The admiral and I are going thru this at this time as well. We started downsizing last spring with a garage sale
and selling thru the interweb. We have given much away to family
and friends. The folks at Goodwill know us by name. The house has been put up for sale
The admiral retired in May. I can retire late next year. The boat project
has been restarted - it is a huge crazy undertaking which I may well document in the appropriate place here. The reconstruction of a 70 y/o wood boat is lunacy but a man has to do at least one crazy thing in his life. The admiral prefers the boat project
to an expensive sports car or my having an affair - go figure.
It has been a trying time for us. The admiral had, for many years, kept the book collection her father had amassed as well as his piano. All but a few choice books
have been sold. The used book world is in a huge transformation. There is little demand for much printed word unless the books
are rare. The books didn't sell for very much.
We had collected much stuff during our 30+ year marriage. It has been quite liberating to get rid of most of it. The rest will be stored in a trailer I bought that will be stored inside a shed on family
property during what we hope is an extended period cruising on the rebuilt boat once it is completed.