As a divorce lawyer, there's a time in almost every case I deal with when we get around to discussing the value of the household contents, and how to divide them. People sometimes become really attached to 'stuff' and the most mundane of items, and who gets to keep them, can become symbols of everything that is painful about the separation. The fight to retain the item can become the absolute focus for my client even though its actual value is almost negligible. I was once at court late at night, watching the security guards locking up, while we continued to arguing over who was keeping the microwave. At the other end of the spectrum, there can be huge value, as much as the other assets combined in some cases, in the handbag and shoe collection of some wives. This post by family lawyer Emma Nash at Spring Law is great reading on this exact point.