I had no idea when I began this mission how much stuff I would relinquish over the next three years.

What I originally thought was going to be an arduous task quickly became a way of life…

Decide to sacrifice less of your precious life on the pursuit and ownership of stuff.

If you like it, feel free to share it, but make sure you tell the truth about who wrote it, or I'll have to come, ummmm..... If my son gathers his courage and asks you for a date, this is not an opportunity to run all your errands with my car. You will find your feet hitting the pavement faster than your gum-snapping mouth can shriek "What?? "I am aware that it is considered fashionable for girls of your age to wear their shirts with the bottom half ripped off, where any sudden movement threatens to expose yourself to any casual passerby or with necklines so low that your breasts nearly tumble out, so, please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete moronic sluts.

Sweetie, you will not ask him to take you on any little side trips to anywhere, especially the mall, where he will be expected to tag along after you as you use him first as your personal chauffeur, then as your bearer for your packages. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with breasts hanging out, and looking like you are trying out for a job with Hugh Heffner, and I will not object.

Remember, if the items are yours, it is your choice to decide what to do with them. Many items in our homes may be useful, but they are not particularly necessary to our happiness, well-being, or the functionality of our homes. Some alternative gifts are gifts of experience or adventure, a gift of time spent together, even cash gifts are appropriate in some instances. A home does not need enough linen, crockery, cutlery, or pantry supplies to serve as a hotel. In the rare event an unusually large number of guests arrive on your doorstep, you can always borrow from friends, family or neighbors. Do Not Declutter Things that are not Yours Without the Owner’s Permission. Every item you own takes time out of your life: time to manage it, clean it, repair it, and maintain it; time to choose between objects of a similar category; time spent shopping for it…

I have two clutter-free gift guides at my blog if you are looking for ideas. Everyone should have a choice about their own belongings, even small children. You can encourage hoarding tendencies in others by ripping things away from them before they are ready to let go. and that doesn’t even mention the time spent earning the money to pay for it in the first space.

Even though I had never been one to take on resolutions, I found great motivation in beating those narrow odds…

in fact, the challenge was nearly irresistible to me I decided at that moment to set a new resolution to minimize our possessions.

Also, through the process and through my writing, I have had opportunity to help many people realize their own decluttering goals as well.

These conversations have sharpened my desire for simplicity and taught me important insight about clearing clutter.

Today, we’re excited to announce the Trulia Design Panel, a group of home design experts that will provide homebuyers and renters with all the home design tips they need to make their house a home, from home design trend predictions to tips on how to renovate your home.