Are you downsizing or relocating? Or just have some stuff you want removed from your house? Every now and then need a couple of strong guys to deliver furniture or take away a big load of donations?
These 3 options provide ways to jettison the stuff you don’t want.
Remoov is a company that takes everything away and sells or donates, recycles and trashes items you don’t need. They literally “remove” everything, sell what they can and give you the difference between the cost of the moving and processing and 50% of the proceeds from the sales of items. They curate to get the best price for the items. They sell items through their online auction site: TheLocalFlea.com.
- 50% of the value of the sold items
- Donation receipt for your taxes
- Your junk responsibly discarded
- A new home for your unwanted items
They are committed to reducing waste by increasing recycling and reuse of products. The timeframe for the removal of items can be quite short. Getting money back from items sold can take many weeks. Pricing is easy to figure with their online graphic.
Having an estate sale is a one traditional way of clearing a home. MaxSold is an ONLINE only version of an estate sale.
What do you have to do to prepare? Separate items you want to keep from those you want to sell. Items for sell will be grouped into “lots”, photographed, put into an online catalog and marketed locally. Viewers of the auction have 1 week to bid on items. Pickups are scheduled for 1 day in particular time slots and managed by MaxSold staff. Purchasers must show ID and proof of purchase before being escorted to pickup their “lots.”
The whole process takes 2 weeks end to end. Max Sold charges 30% or $10 per lot OR $1000 overall whichever is higher. MaxSold does not handle donation or disposal of items that don’t sell.
Think of this as Uber for movers. On-demand or by schedule you can get 2 guys to load, haul, deliver or move things within a home. A simple to use phone app lets you set your pickup location, add a photo of items to be handled, get an instant quote, and movers can be on their way within 30 minutes. You can also schedule a date & time in the future if needed. Currently only available in SF Bay Area (all counties) and Los Angeles. Drop-off point can be up to 150 miles from pickup.
Examples of when to use:
- Bringing home furniture from IKEA or another store
- Taking away boxes of books for donation
- Taking away a load of junk to the dump
- Moving furniture between rooms of the house
- Pickup a craigslist purchase and deliver to your house
These are only 3 of many different ways to declutter and downsize. When you’re ready, help is available!
In the spirit of Halloween we continue the discussion of how to banish the fears that keep us from starting organizing projects.
Fear #2: Papers You Don’t Think You Can Handle
Imagine this scenario: you get a thick envelope in the mail from your attorney…aaack! You don’t want to deal with it. You throw it in a pile, in a remote drawer or just leave it in your “in-box”.
If you’re lucky, days (or months) later, you get a call from your attorney’s office. “Did you get the papers we sent to you to fill out? They are time sensitive. “ If you’re not lucky, you’ll never hear from them again.
This is the kind of stuff that populates that scary file drawer or mail pile. It’s overwhelming, you don’t understand it all, and you know you’re going to have to THINK to figure out what to do next. Everyone seems to have an area like this; an “I can’t deal with this pile.”
Fear banishing strategies:
- Grab someone’s hand and tackle the pile together
- Pour a shot or two of whiskey and dive in
- Call your attorney and ask them to walk you through it
- Set a timer and commit to spending 10 minutes looking through the drawer
- Sign up for a “get it done” session with a coach, an organizer, a friend
- Break down the project into bite-sized chunks.
- Write down in advance –before you even look in the drawer or deconstruct the pile – what you “think” you have to do …providing a framework with which to sort the pieces of information
The project may be more than you can handle. But unless you dip your toe in, you may never know. Asking for help, even to break open the drawer or pry apart the envelope is a valid strategy!
Next up…tackling those things that conjure up ghosts from the past…
Is there anything that you wouldn’t want others to deal with after you’re gone?
Don’t you hate cleaning up after other people’s messes? Anyone who has a roommate may have had this experience – dishes left in the sink, wet towels on the bathroom floor, laundry half done in the laundry room. What a drag to have to take care of other’s people’s stuff that they could have dealt with themselves!
How does this relate to organizing? Many times we’ve worked with clients who have brought us in to organize their homes after having dealt with cluttered estates of their parents or other relatives. They’re very aware of not wanting to leave behind the same mess for their children or friends.
It’s easy to think that’s a “someday project” – the reality is weeding is MUCH simpler and easier when it happens regularly, not put off and saved until accumulation is overwhelming.
Here are some key areas to weed regularly and keep under control:
- Paperwork –Wading through decades of accumulated bills, account statements, articles, contracts, etc. trying to figure out what is important is a nightmare for a survivor.
- Personal documents – Any surprising information in those old diaries and journals that you’d be loathe to have someone read after you’re gone?
- Collections of value. If you collect anything of value, have it appraised and take care of it while you are around so when you’re gone it’s easier to deal with as a collection.
- Collections of sentiment or hobby – If you collect things that are valuable to you but not necessarily on the open market keep the collection organized and reasonably sized. Identify a friend or organization that may make use of it after you’re gone.
- Garage and storage areas – These are easy to get out of hand because typically there’s lots of space and it’s easy to just let older items linger in the back corners. This includes household hardware, glue, rope, paint, tools, sport supplies, wood scraps. Make regular trips to the household hazardous waste center.
- Toiletries and cleaning supplies – Old makeup, shampoo, travel size items, specialty cleaners…these easily accumulate clogging up valuable storage space and creating a disposal chore when you’re gone.
As you are weeding, extract and keep these items separate and easy to find:
- Key Financial Documents – Current insurance policies, bills, and estate information need to be immediately accessible if something happens to you. Purge old copies to avoid confusion.
- Will/Trust – You do have one, right?
- Safe Deposit Box – Information and key
If this feels overwhelming already, get help!
Utilize family and friends, hire an organizer and consult with an estate attorney. Two great Bay Area estate attorneys we recommend are Richard Lee of Blythe, Lee & Associates, 510-272-0200 x304 and Alexandria M. Ayoub of Ferguson & Berland, 510-548-9005.
What small action could you take this week to help take care of your own business so others won’t have to when you’re gone?