Living in my husband's childhood home, we not only have our stuff to eliminate, but lots from his parents as well. It's been said that it's not the "stuff" but the "Stuff. That is to say it's not the physical stuff, but the emotional stuff (guilt) that accompanies releasing those items.
In an article by Jennifer Ott, Houzz magazine, she suggests "instead of putting emotional energy into things, why not redirect it and instead cherish our thoughts and memories of those we’ve lost?" She also suggests keeping photographs of loved ones that reflect their true personality. For larger items, perhaps keep only one of the set or modify the piece to suit your design style.
And always remember "if someone gives or leaves an item to you, it’s yours to do with as you wish. If it’s something you can’t use or don’t want to keep, and it has monetary value, go ahead and sell it. Before selling it to the highest bidder, though, you may want to see if a friend or family member of the deceased wants to buy or trade for it."
To your Peace by Piece
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