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086.



By David, Jan 2 2020 04:39PM


Truthfully? There’s never an ‘ideal’ time to move home. August? Too hot. March? Too cold. December? Too close to the festive season.


Up there with Christmas, heading the ‘most dreaded times of year to move to a new house’ list, is the New Year. Everyone’s full, tired, back to work and a little bit fed up already. The unfortunate thing is, you can very rarely plan the timing of your house move. This is because there are so many different parties involved and you can't choose the availability of everyone.


If you’re faced with moving home this New Year, things don’t have to be stressful. Here are some great tips to help you keep things as stress-free as possible.


1. Get your diary out


Moving home is usually a busy time. Moving home in January can be even busier with all the post-Christmas madness. Invest in a new diary or help the environment and go digital!


There will be lots of different things/people you’re coordinating. Who’s coming to collect the table you’re selling? When are the removals company arriving? What day is your meeting with the solicitor? Things will get muddled fast and using a diary will help you keep on top of things.


2. Don’t leave it too late to pack


We know the last thing you want to do after a busy Christmas is start boxing the house up, but things will get stressful (fast) if you don’t keep on top of how much time you have before you move. The sooner you start packing the non-essentials, the more you’ll thank yourself in the long-run.


3. Find your local foodbank


When you’re packing to move, a lot of food/clothing can get thrown in the bin. Foodbanks all across Gloucestershire are crying out for donations, especially at this time of year. Rather than items go to waste, familiarise yourself with local food banks/charities and make it your mission to help as many families as you can with your unwanted items.


4. Try not to call on your friends


Most people have been in the situation where they’re considering roping their friends into helping them out with their house move. However, things will get done so much faster, easier and more efficient if you use a professional house removals team.


One of the many reasons people love Clear & Clean House Clearance is because we’ve stopped them having to bother their friends for help. Everyone can go about their New Year in their own way.


5. Keep yourself as stress-free as possible


We know this is easier said than done, but after a relaxing Christmas period, it would be a shame to stress yourself out over your house move. Companies like us can come and take absolutely everything off your hands. We’ll pack your belongings, clear your property, move it to your new home, then return to clean the old property. You can have as much (or little) involvement as you like.


If you’ve not used a house removals service before, we’re certain that you’ll question why after your first experience. We’re a moving van, (environmentally friendly) skip and cleaner all in one service. We’ll comfortably slot into your family for the time we’re with you and make things as easy as we can for you.


We’re known throughout the whole of Gloucestershire for providing the best, most unique, trusted and personal removals service in the whole county. If you’d like a chat and a free quote, give us a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. You’ll be glad that you did.


By David, Dec 18 2019 04:25PM

As 2019 draws to a close, we wanted to reflect on the year Clear & Clean House Clearance has had. It goes without saying that this year has been our busiest and most successful yet. We've helped make a difference in more people’s lives than ever before and we’re really thankful that we get to impact families the way that we do.


We’ve met new clients, worked with previous clients and developed brand new partnerships. We’ve also championed our green ethos more than ever before. Join us as we recap on the areas of 2019 that we’re most proud of.


Increased support for grieving families


Those of you who know who we are, will know that we have certain house clearance specialities; one of them being supporting families who are going through bereavement. We always pride ourselves on doing everything that we can to make the clearance process as easy as possible for these families; providing as much support as we possibly can.


2019 has seen us help more grieving families than ever before. As each year passes, we gain more knowledge that helps us with every deceased estate we work on. We are humbled that whilst others are going through some of the hardest times in their lives, they trust us to step in to make a difference.


Hoarders throughout Gloucestershire assisted to safe living


Through our continued work with hoarders and increasing knowledge, 2019 has seen us make the highest level of progress with hoarders than ever before. We’ve conducted complete house clearances with full permission and also gone in to support hoarders with clearing the property themselves.


We will forever provide unique, tailored support to hoarders that we work with. We’re just pleased they continue to trust us enough to welcome us into their homes to help.


Hundreds of tonnes of waste prevented


It’s always been our mission to do as much for the planet as possible. Over the years, we’ve completely adapted all of our processes to ensure we’re being as friendly as we can to the environment.


This year, we beat our record and have saved over 552 tons of waste from going to landfill. The clients we work with love that they’re doing their bit for the environment just by working with us. This is because we do everything within our power to avoid landfill.


This is a figure we’re extremely proud of and we hope we can inspire others to make a difference to the planet too.


New partnerships


We’ve always had successful relationships with businesses through Gloucestershire. Companies like estate agents/solicitors know that when they refer their clients to us, we’ll go above and beyond to get the job done.


2019 has introduced us to even more estate agents/solicitors, whilst maintaining the relationships we already have.


If you’re a local business looking to go into the new year with a new partnership, get in touch on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 and have a chat with Director, David.


Our reputation throughout Gloucestershire has continued to thrive this year and we’d like to say thank you to every person/business that we’ve worked with and who has recommended our services.


We look forward to working with you throughout 2020 and onwards.


Wishing you a Merry Christmas & happy, healthy & successful new year.


From Clear & Clean House Clearance


By David, Dec 18 2019 04:13PM

Many of us are making more of an effort with being environmentally friendly in our day to day lives. When we start this journey of becoming ‘greener’, most people begin by changing one thing at a time until the new processes begin to replace our old behaviour.


You may be relatively new to this process – perhaps it’s your first festive period as an eco-friendlier household. From a professional house clearance company, here are a few tips to keep things as ‘green’ as you can this Christmas.



1. Avoid/recycle disposable tableware


If you’re having people over for a boxing dinner lunch or a new years’ day brunch, it can be tempting to buy a cheap packet of paper plates/cups and straws and avoid doing the washing up afterwards.


