I had a thought last night that I wanted to wake up this morning and get rid of 75% of the ‘stuff’ that I own. […]
How do you start to get rid of these things?
Get some sort of external storage. The basement, a small rental storage unit, your parents’ place, or New Jersey. The less convenient it is to access, the better.
Put nearly everything you own there. Leave out only what you’d pack if you were going on a trip for 2 weeks.
From that point forward, remove only what you need, as you need it, from storage. You’ll almost never need to do this.
After a year, get rid of everything that’s still in storage.
This is very sound advice from Marco. I’m in the process of doing this with the bulk of my clothing right now.