How to conduct a house clearance when you have children

A full (or even partial) house clearance is a stressful time in itself. There’s a lot of work to be done and normally on a timescale. There’s a lot to think about before, during and after a house clearance and it can fog the mind a little bit, even if you’ve done one before!

If you have little ones running about, things can be that little bit more complicated. We’re talking hazards, distractions, delays and so much more. It is possible to conduct a house clearance with children around; you just have to be on top of things.

Here are our top 7 tips on conducting a house clearance with children.

1.Be organised

As with most things in life, things are more straight forward when you’re organised. If you’re conducting the house clearance yourself, or with friends, be sure to know what you need and when you need it. Make sure everyone knows what’s going on and what needs to be done.

2.Pre-plan everything

Dates, times, visits to the tip, charity shops and car-boot sales. Things will be easier if you have a schedule to work by. Especially if you’re working to a deadline. If your friends/family are helping, be sure to include them on the plan so that no one is unavailable at the last minute.

If you’re using a house clearance company, be sure you get a quote and get booked in as soon as possible for your chosen date.

3.Get a babysitter

If you’re doing the house clearance yourself, chances are, you’ll probably be at the property sorting through things for a few weeks. If grandparents/friends can help or finances allow for a babysitter, this is a great idea to make sure you can remain focused on the task at hand.

If you can’t manage this every time you need to be at the property, try and organise it for the main clearance day.

4.Create a safe ‘playroom’

If you can’t get someone to look after the little one(s), you could consider making one of your first tasks into clearing out a room for them to play in. You could bring some toys so that you know they’re occupied.

5.Remove all hazards

A lot of the house clearances we conduct are full of hazards such as slips, trips and falls risks. Not to mention sharp objects/heavy machinery. Before the child enters the property, try and ensure that these things are removed/taken care of so that the child can’t injure themselves.

6.Organise a play date

If you can’t manage to get a babysitter, consider setting up a play date. Whether it’s them going to a friend’s house, or a friend coming along to play in their playroom. Either way, they’ll be occupied with someone to play with.

7.Get some help

If it all seems a bit much and you’d love for someone to just do the whole clearance for you, get in touch with Clear and Clean House Clearance for a free quote. We have years of expertise in conducting all sorts of house clearances; from deceased estates, to hoarders; we’ve seen it all.

We take control of the whole project from start to finish and you can be as involved as you want to be. We’ll segment all of the belongings, either recycle, donate or upcycle them and then return to the property for cleaning. All whilst you look after your children yourself.

If you’re interested in having a chat and getting a quote for your property, give us a call on 07909 846679 or 01452 290086 and we’ll be happy to help.