How to Sort Through a Loved One’s Belongings

Published on 11/29/2020

We understand losing a loved one is so hard; it takes time to grieve and process all sorts of emotions. Sorting through your loved one’s belongings can be overwhelming. Here’s a few tips in order to make the process as smooth as possible.

Take Your Time

There’s no rule book that says you need to have all of the glassware divvied up a week after the funeral. Pick a day or weekend and dedicate that time to going through the house or old boxes. This allows you to be fully present, eliminates the stress of rushing through everything, and allows for rest afterwards. Whether you choose to go through all the items at once or hold onto everything for a bit longer, know that it’s okay. 

Ask For Help

This is a perfect opportunity to get family and friends together. Close friends can be extremely helpful because they may be able to help with decisions and certain tasks since they are slightly removed from the situation. Bringing everyone together celebrates the life of your loved one by reminiscing on memories made throughout the years. 

Have a Plan 

A good rule of thumb is to create three categories: keep, donate, and trash. For family members are unable to help, ask what items they would like to hold onto. A great way to do this is by creating a shared photo album and uploading pictures of items you believe might hold sentimental value. Have family members comment or like the photo of the item they wish to keep. If keeping items and preparing to place directly in storage, make sure to take photos and label the packing boxes on the outside for easier use. Designate someone to be the driver to the donation center. As you’re sorting through items, actively place pieces for donation into the car and have the driver make trips whenever the car is full. It’s a time saver! Lastly, don’t feel obligated to either keep or donate items; utilize the trash (or recycle) bin. 

Let Go

When all is said and done, you may have a few “Should I have kept…” moments. It’s time to let go of those thoughts and let go of any regrets you may be feeling. This will not benefit you in the long run. Know that you thoughtfully went through your loved one’s items and made decisions to the best of your ability.

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