My mother lived on the farm for 55 years...she had a lot of stuff and there was no way it was all going to fit into our house. She and I went through the house and gathered all the things that were special, meaningful and necessary for her to bring. We triaged furniture, heirlooms, clothing, pictures, kitchen items, etc. Family took some things, other stuff was donated and some was trashed. It’s important to remember that you’re bringing someone into your home, but it’s also going to be their new home. We blended many of Mom’s things into all areas of our home so that she felt like part of the family, comfortable and wanted. For instance, I made space for her favorite coffee mug, added pictures special to her on our shelves, stuck her hummingbird ironwork in the flower bed, put her strawberry chain pull on the ceiling fan and set up her ceramic Christmas tree along with all our other decorations at holiday times.