If this topic is somewhere else on the forum please let me know because I would love to read the comments.
Basically I am in the process of cleaning out my 85-year-old mother‘s house. She is still alive and doing very well in a dementia care unit. I’ve allowed the house to sit for two years because I wasn’t emotionally ready to deal, but now I really want to clean it out, fix it up, and rent it out to help pay for her care because she’s out of money. She has a pension but it’s $2,000 short the cost of her care. I pay the shortfall.
My problem is guilt. I feel so guilty going through her things, throwing stuff out, giving them away, taking them to Goodwill, and planning for a yard sale. I know how hard she worked to buy everything in that house and it feels so wrong to just discard her things even though I know she’ll never use the again. The house is packed with 45 years worth of stuff. I’m an only child so I’m taking my time. I just wish I didn’t feel so guilty.