We just finished selling this past January (2017) & moved aboard in March.. this response will be a bit lengthy, but hopefully it will give you some ideas.
We've been married for 38+ years, so lot's of stuff! Although I must say, we're not typical consumers - for example, we only had 1 TV - The Horror!
We're also not "yard sale" people; I'm not suggesting that there is anything wrong with yard sales, it just pisses me off to no end when someone wants to knock down my $150 item that I'm letting go for $25 down to $5!
I'd throw it on the ground and stomp on it before selling it to them for & I don't like that side of me!
So we sold off our major items via Craigslist - Snow Blower, Patio furniture, all my stationary woodworking tools, a large saltwater aquarium and misc furniture... not our better pieces for similar reasons as stated above.
Then we sorted out the things we felt we wanted to take with us on the boat
. This was obviously difficult, so we simply decided to not second guess ourselves - "Do we really NEED it?" We put it aside, no questions asked; our favorite pots & pans, coffee grinder, china
& crystal, clothes, shoes, pocketbooks, tools, etc.
We put all of that stuff in a 5x10 storage unit, knowing perfectly well, that not all would make the final cut, but it made the process easier.
The one exception was our Christmas
stuff and our books
- we have 17 bins, yes bins, of Christmas
decorations (wife put together 14 natural wreaths every year for our home). Those we've stored at my brother's house. Not quite sure what the eventual decision will be, but if it comes down to it, we did seperate out one bin's worth of our "favorite" ornaments that will go on the boat with us.
Then we proceeded to donate! We donated the vast majority of our stuff to the Vets; bags & bags of clothes (many with tags still on them) including all of my suits (except for 2), bicycles, golf clubs, pots & pans, books
, exercise equipment
toasters, our "everyday" china
& glassware, household decor, etc., etc., etc.
Finally, the rest of the top quality stuff we gave away to friends and family.
I had inventoried every box in the storage unit, so when we started the move onto the boat, we chose the "must haves" first and put them away - A place for everything and everything in it's place!
Then we went back for more boxes of stuff!
This made it simple, in order to bring something onto Rocinante, something else had to go!
I started to give stuff away to the yard people and put things in the FreeCycle bin - no, we couldn't keep all of our pots & pans, so we chose key ones and got rid of the rest.
While I originally had a place for my computer printer, something else ended up taking presedence , so I use the library to print stuff out.
There was only one place on Rocinante that would hold our stemware - goodbye microwave! Yes, I'm serious and it's now August and we have not regretted any of the individual decisions we've made.
We continued this process through 4 subsequent trips back to the storage locker. Lamps we thought would be nice to have, simply don't fit in the smaller space.
We've hung our artwork using heavy-duty Velcro - if it didn't fit, it was history!
The locker is now down to a few more boxes of tools, clothes & misc stuff... Rocinante is full and we have no desire to simply jam things into the quarter berth... we didn't do that in our previous home, we're not about to do it now.
So, as time goes by, we'll see which things make the cut and which things don't. In 1 yrs time, we'll empty the locker of everything... total cost approximately $1,400. A small price
to pay to slow the process down a bit and allow us to adjust and validate our assumptions.
Anyway, hope this helps!