Losing a loved one is hard enough but then when you are left with a house or condo full of stuff, suddenly your stress level rises to a new level. Depending on the size of the home or amount of stuff, it can take weeks or months to plow through it! These days, no one has the time to take off work to clear out a house. I have seen many a house sit due to lack of time or energy.
Here is what needs to be done to clear out a house:
1. Every room needs to be gone through and sorted.
2. Get the trash or donate out. This should be pretty obvious.
3. Let the family take what they want out of the home.
4. The leftover items can be sold or donated.
Here is how to expedite the process:
1. Enlist friends and family to help you sort things. Use boxes or bins for sorting. I also carry around plastic ziplock bags for jewelry and money. Put like with like. Don’t waste your time looking at pictures or letters, box them up and look at them later.
2. Hire an organizer to do the sorting for you. They can do all the presorting work and you can then evaluate what you have and decide what you want to do with it.
3. Hire an junk company to come in and clean out the house. While the home will get cleaned out quickly, family treasures might be tossed. They just bag and load it up.
4. Have an estate company come in and evaluate the stuff. You never know what you have. Its worth it to get a professionals opinion.
When I work on these types of jobs, I always work in one room at a time. I usually start with the kitchens and bathrooms. Clear one room out then move on to the next one.If you are having an estate professional evaluate things, make sure that you stage them for viewing. This will save time on everyone’s part.
Stand back and take a deep breath. It does take a village but it will get done!!
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