Why do we end up with too much stuff? There are many different reasons. Identifying your mental block may be the first step to clearing away your clutter.
The collector. A hint that you have crossed the line from a collection to clutter is when it is difficult to distinguish trash from treasure.
Sentimentalists tend to have an emotional attachment to everything. The problem arises when you keep so much that the items with true meaning are lost in the accumulation.
The perfectionist. Wanting things to be the best they can be is an admirable pursuit. It becomes an obstacle when it stops you from starting. As Scott Allen says, “done is better than perfect.”
Be prepared. Someday you may have a party and will need that punch bowl set. In actuality you are too embarrassed to have people over because your house is too cluttered.
Indecisive – the mere process of deciding what to do is what holds you back. “Should I keep the two year old copy of my electric bill? Oh I’ll think about it and decide later.” So it goes back in the pile of papers.
Over scheduler. We all feel like there aren’t enough hours each day occasionally. If you don’t plan your time and have systems in place, it quickly becomes a daily stress inducing nightmare.
Economist. You spent good money on something so you can’t let it go even if you don’t use it. That’s disregarding the cost of keeping too much stuff.
You may see yourself in more than one category and that’s okay. It’s only an issue when it’s a repeated problem and becomes your justification for keeping more than can comfortably fit in the space you have.