My new home is smaller, so I had no choice, but I wasn’t sorry for it. On the contrary. Though the process of winnowing down my things was time-consuming and emotionally draining (and I do regret losing many of my books), I feel great about the downsizing — as in calmer, freer and more in touch with the essentials of life.
I also feel great about what I did with most of the things: I gave them away. Where before they sat idle, now they’re being put to good use by people who need them.
Have you been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all your things? Whether you’re moving or not, this might be a good time to de-clutter and put new “house rules” in effect to avoid over-accumulating again. For pointers, check out Moving Day.