The Art of Estate Downsizing (Part Three)

As we talked about In The Art of Downsizing (Parts One and Two), there are a lot of things to consider with the downsizing process.  We looked at the emotional challenges in Part One, the physical challenges in part two, now let’s look a little closer at the time aspects of the move.  It’s time to get a move on!



Typically, when a downsize or estate transition is happening, time is short.  Here are a few ideas to speed things up a bit.

If there is a great deal of paperwork that needs to be reviewed, save it for later.  While it’s always your goal to eliminate “extra” items, paperwork breaks that rule because it’s so time consuming to review.  Fortunately, it doesn’t take up too much room so save it for later and then glean the necessary items at your leisure.

If you run across large, bulky items that you want to get rid of, many times you can simply place the item at the end of the driveway with a FREE sign on it and it will magically disappear!  Many people are looking for “project” items and love to start with something free.  Just be sure that no local or HOA ordinances are being violated and you should be good to go.

Many of us are concerned with waste and want to repurpose things as much as possible.  We want to make sure everything that can be reused is reused.  Unfortunately, if time is your enemy during a downsize you may have to temporarily “fracture” your rule and let some things go to the dump!  You can get stuck in a contest between avoiding waste and time consumption.  A tough decision but sometimes you must lose a battle to win the war.

Remember as was discussed in an earlier blog, there are organizations that will come and haul off “stuff” to be sold at a thrift center or sale, often for a worthy cause.  If you get in a bind for time it may be worth a call to them for their pick-up service.

When all that’s left is junk and trash, and there is a lot of it…many home improvement centers have a “Bagster” that you can buy.  It is a cross between a garbage bag (think BIG garbage bag) and dumpster.  It is compact when you buy it at the store then once opened to full size can hold up to 3300 pounds of debris!  Once the Bagster is full, you contact the local disposal company to come pick it up.  Before you decide to go this route and fill the Bagster, make sure pick-up is available in your location.  This may be a viable alternative to multiple trips to the dump and will definitely save time.

As you can tell by reading, in almost all cases, knowledge is king in deciding how to handle a downsize.  Be sure to gather as much information as you can prior to and while working through the process.

Family Friend Estate Solutions has first-hand knowledge on downsizing and we are always glad to share ideas and help you with the many decisions that must be made.  Feel free to give us a call and we look forward to working with you!