tl,dr: Has anyone else had to clean up after someone who compulsively hoards objects? How can I avoid being completely overwhelmed the sheer amount of possessions and papers I have to sort through? Any organizing tips?
My mother hoards objects, especially papers. The basement, storage room, and three of the four bedrooms in the house are filled floor to ceiling with boxes of who-knows-what.
I am faced with the task of not only going through these mountains of objects but also selling, donating, throwing away or finding a proper place in the house for all of... this. There's so much to do, and having to persuade her to part with any of it on top of that... it's an incredibly daunting task.
Does anyone have any advice or encouragement? I could really use it right now. Thank you!