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How to: sort or "right size" your home before a move

We usually get the call from home owners wanting or needing to move or right size when they are at the “OVERWHELMED” stage. Home owners just take everything out of drawers and closets and just put them on the floor. This method creates visual “CHAOS” AND MAJOR”CLUTTER”.

Pick one room and start at the door and work your way around the room going through drawers, closets and cabinets. Have a box of 30 gallon trash bags handy and label three bags and tape the label on to read: “donate”, “shred” and “trash”. Donate clothes and all accessories unless from the 1940- 1960’s (called today vintage). There is a fine line on what to donate and what to sell. This is where the experts come in.

Don’t wait, take all donations in the bags to your car for your donation site that afternoon or next morning. Remove all trash bags and put into the discard receptacle. The room you are working on will be cleared for you to review and evaluate more. Shredding can be taken to community day or there are many shredding companies around town.

Items you wish to keep…. if they bring you “LOVE, JOY AND HAPPINESS” can be left in drawers if not glass or liquid. Other items can be boxed and labeled and placed in that cleared out closet ready for real estate showings.

Once you have totally completed one room it will give you the satisfaction and gratifying accomplishment to move on to the next room. Though remember: do these items I am moving or rightsizing my living space bring me “love, joy and happiness”. If so, you must keep it. If you are limited on space and the items gives you little to no feeling, it’s time to “repurpose it” and let someone else enjoy it.

Fair Split: A "cloud" based household inventory

Fair Split is a “cloud” based online household inventory used to divide “things” not “families”. This tool is used for estate division for heirs, pre-planning for retirement, distribution and downsizing.

This product is a great planning tool for professionals such as: attorneys, financial planners, insurance companies, real estate agents to help their

clients plan for the future of their household items prior to:

  • their demise

  • fire

  • theft

  • items resident wants to donate to charities

  • personal property for insurance reasons (jewelry/art/collections)

  • special items to go to friends or family members

  • planning wills, estates, retirement, or for real estate agents whose clients family might have disputes over items in the home prior to closing

In the event a household inventory was not done prior to a person’s passing or disaster, an inventory can be created so the adult children/heirs/POA’s can view items on line and know how owner wanted their items distributed. This tool saves time and money to the heirs/POA’s not living in the same city to view online rather than take time off from work, away from families busy schedules, airplane fare expenses ,or vacation time.

Fair Split inventory is kind of like an auction but members who are invited to view the household inventory on a number scale place an emotional scale value. The invitee who has the higher number is awarded the item. But this is only done if family members are challenging each other over one item.

For more information or brochure, please call us.

People hide their household items in the craziest places in their home

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Families hide all sorts of things in their home. If a parent has dementia it's a problem. But we have found it's pretty normal no matter what age, people do hide their items in the craziest places in their home. Like a dog hiding their bone for safe keeping. But forgetting where they hid it.

We found thousands of one hundred dollar bills in a horizontal freezer in the garage. We found 6 dry wall buckets full of coins that totalled almost $5,000 in a garage. One of my team members went into the kitchen to hunt for zip lock sandwich bags to put pictures hooks and nails into the baggie and found the alumium foil box was full of a stamp collection. Now it use to be in the past that the depression era population would hide money under the mattress or a floor board. Today it's everywhere.

We had moved out a lady into assisted living and came back to her house to conduct the final clean out. My team and I noticed the wall switch plates were loose and about to fall off. We went to retrieve a screw driver and as we were at the switch plate discovered money and jewelry behind those wall plates. The adult children have been searching for it for years. Who would of thought of that one?

Recently, we helped two sisters whose step father just passed away on cleaning out the home and was sorting donations, trash and sell piles. Their mother died several years prior and the step father told the daughters that he hid their mother's purse. Why, no one knows. But it was a treasure hunt and we never did find it.

So why do people hide money, jewelry, prized possessions in the craziest places? Is it because the boogie man or their children might find it?

There are several reasons you will need our services:

  • Passing of a family member or friend.
  • Final household clean-outs and gettng the house ready for the real estate market. Act as project manager for home renovations.
  • Home staging for active real estate showings.
  • Moving – Just packing or just unpacking at the new location.
  • Moving or downsizing an aging senior parent to independent, assisted living, or long term care.
  • Want to keep your aging senior parent in their home? "Age in Place". Re-organize and de-clutter. Safety is an issue.
  • Remodeling or Redecorating – packing breakables and clean and polish while unpacking.
  • Just organizing need for an extra pair of hands to help.
  • Divorce or separation.
  • Corporate employee transfers and relocations. No downtime for the employee relocation. Getting settled immediately.
  • Digitzing documents, photos, VHS tapes, slides. Preserving the memories.