Eliminating items in my home for 2019

I have set my goal to get rid of 1/4 to 1/3 of the things in my home in 2019. I want to be able to entertain and invite people over without anxiety or working for hours getting the house company ready. I am stuck on figuring out the fails. To me they seem like I am procrastinating or making excuses, not planned fails. I have put this off in the past due to something else that diverts my time – family obligations, work commitments, etc.
Can you provide me with a couple of fails to spark my though process? Thank you.