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Supplies: Bring this for House Packing, Estate Cleanout and Organization

Estate Cleanout Supplies

Supplies: Bring this for House Packing, Estate Cleanout and Organization

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Supplies | Organization| Estate Administration

Estate Cleanout Supplies

1. Garbage bags

You knew this already.

Pro Tip: Regular Garbage Bags for garbage. Large clear plastic bags for donations.

2. Boxes

Well, what have you got?  Nevermind.  Nobody gets this right the first time through.  Books?  Get the biggest boxes you can find.  Just kidding.  For books, we like smaller boxes, 15″x12″x10″ Bad back?  delegate.
We found a large stack of 18x18x18″ boxes quite handy.

No need to invent the wheel.  This article covers it: The Spruce: The 7 Best Moving Boxes of 2024

Pro Tip: suppliers sell the typical brown, corregated boxes.  White boxes are also available to help you organize.  Slightly more expensive.

3. Document and Photo Boxes

This may be for round 2, once you have an idea of what’s needed.  But a few high-quality, acid-free, photo and document boxes are handy as you come across important photos and legacy items.

Yes, Archival Methods is an advertiser, but they’re also the best: Archival Methods.

4. Sharpies

Because of course Sharpies.

5. Tape Gun

For $20 you can make your life easier.  If you think you can handle a tape gun.

6. Another Tape Gun

Just because, well, you’re going to lose a tape gun for several intervals under the packing materials.  Or maybe your sister has it.  I don’t know, it’s just better to have another tape gun and not need it, than to need another tape gun and not have it.  Confucious said that.

7. Tape

Oh yeah, tape.  For the tape gun(s).

8. Packing Material

Bubble wrap, Packing paper, newspaper if you’re old school and you can find some.

9. Stickers

For example…

Estate Cleanout Materials and suppliesRed = OK to discard…

Blue = For distribution…

Green = For discussion…

Yellow = Up for grabs…

9. Painter’s tapeEstate Cleanout

For notes to self or others.
Anything you can do to organize, or communicate, will help.

Maybe your sister’s coming in the week after.

You don’t want it, does she?

Or let the Estate Sale or Cleanout Company know not to sell/discard something.

 

10. Artifcts

Not even advertisers.  We just love this tool for executors and estates.  It’s an app.
Click photos on your phone.
Write up a little something.
Share it with your family.
Get input: “What’s the story on this?”, “Sell!”,  “I Want it!”, “I Want it!”, “You can have it!”
More Here:
Estate Talks: Executor Tools: Artifcts® for Estate Cleanout, Distribution and Legacy

9. NokBox

Not even advertisers.  We just love this tool for executors and estates.  It’s a box*.
* And by “Box” we mean a central location for the important, don’t lose this! documents that you inevitably come across as you go through the property.
Keep the estate stuff together, organized, and secure.

Cleanout is important and essential.  Organization is key.

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