I downsized and disposed of much acumulated materialistic junk 4 years before the financial crash, and once the crash came, I was amused by some 'lifestyle gurus' appearing on TV, championing the cause for downsizing.
For some it became the new religion, like they had just invented it, plagerised from buddhist monks, trying to rise above the ashes of greedy materialism that was the backbone of the financial boom, to become the new squeeky clean perfect people.
But i still see many brits in towns every saturday, buying
crap they dont need with money
they have borrowed, to fill houses they dont own, to make them feel happy about the life which is modelled upon a celebrity who is a fake, and for what?
Life isnt about STUFF. You could have a fire tomorrow and lose all your prize possesions, and you would be upset but life would go on.
You dont need all that stuff. Be brave, let it go, one bit at a time if necessary.
Establish some of your own rules.
A good clothes rule
is, one in, one out. Keep a set number of clothes hangers in your closet and dont over load them. You can only wear one pair of shoes at a time
Look at stuff you have stored away and ask, have i seen it, worn it, used it, needed it in the last year?
Change you mind first, the rest is easy after that.