As I've been decluttering our house, it's been so helpful to take the advice in this article. If you were moving across an ocean, what would you take with you? If you wouldn't take a specific item with you, is it worth owning now? Sometimes, as I've applied this mental filter, I find things around the house that I wouldn't take overseas, but that still have value. Things like gardening tools, furniture, and our car. But as I've filled bag after bag destined for the trash can or the Salvation Army, it's become clear how easy it is to accumulate all kinds of stuff with little value. It obscures that within the house that we truly consider to be treasure. We're not planning to move overseas, but living like we are makes for a simpler, more streamlined, more peaceful life right here.
The author of the article, Tsh Oxenreider, has a blog at Simple Mom.