When a loved one passes, sometimes clients believe the only way to hold on to memories is to fill their homes with the deceased persons possessions. Often these items remain locked away in cupboards or furniture takes up precious space. The solution however may be far more simple and effective.
As a Professional Organiser it’s not only a humble but privileged position to support clients who are working through deceased estates. Often it’s not just the possessions that are being siftted through, but also years of memories attached to the simplest of objects like handwritten notes or favourite tea cups.
Recently I was hired to help sort through a deceased estate, as my clients father passed suddenly and she was feeling overwhelmed by the process. Furthermore, while my client had her own family and ample furniture, she wanted to strike the balance between letting go of excess possessions and honouring the memory of her father.
A solution was found regarding his medals. By displaying them my client felt she was honouring her father’s memories rather than have them stashed away somewhere in a long forgotten drawer.
Here’s some other options that have worked for my clients over the years:
1. Memory quilt: incorporating special photos of people, objects and places;
2. Shadow boxes: containing most favourite items to box which can be on display;
3. Planter container made from favourite shoes: a beautiful way to showcase a favourite plant from the garden;
4. Memory box: let the size of the box determine how much to keep as this will also help with the decision making process.
Recently I wrote an article on Practical Solutions for Deceased Estates for Organized Home and Life Magazine. See more at: http://www.drdeclutter.com.au/media-articles#sthash.2CVtUjav.dpuf
I was also deeply touched to watch this video from filmmaker Judith Helfant which is a personal perspective of the impact of sorting through a loved ones estate http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000002868437/love-and-stuff.html?smid=tw-nytimes
Finally, here’s an interesting perspective from baby boomers http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/2014/07/14/parents-stuff-can-burden-boomers/12653665/
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