The tips Tammy shared for downsizing have been very helpful. Once I'd made a list of the 100 things I felt were essential, getting rid of things became much easier. Also, by following Tammy's advice about getting rid of 10 things a day, the self imposed pressure to do a major clear out all at once was off and I got more done by taking a gradual approach than a tornado approach.
I'd been talking for years about how I wanted to be able to travel more, and have more time to spend with the people I care about. Getting rid of the excess stuff enabled me to downsize to a smaller home which takes less money and time to maintain. The smaller space acts as a brake on buying things because they're cute or on sale and I spend very little time these days shopping.
I'd experienced a lot of resistance from people who couldn't believe I'd give up the big house, get rid of the things I'd accumulated and treasured for years. They couldn't understand why I'd want to do that, but now seeing how I am traveling more, getting to pursue some of the hobbies I've long wanted to try, and have more time to just be with friends and family, they're no longer seeing what I've done as something crazy, but very sane.
It seems so simple that just by jettisoning all the unnecessary possessions, I could have what I really wanted, and yet, it really is that simple. The difficulty was not letting go of stuff, but letting go of the idea that I needed things to be "normal," or happy.
Tammy's book helped inspire me to take a leap away from a lifestyle of accumulating and having things to a lifestyle of accumulating experiences and memories. I'm glad she shared her journey and believe there's something for everyone in her book.