Originally Posted by audreyh1
It can be a great deal of effort to get rid of stuff.
Not if the gondola is large enough!
OK, kidding aside, I did have to clean out my Dad's house after he passed away. He was not a pack rat, but there was a large home full of his and Mom's stuff. (She pre-deceased him by a decade. Her personal items were gone, of course, but furniture, etc., was all there.)
I had one week of vacation to do the job and he lived 600 miles from me. I went down in my pickup truck. The first day I called a scavaging service and set an appointment and also scheduled professional house cleaners. The next day I took several hours and loaded the best of Dad's tools and a few small items he built into the truck and went through the house and gathered a couple boxes of family items I wanted. The third day I watched the scavenger service empty the rest. The fourth and fifth day I watched the professional cleaning service scrub down the empty house. Then I went home. It really wasn't a big deal and I did it easily without help from DW or the kids.
It would have been tough for him emotionally to do it and I didn't mind giving up less than one week. Admittedly, he wasn't a pack rat and the scavanger service cleared things out in a few hours. If he had had rooms packed with crap, I suppose that would have been a different story.