As I continue to downsize, I am still in awe regarding how much a person can collect without even realizing it.
My paper shredder has become a lifesaver - I can't even put into words how liberating it is to check off my to do lists - shred them. Committee meeting notes that are no longer relevant - shred them. Interview notes from positions that didn't pan out - shred them. In the past 2 days, with the amount of paper I have shredded, I just filled five 13-gallon garbage bags. I literally skipped my way to the bin to get rid of it all.
Getting rid of all that clutter completely clears my head. I am more focused on what lies ahead since I'm not so worried about did I do that? Do I need that? I can focus on the future and not that past.
I highly recommend taking time to do a deep clean of everything you own. I have been working on this all year and had no idea how much "stuff" I would find that I don't actually use. I have been able to donate so much of it to people in need - and that is one of the greatest rewards I can get - the joy that comes from volunteering to help others.
I put this post under the tag of "Financial Freedom" as well. When you take time to go through everything you already own, it really cuts down on your spending habits.
... is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is about re-evaluating our pursuits, our habits, and our motivations.