As we get older, there’s a good chance that our homes will become cluttered with things we no longer use. These items may be occupying valuable space and collecting dust. So what can you do? It’s time to create an estate clean-out plan! In this blog, we will go over the best ways to carry out your estate clean-out so the process is easier than ever!
1. Take Inventory of All Items
To make this task easier, we recommend using an online organization app like Evernote or Trello to keep track of everything. This will make it easier to see what you have and how much space the items are taking up, which may help you decide if certain things should be kept or given away.
2. Decide What to Keep, Sell, Donate or Throw Away
Once you’ve created a list of everything that needs to go, create a system for organizing your belongings so nothing is missed when going through closets and drawers. You can sort items by room or create categories that best fit your needs!
A good way to do this is to keep all of the ‘giftable’ items in one place, such as on a bed. Once you’ve set up everything and it’s ready for action, get started sorting through every item. If something belongs elsewhere, such as in another room, place it back where you found it.
Once you have sorted out all of your items for sale, throw away and donation, you can take the items to the appropriate place to be given away.
3. Sort Through Your Items Room by Room
Sort through the rooms that are left in your house, starting with the ones where items have been properly placed back. Make sure to go through every item you own so nothing is missed!
For example, organize all of the clothes by type and size before placing them in their respective drawers or closets. This will make it much easier when you are looking for something specific.
Also, make sure to organize the kitchenware by size and type of item (i.e., pots & pans, utensils). This will ensure that you don’t miss anything when deciding what needs to be taken away or sold!
After organizing each room’s items according to their category, it will be easier to plan out the items that are going with you.
Don’t worry if some of your rooms aren’t completely organized yet! Just make sure what needs to go is all in one place, and it will be much easier when time comes for an estate clean-out.
4. Create A Timeline
To make the process easier, it’s important to set a timeline for yourself. Depending on how long each task takes you and how many items need organizing, this can take anywhere from one day to several weeks! If you are not sure where or when certain tasks will be completed, consider setting up reminders so nothing is missed.
5. Hire a Junk Removal Company
For everything that is too bulky to be taken to the donation center, hiring a junk removal company will do the trick! This step should be completed after you have organized so you are 100% sure which items need to be hauled away.