How to De-Clutter Your Parent’s House
The death of a loved one or family member is a topic that nobody enjoys thinking about but is inevitable for all of us. When this does occur there are many things that need to be taken care of and the clean out of properties is one of the most stressful and time consuming.
It is also hard in many cases for the family of the deceased to look at their loved ones items objectively making it hard to decide what should be thrown out, kept, or sold. Having a third party who can look at the items objectively and make some of those decisions for you can be a big help in the process.
A junk removal service can come in and get the property cleaned out quickly, efficiently, and respectfully. They will help assist with making decisions about what should be sold or thrown out and have the resources and man power to get all of this accomplished in a timely manner so the problems can be resolved as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Here are some more tips from an article in Women’s Magazine, provided by Liz Canavan, a professional organizer in Boulder, CO:
- Depending on how long ago you lived there, make sure to get your stuff out first (i.e. 13 years of yearbooks, framed diplomas and a pair of colorful wool socks that should have stayed in year 1996). If you’ve already done this over the years, count yourself ahead of the game.
- Coach your parents on what to pass onto someone else. Do they love it, use it or need it? If yes, keep it. If no, pass it on. Challenge them on this step, because they might want to keep a lot more than they’ll ever take care of or use.
- Remove the stuff. .