When a loved one passes away, it is one of the most difficult transitions we will have to go through in life. Very few of us consider what happens after the funeral, until the day we have to deal with our loved ones belongings. We are dealing with so many emotions and the last thing we want to do is sort through their belongings. Eventually, it has to get done, but you can only make this decision when you are emotionally ready.
Once you decide to start with the process, it can be very overwhelming.
1. You may not have any help.
2. Your family may live out of state and cannot travel to help.
3. You are busy in your life and need to try to make the time to do this.
4. You do not know where to begin.
There is help out there and people do not realize that they have this resource that they can turn to for help. An organizer can walk you through the proces. We will set up a organized plan in each room and put that plan into motion, making the process as stress-free as possible. The process can move as quickly or as slowly as you would like.
Organizers can help with sorting, tossing, donating, packing, shipping. We can help you find a real estate agent, a cleaning company, a junk removal company. Organizing In RI has a network of trusted and reliable professionals that we refer to that will take care of anything that you may need.
All this being said, what can we do to organize ourselves and our loved ones that are with us now?
*Finances- Make a list of all bank accounts, investments, IRA's, 401k plans, savings, etc. Be sure to write down all account #'s and the banks where they are located. Keep them in a safe place, but let a family member know where they are located.
*House Insurance, Life Insurance, Car Insurance Policies. Again, be sure to let somebody know where these are located.
*Will-Be sure somebody knows where you keep a copy of your will.
*Marriage license, passports, social security cards.
*Proof of ownership documents.
*Any other important documents that are in your home.
*Medical Records-If you have any type of medical issues, i.e, diabetes, heart issues, allergies, etc., keep a list of all medications and your medical history saved in a place where family members can find it. Better yet, look into a Rhode Island company called HealthID Profile (www.healthidprofilecom) HealthID Profile is a simple-to-use web-based electronic personal health manager using cloud technology and syncing with a USB storage device (located in their medical ID products) for your health, lifestyle and medical information. Its ultimate goal is to help you in the time of a medical emergency by communicating your pertinent information to first responders. This is a great and inexpensive way to get your loved ones organized.
Most importantly, have a filing system for everything! It will make any life-changing event less stressful and overwhelming whether it be a loved one passing, going through a divorce, downsizing your home, getting married, etc.