Clearing the clutter of Christmas past: 9 top tips

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With the holiday season officially over, now’s a great time to declutter your home. Don’t stop with the Christmas decorations, what else can you clear out that provides maximum living space and, if moving home, ensures a tidy home for property viewings and ease of packing?

Here are our top tips for clearing your post-holiday clutter, and beyond:

Take your time

Decluttering can be a mammoth task; attempt to tackle everything at once and you’ll likely fail. Write a plan that covers no more than one room per day during weekends, with smaller tasks (specific cupboards or drawers) reserved for weekday evenings.

Start a room, don’t stop

Once you start a tricky room, such as a study or garage, it can be tempting to give up when the going gets tough, abandoning it for an easier task. Don’t fall into this trap, as it’ll make returning to the job much harder. Once you start a room, focus on just that room until you finish.

Use the gaps in your day

Identify small moments in your routine when you are otherwise in waiting (boiling a kettle, TV ad breaks, downloading software updates) and use them to progress a small part of your declutter, such as organising a drawer or paperwork pile.

Recruit friends and family

Make sure your entire household is involved in the project, with individuals taking primary responsibility for their own rooms and everyone pitching in with shared areas. To really power through, call in a favour from your neighbours to lend a hand.

Get the children involved

Unfortunately most of us don’t possess Mary Poppins’ magic to help clean the kids’ rooms, but you can still help children find the fun in decluttering by making a game of it or offering small rewards along the way.

Use the four-box method

For each room, label four packing boxes and place everything in them as follows:

  • ‘Keep’: items that will stay in the room
  • ‘Store’: items that can go into storage
  • ‘Recycle’: items that can be recycled or donated to charity
  • ‘Bin’: items that can be disposed of

Be ruthless!

Do you really still need last year’s Christmas cards or that ‘spare’ pair of running shoes? Be absolutely ruthless with throwing out or giving away items that you don’t need. If you haven’t used it in 12 months, chuck it. If you have paperwork going back more than a few years, most of it can be recycled or digitised.

Reorganise as you go

A primary cause of clutter is not having one place for certain things, e.g. paperwork, toys or clothes. Take this opportunity to designate a central new home for items you find strewn about the house, and keep them there.

Leave it to the experts!

Pickfords’ declutter service does the hard work for you. Whether you’re moving house and preparing for property viewings or simply in need of a tidy up, our team will pack and wrap any items you need cleared from your home and deliver them to your nearest storage warehouse until you need them again.


To find out how Pickfords can help you declutter your home, click here to contact us or speak to your local branch on 0800 019 8557.

How decluttering can help you sell your home

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If you’re looking to sell your property, you’ll want to do everything in your power to increase the chances of finding a buyer. One significant way to maximise interest in your home is by ridding it of clutter: all that unsorted paperwork, children’s toys, clothes and shoes you no longer wear, old CDs, DVDs and books; anything that might be a distraction to potential buyers at the viewing stage.

So how can declutting help you sell your home?

 1. Potential buyers will picture themselves living there

One thing that can throw people off when looking round a property struggling to visualise themselves living in it. You may have spent years accumulating all manner of knick knacks and possessions that make your house feel like a home, but if the abundance of ‘stuff’ prevents viewers from picturing themselves in the space, this may harm a potential sale. On the other hand, a tidy home with visible floors surfaces will help prospective buyers to see themselves living there.

2. It helps showcase the property’s best features

Decluttering allows your property’s best features to shine through; freeing your viewing space of clutter will help potential buyers to notice elements of your home that might be a tipping point in the buyer’s decision-making process.

At the same time, it stops buyers from wondering if there are any serious issues hiding beneath the clutter, or thinking that the home doesn’t have adequate storage space, which can be high on their list of priorities.

3. It demonstrates the potential of each room

After accumulating more and more belongings over the years, your may find your storage space has started to run out, and that certain rooms in your house have become inadvertent storage rooms, such as that study you no longer use, or a child’s bedroom after they have left home.

Removing the clutter from these rooms allows prospective buyers to see them used for their original purpose, and gets them thinking how they might utilise them if they purchased the property.

Pickfords: helping you declutter

If you’re looking to sell your home but have a problem with clutter, Pickfords can help. As part of our declutter storage service, we arrange for a removal team to visit your home and help you to pack unwanted items before delivering them to one of our storage facilities. Once you have moved to your new home, our team will safely transport your belongings back to you.

