The process of getting MILs house ready to sell has begun. We should have the TV crew from "Hoarders" over there.

Everything is falling apart, chewed-through and pooped on by mice, and just completely gross. The rug in her dining room reeks of cat pee because when she did live there, the cat peed on the rug and she never bothered to do anything about it. I
Anything that might have been worth something isn't anymore because it was never taken care of. So basically, clean up should be a matter of taking the photos down, saving those and trashing everything else.

When DH and OBIL first started talking about having to clear MILs house out, they agreed that the best course of action would be to call a Junk Removal company and have them just take it all. One and done. SIL and I were both impressed that they were willing to do this. Ha! Should have known better. They rented a dumpster last week, and we all agreed to do a family clean up on Sunday. I don't mind helping out. So DH, OBIL, SIL, me, DS, DD and a friend of ours all converged to clear out and get rid of stuff. We spent all day there and hardly made a little dent. But there is just so. much. stuff.

So later that night, I suggested to DH that he and OBIL call the "junk guys" to come and take all the rest. Nope, can't do that. Why not? It's expensive. Why yes it is, but your mother has the money to pay for it. kaybee, everything needs to be looked through - you don't understaaannnnddddd.

You know what? I don't understand. I don't understand why you are making this 10X harder on yourself when there is no need for it. I don't understand why, now that all of the sentimental stuff is boxed up, you need to paw through old furniture that is crumbling, and dirty, chipped dishes. I don't understand why you are spending every evening down there after work deciding what needs to go when you could just call the junk guys and have it be hauled away. I don't understand at all.

What I do understand is that I will never, ever put my children through this. I told them both this weekend that if I ever get to the point where I am no longer capable of taking care of my home, I want them to come take a few things that they really want, and then call the junk guys to take everything else away. I will set money aside to pay for it so that they won't have to pay for it themselves. But I will NOT allow what their father is going through to happen to them.

I hate MIL even more now for leaving yet another mess for her kids to clean up.