I am using a very critical eye going through my "things" and deciding take-or leave. Almost everything has some memory attached to it---but also I have to be practical and remember I will have limited space and it is expensive to transport things. SO--I am down-sizing again. 18 months ago I had a MAJOR down size---this is not so over-whelming!
I keep reminding myself---it's things---things are not important---relationships are important. That is true--but often there is a sweet memory attached to those "things" and it is difficult to let them go. I have to remember that I am the only one that has that memory--and anyone else seeing the object--would just see a "thing" not a memory.
SO--I am doing a good job of letting go. MY KIDS OWE ME BIG TIME!!!! Having gone through the process of sorting through a life time of "things" for my mother and in-laws---I assure you THEY OWE ME! I have saved them LOTS of labor and discarding. YOU ARE VERY WELCOME!