I'm 100% with you on the purging of "stuff" and efficiency/minimialism/simplification generally. When my wife, parents & in-law ask what I want for x-mas or my birthday I say "Nothing...really...I mean it." When they insist on getting me something, I say, "Okay-- an iTunes card or an AmEx gift card. Uhh, I might need some duct tape --I'll check." (I use the AmEx card on gas or coffee or a book which I read and then donate to my local library). In the last few years I have donated or sold five times what I've bought, and it does make your life easier.