Discard. Donate. Downsize.
We owned homes for 30 years and spent decades accumulating stuff. Our attic was filled with boxes – everything from furniture, kids’ clothes, toys and school papers, to classic records. Serious discarding was required! We donated what we could to Habitat for Humanity, and our Toyota convertible to NPR. We also became adept at selling stuff (including our pool table) on Craigslist. Adam made dozens of trips to the recycling dump, and we also threw away tons of garbage.
The rest – seriously downsized – went into a 10 x 15 storage unit. We use Extra Space Storage, which offers an annual plan, with a contract that can be extended at the same monthly rate if done before the year is over. We’ve extended twice. When we decide to free our stored stuff, we’ll get reimbursed for the months not used.
But the truth is, we continue to collect way too much, and like Hansel & Gretel, leave a trail of things we don’t need with family and friends!