Our home was about 2,500 square feet and full of cherished things, but what I have wept over (my children’s art and writing), what I have longed for (pictures and videos), what my mind has returned to again and again (more than 30 years of letters and journals) could fit into a small closet
with room to spare.It’s a peculiar experience to have sorted through all my possessions, to have gotten down to what I thought I could not live without, only to lose everything and find I was able to live without it all. I would not wish a house fire on a rat and yet, at the end of the day, it’s been strangely freeing. It’s so clear to me now that for years and years, I traded peace of mind for things I didn’t truly want and absolutely did not need.How do you define how much is too much? Bottom line: It’s subjective. If you've read the wonderful article Clutter vs. Keepers, by Laura Gaskill, or Beautiful Clutter?, by Samantha Schoech, you know that tastes and comfort needs vary. It really comes down to what is too much for you. Some questions to ask:Do you feel overwhelmed?Is organizing and decluttering your home a common topic, a constant worry?Are you continually cleaning, but your home is never really tidy?If you answered yes to any of the above, you could almost certainly benefit from getting rid of some things. Just reading that may bring up some anxiety, but if you feel overwhelmed, it’s a sign that engaging and beginning to consider what you could get rid of would be worth it. And there’s going to be tension either way; one is short term but the other could last forever.