I never thought of myself as a hoarder. But after reading Everything That Remains, I looked at my possessions with a fresh eye. And I started purging. Every piece of clothing that didn’t fit my body or my lifestyle, or that I simply did not wear, went to the thrift shop. My entire wardrobe now fits in about 6 feet of space.

Next was the home office. Every piece of paper was scanned, and many were shredded. All my paper now fits in two lateral file drawers. Desk drawers were emptied and purged. Books disappeared from the shelves.

I feel peaceful. Now the trick is to keep stuff from even coming in the door.

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