Having to deal with the loss of a loved one can be extremely stressful. You may have sorted out the will and decided what to do with the property, but how do then deal with all their personal possessions? There may be a lot of items that you want to keep onto that have a sentimental value – too many to move into your own home without upsizing. Sorting through these items can be a hugely emotional task. Here are a few ways to help you deal with it more easily.
Assess the worth of valuable items
You may already have an idea of the items you want to sell, but there may be some hidden treasures in your loved one’s home that you may be able to make a lot of money from. Have a trusted antique dealer come round and value your loved one’s commodities. An item that you may have wanted to hold onto may be worth more than you realised, making it easier to part with. Visit auctions or sell these items yourself online. Car boot sales can also be a great of flogging lots of smaller items at once.
Donate what you can’t sell
Some items you think are valuable may refuse to sell. This doesn’t mean you have to necessarily throw them away – try donating them to charity shops and charity auctions. Offer other items to friends and family members for free.
Get help from a declutterist
If you’re finding the process too hard, you may want to hire professional declutterists to help you. This can be useful for houses that are jampacked with stuff. Such teams are used to dealing with hoarders and understand the psychology behind wanting to keep onto certain things. If you feel you need someone to help talk you into parting with certain possessions, this may be a useful service to invest in.
Pay for storage
It may be worth paying to put some items in storage whilst you figure out what to do with them. There are many companies such as Canning Vale Storage Units that can rent storage out to you. This can be especially useful if you need to sell the property, but are still negotiating through all the belongings. Remember that this should only be a temporary solution, unless you are going to actively use the items you put in storage and simply have no space for them in your home (e.g. an old motorbike or sports equipment).
Photograph the possessions that you can’t keep
There will be some belongings that you only want to keep for the reminder, regardless of the fact that you have no practical use for them. For these items, it may be more sensible to take a photograph. Whilst this is no substitute for being able to physically touch these belongings, it will allow that object to live on with you. You can even create a memory book and map out your loved one’s old home – it may help you to part with the contents knowing that you’ve always got a record of it.