In Hong Kong, during 2018, over 4,000 tonnes of plastic cutlery was found in landfill. Landfill poses a huge threat to the future of our planet. By using reusable tableware (or recycling the plastic we do use) we can help prevent further contribution to landfill (you’ll save yourself some money too!).



2. Recycle/re-use wrapping paper


Over Christmas, we produce 30% more waste than usual. Did you know that? A huge contribution to that 30% is wrapping paper.


This year, when the dedicated family member is collecting the scrunched-up wrapping paper from the floor, tell them to make sure it goes in the recycling bin. Also, be sure to remove any tape/ribbons etc. before you dispose of it.


Alternatively, for the less excitable, adult-sized present openers, the wrapping paper may actually still be in good condition. You could consider salvaging it and re-using it next year!



3. Dispose of your Christmas tree carefully


Regardless of whether you have a real or artificial tree, if you’re planning on getting rid of it in January, think carefully of how you do so.


If it’s artificial, you could donate it, sell it on, or even look into recycling schemes.


If you’re getting rid of a real tree, there are a few options. You could recycle it, donate it or re-plant it in your garden. We’ve seen clients of ours keep their tree for next year, strip it of its spindles, spray paint it white and have it for decoration in the front garden. It could be an opportunity get creative!



4. Re-use/donate Christmas decorations


Lots of people decide to renew their Christmas decorations after a few years. They may want a new colour scheme or just fancy a fresh start. If this is you, rather than throw your old decorations away, box them up neatly and think about selling/donating them.


There are lots of families out there who may not be able to afford expensive new decorations, so if you’re selling them relatively cheap, you may make their day! Alternatively, you could consider donating them to hospices, charity shops and so on.



5. Re-use Christmas cards


You may find Christmas cards sentimentally important, in which case, this may not be for you. However, if your family regularly send new Christmas cards, consider keeping last year’s cards and displaying those instead. Then you can tell everyone not to worry about sending cards this year. This is a great way to do your bit and not contribute to the purchasing of cards and the packaging they come in.


Also, if you’re not a keeper of Christmas cards, be sure to recycle them once Christmas is over.


We hope these tips have given you some food for thought and will help you in your bid to be more eco-friendly this festive period. As a house clearance company based in Gloucestershire, we play a big part in the prevention of landfill. Therefore, our green ethos is something very close to our hearts.


If we can ever help with your house removal/clearance needs, let us know!


By David, Dec 12 2019 12:18PM


Moving home or clearing a property can be stressful at the best of times. Moving home over the busiest season of the year can really take its toll on everyone involved.


Many of us get some well-earnt time off work and are lucky to spend time with our loved ones; but the run up to Christmas can be quite hectic. Between organising Christmas lunch, gifts and trying to fit everyone in; having to move home during this period isn’t ideal.


There may be some circumstances where moving over Christmas unavoidable. For example, if you’ve been waiting for your new home to complete, or a loved one has sadly passed away and you need to sell their home sooner rather than later. In these situations, there are some important tips you can take into consideration that will hopefully help you manage.



1. Organisation is everything


The key to staying on top of things when moving home over Christmas is organisation. Are you a list person? No? Well it’s time to become one! Start planning things as early as you possibly can.


Start boxing things you won’t need in the coming weeks; contact the utilities to cancel/create new accounts; anything that can be done before the move, plan a day to get it done! You could even use a free project management tool like Trello and feel the satisfaction as you get tasks ticked off.



2. Label all boxes


One of the mistakes many people make is not labelling their boxes. This is frustrating in a normal house move, never mind over Christmas when you may need things you don’t normally need! A top tip from us is to label boxes by room, rather than item.



3. Start making an ‘essentials’ box


If there are things you know you’re going to need over Christmas that you don’t need now, start packing them together early. For example, your children’s new Christmas Eve pyjamas, their favourite bedtime Christmas book, the special occasion cutlery/dining set, your party shoes etc. This way you’ll know you can easily put your hands on the important things you need.



4. Go somewhere else for dinner


If you’ve just moved home, you’re still living in boxes and you have some home improvements to do, we doubt you’ll want to host Christmas dinner. So why not go somewhere else? If you have family who are local, maybe you can go there. If not, why not consider eating out? Just make sure you book nice and early to guarantee a reservation…



5. Separate your Christmas presents


When you’re moving home, a lot of unwanted items won’t make it to your new house. To avoid losing/accidentally throwing away Christmas presents, you can separate them into their own boxes. Or, you could consider asking a family member if you could keep the presents at their house, so you know they’re safe.



6. Get someone else to do the clearance for you


You may laugh at this point and think ‘if only it was that easy’. Well the fact is, it is that easy. Companies such as ourselves specialise in helping people just like you in moving home/clearing properties.


With our house clearance declutter package, our family-run team gets your belongings packed into boxes for you in the weeks before the move. We’ll then move everything across to your new home on moving day, remove any unwanted items/furniture and return to clean the old property.


We have a huge focus on the environment, so none of your belongings will be taken to landfill. We always do our best to use other methods such as recycling, upcycling and donating to charity.


You can have as much or little involvement as you’d like, meaning if you just want to enjoy the Christmas period with some shopping/present wrapping, you can! We can do everything for you. Not only that, but we won’t charge you a thing until the move is finished/your property has completed sale.


Our friendly team have been undertaking house moves/clearances through Gloucestershire for many years and we’re the most reliable, kind and trusted house clearance company in the area. We come widely recommended by clients, estate agents and solicitors thanks to our unique and caring approach.


If you’re moving home over Christmas, or have clients that are, give us a call today on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086. We can pass on some friendly advice, answer questions and give you a free quote too. Christmas is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable times of the year, full of family and relaxation; let us help you enjoy it.





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