After a loved one passes away, you face the challenge of what to do with their stuff. While there are undoubtedly some items you or other family members will want to keep, it can be incredibly taxing to sort through everything and decide what is worth keeping and what can be donated, sold, or thrown out.
Our team at CamoVets Junk Removal has extensive experience in helping our clients with estate cleanouts, and we can offer a few tips to make the process easier for you.
- Work in Sections – Our first tip for estate cleanouts is to avoid marathon sessions. Don’t try to sort and mark everything in one go, but instead work in shorter blocks of time and take periodic breaks to decompress. This is especially important if you and your family members are cleaning out a loved one’s estate yourselves—if you start to get emotional, take a break for a while until you feel ready to continue.
- Have a Conflict Resolution Strategy – Part of the reason why estate cleanouts are often difficult is because various family members can argue about who gets which items. To keep these spats to a minimum, we recommend creating a plan for how to resolve conflicts before you start. For example, if only one person wants an item, you can mark it with that person’s name and set it aside. If two or more people want to claim something, mark the names of the interested parties, set it aside, and have the people involved hash it out amongst themselves later.
- Use Professionals – Lastly, be aware that estate cleanouts are hard work, especially when the time comes to remove furniture and larger items from the home. To make this part easier, you should hire professional movers like those on our team. We’ll get everything loaded up as quickly as possible, and we’ll haul it away for you.