Understanding why we hold on to clutter helps us make better editorial choices when decluttering. Linda Sand, a commenter on the bemorewithless blog’s great post on “how to get rid of clutter you care about”, wrote that the trick for her was learning that “I keep things for who I wish I was instead of who I actually am.” The meaning of this took a few moments to settle in but when it did, it resonated with me. It’s worth repeating:
“I keep things for who I wish I was instead of who I actually am.”
I am so impressed by how inward and honest she is with herself. This wisdom can extend beyond decluttering and informs general life decisions as well. Her comment helped me realize I was doing the same thing. Now I feel like I can look at that burnt sienna blazer collecting dust in my closet and finally let it go. It’s not me, it was an image of a girl I admired, but it isn’t me. I think this subconsciously happens to all of us… are you holding onto something that isn’t ‘you’?