There's a guy who could use learning about archives on the internet..
Ah, I could easily be called a pack rat since I have a lot of stuff. But my
stuff has had a lot of value to me and has, up until recently, been constantly culled for the main areas of interest. Now I need to cull massively and am organizing for that, via ebay, craig's list, garage sale, donation. There is pain in the reduction of several categories.
I have my reference material and major books for landscape architecture/garden design - boxed. I can toss at least some of the ref notebook material, painful as it may be. I can sell most of the books. I have some of my old designs and drawings but I culled a lot of that before moving here. It sort of kills me to toss my old structural details and I'm keeping those for a bit.
I have a bunch of art books, which I've culled down to one set of bookshelves.
Will be selling probably 2/3 of those. I have a bunch of my own art and I'm not through with that. My paintings sold for good money not that long ago, and I'm at a lull phase on painting. Once I take it up again (soon, soon) I'll find it easier to cull the old.
Photography - I've a lot of slides and photos, have to get them on a website, toss a good portion of the originals, plan to.
I have a lot of books on the history and mores of italy, originally purchased out of broad fascination but many of which back up in some way information about piazzas, which I had been seriously writing a book about in the nineties, even had a well reputed publisher's letter of intent - but then the divorce and moving four times cut into my will power to finish. I'm still not over that I may work up my thick outline even now. So, culling is apt to be slow on that.
Those books are still in boxes.
I have some items from my parents. My parents died in the sixties and seventies; I'm a divorced only child living far away from many close friends.. The items from my parents provide some kind of underlayment for my life as a whole in the way of continuity - rather the opposite of how most people feel re the positives of living free from material desires. But I've already culled and reculled those. Got to do more.
Clothes - I have a lot, and a good portion needs to go to the destinations listed
earlier. I've got those set aside with more being added to the "get rid of" portion.
I no longer clean like my frenetic self of my twenties. My floors even get dirty and may gather dust for a while.
If someone doesn't like it, they're not welcome here. I do have a degree in bacteriology and an interest in a non-noxious environment, but my choices on that may not match yours.