3 Tips To Handle Inherited Clutter

Sometimes we end up coming into things that we didn't ask for, but we still have to deal with those things. It may be that someone has just moved out and left behind things in your new storage space or home, or perhaps someone has left you something in their will, but regardless of the circumstance, there will be times in your life when you have to decide what to do with inherited clutter. For when you find yourself in that position, below are three tips to handle the situation like a pro.

Rent a Storage Unit

If you suddenly find yourself having to sort through and make decisions about what to do with things you weren't planning on inheriting, a good way to start is to lighten the load and outsource the storage to a self storage facility. This makes sense because it allows you to unburden yourself of the stress that comes with having to make tough decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of. If you have a self storage space, you can put a lot of the inherited clutter in there until you figure out what you want to do with it all.


Before putting anything in storage, or deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, make an inventory of what you have. If you have just inherited a bunch of property and some of it might be antique, collectible, or otherwise worth a significant amount of money, make an inventory so you can do research.

You want to know what you have before you start packing it (so that you know how to handle and care for it) and before you start haphazardly tossing things out, donating things or giving things away. Make an inventory with an excel spreadsheet and start figuring out the monetary and sentimental value of what you've got.

Climate Controlled Storage

If you've inherited clutter (especially if it's from an elderly relative) you likely have things that are highly climate sensitive. If you are thinking about putting any or all of it into a self storage unit, make sure that the unit is climate controlled, so that old antiques or family heirlooms aren't destroyed by extreme temperatures or humidity. If any of the inherited clutter includes electronics, that is another reason to opt for a climate controlled storage unit.

Inheriting things, from friends, family or relatives, can be both a burden and a joy. You might find yourself with treasures you thought were long gone, or ones you didn't even know you had. You might also find yourself with a lot of junk. Either way, keep the above tips in mind for dealing with inherited clutter and make the process of sorting and storing it as easy as possible.