I am glad that you found a place to live, MTG!
When we were trying to deal with my grandfather's house after he moved into assisted living with only a small portion of his belongings, my mom discovered that there are services out there who specialize in helping to deal with houses full of stuff -- they will organize "estate sales," arrange for pickup of donated items by charities after the sales, and otherwise engage in the necessary tasks for emptying a house. We did not end up using one, but apparently they just take a cut of the profits from the sale portion of things as their payment. I can ask her what the services were called so you can search for them if you would find that useful.
Sure, thanks! May help.
Carpet was being laid today, it will get cleaned tomorrow afternoon so I can take possession on Wednesday. Theoretically, 2Men and a Truck could move me on Thursday, but I seriously doubt I'll be ready for them then; we'll see how things go tomorrow. I haven't heard back from my friend about using his truck (and maybe a trailer) to get the bird cages and my futon moved on Wednesday so we can sleep there that night (and I can get the cats moved in) but maybe he'll call tomorrow. It'll cost me $475 to drill out my gun safe lock and get a new one installed. I have the key, but someone spun the tumbler so I really need to find the combination, which I do not remember. I don't keep anything in it loaded; magazines are all removed, but I still don't want to move it with the guns inside--and, even if I did, I'd have to move it on my own; there's no way any commercial mover is going to transport it with weapons inside. Friends have offered to buy my pier glass with the understanding that if I ever want to buy it back, or if I can sell it for more than they are offering, I can do so. Meanwhile, I can always visit it at their house. While packing up my photo albums I found a first edition copy of Tarzan of the Apes
on the shelves. I'd forgotten about it. Picking which books I'm going to keep is going to be painful. I think I can find shelf space for that one, though.