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nixxitjunk · Jan 25

What the Superbowl Can Teach Us About Estate Cleanouts

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After 256 regular-season games and 10 playoff games, the Super Bowl 54 matchup is on!

If you haven’t already heard, the 49ers will play the Chiefs in this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020.

This will mark the first time the two teams have met in the big game.

Before we move on to the week-long buildup to this year’s biggest sporting event, we think there are a few key things that the Super Bowl can teach us, especially about estate cleanouts.

Hear us out.

The month after a loved one’s death can be difficult and stressful. As if your loss isn’t already enough, you suddenly have a long list of to-do’s, many of which have tight deadlines.

To help get organized, there are a few things one could learn from Sunday’s big game, regardless of which team you plan to root for.

Looking at the bigger picture, these things have nothing to do with football but everything to do with approaching difficult and challenging life events.

Tips For Estate Cleanouts

Here are a few things that the Superbowl 54 can teach us about cleaning out a loved one’s home. This coach’s playbook can help you tackle (pun intended) any estate cleanout job.

1. Be prepared

The two weeks leading up to the big game gives teams time to prepare both physically and mentally. All that preparation builds the confidence to enable coaches and players to be present to the matter at hand – the Superbowl.

A similar approach can be taken for any property or estate liquidation.

Be prepared before starting! Be thorough and ask questions when reviewing the estate.

Inspect all items to make sure there are no additional storage units or garages that need to be cleared out.

When preparing, make sure to also locate and secure important paperwork such as:

  • Wills and trusts

  • Social Security cards

  • Life insurance policies and statements

  • Real estate deeds and titles

  • Recent bank statements

  • Stock certificates

  • 401(k) records

  • Tax returns

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2. Work Together

There’s no I in team! When it comes to football, each player contributes to the success of the team.

With so many players on a team, the level of coordination and collaboration has to be strong. If there is even one teammate that isn’t fully invested, it can affect the entire game.

Estate cleanouts are notorious for bringing out the worst in people. It’s easy to lose focus and let emotions take over, leaving you at your wits’ end with your friends or family during the time of an estate cleanout.

Keep in mind that everyone will not agree on the same strategies as you and that often times, everyone is tense in these situations.

One strategy that can help is to have family members create a list of the items they’d like to keep from the estate.

While this can work well on many occasions, there are also times where conflicts and disagreements can arise. If necessary, involving outside mediators or legal help may be needed. These conflicts are not worth losing relationships over.

3. Don’t give up

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