Cleaning Out A Home After A Death

After the family and loved ones collect their belongings, it’s common for the family to order a dumpster rental for throwing away the non mementos. However, there are certain things that are legal to donate if the family is not interested in keeping them. If you own a home with items within it, here are some items you can donate after death.


Usually, the clothes of the deceased will be donated to charities and organizations so they can be given to kids and families in need. Also, close friends and family often want clothing as a keepsake or remembrance of their loved ones. Sometimes people at funerals will take clothing as well even though they aren’t related. It’s common for cemeteries and funeral homes to have bins where people can place clothing near gravestones or memorials of those who’ve passed on before us.


Most of the time the family will just donate books that don’t mean much to them or that they’ve already read. However, some families might want some of the books as mementos of their loved ones. If you plan on keeping any books after your death, make sure to talk with your family about it first so there isn’t confusion later on.

Personal And Professional Documents

Most people will dispose of personal and professional documents after someone dies because it can be overwhelming during an already difficult time for family members. There are some exceptions though like if the deceased was a doctor or attorney, then this information may be helpful for another person to use later on.

Family Heirlooms

Once all of the belongings that aren’t donated leave the home, the family heirlooms will be left for future generations to use. This can include things like wedding rings, pictures, and furniture. Usually, the children or grandchildren of the deceased take these items as a memory of their loved one who’s passed on before them.

Funeral And Cemetery Items

Most funeral homes and cemeteries have services where you can rent out dumpsters after someone passes away so they can easily dispose of any items that need cleaning or throwing away. Things like vases, urns, flowers, memorial benches, etc., are just some examples.