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  •  I did something similar with my MIL's hoard this (16+ / 0-)

    summer. It took me until about November to feel better, and then I promptly got sick and am still not quite revived. (sigh)

    We moved four tons of random....stuff, and there were five people doing it.

    The worst room we dealt with I did in gloves and mask, standing at the doorway and just working my way inward, inch by inch. When a trash bag filled I dropped it behind me, and one of my sons grabbed it and took it out to the truck. (My husband was there to pronounce on paperwork found in the mess, and to keep the kids on task if they weren't right where I was...they both have ADHD, and with his COPD, that worked best.)

    We had a couple friends show up to help with some heavy lifting on the second day, but it was primarily my husband and I.

    We'll have to do more when she dies, because she still has too much furniture for that house, and still collects stuff, but she doesn't have 20 more years of hoarding left, so I made things easier for myself.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 02:48:17 PM PST

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