Since getting back from Ireland, we've been spending quite a bit of time helping Doug's mother clean out her house, which has sold after eight months on the market.
She has been in her apartment for more than a year now, and she's glad the house has sold, but emptying it out is sad and stressful. It's a small house, but she has lived there for fifty years and there is a lot of stuff. And her children need very little of it.
You can well imagine how difficult it is to spend a lifetime accumulating stuff only to have a lot of it end up in a Junk-Bee-Gone dumpster. But there's no getting around the fact that some of the trappings of the house, the accumulation of more than 50 years of living, are suddenly a burden.