We downsized last year. Sold the 3,000-square-foot house and moved into a condo a little more than one-third the size. It meant getting rid of lots of stuff, which was liberating.
Clothes that we hadn’t worn in years, old sporting goods and furniture and kitchen stuff – it all went away in a succession of garage sales and trips to Goodwill. It was like taking a huge weight off your shoulders. But you know what I had a hard time with? The books. For decades I had been accumulating books: novels, reference books, nonfiction books on business, health, running, writing, how to better myself in oh-so many ways. A library of my hopes, fears and obsessions.