If you need some motivation to de-clutter your surroundings, may I suggest a week away at a cabin. One that has just enough furniture to be comfortable and an adequate supply of linens and dishes/cutlery and nothing more. Okay, a pizza cutter might have been handy, but in the end was not essential.
There were no knick knacks or tchotchkes save one pretty little bowl that added some flowery life to the living room and an almost tacky wooden box with a lighthouse painted on it and cubes for changing the date. Both of these turned out to be useful as well as decorative, so can't really be counted as tchotchkes.
When I came home yesterday and saw all my accumulated assortment of stuff, I felt overwhelmed and suddenly almost claustrophobic with it all. Already I have a couple of boxes at the ready and have been quickly tossing in unneeded vases and candleholders and books before I change my mind and start thinking about any supposedly sentimental value. Or the flowers and lit candles in the winter and the pictures in the coffee table books I can look through when the cable goes and the internet is down.... I know that it is just not going to happen. Though the cable does go out occasionally.
I do have two pizza cutters though and I will put one aside to take with me on my next escape trip.