I believe it's better, instead, to limit our "stuff" to what we love, and what we actually use. I don't believe I have an unreasonable attachment to material things, but I do enjoy walking around my home and fondly looking at what it contains, because it either expresses a bit of who we are as a family, or because it brings beauty and enjoyment to our lives. I am being brutally honest as I consider each item we have...do I love it? Do we need it because it is useful to our purpose here? It is appalling the bags and boxes and piles of things that do not meet these two simple criteria. They are fillers and drainers: filling up that which could be filled with something so much better, and draining away time, peace, joy and life with their silent, looming presence.
This process of shedding things is new to me, and I don't begin to claim any sort of expertise, but what I have learned - and what continues to surprise me - is how much more enjoyment I gain from the items that do remain now that they are not overshadowed by the things I don't. Little bits of joy are surfacing everywhere now that they are unburied from our "needful things." Gratitude overwhelms me every where I look because what I have is so much, so undeserved, so wonderful. I can see it now, now that there is so much less of it to see.