I have agreed to help sort through my mother-in-law’s stuff and it definitely is taking up space in my house, as stuff moves in and out to wherever and whoever wants it—various family members, the donation store, the garbage can, or even “stuffed” someplace in my house. This isn’t the first time I have had to work through sorting a relative’s household “stuff,” because a few decades ago, I sorted my own parent’s. (I might still have a drawer or two somewhere that still has to be sorted through from that experience. Sigh.)

Really, when sorting the household stuff of someone’s life collection, everything needs to be looked through. You need to open every book and pocket, shake out every bag and magazine; nothing should be left unfolded. Some things will need to be cleaned, fixed, and googled (to find out what they are). All of it takes some effort and time. Sharing our time and pitching in our efforts to help our family members and loved ones without complaining, seems like a no-brainer to me. Be kind to those who depend on you. Don’t withhold your help when you can give it, especially to those who need you to roll up your sleeves and do some stuff to help.

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