The last tangible impression that you make on this earth are the possessions that you leave behind. Make it a good one. After all, you never get a second chance to make a last impression.
Clearing out an estate is difficult enough to deal with under the best of circumstances. Emotions and sentimentality are in high gear and running the gamut. Practical thinking proves challenging. It can be undeniably overpowering and paralyzing when an inordinate amount of stuff needs to be sorted and organized.
A personal roadmap to the family heirlooms and photos that represent the fabric and history of a family will most likely prove helpful. Start by telling the stories behind them. The tales always give new meaning and dimension and increase the chances that they will continue to be passed down through the generations.
A list of your intentions as to who gets what can take some of the mystery and frustration out of the whole process. It may very well eliminate potential family squabbles. Unfortunately, resentment during this period can last a lifetime if positive steps are not taken.
As the old saying goes, life is short. Purging now gives you bonuses as well. Daily life becomes simpler and gives you a chance to reflect and walk down memory lane. No matter what your stage is in life, we know deep down that focusing on the important things in life is what counts.
In the end, it makes a difficult time a little less complicated and stressful for loved ones. It will also increase the chances of your last impression being a good and memorable one and help insure that the family history not only survives but thrives.