I can’t sleep because her apartment is so messy

Dear Amy: My mom is 90 years old and has had a hoarding/messy-home problem, gambling addiction, and money issues for the past 25 years.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune) 

She is a compulsive shopper and was shopping almost every day when she was driving. Last year she had a minor car accident that totaled her car, so she does not drive anymore and depends on me to take her for groceries, errands, doctor appointments, etc.

I had to clean out her car, which was so full of stuff that it took me five hours to clean it out. I filled five large garbage bags of trash and 12 boxes of stuff.

I have had to “clean up her mess” many times over the years, sometimes at my insistence, and sometimes because she needs to let someone into her apartment and they can’t get in because of the mess. Clothes are piled on the bed, groceries on the counters, and boxes on the floor.

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