If you are looking to remove clutter more permanently, Pickfords also provide a clothes collection service in partnership with Clothes Aid, raising money for the NSPCC by collecting your unwanted clothes and shoes to be recycled.

West London customers raise over £4,500 for the NSPCC

Pickfords’ West London customers have together raised £4,596 for the NSPCC through clothes collections!

Customers are offered a free collection service to fill collection bags with their unwanted clothes and paired shoes on move day. Clothes Aid, the UK’s leading clothing collection fundraiser, turns the goods into funds for the NSPCC.

Pickfords have been tracking clothes collections for the last 12 months, and can confirm that West London have raised the most funds in that time, from 11 tonnes of clothes donations.

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In second place was Milton Keynes, raising £2,325 from 5.1 tonnes of clothing, followed by Birmingham with £1,443 from 3.9 tonnes.

To date Pickfords have collected 37 tonnes of clothing from customers’ kind donations, raising £14,417 to help prevent child cruelty in the UK through the NSPCC.

Pickfords Glasgow leads the way in Clothes Aid collections!

Pickfords Glasgow is currently in the lead for our Move Day Clothes Clear Out campaign, collecting 1,021kg in recycled clothes and shoes to raise money for the NPSCC.

Since launching the incentive scheme, we have collected a total of 3,418kg, raising £1,025.40 for our partner charity!

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The Move Day campaign has recently been supported by The Metro newspaper, who ran a competition to win a free Pickfords move. The winner was Alisa Moore from Liverpool, who will be enjoying a free move from her local branch.

The campaign is also the front page feature of this month’s Removals & Storage Magazine, the official publication of the BAR (British Association of Removers), the removal industry’s leading trade association.

Click here to find out more about Move Day Clothes Clear Out.

Win a free Pickfords move!

As part of Pickfords’ Move Day Clothes Clear Out campaign, the Metro newspaper are running an exclusive competition in today’s edition to win a free Pickfords home move!

Move Day Clothes Clear Out enables customers to donate their unwanted clothes and accessories on move day, to be taken away by Clothes Aid to raise funds for the NSPCC.

Pick up your copy today or visit www.metro.co.uk/pickfords to enter! 

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Pickfords Move Day Clothes Clear Out raises money for the NSPCC

Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, has officially launched a campaign to raise funds to stop cruelty to children in the UK as part of their home move service.

The Move Day Clothes Clear Out campaign is a free service that provides a simple way for customers to donate quality, reusable clothing and paired shoes to charity on move day. Your Pickfords Move Coordinator will provide you with NSPCC Clothes Clear Out stickers so you can bag up any goods you don’t want taken to your new home. The removals team then take all stickered bags to Clothes Aid, the UK’s leading clothing collection fundraiser, who turn the goods into funds for the NSPCC.

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Pickfords strives to make it hassle-free for customers to donate unwanted clothing and home textiles on move day for the benefit of the NSPCC and their work protecting UK children from cruelty, while also ensuring that these clothes are properly recycled by Clothes Aid.

Did you know that approximately £140 million in clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year? That’s equivalent to 350,000 tonnes of good clothing being binned by half the adults in the UK!* So when it comes to clothes collections, we believe that doing our bit for the environment is equally important. Which is why we are proud to be working with Clothes Aid in support of a new initiative called ‘Love Your Clothes’. Developed as part of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), Love Your Clothes aims to change the way we acquire, use and dispose of textiles, by 2020. The initiative is coordinated by WRAP, a not-for-profit organisation supported by UK Governments.

Since the start of this successful relationship with Clothes Aid, Pickfords customers have raised £11,000 for the NSPCC. That’s enabled Childline to answer 2,750 calls from vulnerable children in need of a voice. And with your help, we can raise even more!

With approximately 30% of clothes in each household unworn for over a year, what better way to lighten the load before a big move, lower our impact on the planet and support the NSPCC’s mission to end cruelty to children.

Let’s keep Britain moving with Pickfords and donate to the NSPCC!

Coming soon… Don’t miss your chance to win a FREE** move courtesy of Pickfords Clothes Clear Out!

Notes:
* WRAP report, Valuing our Clothes, 2012
** To be featured in Metro UK, Friday 27th June 2014. Free move up to the value of £1,000, not including goods in transit insurance.