Cleaning out a loved one’s home after they’ve passed can be draining, both physically and emotionally. Estate cleanouts require you to sort through your loved one’s possession, deciding what to keep, donate, or throw away. Here are a few tips to streamline the process.
Estate Cleanout Tips
1. Set a Timeline
Establish a specific date to start and inform the entire family, especially if you’re facing a deadline from the bank or landlord. Set an ending date to create a timeframe. A good rule of thumb is: one person can clean one cubic yard per hour. Find out how many people can help you to determine how long it will take.
2. Clean One Room at a Time
Cleaning the house should be done in sections. Pick a non-centralized room to start in, and if it’s large, separate it into quadrants. Go at a reasonable pace, and move everything into piles in a centralized room. Create a donate pile for items meant for churches or shelters. Designate a keep pile for possessions you want to save, and a throw-away pile for everything else. Make an effort to hold onto items that your family will appreciate in the future like family photos. However, when you discover something interesting like an old yearbook, wait until another time to look through it.
3. Check Every Pocket
Every pocket, drawer, or piece of paper may be important, so don’t rush through documentation, boxes, or clothing. Jewelry may be displaced in old purses or coat pockets, and legal documentation can easily get mixed with less important papers. If you are short on time, move unchecked items to the keep pile to go through later.
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