Who you are:
You are a beleagured family member faced with a house full of stuff left behind by your deceased loved one. You may be local or you might live out of state, and you “have no idea what is there, what to do with it, or whether it is worth something.” You may be feeling some very deep emotions about the loss of your loved one.
You are the adult child of older parents who may not be able to care for themselves much longer. They have lived in their home for 40 years and have accumulated a lifetime of memories. They are thinking of moving in with you or may move to a 2-bedroom apartment in an assisted living facility.
You’re thinking about your own retirement or mortality, yet you still have teens or young adults. You want to organize all of your possessions and important information so if something unexpected happens to you, your family knows where things are and what to do.
What you may be saying:
I live 3 states away, and I can’t take off that much time from work. How do I get rid of all this stuff quickly, efficiently, and maybe make a few dollars?
I can’t take all of my parents’ stuff to my house; I don’t have that much room! Nor can they take it all with them to assisted living. How am I going to help them get rid of their stuff? I also have no idea where they keep all of their important papers, who their doctors are, or where they do their banking.
I have so much stuff of my own; I really should pare it down. I don’t want to leave it for my kids to do when I’m gone. They also need to know what I have, where to find it, and what to do with it.