I am decluttering as fast as I can, and if I stopped to count how many things, I'd lose my momentum!
I'm encouraged by how much stuff people are getting rid of - it's great. Count me in. I'm recycling, throwing away, giving away, donating, consigning, and rediscovering stuff.
We're contemplating moving in about six months to a house less than half the size of our current home. (2400 down to about 1000) Even if the deal doesn't come to pass after all, the process of getting rid of stuff will have been well worth it.
My mom is drowning in a lifetime's worth of clutter, and I resolve not to become like her. Her attic is full of 30 years' worth of what has slowly turned into JUNK.
My grandmother has so much clutter that there is no way she will get her stuff sorted out before the end of her life, even if she lives another 10-15 years. She won't have control over who gets what, because she won't be the one sorting it out. Unfortunately (from her perspective) she no longer lives alone in her big - cluttered - house; she's had to move elsewhere because of her changing needs.
I was on that road, and I refuse to stay on it! Best wishes to all in your decluttering endeavors!
Amanda, mom to Everest (12), Alden (10-1/2), Ellery (7-1/2), & Avery (6)