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Ask Amy: Parents offer advice about emptying the nest

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: You should have suggested the tried-and-true method of dealing with this dilemma that moms have been using for years: “Come and get your stuff or I’m throwing it all away.”

– Going Through the Trash

Dear Amy: “Not So Empty Nest Mom” should take all of her daughters’ stuff to a storage unit. The monthly rental is quite inexpensive.

– Been There

Dear Been There: Many readers suggested offloading their kids’ stuff into storage units. This is a logical and good solution for freeing up space in their own garage, but it really just transfers the original problem to another location.


If people do choose to do this, I suggest that they make sure the rental eventually transfers to the adult children’s names, so they’ll be responsible for the rent.


(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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