No matter what, whomever you hire to conduct your estate sale, will tell you "don't throw anything away"! Seriously...don't! Every Estate Sale Company will tell you time and time again, people think they are doing us a huge favor throwing things out. Even after we tell them, let us decide what to throw out.
We know our clients are trying to help us out or maybe they are embarrassed by the amount of stuff there is, so they will take it upon themselves to go through and run things up to Goodwill or a nearby dumpster. So please, don't be embarrassed...it's our job to go through and organize everything. Remember, that's what we get paid for :)