Downsizing in a Hurry
by Only child
My mother lived to age 89 in good health, in a large rural house neatly kept but never throwing away anything, not even my baby teeth!
She sat there alone with a leaky bladder after her 2d hubby died, refusing to downsize and/or move in w/me. Suddenly one day she was hospitalized with little time left to live.
At the start of a snowy winter, I had to clear her house and put it up for sale. No one wanted her solid wood furniture even for free.
The biggest mistake I made was taking her medical, tax and insurance papers to my house(out of state). I don't know what was on those papers but they attracted rodents to my clean, rodent-free house.
Please, readers, don't leave your mess to the next generation. A house full of belongings seldom fetches more than a few thousand dollars from antique/flea dealers, if you can find anyone who is willing to venture out to have a look.
Do dispose of your things while you are in good health; mark important photographs so your offspring will know why you saved them; have your home professionally cleaned now and then; don't be a hoarder.