Who loves a good clear out? I know I do but I never get around to doing it, and I am always shocked about how much stuff we can accumulate in such a short space of time! We have only been in our house 5 years and had a good clear out when we moved here. Although there was some things we just shoved up in the loft when we moved in and have not touched since.
The last straw was when my window cleaner texted me to ask if he could clean the windows (like he normally does every 8 weeks) but I had to turn him down as there was no way he could get through the garage to the back of the house as it was so full. The 2 months previously he had to squeeze through.
So when Clearabee got in touch with me to see if I wanted to try out one of their services, I knew it was going to be the perfect opportunity to have a big old clear out of our loft and garage.
Clearabee are a National UK rubbish clearance service and have a few different rubbish collection services that they offer. From a Man and a Van, Sacks and the Skip Bags. We decided we should go for the Clearabee Skip Bags. This meant we could have the bag delivered asap and then start filling it up at our own leisure.
We started off with the loft, sorting and clearing at the same time. Sorting things to go to the charity shop, keep, things to sell and then things to go straight into the Clearabee Skip Bag.
What Size Clearabee Skip Bag?
I ordered the X-Large Skip Bag which says can hold 12 washing machines, measures 245cm x 190cm x 100cm, 6 yards, and 1500 kgs. Which to me doesn’t mean much but I knew we would have a lot of stuff to get rid of. However I did think we would have some room left!!
The skip bag arrives with next day delivery so as long as you place your order by 3pm Mon-Fri, orders received after 3pm on Friday will be dispatched on a Monday and it arrives completely flat packed. So if you’re not planning on using it straight away you can have it stored easily. You have up to 12 months to arrange collection after placing your order. So no pressure at all.
Once unfolded I got to realise just how big this bag really was! Here is hubby standing in it, and it wasn’t even folded out properly! He hates his photo taken!!!
Clearabee recommend you fill up around the sides first as this gives the bag support and then you can easily fill in the middle with all your stuff. This worked well for us as we had some large pallets that we stood up on the side creating a nice box to fill.
How Much Did We Clear?
I cannot tell you how satisfying it was getting rid of all our junk, hubby always moaned about the loft and how much of a mess it was up there. He could never find anything! Not anymore, look at our before and after of one side!
Next up was our garage, this one is a bit more of a grubby job and some different type of rubbish. So we checked the label on the Skip Bag to see what type of things couldn’t go in, only to be very surprised. Pretty much everything apart from, Paint Tins, Food Waste, Chemicals, Tyres, Gas Bottles, and Batteries. Even plasterboard could go in as long as it was in a separate bag.
What is great about the skip bags is they can be pretty much placed anywhere unlike a large heavy skip. We placed ours on the driveway near the house for ease of filling. However if you don’t have a driveway, just a garden space or you need your drive you don’t need to worry. They just unloaded everything out of the skip bag into their van, so it didn’t matter where it was placed.
I was keen to see how easy it was to have it collected, you can place your collection online on the date you require and this is all arranged for you. Clearabee will send you a e-mail/text to let you know when they collection company are coming to collect the rubbish. I got an e-mail with the reg of the van and a time they will arrive by.
The guy was friendly, and efficient and got on with the rubbish clearing. If you want to keep the bag you can do. As with the X-Large one you will get £20 off your next rubbish collection and it’s ready for you to use next time too. He pulled everything out of the Skip Bag and placed it inside his van.
He cleared all of this within about 20 minutes!
The Clearabee man did take some photos before hand, this is to show the waste you had in the Skip Bag and also they sometimes will take photos of the waste as they go along. Clearabee make sure they recycle, up-cycle, pass onto charity and about 90% of the waste collected will never reach a landfill. I love this idea.
I have never hired a normal skip before so I don’t have anything to compare to, but I do think for the quick service and convenience that Clearabee offer is good value. My X-Large skip bag was £249.99 with the bag and collection, but £20 off next time as I already have the bag.
Smaller skip bags start from £99.99, with options of small, medium, large and x-large. They also offer sack collection of 3 sacks from £9.99 if you are unable to get to the dump yourself or too much waste for the bin men. See the full range of Clearabee
Want Someone To Do It For You?
Clearabee also offer a Man and A Van option. Where they will come out and clear all your rubbish for you. This was so tempting to do as it would have been great to get someone else to do it for us. However the type of rubbish we wanted collected needed to be sorted through first. If you don’t know how much rubbish it is going to be, you can just book an attendance fee of £24.99 and the rest will be worked out on the day and pay by card.
I was super pleased by the service from start to finish, and would happily use Clearabee again and recommend to anyone.
*I received the Clearabee Skip Bag for the purpose of this review. However all words and opinions are honest and of my own.