Long a hoarder, I have recently begun to do battle w/ the demons. In all of that a very profound lesson or revelation came to me. One category of "stuff" that I have in excess is BOOKS. Specifically, I could open a book store with self help material....a child of alcoholics, an ex-wife of an alcoholic, I began to make sense of my life when I discoverd 12 Step help. That was decades ago, now. My parents have passed away, my alcoholic husband first became an ex-husband and he has also passed on. I recognize my HUGE tendency toward codependency - but I no longer read or need the library materials. I contacted our shelter for abused women - and they were thrilled w/ my offer to give them the library. Whoa - I found I could not pull even so much as a SINGLE book off the shelf. Six months later - I am ready. I can now "let go". I can survive without this shrine I have to my journey!
Next category? The four decades old books that represent my career training ....teaching. Even though they are so much less than anything current, they still represent another journey, another struggle. So - there is the next wall....but it will come down.
I think the lessons here will make it possible to recognize the symbolism of a lot of my clutter and information is freedom.