PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- When I first visited my wife's parents' home just outside of Seattle a few years back, it was also the first time she'd been home since leaving for college and graduate school. With my wife and her sister in new homes of their own, their parents decided to invest in a whole-house remodel that would turn their rooms into guest rooms and the floor they lived on into what was functionally a guest suite and workspace.For my wife, this meant cleaning 18 years of her life out of her old room in one long Sunday. Trophies, stuffed animals, photos, awards and toys all went into crates in what seemed like the emotional equivalent of cauterizing a wound or ripping a bandage of a hairy arm. I didn't envy her and listened to the stories behind each object filed away, hoping it would provide some catharsis and feeling fortunate that I'd already gone through the same process years ago.
Mom's Attic and the Cost of Downsizing
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