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How to Let Go of Grandma and Grandpa’s “Stuff”

Posted Feb 19 2009 5:11pm


Sooner or later you may be the overwhelmed recipient of your parents and/or grandparents stuff and things, piles, heaps, boxes and memarobilia, some of it just clutter.

You can’t keep it all. You may not have room for it. You may not care about it. It may be just too exhausting and time consuming to deal with.

What to do?

1. Take out all the stuff you want, and really have room for, and start enjoying it for the great family memories they have. 

2. If you think there’s money in them-thar-hills (of stuff) call a property appraiser and get an idea of what things are worth and then what to do with the assessment.

3. If you know there’s stuff to sell for the big bucks, call estate planners, pay them to take care of it, hopefully reaping some income from the end result.

4. Do it yourself. If there are antiques, jewelry, etc. that you don’t want or don’t have room for, but could bring in income and you’re into taking the time and effort to use online sales systems get on Ebay or Craigslist, have a garage or estate sale yourself.

5. If there is no real monitary value to anything, just great family memories, take a deep breath!, cull through it keeping only what you really have room for and really love, and donate the rest. Get a tax deduction for the donation.

Cleaning and clearing out our families memories, our memories of our families and the past is very hard to do for most people. But, with a few steps forward you can decide and take appropriate action on a daily or weekly basis to get it completed - and then sit back and remember all the good stuff.

©2009 Kim Wolinski, MSW “Dr. DeClutter” Stress, Change and Organizational Skills Expert

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