Tips to clear your home for the New Year

The new year is a great time to get rid of the old, and bring in the new. For your home, this means having a thorough clear out, and facing the new year with a fresh, organised approach. It also helps to clear the mind, ready for the fresh year ahead. Have you had a good clear out? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Bring your excess stuff to the tip

Today, these centres are better known as “reuse and recycling” sites. It’s a great place to visit and you can save a lot of waste from being thrown away. As the Wombles sang so well, you never know what other people will ‘leave’ behind. Avoid busy weekends, check your local centre opening hours and break down items into smaller pieces.

  • Skip hire

A skip is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to clean up their garden, do a big clear out, or gut their kitchen. You can choose from a variety of sizes, so be sure to get the right one for you. For Swansea Skip Hire, visit a site like

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Decide on the location of your skip. The easiest way to place a skip is on your driveway or in the front garden. You may need to modify your parking permit if you live in an area with restricted parking and you need to park your vehicle elsewhere. You will need a local council road licence if you want to put the skip on the road. This is easy to do, but sometimes skip companies can help you. The skip should be equipped with reflectors and skip lights.

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  • Scrap metal

You might not be aware that some metals in your garage, shed, or garden could have some value. Some local scrap metal dealers pay cash for certain items. This can be a nice treat to save for rainy days. This is a great way to save space in your skip, and avoid having to drive out to the local dump.

  • Hazardous waste

Hazardous substances and materials are subject to strict regulations. In the garage or garden, you’ll find many items that fit this description. Batteries, chemicals, aerosols, and refrigerators are all examples. Batteries and oils can be disposed of in specially designated areas at recycling centres. Some items may need to be collected professionally.