My dad, 88, moved in with my adult son and me about 3 months ago. I thought it would be temporary, but after he'd been here a week he abruptly decided he wasn't going back home. Now we're in the process of finding a place for everyone and their possessions.
My mom was a hoarder, and I was raised in a house packed to the ceiling with junk. So I have an aversion to clutter, especially when it involves useless items-expired tubes of ointment, stacks of coupons from 5 years ago, numerous cameras that are held together with rubber bands, etc. When I take Dad to his house to get items he wants to keep, that's the kind of things he shoves in his pockets-leaving behind priceless photos, important papers, and awards.
I'm tired of feeling mean because I don't want my house turned into the junk heap I grew up in. I've dealt with the expired meds and worthless paper, but he's digging in his feet at the idea of getting rid of things like the broken cameras and power cords to electronics that have been gone for years (like a Commodore computer).
Any suggestions on how to get Dad to give up some of this stuff?