A recent client gave a great description what it's like for her to hold on to clutter.
She said it was like she was swimming across a lake, holding on to a large rock. She was having a hard time swimming, but she wouldn't let go of the rock, "Because it's mine."
I said that, "Mine" feeling is powerful. It makes the thing, person, or activity seem important. It's an illusion, but it seems real. It feels like me. If you don't have it, you don't have you.
Here's how to let that feeling go.
"Is this thing an active, living, and supportive part of my life now?"
"How do I feel when I think about this thing?"
"Do I want that feeling in my life?"