Getting rid of stuff we forgot we even had or laughing about still having isn't that stressful, actually it felt pretty good to see the clutter from under the stairs be organized (and cleaned) and quite appealed to my anti-clutter tendencies. Why do we still have a race car phone from 20 years ago? Or three bowling balls when neither of us has bowled in years? Or a toaster oven that has never been used? Oy. All in all, we did pretty good! We kept a couple of (now) empty totes, a box of Christmas paraphernalia, a wedding memories box, our dive gear/bag and some of Ron's good hunting gear.
While this was only a sampling of the thinning out to be done throughout the rest of the house, I have a feeling that this was the easy part, and a good place to start. Once we start getting in to things from school or dating or mementos that we got on our honeymoon or on vacations, items we were given to us or made by family members, I think that's where it won't be so fun.
So we're easing our way into it, one area at a time thinking that it may be a little more friendly on us. And maybe, just maybe we can avoid rocking a massive dumpster in our driveway to dispose of all our junk. I'm dreaming aren't I? Yeah, probably. I may be a dreamer, but at least I'm a dreamer that's doing. And we.are.doing.this.