I've been a big fan of the simple life for a while now--but I still have way too much crap. So does Collin--but he still hasn't be able to bring himself to give up all the boxes in his closet to make room for his clothes!
George Carlin said it best in his stand-up routine on "Stuff":
If it weren't for those annoying scavengers knows as Identity Thieves, it would be so easy. Just dump everything. But no. To prevent our identities from being stolen (and to the idiots who might try, the joke's on you!), we have to sort everything, shredding anything that has anything resembling personal information on it--name, address, age, etc. We've trashed two paper shredders so far. As for important documents, we scan everything and store it all in clouds and copy it to an external hard drive kept in our safe deposit box.
Why, oh why, did our credit union stop having regular shredding events, bringing in a huge truck that shredded stuff while we watched? It was so much easier then! We just hauled it down there in bags and boxes and watched everything get turned into confetti.
I've donated clothes I no longer wear, books (I converted my entire library to digital or audiobooks) and household items (as I have confessed repeatedly, I am a terrible cook and don't even know what to do with most of that stuff). Collin just finished converting our extensive DVD collection to digital, everything stored on three external hard drives, and is about to haul the DVDs down to the mall to be exchanged for credit for more stuff. Probably video games. Or comic books to be digitized.
Yes, I know that makes no sense.
I'm also an advocate of recycling--though living in an apartment makes that difficult, if not impossible. The county won't give us individual recycling bins. They have to be ordered by management for the entire complex. I can see why they don't. Most of the tenants won't even take trash to the dumpsters, let alone bother with recycling.
I've come to the conclusion that humans are pack rats by nature. We have too much that we just can't quite part with because we might need it sometime in the future. We're like squirrels storing nuts for the coming winter. Except the squirrels eventually eat those nuts.