What Do You Do With All of Your Stuff?
This is the Ikea and Target Generation. They don't have the emotional connection to things that earlier generations did. And they're more mobile. They don't want a lot of heavy stuff dragging down a move across country for a new opportunity.
No means no. And if you assert a "yes" into that "no," then that's your wishful thinking, but it becomes a burden for your children down the line.
Liquidators may represent the fastest way to clean out an estate. They may either hold an estate sale (accepting commissions of 30% to 35%) or perform a "buyout," in which case someone from the firm shows up, makes an assessment, writes a check, and takes everything away.
3. Find a local buyer.
If you have name brand clothing or accessories in good condition, national online venues such as Poshmark or ThredUp might be your best bet. But to find local buyers for furniture, tools, unwanted tech, kitchenware, baby items, even collectibles, try Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, NextDoor, or 5Miles.
4. Save time and effort by donating.
For the first time in the history of the world, two generations are downsizing simultaneously. I have a 90-year-old parent who wants to give me stuff... and my siblings and I are in our 60's and we're downsizing.
Let your regret about how much you have to throw away reinforce your determination not to buy so much in the future.