Here is an article on clutter – you know – what you see as your treasures, but others would call mess. While this is about clutter in the office, I think it applies to a broader spectrum. This resonates with me in what I have families do with clutter bugs. Put everything in a box that is not tax related or important, and put a death date on the box for 6 months or 1 year – you decide the time limit. If the person has not gone through it in that time frame, then it is trash. The day after the expiration date, it is thrown out.
Why do we hold on to clutter? Is it part of our old gathering reflexes? Is it sentiment, reminding us of special times? Is it trauma, as in, “I grew up poor, so noting goes to waste? That tin foil is reusable.” Is it, “I inherited this? It belonged to my deceased loved one, so I cannot get rid of it, no matter how worthless it is?” Is it, old magazines or technologies that you say, “I am going to get around to reading, or may use again?” What about clothing? Is that the proverbial, “I will fit in these again?” Is it, “I spent so much on it, In have to keep it?” What are your reasons for for holding on to things?