Emptying Out The Parents’ House

Emptying out a house chock full of memories can be tough. It can take a toll both on your body and on your emotions.

Record Player (Photo credit: Jeff Howard)

Record Player (Photo credit: Jeff Howard)

Moreover, the task can easily provoke arguments among siblings. One may see dad’s record collection as a family heirloom, while another sees the records as being worth enough money to buy a plane ticket to Mexico.

In addition, there can be fights over what to throw away and what to keep.

An article on marketwatch.com asked the author of a book on the subject for the best ways to avoid such problems.

The phrase that was used most often was: “Keep the memories, throw away the stuff.”

In essence, it says to honor the memories by taking photos, writing things down and talking about them — but then to get rid of the stuff.

Other suggestions:

  • don’t procrastinate and wait until the last minute.
  • view the task as a series of small jobs rather than as one huge job.
  • go room by room and divide items into three categories: keep, toss or donate.
  • plan ahead to keep fights to a minimum.
  • consider hiring an appraiser for a “look see” to tell what what items are worth something. These can be sold at auction.

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