Recently I read this article about having a capsule kitchen and found the idea intriguing. I'm not sure if it's right for us, but we're talking about it.
In fact, slowly but surely, we're working through our house in an effort to embrace a bit more minimalism in our life. I've gone through our bookshelf and we've gone through our kitchen. And, every now and again, I go through the house with a bag and grab stuff to donate.
I'm learning rather quickly, despite being someone who accumulates things, I'm actually better about getting rid of things than my husband is. I even have less clothing than he does because of this. Trying to get him to part with knives or various other utensils is a bit of a challenge. But we're working on it.
The idea isn't for us to get rid of everything, but rather to only keep the things that are important or meaningful to us. I feel like we're a society far too defined by our stuff and our consumerism and as a family we're trying to be conscientious of this tendency in our own lives. From baby toys to clothes, to kitchen gadgets and personal hobby based items, we're trying to minimize the clutter and accumulation of stuff in our home.
With every purge/bag we donate, I think we both feel a little lighter and enjoy a space that is more open and functional as a by-product of having less.