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Who Gets What in a Family Inheritance? Create a Legacy List.

Twenty years of house cleanout experience has taught me that our things carry stories. When a loved one’s life ends, a family inheritance built around...

Downsize and Declutter Now to Leave a Better Family Legacy

The older we get, the harder it is to downsize and declutter. Memories are strong with the piano your kids took lessons on when they were little, or the...

How Long to Keep Credit Card, Medical and Other Records

Downsizers don’t always know how long to keep bulky paper records like bank and credit card statements, annulled marriage licenses, mortgages from prior...

How to Purge Old Photos, Uniforms, Trophies and Other Memorabilia

Are you holding onto sentimental things because you feel too guilty to get rid of them? Items like old photos of a cousin’s wedding or Dad’s old bowling...

Dad’s Stamp Collection: Types of Certified Appraisals You Need

Dad bored you with his stamp collection when you were a kid, so you might be tempted to just toss or donate those stamps when you’re cleaning out Dad’s...

How to Wrangle the Ton of Trash Items in Your House

Trash: It’s a one-ton problem that homeowners never expect. That’s not an exaggeration - we find that clients with average-sized houses easily have one...

3 Steps for Quick Pre-Holiday Downsizing and De-Cluttering

You don’t have to be an avid collector, or even a shopper, to end up with a house full of clutter. After the holidays most of us have far more new things...

How to Clean Out a House Quickly with the Four Pile Sort Method

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after 16 years of wading through cluttered houses, it’s that efficiency is key when sorting your items. Even if you just...

Matt Paxton’s Guide for Recognizing the 5 Levels of Hoarding

How can you tell if someone you love is a hoarder? The quick answer is when clutter starts to interfere with daily life in an unsafe way. Say your mother...

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