I have been going thru the kitchen cabinets once more getting rid of stuff that either never use, have two or more of , or I ask myself, "what is this and what is it doing in my kitchen." I have discovered that we at one time owned 5 different sets of dishes. I need one. We have about a million coffee mugs of different shapes and sizes. I use one, and need a couple for company. Of course each set of dishes has matching cups or mugs, so I have many to choose from besides the odd ones. I have two corner cupboards full of odds and ends of crystal and silver stuff, serving things, salt and peppers, and other objects that I wonder about. I also have an antique "secretary" that contains my late wife's tea pot collection. They haven't been moved since way before she passed away, and I can guarantee you that most of them were collected for the mere fact that they were tea pots, not for their usefulness.
I also have enough Christmas decorations to fully decorate at least 6 trees, and at one time we had nine (yes I said 9) trees decorated. I have condensed all I can. I need to get rid of stuff. The kids already have what they want, or have spoken for what they desire to have, and this is just the rest of the leftovers.
I have tried selling on eBay and that's more hassle than I want to do. I never have luck at having rummage sales either. The last one I tried, I was open for 2 days and made a grand total of $50.00 or so. It's not worth the work involved.
So, I am thinking of donating all the stuff I want to get rid of to my church for their massive rummage sale. They have one once a year and it is huge. It's only one day long, but the crowds are massive. I am checking into the "charitable donation" aspect of doing this, and think I can claim a set amount on my taxes, which would benefit me, and the stuff sold would benefit the church. Most of the money earned there goes to our mission projects, so it's a worthy cause.
So, I am deciding what to keep, what to toss, and what to give away. This will take a while, but, hey, all I got is time!