It hit me when he said "I'm finding ways to get rid of stuff - I'm trying hard to simplify -- even my closet". The visual of my closet immediately came to my mind. My closet is packed full of too many clothes (and I include shoes with that) - and to make matters worse I have an extra closet downstairs for the spring/summer season that I have not yet swapped.
The reality is, I wear the favorites most of the time (or the better word is wear out). And I get tempted each year to buy new clothes. Maybe I should create rule like I try to do in the stock market - don't acquire a new stock without deleting an old stock.
I wish my clothes were technologically smart enough to give me a time date when last worn (like the aging of accounts receivable). Maybe I could wear out the clothes evenly and replace only those that are worn out.
Unfortunately, I'm afflicted with the "can't throw anything away gene". So I am doomed to be a Closet Junk Collector.