I've enjoyed reading what you all have to share, and I'd like to revisit the topic.
Without going into a lot of detail I have aluded to the fact that I deal with health issues. Over the past twenty years I have moved a number of times, from several full-sized houses to apartments and even to one room with an attached bath. Currently live in a very small apt with a workable kitchen and decent sized bath. During each of those moves I left things behind and given them away. It's a practice I continue to this day.
I find I am loving minimalizing more and more. I keep thinking, 'of what value will this be to anyone when I die? Is it just going to make work for someone to have to sort through? Does anyone want it now? Would my family be able to quickly find any/all pertinent forms and documents to make their task easier? Am I using it on a regular basis? (at least three or four times a year). Is it pleasing to have around? Is it a quality item or just a piece of ugly, plastic junk?
What about food storage? Have I eaten any of it over the last six months? Would someone else enjoy it? How much does God want me to keep on hand so that I am not a burden on others and yet not a hoarder, either?
Reading about the experiences of others who had to make split second decisions when fire and/or flood threatened them makes me want to have all the really important things easily accessible in case of emergency evacuation: legal documents, picture dvds, my Bible, some cash, a little food and water, addresses and phone numbers, and so on.
has a blog in which she shares her journey to minimalism, and articles by people who, to some degree or other, practice minimal lifestyles. One recurring theme in their stories is the sense of freedom they enjoy when they no longer feel owned ( and burdened) by their belongings.
There are degrees of minimalism that I could never aspire to, nor do I want to. I don't want to sleep on the floor, or live in a sea of white. I still like pretty things, flowers, lovely colors, well made furniture, quality linens, books, music and good food. But after decades of experience I know it takes very little to satisfy these desires with a few well-chosen, items that are useful, durable and beautiful.