This photo was taken at a house that I was appraising last year. The home was being demolished, and I was assigned to appraise the salvageable contents (e.g., kitchen cabinets). I’m standing in a floor-to-ceiling niche that’s been mirrored, as if a Star Trek transponder was blended with a wall from Studio 54. While amusing, it is also a reminder that appraisers not only appraise household contents for divorce case settlement, but also for charitable donations. As you pursue life changes (divorce, moving, downsizing), I encourage you to do some spring cleaning and donate to your favorite charity. You’ll feel good about simplifying as you create your “new normal”. IRS rules apply for donations, and I can help you decide if an appraisal is needed for a tax filing or not.