WELCOME Ruth! When downsizing take it a day at a time Ruth, and if possible a room at a time. It takes a bit longer but there is far less stress and it is so much easier that way. As far as throwing things away if you haven't used it in nearly a year it is diffinitely not needed by you but maybe someone else could use it. Salvation Army and others will pick up your donations and even give you a receipt for taxes if you want one.
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