We're getting a skip!

(27 Posts)
BobTheFly Tue 13-May-14 19:54:24

Has anyone in the history of man ever been as excited as I am about something so dull.

I really can't wait, we're going to have a proper clear out. Old furniture, bikes, toys and other shite we come across will all get tossed out without a backwards glance. And then the plan is to stay on top of it all. We have quite a small house and I childmind so we have soooo much stuff that it's ridiculous and out of hand.

Any tips?

LoblollyBoy Tue 13-May-14 19:57:34

Fill it fast. Everyone passing
will think it's their skip too.

BobTheFly Tue 13-May-14 20:01:24

Oh really? We'r on a main road too so easy access!

readyforno2 Tue 13-May-14 20:03:21

Be ruthless.

e1y1 Tue 13-May-14 20:29:38

Yes, agree with other poster that other people will try to use it, especially if on main road.

If possible, have the bulk of the stuff ready, so that when the skip is there, you can just start filling it straight away.

You will love the skip, I recently used one and got rid of quite a bit.

BobTheFly Tue 13-May-14 20:31:39

Do you remember what size you got?

Cantstayawake Tue 13-May-14 20:37:31

I would say have as much ready as possible to chuck in it when it arrives. We got ours filled by a load of other peoples shite so there wasn't much room left for our stuff!

Hassled Tue 13-May-14 20:39:50

We get a skip once every 4 or 5 years - it is so cathartic. But yes - be good to go when the skip arrives. The time to sort out what needs chucking is before, not after, the skip arrives. We had someone else's bloody sofa put in ours once - I was livid.

BeCool Tue 13-May-14 20:41:12

They padlock covers on them round here! Protection grin

Be ready, be bold, be ruthless!

hmc Tue 13-May-14 20:44:34

We had a skip - filled it with crap. Still have a tonne of crap left shock

BobTheFly Tue 13-May-14 20:47:13

I can't believe the bare faced cheek of some people! Will definitely tell dh to get everything ready to go straight in the skip.

I can see how this mig become addictive! I'm so excited.

Obstacles Tue 13-May-14 20:53:46

My dad had skip some years ago to chuck out 30 years of hoarded wood, nails, garden netting old paint etc.

nobody put stuff in his skip but plenty of his neighbours asked if they could take stuff out

mineofuselessinformation Tue 13-May-14 20:55:36

Yy to half of it disappearing...

Likeaninjanow Tue 13-May-14 20:55:51

We had a skip a few weeks ago. It was amazing!! I totally understand your excitement grin

littlegreengloworm Tue 13-May-14 20:57:04

Are people that cheeky that they would use a privately rented skip? I would be angry

namechange74 Tue 13-May-14 20:58:25

I have tried to persuade DH to get one this weekend but he is non compliant. I'm WELL JEL of you and your skip Bob

ArtFine Tue 13-May-14 21:00:05

Go for it! I love getting rid of stuff, I am at the opposite extreme of a hoarder blush

starfishmummy Tue 13-May-14 21:04:57

My brother and I hired a skip when clearing the family house. While we were filling it a local man who seems to collect "stuff" to repair came past and had a load of stuff, then some scrap dealers arrived and finally I mentioned to a friend that there was loads of wood and her Dad came round to get some for his log burner. By this point it was almost empty and we could start filling it again!!

BobTheFly Tue 13-May-14 21:08:30

Oh there's a positive to nosy neighbours too then. Would love people to help themselves and empy the skip, how lovely.

GemmaTeller Tue 13-May-14 21:13:03

We used to live on a small council owned estate, I can't tell you how excited I was on 'skip saturday' !!!
(one day a year the council would place two skips on the estate and every house could throw all their crap away)

Pasithea Tue 13-May-14 21:15:13

I have one we've had it for a couple of weeks. I love it , do it every 2 years.

GemmaTeller Tue 13-May-14 21:15:51

I once visited my sister and her husband, when I went in the house I said 'have you seen that skip in the car park?.....'

My sister said 'nooooooooooo......'

......cue the back door swinging shut behind her husband who loves a bit of skip surfing.

He came back with two lovely ironwork chairs grin

Maryz Tue 13-May-14 21:19:21

I want one, but they are too expensive here.

Pasithea, how could you have one for a couple of weeks? Ours is always full by the end of day 1. We seem to acquire crap.

BobTheFly Tue 13-May-14 21:26:49

I can't believe that anyone would want our old flat pack shite except for firewood but if they do then they are more than welcome to it.

Does any have any advice about what size skip to get?

ManWithNoName Tue 13-May-14 21:41:10

Get a 7 or 8 cubic yard it a typical big builders skip. We have had 8 of them this year clearing out our house. We need another one..

I get them delivered very early and make sure there is a space outside the house is reserved if it is on the road. Then fill it as fast a possible. Pack it neatly and fill the gaps to maximise load. Fill to about 30 com above the walls of the skip but don't overload. If you have boards, old doors, sheets of plywood or even thick cardboard arrange them around the walls of skip to maximise space. Put crushable soft things in bottom. and heavy stuff on top. Walk over load squashing it as you go. Squeeze small stuff into gaps.

Then I arrange with skip company to have it taken away at 5.00 pm so not left overnight. Stops people coming along dumping stuff.

Its hard work loading a skip. Get everything ready. Wear gloves and work as a team with one other person. If you have more than tow people one needs to stand in skip arranging the load.

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