It’s crazy to now look at everything in our house knowing that if we keep it, it requires that we store it. Suddenly, things we have held onto are unimportant and even useless. They hold little or no sentimental value. We see them and think, “Why didn’t we get rid of that sooner?” It is somewhat painful and tedious, but also freeing to see entire rooms emptied out, closets made manageable, boxes that have been through several moves untouched, now opened, unpacked, and most of their contents given or thrown away.
It’s a winnowing, a separation, things with actual value being retained and everything else blown off like the chaff. And with everything that goes, so goes a little weight, a small burden, a microscopic thread is lifted, shifted, untied.
And we turn the page to a clean slate.