I visit my parents house on a regular basis to help them clean and all I can say is that the two of them are complete packrats. They save absolutely everything and the house is just full of junk. It’s not really messy so much as it is just full of things everywhere. There is just so much of it that it is overwhelming and what I would really like to do is get rid of it. The problem is is that they refuse to let any of it go. Is there any way to convince people that save everything that there are times when things should be given away, sold or thrown away?
I realize that it is their life and not mine, but I’m the one who has to go over and clean every month since they don’t get around very well these days. I don’t mind doing it, but it does get frustrating with all the junk because it makes me spend more time cleaning than it should. Plus the fact that I know that when they do pass away, it’ll all be thrown out anyway.
Am I overreacting and being too selfish? Should I just let them live their lives the way they want to and worry about at a later date? Would it be wrong for me to start clearing things out secretly as I don’t think that they would ever notice that a lot of this stuff is gone? I’m not sure what I should do in this situation.
If you were in a similar situation, how would you go about addressing this issue? Are there ways to help clean up the house without causing a scene with the parents?