How do you think about your things? For example, one way to think about things is to view them as primarily items to serve you as you move through life. Another way would be to view them as precious resources that should be kept just in case you need them. Still another perspective about things is to view them as precious extensions of yourself and what matters to you.
How you think about things affects how you interact with them. If you view your things as items that could never be replaced, you’ll have a much harder time getting rid of things that are in poor condition or no longer serve you. If you view your stuff as resources that flow in and out of your life in abundance, you are more likely to be willing to part with things.
Getting conscious about your perspectives regarding your stuff is an important first step to successful clutter clearing. It’s hard to make decisions about what to keep and what to toss if your automatic thinking makes letting go impossible. Releasing ingrained thought patterns is no easy feat. Your perspectives are literally hardwired into your brain. You must be very motivated for change to successfully identify and release limiting perspectives and adopt new perspectives like, “Releasing items I don’t love or use makes space for new, good things to come to me.”
If you know your clutter clearing success is being limited by the way you view your belongings, but you cannot identify the perspectives that are keeping you stuck, or if you know which thoughts are tripping you up time and time again, but can’t seem to get out of that old “got to keep it” rut, consider working with an organizer coach, a person trained to identify limiting perspectives and support people in the process of change. Get support to shift to a more helpful perspective. It could be just what you need to release yourself from the tyranny of too much stuff!