I finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and have completed 2 of the 5 "discards" - clothes and books. I've just started papers tonight. It IS life-changing. The process starts with gathering together one category at a time - clothes, books, papers, "komodo" (everything else) and keepsakes - and discarding those that do not "spark joy". I got rid of a lot of clothes that I didn't truly love to wear which left me with a very neat closet and dresser - half of which both are empty. It's just a pleasure in the morning when I get ready for work or go out as I don't have anything in there I wouldn't want to wear. I love to open my closet and see all the good things so neatly places.
I also completely gave away all but a few books. I had a large 5 shelf bookcase full of books I liked but either had already read and liked but found I never read again, or books from my childhood or my daughter's childhood that I was holding on to. I have about 1 1/2 shelves of books now and a good portion of that is our Bibles, some cookbooks, and a few keepsake books. I am using the top shelf as a sort of "shrine" with a couple of mementos on it - I plan to display picture of my parents and my husband's parents in stand-up frames. The bottom shelf has our fireproof important papers box.There's a currently reading shelf which has a couple of Sunset magazines, my "tidy" book and a set of my daughters Star Trek paperbacks that I am reading. It's a joy to behold.
The exhilaration of getting rid of things, sometimes referred to as the Konmari (play on the authors name) process cannot be easily explained. It's like a burden has rolled off my back and I am free to be me in the present again. I am looking forward to this same rush after I finish the papers. I am a big advocate of Kondo's philosophy.
Meanwhile I've made the decision to retire / start Social Security when I am 66 - June 2017. I had previously thought I would just keep working as long as they would let me, but now I realize I need to let that go.