- First, invite your family over to decide on items they may like to keep in the family. They will appreciate you did and the important detail is that you enjoy this time together. Keep in mind, the kids likely already have their own full house of contents, and they may not have the room for this stuff, or share style preferences.
- Once your children, nieces, nephews, and siblings decide, have a party and invite your friends and neighbors to choose to keep things that hold memories for them of your relationship and history together. Again, another fun way to reminisce and pass on the future of your things to the people you love.
- Have a yard sale. Ugghh; I know; who wants to have a yard sale? You never do, but it sure is a great way to dispose of your unwants, while making a little bit of money in the process. Yard sales can also be conducted online via Facebook or Craigslist. Beware of potential dangers of online sales, like bringing dishonest strangers to your home. Meeting in a public place is always advised. If this isn't something you're familiar with, don't be afraid to ask for help from those closest to you.
- Have an estate sale. This is a good option for those who want to pass on the reins of the sales process to a professional. This person/company will organize and sort for the sale, price the items, hold the sale, and clean up after the sale, all while looking out for your best interests and wallet. Fees range, but many estate sales professionals have told me their cut on average is 50%. There is a chance that the fees you pay may go beyond the profit raised from the sale. This is something a professional will try to prevent, but a good one will advise you honestly from the beginning.
- Call a local charity, Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Lighthouse Ministries to schedule a donation pickup of the items you weren't able to sell. They will need to be in good condition- not torn, dirty, obviously used, or expired. Ask your church if they hold an annual or bi-annual bazaar, and if so, do they offer a pickup service?
If you are in the Polk County or Central Florida area, and you, a loved one, or a resident at your community needs some support during this huge transition in their lives, my team and I can provide it.
Non-local readers, find a Senior Move Manager® at www.NASMM.org or a Professional Organizer at www.NAPO.net.
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