It’s as inevitable as death, taxes and Minnesota winters: At some point most of us will likely have to clear out a parent’s home.
And on the list of “must do’s”, cleaning out your parent’s home often rises to the top of the “most stressful” column. Having gone through this myself, I feel an instant rapport with each family that has to move a parent to assisted living, or clear out a home after a parent has died. There is a certain compassion we share with each other, once we’ve gone through this process ourselves.
“The memorabilia can be the most excruciating. Every box is like a time capsule,”says Sharon Fischman, owner Empty the Nest, which provides home cleanout services and has a thrift store in Golden Valley.
Every family handles the process differently -- some more smoothly than others. Families may have multiple generations involved, adult siblings, spouses and grandchildren. These are valuable relationships to preserve in the process!
It’s a hard truth that the family typically needs to get rid of 95 percent of their parents’ stuff. While many objects have sentimental value, you can’t just bring everything into your own house. Adding to your load may not be what’s best. Rest assured, there are people in your community that have wants and needs and they can enjoy these things in their home.
Here is some guidance to help you get through it:
1. Keep the end in mind. The goal is to empty the house — as soon as you sell it, you can avoid monthly expenses.
2. Know what you want and why. Look for items with a story, or things that your parents really valued. But only keep things that you have room for and would use. Even better if the items you keep are small, personal and useful.
3. Remember: You’re family. Try not to focus on who keeps what, but that valued keepsakes stay in the family.
4. Hire help. Doing it yourself is not for everyone. For example, Empty the Nest combines everything that needs to be done to empty a house into an efficient process that maximizes reuse and minimizes waste.
5. Beware: your stuff is probably not worth what you think! You may not get the highest price. Keep your goals in mind and work with a business that will help you achieve them.
6. Buy yourself peace. Work with people you can trust and who have compassion for the situation. The right partner will have a process that not only achieves your goals but also benefits the greater community. It’s worth the money to simplify the process.
7. Remind yourself that you will always have what’s important: Your memories. This is the time to let it go.
Select items from home cleanout services are sold at Empty the Nest boutique style thrift store. For more information call 612-998-0102 or submit an inquiry form at www.emptythenest.net.
Call Sharon at 612-998-0102, or email her directly at Sharon@EmptyTheNest.net
Empty the Nest’s wall-to-wall, home clean out service takes the overwhelming task of "emptying the nest" and makes it simple. Our clients and customers appreciate our respectful and responsible approach and that is why a great majority of our business, both home clean out and thrift store, comes from referrals. Share Empty the Nest with your parents, family, friends, colleagues and clients by downloading our printable brochure.
Empty the Nest Thrift Store
8812 7th Ave. North, Golden Valley, MN 55427. Phone: 763-544-0106.
Directions to our Thrift Store.
Monday: 4pm - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Closed for the following Holidays.