The way human beings attribute significance to objects hasn’t changed since we began having objects,” he said, fishing around in his box. “Even if we don’t identify ourselves as collectors, we are collectors of things. And things are collectors of meaning in various ways.
You ask yourself: Is this thing worth hauling 6,000 miles across an ocean and in to a new home? Is it providing that much meaning and value to my life? If not, why bother having it now?
Interesting thought, quoted by Core77 in this item on Tsh Oxenreider’s “Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living.” For Oxenreider, a big move (from Texas to the Middle East) was “a stake in the ground for us…. From that moment forward [we] became hyper-selective about what we allowed in our home.”
Here is the quoted essay.
Here is Oxenreider’s site.