Hubby got me the best present for a geek creator like me - a new bookshelf!
I'll admit, the only thing I have regretted getting rid of in The Great Purge is my books. That said, I really couldn't have kept them. They were too heavy to ship. Even so, I can't tell you how many times during my studies I have said, "Well, I used to own that book. I guess I'll have to buy it again!" (or check it out from the library, which is what I do more of these days).
The other thing that has 're-stuffed' in my life is art supplies.
When we left the states, I was still a digital creator and had my art studio down to a backpack - my laptop and Wacom tablet could both fit inside it and that was it!
The MFA changed all that. I am now a mostly traditional creator (I Love having originals to share!), which requires art supplies. But, art supplies take up space. To stay somewhat organized, I had them in bags inside boxes, which meant that every time I wanted to work with something, I had to dig. That is not very conducive to creativity!
A simple Ikea bookshelf, placed on its side, has changed everything for me! Not only do I now have a new credenza-like workspace adding to my surface area, all of my books and supplies are where I can see them and easy to get to, so I'll be much more likely to use them. For instance...Here are my sketchbooks and sketchpads.