A nice post at “Compost Studies” blog talks about “The zen of decluttering,” part of simple living, downsizing, etc.
It starts out: “When I left home almost 30 years ago, all I owned fit into the family car and was enough to make a life with. In the ensuing decades, I have done what every American does–accumulate belongings. Some requiring many months of saving and sacrifice to cross the threshold of our house, some sliding in with the weekly shopping or left at the door by the postman. Some came wrapped in bright paper on holidays and happy occasions. Some were inherited and carry the heavy weight of history and loss. Some things were purchased impulsively or ON SALE. Some are still waiting to be useful or loved.”