How to clean out a house (hint: Start now)

Full article publish on –12:47 PM ET Sun, 27 Aug 2017

Empty nesters often face cruel irony: The kids are gone, yet the house full of stuff remains.

After half a lifetime of accumulating furniture, artwork, books, china, crystal, flatware, jewelry, clothing, sports equipment and so on, facing a home filled to capacity can be overwhelming.

And the task of sorting and selling is only made worse by leaving it for the next generation to tackle.

“It’s a horrible thing to put your family through, especially at a time of loss,” said Jennifer Pickett, associate executive director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers.

Rather than wait, Amanda McCollum, a certified financial planner and founder of the site, recommends going through your house every few of years. “Not just your closets,” she said. “Everything.”

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