Yesterday's phone client wanted to work in her kitchen. So I had her stand in the middle of her kitchen and tell me how she felt. She said, "I don't where to start. It's all too much."
She had the defeated tone in her voice. It's the feeling of, "I give up, my stuff wins."
I told her that it's her home. She had the right to question everything in it and see if she liked each thing anymore or not. It's funny that we have to be told that. Many of us live with the feeling that our stuff gets priority over us.
Hearing that was enough to get her started. She started grabbing and tossing things right away. That's the amazing thing about clutter busting. It requires no preparation. It's all in the starting.