I read an interesting book last year called "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker. It was thought provoking, to say the least. I know many who have really loved this book and to me it wasn't my favorite book of all time but i didn't -not- like it. (Forgive me for the double negative) The writing style wasn't my favorite and was a little too "save the earth" for my personal liking, but overall, I found it very informative to my soul.
The premise of the book focuses on the excess and waste that we have gotten used to as "normal" in our lives. The author along with some friends went on a quest to simplify their lives in 7 different areas: Food, Clothes, Possessions, Media, Waste, Spending, and Stress. Each chapter details her own journey of living with less and helping her family (with many kids) also adjust to the minimalism. It is more biographical than a theological treatise on materialism, but it would be worth a read if you find yourself wanting to simplify and live with less.
This along with many conversations with my husband with subsequent purges throughout our whole house has led me to feeling much better about the clutter (or lack of it!). Ian's parents graciously kept our kids overnight around Christmas and we spent almost 2 days working through each room of the house making the hard decisions (aka Ian just telling me that I don't need it). But, having the junk gone, the closets cleaned out, the books organized, the school room actually containing what we are using THIS year only, it has been refreshing. Clutter can be so suffocating. I felt very overwhelmed with it all, but I finally just told Ian my struggle with it, and he was more than willing to completely help out with the problem. Sometimes I still think he just knows what I am struggling with, but maybe I'm good at hiding it :/ but opening up and talking through my real life everyday struggles was so valuable and helpful to us. And, man does it feel good to toss!!!