Cleaning out an estate can be a daunting task, especially when it’s a loved one’s home that you’re going through. Here are 7 tips to help you clean out an estate without stress:
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Make a plan
Make a strategy of what you need to accomplish and when you need to do it before you begin cleaning. This will help you maintain organization and focus. Have a list of available supplies, and ensure that you have the required cleaning materials, such as paper towels, sponges, cleaning solution, and dusters. Gather your materials beforehand so that you don’t have to rush back and forth for additional items throughout the process.
Take your time
Cleaning out an estate is not something that can be done quickly. Take your time to go through everything and don’t rush the process. Having a plan will help make the process much smoother. You’ll want to prioritize certain tasks or items, like making sure important documents are safe, then move on to smaller tasks like sorting and organizing items.
It’s important to have support during this process. Enlist the help of friends, family, or professionals to help you with the cleaning and sorting process. Ask for help with organizing, packing, and transporting the items that need to be moved. You may also consider hiring a professional moving service to make the process easier and more efficient. If you take the time to plan and ask for help, you can stay organized through the whole process.
Sort as you go
As you go through the items in the estate, sort them into piles for keeping, donating, or selling. This will make the process less overwhelming. Set aside any items that you would like to keep and make decisions about the other items. If you are unsure, it may be helpful to take digital photographs of the items so that if you decide later on that you want them, they will be easy to reference. When sorting through the estate, it is important to note each item’s monetary value, if applicable. This will help you figure out how to divide the estate’s value among the beneficiaries.
Make important decisions early on
Make important decisions, such as what to do with important documents, sentimental items and family heirlooms early on in the process. This will help you to focus on other tasks later on. Think about how you want to handle these items and discuss with the executor of your will or the people involved. It’s important to talk about accommodations and expectations so everyone is on the same page and disagreements don’t happen later.
Take care of yourself
Cleaning out an estate can be emotionally and physically draining. It’s important to take care of yourself throughout the process by getting enough rest, eating well, and taking breaks when needed. Have a support system. It can be difficult to go through the estate alone so it’s important to have a support system of family and friends who can help you through the process.
Sometimes it’s best to hire professionals to handle certain aspects of the process, such as cleaning and organizing, or to help with the legal and financial aspects of an estate. They can take on some of the stress and help you to focus on other tasks.
Cleaning out an estate can be an overwhelming task, but with a plan and the right support, you can get through it without stress. Remember to take your time, sort as you go, make important decisions early on, take care of yourself, and consider hiring professionals to help you with certain aspects of the process.