Dear Carol: My mother died six months ago and my dad is moving from the house to an apartment. Or he’s supposed to be. He can’t seem to make any progress on deciding what to get rid of. The place is packed with stuff that’s accumulated for decades. I’m trying to help but it’s driving me nuts. -Sam
Dear Sam: You are still grieving your mom’s death, you have a life of your own and you are trying to help your dad. It’s a lot to cope with. Try to step back and take an outsider’s view. Since your parents were in the home for decades, you likely spent at least part of your you there.