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The AMS Guide to Spring Cleaning

Spring clean season is upon us, so we expect many of you will be emptying every cupboard and drawer in the house or finally tackling that dreaded spare room that’s been piling up with ‘stuff’ for the last year.

But before you dive into your house and garden spring clean, it is always a good idea to have a plan, that way you know exactly what will need to be done and where it needs to go. So here is our guide to spring cleaning.

Make a plan

Plan out where you want to clean, how deep a clean you would like to do and when you are going to do it. You should also have it in the back of your mind that you want to put everything into 3 piles… ‘keep’, ‘donate’ or ‘bin’.

You don’t have to do it all in one go, if you are busy (or you get bored) you can always go back to it, but make sure you know when you are going to get back to it. Otherwise you can end up with a half cleaned space.

Deciding how thoroughly you want to clean the room will mean you go in with clear objectives; whether it is to just give the room a really good dust, or to go through the contents and de-clutter, setting the goal will motivate you to achieve it.

Similarly, deciding where you are going to clean and at what point, can stop you getting distracted by other parts of the space. If you see something that needs doing, you can remind yourself that it will get done at a later time.

Consider how you will dispose of the rubbish

Creating a plan will also enable you to figure out what rubbish you might end up with, so you can jump ahead and consider the best ways to collect and dispose of it all.

If you are doing a whole house clear out and will end up with a fair amount of rubbish, it might be worth considering hiring one of our skips. We have a range of skips sizes available so that you don’t have to pay for waste collection you don’t need. Our smallest skip is 4 yards and can hold the equivalent of 40 filled black bin bags. The next sizes up are a six yard skip which holds around 60 black bin bags, or an 8 yard skip that will hold around 80 full black bin bags. Our largest skip is 12 yards, which will hold the equivalent of 120 filled black bin bags – this might be a bit on the big side for an annual spring clean!

If you are having a smaller clear out this year then one of our skip bags will possibly be more suitable. Our skip bags can hold up to a tonne of waste and our service couldn’t be easier to use. All you need to do is order a skip bag online, we will then deliver an empty bag. Once you have filled it up, one of our trained operators will come and collect the full bag from you.

At this point, it is also worth figuring out if you will have more of one waste type than the others. This is because if you are hiring a skip or skip bag, it can often be cheaper to order for a single waste stream than mixed waste.

We can provide the following single waste skips:

Or the following single waste skip bags:

If you decide to order a mixed waste skip or skip bag you might want to take a read of our 2022 guide to what can go into skips so that you are 100% sure about what can and can’t go into our mixed waste skips.

Tackle each room a bit at a time

Once you have made your plan and figured out how you will be disposing of any waste, it is time to get started on actually cleaning your space. But even if you have broken down your house into rooms, the task of actually starting can be daunting. So take it a little bit at a time; start in one corner and just work your way around the room from there.

As mentioned above, having a plan can help you stay focused, and if you know you have a system to work around each room, you can know that you will get to each section eventually.

If you are going through the contents of the room, it is a good idea to make sure you have space, either in the room or outside it, to make piles for rubbish, things to keep, or things to donate. If you have hired a skip, or skip bag, it is still a good idea to make a rubbish pile while going through the space and then clearing the pile away at the end of the cleaning session to save you time.

Separate your rubbish

If you aren’t using a skip or skip bag, but have decided to take your rubbish down to the skip, you should segregate your waste into the different types of waste. This means that when you get to the tip you can dispose of the various types of waste separately, saving you money.

Not sure where to tip your waste?

If you only have a small amount of rubbish and aren’t hiring a skip or skip bag, then why not take your rubbish down to Commercial Recycling. The sites are easy to access and have clearly marked out bays, helping you to dispose of your rubbish into separate streams, enabling more of your rubbish to be recycled then sent to landfill.

Your spring cleaning checklist

  • Old clothes to clean in
  • Duster
  • Cleaning products
  • Sponges
  • Dust pan and brush
  • Floor wipes/ mop
  • Bin bags
  • Freshening spray for rugs, sofas etc.
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Polish
  • Glass cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Boxes for easy moving of the donate pile
  • A skip
  • A skip bag

Needing a skip or skip bag?

If you are planning your spring clean and would like to arrange a skip or skip bag delivery, head over to our online shop. Or if you aren’t sure what you will need, call our friendly team on 01202 579579 to discuss your spring clean and get advice on which solution would be best for you.

We love to see your spring clean results, so why not share your spring clean progress with us by tagging us in your Facebook posts and showing us your full skips or skip bags!

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