The passing of a loved one can be a very grief-stricken experience. Having a long relationship with a loved one and then letting them go is one of the hardest things you can do in life. This can be especially difficult if your loved one is a parent or grandparent and you’re tasked with cleaning out their home after their death. This job requires a high level of attention and commitment which is hard to do while also under stress and grief. Here are our 5 tips for cleaning out an estate house.
Have a Plan
As with everything, clearing out an estate will go a lot smoother with a plan. Put together a plan that will help you meet your goals systematically. Write down your goals and identify things you’ll need to do to meet those goals. What will you do each day? How long will it take you to do it? Will you have an estate sale? Write down each facet of the project until you’ve worked your way through the entire task. Plan to tackle one thing at a time until the job is done. Be strategic in how you will get everything done. Putting together a plan will alleviate feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
Select a Crew
Sometimes you need help. For this job we recommend it. Enlist family members and friends to come help out each day. Even if it’s as simple as bringing by a meal or picking up things and bringing them to a thrift store. Most importantly, you need people you can rely upon. Be sure to select people who have a history of showing up for you in times of need and who you feel at ease with. The last thing you want during this time is to deal with an unreliable or difficult friend or family member.
Take Your Time
Give yourself plenty of time to get the job done. Try not to put yourself in a scenario where you feel rushed. Doing this type of job in haste will result in rash decisions and unnecessary mistakes. If you’re also grieving during this time, your immune system could be weakened. Therefore working yourself to the bone and possibly lifting heavy objects can pose a great risk to your own health. So be sure to take as much time as you need to do this job most effectively.
Utilize Convenient Services
Did you know, there are services available that can help you complete this task? You are not alone on this journey. You can be as involved or as hands off in this project as you’d like. There are estate sale companies that can handle selling and moving of furniture and other items. There are thrift stores that are willing to come to your location and pick up items. And finally, there are professional clean out services such as ours that can organize, sort, remove and clean the entire estate to prepare it for whatever comes next. We’ve made this service available to help you save time and effort and money! Compare the cost of renting a dumpster sitting on-site (and you have to fill it) with BayState Cleanout’s all-inclusive service- for less money and no back-breaking effort! Give us a call for a quote.
Go Easy On Yourself
Most of all, it’s important to take care of yourself throughout this process. If you’re dealing with the transition of a loved one, you may be in a very vulnerable state. You might make mistakes. You might have trouble focusing. You may be emotionally and mentally exhausted. It’s important to remember that you’re one person and you’re human! Don’t over do it. Don’t push yourself to your limits. Now, more than ever, it’s time to stop, breathe, and give yourself permission to move at a slower pace or stop altogether if need be. Stay tuned into your needs.
An estate cleanout is not just another cleaning job. It marks the transition of the next phase of life for many different people in your family or network. It’s a very important job. If you’re faced with cleaning out an estate, remember these 5 tips. You’ll save time, money and stress. Plus, if you need help, we’re only a phone call away.