Usher says stuff can be like an anchor preventing people from doing what they would like to do with their lives.
"You really don't need everything that you think you need," he says. Life can be simpler, and you can have a great deal more freedom if you want it."
But in the years since he sold his life, Usher says there will always be some sort of a desire for a place that is home "where you can unpack the backpack and hang your clothes in a wardrobe."
For now, he says that home is "my own little Caribbean island" in Panama. Usher says he also discovered how easy it is to start collecting all that "stuff" again.
"For me it is time to downsize once more," he says. "I've gathered way more than I am comfortable with in a two-year period. Argh, how did that happen?"
Meanwhile, John Freyer in Richmond, Va., can't get away from his old stuff he sold in 2000 in Iowa City.
Along with all his family's possessions, Freyer moved a few cases of his book "All My Life for Sale" to his new house.
"People lose stuff all the time in tornadoes, hurricanes and floods," he says. "Some stuff they remember they had, but they can't remember it all. I can sit in front of this book with all those things I had back then. I don't know what it means, but as much as I let it go, it is still here and portable."
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