Organization of an Estate

Losing a loved one can put a lot of stress on you and your family. While mourning the loss of someone close to you, the last thing you want to worry about is what to do with the estate they have left behind. Junk Angel understands that this is rarely easy, especially when the items you have to sort through may bring up memories or hold special meaning to you in connection with the departed. However, you can use the ABC approach to make taking care of the estate easier.


The ABC approach was designed by authors John W. James and Frank Cherry to help organize items by dividing them into categories:


  • Pile A: Keepsakes. This is the pile set aside for the items you or other family members want to keep. These items tend to hold particular sentimental value like photos or jewelry. The pile can also consist of home appliances that can also be used by someone who needs it.
  • Pile B: Discarded items. These are items that are not wanted by you or other family members. This usually includes old clothes, unneeded appliances, and loose items cluttering the home. These items can also be donated to charity if they are still in good condition.
  • Pile C: Undecided items. When looking through your loved one’s items, you may stumble upon some that you’re unsure about. You might not normally want to keep it, but in the moment, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do. Take another look through this pile after the others are taken care of.


Take your time with the process and make sure to take breaks if things become difficult. When you are done organizing what you want to get rid of, call the professionals at Junk Angel to take it away. Junk Angel can take items of your choosing to be donated to nearby charities, and take the rest to the proper disposal facilities so you don’t have to worry about anything.


Organizing these 3 piles can be difficult when you’ve suffered a grievous loss. How do you organize items into the 3 piles? Share your tips for those who’re unsure how to cope with this difficult task.

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