Clearing a Loved One’s Belongings: an Emotional but Important Job
The loss of someone you love, whether a close family member, partner or friend presents a series of challenges both emotional and practical. Clearing a loved one’s belongings and taking care of their affairs can be one of the most emotional but most important tasks at hand. There may be many aspects to consider when clearing a loved one’s belongings, and the process is likely to be emotionally difficult and time consuming, so before you begin it’s a good idea to create an order of priority and allocate plenty of time to the job.
Clearing a loved one’s belongings: deal with the urgent matters first
As difficult as the task may be, locating any documents that relate to your loved one’s financial or legal affairs – utility bills, insurance documents, a will, bank statements, pension details and so on – should be a priority in order that any relevant authorities may be contacted and any outstanding matters settled. Settling any pressing legal or financial matters as a first step can make a positive impact on reducing the stress associated with losing a loved one, and may give you the freedom to take sufficient time to grieve properly before embarking upon the greater part of clearing their belongings.
The best way to approach clearing a loved one’s belongings
Whether they fill an entire house, a flat or just one or two rooms, the best way of clearing a loved one’s possessions is to start with those items that have the least emotional significance. This may mean starting at the garage or the garden shed, but wherever you begin you should adopt a process of evaluating each belonging and sorting them into three or four categories:
- Items that are of sentimental or other value that you wish to keep
- Items that may be donated to charity
- Items that may be sold
- Items that can be disposed of
If a number of family members are involved with clearing a loved one’s belongings this evaluation and sorting should be undertaken collectively and items categorized with mutual agreement in order to avoid disputes.
Disposing of a loved one’s belongings that are of no further value to you
The task of clearing a loved one’s belongings, particularly if they filled an entire house, is likely to result in a significant number of items to be disposed of. The simple act of throwing away something that once belonged to and was used by a loved one can be stressful and upsetting in itself, added to which there may be the practical challenge of disposing of larger belongings such as furniture or boxes of unwanted items. Furthermore, there may be hazardous or recyclable items among the belongings that you no longer wish to keep.
Unless you have access to your own appropriate transport and are prepared to further sort items so that they may be disposed of responsibly, the best way of clearing a loved one’s belongings that you no longer wish to keep is to hire in a professional rubbish clearance and disposal company such as the nationally-available Any Junk.
Placing this aspect of disposing of a loved one’s unwanted belongings in the hands of a professional contractor like AnyJunk removes unwanted additional work and emotional stress, leaving you safe in the knowledge that unwanted items will be handled and disposed of appropriately and with the minimum fuss.
Clearing out a loved one’s belongings can be emotionally stressful, but it is a necessary task. But if it is planned and undertaken in the right way and with proper assistance where necessary, clearing out a loved one’s belongings will become a manageable proposition rather than an overwhelming one.