When we moved across the country after 17 years in the same house we got rid of literally half our stuff. It was the best thing that ever happened to us. We just watched the show for the first time and then went and boxed up a bunch of clothes and other stuff to give away. Although we’ve kept our new home much more clutter free than the last one, it still creeps in and it’s good to purge every so often.

The part about the books that made my bookish friends laugh was Marie’s recommendation that you keep no more than 30 because all of theirs “spark joy.” I’m probably down to around 30 at this point and really do appreciate the calm and ease of living a lot more simply and tidily.

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