Don’ts When Clearing Out the Home of a Deceased Person

Some property clearance jobs are harder than others. A seasoned team of professionals that offers hassle-free waste clearance in East Barnet EN4 or any district in Greater London will tell you that the only thing more difficult than planning and doing a domestic decluttering is dealing with the clearance of the home of someone whom you have recently lost. That is because we not only have to deal with junk and clutter but also with our own suffocating emotions. As a result, mistakes may follow. To make this terrible experience a bit easier and more productive, we will name some of the top don’ts of clearing out the house of a deceased person:

  • Don’t forget to check the garden and the garage
  • Don’t do it too soon
  • Don’t delay it either
  • Don’t refuse other people’s assistance
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of the papers you find
  • Don’t toss everything in the bin

We will not lie to you, sorting through the possessions of a relative or a friend that has passed away is an emotionally draining experience. But this is not a task that you should postpone forever.

Don’t focus only on the items inside the property

If you plan to use the services of a registered rubbish removal business, consider asking the company if it will be able to also provide you with quality garden clearance in London. Many people keep patio furniture in their backyard or garden or even have a shed there. Do not forget to check and clear out that part of the property too. Often times, dealing with outdoor junk removal will require you even more time than dealing with indoor waste collection tasks.

Don’t underestimate your grief and emotions

Do not feel like you need to get on which this tedious task immediately after the funeral service. Give yourself some time or, at least, do the clearing in stages – a few days this week and a few days next week until you are done with it.

Don’t postpone it either

Delaying this job for too long is also not a good strategy. The more you postpone it, the more difficult it will be to you to get back to it later. Time does heal but walking into the house of the person you lost will reopen your wounds in an instant.

Don’t do it alone

Find someone to help you. Not so much for emotional support but because properly clearances are also physically challenging. You don’t want to risk injuring yourself, right? Either hire professional waste collectors or recruit someone you know to assist you.

Don’t just breeze through documents

Carefully read any piece of paper you find. Otherwise, you risk tossing away some important document. If you find a pile of papers, pack them in boxes and thoroughly read them in the comfort of your home when you are more focused.

Don’t throw it all away

Even if you were not particularly close to the deceased person and you are not interested in keeping any of his or her possessions, don’t be quick to dispose of everything. You may not need an old wobbly table or a pile of clothes that are not in your size but there are many less fortunate families that do. Therefore, if you find anything that is in a decent condition, donate it to those in need.