When a relative dies, it can suddenly seem like there's so much to do. If they've been living on their own, a big part of this will be cleaning out their house or apartment. Sorting through their documents and belongings can be difficult, but it's also a chance to remember them – and you never know what you'll run across in the process.
Sorting Documents: Important, Sentimental, And Sensitive
When going through the documents of a deceased relative, you'll need to divide up the documents you come across. You can separate them into three basic categories: important documents that need to be held on to, sentimental documents that you want to keep, and sensitive documents that should be shredded. Anything that doesn't fall into these categories can be thrown away or recycled.
Important documents include insurance policies; financial information such as tax returns, bank accounts, investment information, and bills; and any copies of the will. The executor of the deceased's estate will want many of these documents, so consult with them about what they need.
Any other documents with personal information such as social security numbers should be considered sensitive and shredded.
Finally, set aside documents that have sentimental value such as letters or other personal writings. Even if you think you don't have the space for them, you will likely regret it later if you get rid of them now. Instead, if you lack space, look into whether they can be stored at the home of another friend or relative.
Sorting Objects: Keep, Donate, Sell, And Junk
Depending on how much stuff the deceased owned, sorting through their belongings may be a long task. You'll want to set aside the things that will be kept, of course. Everything else can be divided into things to sell, donate, or junk.
If there are expensive objects such as paintings or antiques you want to sell, consider hiring an appraiser to be sure you get what they're worth. For more everyday objects like clothing or accessories, check out local consignment shops; they can tell you whether they will be able to sell these items, and you will get a percentage of the selling price. Consignment shops usually sell higher-end or vintage clothing; if the local consignment shops aren't interested, you can hold an estate sale.
The items to be donated and junked can be handled together by a junk removal company. Most junk removal companies will be happy to help you find a
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