After my dad died 5 years ago, my mom was depressed. Refused to eat, erratic sleeping pattern, etc. Not long after, one of sisters was incapacitated & her college best friend died. So we now live together, along with my married sister & her husband, to keep her company. She's always a "strong" character & a control freak, & when my father was still alive she pretty much decided everything: what he ate, what he wore, etc. She's old fashioned in a sense that she refused to talk to a therapist to deal with her loss & loneliness, but she unleashes on strangers (bank clerks, for example) & me. I suspect this is because I'm the youngest & unmarried. She always prides herself on not putting her nose into her married daughters' lives. But it has gone too far. Whenever I'm away whether for business or holiday, I would go home to find my things rearranged, thrown away, or stuff that I've thrown away made it way back. Some things would also go missing because she would bring in a cleaner who then took away some of my stuff including my first diamond earrings (which was in a locked wardrobe, btw). I told her this is very hurtful & I don't like her to go through my things & bring strangers into my living space without letting me know. She always brushes this off & never apologizes. She always has to have her way. One time when I had to leave for a holiday, I left my keys with my sister & told her not to give it to our mother. She bullied my sister into giving her the keys. Another time I just took the keys with me & I came home to find she somehow managed to get an alternative set of keys. So when I recently went on a holiday, I refused to give her my keys & she insisted because she said she would have to clean it. Knowing that she would get in anyway, I gave it to her but I told her that please please don't let anyone in because I don't want to lose stuff anymore & respect my privacy & things. She agreed. Well surprise, I came back home to see everything not in its place, my posters were taken down, the contents of a wardrobe moved to the drawers of my writing desk, etc etc (you get the point), & of course all my cash were missing, along with some clothes & makeup. I later found out from my sister that she again brought in a cleaner (a new one) who had since been fired from stealing. I was outraged. I confronted her about this & again she didn't apologize & was just shocked for a couple of minutes before returning to her TV show. I was tired from the 23-hour flight & yet I had to spend 2 subsequent nights looking for my things. I have had it. I don't want to be mean to her, but she obviously doesn't respect me or my things. I feel bad for her loss, but to ruin my life so that she can have some control back in her life is just plain selfish when she knows that we put up with her antics & that I work very hard for my money. I've talked to my sister (her favorite) to see if she can talk to our mother about this but she's reluctant because she doesn't want to upset her especially since she's more fragile & sickly now. (easy for her to say, our mother doesn't just enter her room without knocking at 10 pm to tell her that she's going to the bank with mom, like it or not).
I'm going to talk to her about this (again) once I'm calmed down, but I doubt talking would make a difference since obviously it had not make a dent. What to do?