You never really know how much stuff you have until you actually have to put your hands on each and every item.
Over the past few months, Rob and I have been sorting through everything in and around our home. We have an average sized, three bedroom house with a two car garage and an attic, a large woodworking shop, and a large storage building for the mower and outdoor tools.
Sorting through your things makes you start thinking about what you really need as opposed to what you want or what society expects us to have. As we move through our lives, there is a pressure to become successful. I think society sees a person as successful by the things they own, the house they live in, the car they drive and the clothes they wear. If you really think about it, things are a weight. The more you have the more it take to maintain it all.
When you're going through the purging process you have many opportunities to think about what you have and why you have it. Of course, moving into a 380 sq. ft. 5th wheel is reason enough to discard your "stuff".
Much of our stuff has been given to family members and dear friends. Today, my daughter and her family drove away with a U-haul trailer full of "stuff". Some of it was theirs and had been stored in our attic but some was ours and gifted to them. It was good to be able to give them quality things that it took us years to afford and accumulate. I know it will be put to good use. We have boxes of things to take to Rob's girls on the East Coast too.
My parents have many of our most valued possessions like some of my favorite decor', dishes and serving pieces, and Rob's tools. I know all of them will enjoy and appreciate whatever they have received.
People say they don't think they could get rid of their things. When you start this process, you have to talk yourself through it. You have to be in the right mindset. If this doesn't work out, there is more stuff out there to be had. Nothing is irreplaceable except those we love.