Negotiating through the final chapter in a loved one’s life can be difficult.
Managing the Final Chapter of a Loved One
- Many brand new ties, handkerchiefs, wallets, belts that were never worn. Saving items for ‘good occasions’ is usually a waste.
- Many, many hangers, bags, boxes, gift wrap paper, tissue and bags. The older we get, the more likely we are to write a check and not spend time wrapping things. Extra hangers are such space wasters….if you have tons of wire hangers, don’t save them for the cleaners if you never go to the cleaners (and some cleaners are no longer accepting them). You can toss them in the trash or ask your local dump if you can put them in metal recycling.
- Warranties and instruction manuals from appliances that are long gone. If you have a huge wad of old manuals, please recycle. Most manuals can be found on line so why waste the space in your home?
- TONS of light bulbs. Inventory your light bulbs now and get rid of the ones that fit old light fixtures that you no longer have.
- Old underwear, socks, bathing suits – toss the items that have lost their stretch or ANYTHING with stains or yellowing that you wouldn’t wear now.
- Old movie cameras, video tapes, cameras, empty slide carousels – inventory and see what’s still relevant. Some old cameras can be sold for decent money! Convert the special tapes and slides so you can share them electronically with family.
- TONS of costume jewelry – why save old jewelry that you’ll never wear or jewelry that needs repairs or has lost pieces. Gold is at an all time high so you can sell these various scraps and make some money! (PS I know a great guy who sells this stuff so feel free to contact Howard Bernstein 443-255-8960).
- An abundance of pillows, mattress covers, towels, sheets. If you no longer need multiple sets of sheets and blankets in varying sizes, inventory so you donate what you no longer use. Same goes for beach towels or frayed mismatched towels. Pillows are not normally donated so you can toss them with a clear conscience.
If you do have the difficult task of dealing with the home of a departed loved one, the most important piece is to retrieve the items that you want to keep. Remember to take items that you can use now, rather than spend endless money on storing items for ‘someday.’ After you protect what you want to keep, begin the process of selling, donating and trashing what remains.
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If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home, contact me. Together, we can transform your home into a happy, tidy place where you can feel at peace. We can also get you ready for your next move… more enjoyably, faster and easier. We specialize in senior moves and helping families find new homes for the things they no longer have room to keep. We can also take care of clearing out homes that need to be listed quickly for resale. Contact me to schedule an appointment.