As a professional organizer in the greater Toronto area, people who have experienced the loss of a loved one have hired us to help declutter and organize their homes. These are usually the hardest of jobs to work on because of the remembrances that constantly come up for our clients. Clearing out items after the death of a loved one can be a true challenge.
These few tips below will give you some guidance to get organized and take care of yourself at the same time.
Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting
Far from it. Your loved one will always be in your heart, not in the items that are left behind. Start the process only after you are ready. Know that you are not dishonouring the memory as you process through the items left behind.
Go at your own speed
Not everyone is ready to move on at the same time and at the same speed. We recognize this and plan accordingly when scheduling our team to work with you
How involved do you want to be?
Some of our clients want to be hands on and we encourage you to work side by side with us. Others just want to be there for decision-making only. Whatever your capabilities are we work with you at your pace and on your time.
You don’t have to keep everything
One of the challenges that we come across is the desire to keep everything as a remembrance. There is no need to feel guilty about selling, donating or giving away anything that belongs to your loved one. Chances are you’re not going to use the items so make use of them in a way that your loved one would have approved. Our trained staff at ClutterBGone is sensitive to the difficult times you are going through and the difficult decisions that you are going to make. We can guide you along the way with trusted charities and resources to make your decision making easier.
Things are really only “things”
The items you accumulate during your life are really only important to you. We don’t expect everyone to have the same interests or hobbies so assigning a value, either monetarily or emotionally, to an item can restrict your ability to declutter.
Options for remembering
ClutterBGone has helped many clients remember their loved ones with memory boxes, special photo albums and other ways of keeping their loved ones in plain sight as opposed to hidden away in a box in the basement. Let us help you in the same way.
Where do you want items to go that are not needed?
Do you or your loved one have a favourite charity you wish to support? Do you have certain items you would like to see go to family? ClutterBGone is partnered with many charities and other resources and can arrange for disposition through sale, auction, donation or otherwise. Whatever works best for you. We also have experience in tagging items to be kept for, or given to, family members.
We will all experience the loss of a loved one in our lives. If you or your family don’t want to organize or declutter after the loss of a loved one, ClutterBGone has done so for many other families and are available to assist yours. Just contact us here to start the process.