Let’s face it . . . paper is the bane of our very existence. We all find ways to cope, but the reality is that unless we have a system in place — it is probably going to end up in every room of the home. This can be a problem when it is finally time to prepare your home for a move. A seller can be faced with decades of paper and not know what they need to keep and what they can simply discard.
If your client is ready to sell and if they know that they will be faced with this overwhelming task as part of preparing their home for sale, recommend that they consider working with a professional organizer to help them sort it all out. You can feel confident that when your client uses a professional organizer to help them with this task, they will keep what is important and be able to quickly discard the rest.
ReadyStageMove™ professional organizer, Jean Marie Herron recommends:
- Create a “landing strip” to sort through your papers, categorizing them as “File”, “Shred”, “Recycle”, “Follow-up.”
- Schedule blocks of time for this project and make the commitment to follow through when the time comes.
- Utilize a shredder, a town-wide “shred-a-thon” or hire a professional shredding company for the safe destruction of your confidential information.
- Research to see if your town offers recycling services.
In many cases, when people are selling their homes, the amount of paper accumulation is so large it would greatly benefit them to hire a professional shredding company that can come to their home, providing a large container for collection or simply removing all the accumulated paper in one trip. This is an affordable, quick, stress-free solution to emptying an attic, basement, or home office that may contain years of paper.
Before anyone begin this task, however, it is EXTREMELY important to know what you need to keep and for how long.
Visit POSSE Partners LLC for more information on helping you organize your papers and create systems that work for you.