The closets are full. Cabinet drawers are overflowing with small treasures. Display shelves are groaning from too much weight. Now that the kids are in college, the yearning for a smaller, more-easily-maintained home has raised its head. But in addition to years of regular accumulation of “stuff,” you are also a collector with a house full of treasures. How do you approach downsizing? What is the first step? How can you make sure you are not selling items for far below their value? What do you do first? Here is our step-by-step guide with tips on how to downsize. For detailed information on how to sell or buy specific types of objects such as furniture, pottery, glass, toys, visit our specialized Buy and Sell Guides.

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