In the day to day hubbub of mobile home park life, you’ll find that if you don’t keep an eye on cleanliness, the park can quickly fall into disorderliness. This isn’t a mobile home park specific problem. Without care, any other operation is susceptible to falling into disarray. And the last thing you want is for your park to live up to the mobile home park stigma.

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To help keep everyone on the straight and narrow when it comes to cleanliness, an organized community clean up day can work wonders. “Many hands make light work” as the old saying goes.

How to plan a community clean up day in your mobile home park

By organizing a community clean up day, you are encouraging your park residents to embrace cleanliness. You are also encouraging them to take responsibility for the park’s well-being. And of course, there’s the perk we mentioned earlier — with everyone working together, it will only take a short time to spruce up that park.                            

So how do you plan that community clean up day? Well, we’re glad you asked.

What is your community clean up focus?

There are different approaches that your community clean up could take. Do you want to focus on landscaping and planting greenery? Or are you more concerned about litter and trash collection? Does the playground set need painting? How about painting fences?

It’s better to pick one focus rather than several. In this manner, you and your community can be thorough in tackling the clean up mission.

Leaves and grass waste in a paperbag

If you’re still undecided on what to do, take a walk around the park and consider what community clean up project would make the biggest impact. Should you see litter strewn across sidewalks and yards, old appliances collecting rust out in the elements, then we can guarantee that you’d find the biggest impact in a community litter and trash clean up day.

Strategize the cleanup mission

So now you know what to do, but do you know how to go about it? How do you strategize your community clean up day?

First of all, you need to know when you’ll have your clean up day. And once you’ve selected a date, you need a contingency plan. If it happens to rain, what’s your back up plan?

Second, consider what you’ll need for supplies. We’ll talk more about this next.

Third, think of how you’d like to assign tasks. For example, if you are doing a trash and litter pickup, assign everyone their own yard and the curb in front of their respective yard. Additionally, invite folks to join you for other responsibilities — for example, in cleaning areas that are simply more public, not having any tenant with yard space associated to it.

Do you have all the tools and materials you need?

In an effort to keep the project moving forward, consider what you’ll need to get the job done. Trash bags? Rakes? Wheelbarrows? See if your community members are willing to loan out their own tools if you don’t have what you need.

But remember —- no one will ever loan you their tools again if you don’t care for their belongings! If something does break while you or another person is borrowing the item, be sure it gets replaced. It’s the right thing to do.

Have a plan for trash

Another thing to keep in mind is that you’ll want to recruit a team to help you make runs to the local dump if trash and litter removal is involved — unless your trash service will take care of it all.

You don’t want any loose threads in your plan. Once the trash and litter are gathered up, it needs to be removed from the park for a completed community clean up day.

Garbage cans

Create a checklist to keep the clean up project moving forward

In project management, having measurable results is a key concept to see something reaches completion. Before the big day comes up, jot down (or type) a checklist of all that should happen so that your community clean up day is a winning success. Share your checklist with your crew.

Celebrate the success of your day!

Everyone worked hard to get the park looking clean and spruced up. How about making a big to-do about it with a block party or ice cream social? Having a community that rises to the occasion is a special thing!

Whatever you decide to do, you can feel great about having a successful clean up day!

For some inspiration on fun activities to do with your mobile home community, we’ve got you covered.

About Dan Leighton

Dan Leighton has been working in the mobile home industry for over a decade. His focus has been on sales and customer relations - making sure each person in the transaction is comfortable and fully transparent. He has a wife and one son. Dan continues to look for innovative ways to help both sellers and parks get the most bang for their buck.