Hugs Kerbluey, God give you strength to git er done. Yeah the spark joy thing is useful. It's a good way to "see" thru the emotions, the memories, the what I hoped for when I got this thing kind of mental clutter attached to the thing itself. I was talking to a friend (also a homeschooler) and we came up with the idea that sometimes clutter is like insulation. If you have it, stir it with a stick occasionally, wonder why you can't get rid of it, it might be simply postponed emotional stuff. In her case she divorced about 15 years back, and remarried, but she has memory boxes for her kids. There was some very real physical abuse, and she teared up when we started talking insulation. She has put off dealing with it, insulating till she was emotionally ready to let go of the past, which she is now in the process of doing. But she was beating herself up fro not doing it before now. Till we thought of insulation. Then we realized she'd been hanging onto it, till she could safely touch the boxes. Not open them, but just touch them enough to offer them to the kids. Now she can reinsulate her new attic with happy memories going forward and she is free to let go the past by simply passing it on to the kids if they want their memory boxes, and if they don't by dumpsterizing them. For me the insulation factor is the books. As long as I have my books, I'm insulated from the trauma of forgetting stuff. I can look it up in my books. I'm insulated from the trauma of not being what I wanted to be by now because at any moment I could get that book out and learn how to be an amazing cook. Meanwhile I cook what I like just fine but I was saving my collections for someday. I've been going thru and cooking new recipes from the Taste of Home stuff and quite enjoying it, with an eye to letting go other cookbooks (and a lot went to the Sally Ann on the last couple of runs). I got rid of a whole bunch of fall decor items that just werent' ringing my bells this year. Felt really good. I can always hit up the thrift stores next year or the dollar store and get similar again if I want, but I want a simpler fall decor, so I've been enjoying a pared down version and so far haven't missed the stuff I tossed.