Moving from our 2300 square-foot house to a 950 square-foot space creates many challenges. I've spent the past month or so looking critically at every single thing in the deepest darkest recesses of the cupboards, the crawlspace and the closets. Even the dulcimer that my first husband gave me before we were married in 1969 has to go as there's just no room for it at Yukon Street.
This process of elimination is quite an emotional one. For every thing in the closet there's a moment of remembering where it came from and when it came into my life. Then there's the assessment of how much I want to keep it versus how much room it takes up. The most important question is where it would go in the smaller house. Since there's no attic or basement and very few closets, the decision is usually that it can't come with us.
Then there's a further choice: do I give away to friends, donate it to charity, try to sell it... or throw it in the garbage. In the case of the dulcimer I took it into a music store to see how much it might be worth. I'm told that it needs about $80 worth of repairs but then I could sell it for about $200. So is it worth it to make the repairs or do I just try to sell it as is. The questions just keep on coming.
In this case I've decided just to sell it as is. And I put it on our local version of Craig's List. We'll see what happens.