The book I’m reading, Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act, had us think about fears we might have that relate to decluttering.
- Not completing the process
- Getting overwhelmed
- Stirring up emotions; finding triggering objects
- Regrets over things I part with
What should I do with those fears?
- Acknowledge them gently. All of them are real possibilities, so denying them isn’t helpful.
- Not completing the process is an error in thinking because the process is a process, an on-going process. There’s not a “finish,” but just a “doing.” As long as I keep doing, it’s victory. Even taking pauses in the process isn’t failure.
- Triggering objects are everywhere in my house, so it’s just a matter of course that I’ll stumble upon them. The last time I did, I sat quietly, breathed slowly and deeply, and practiced being mindful of my immediate surroundings. I also talked with someone about it.
- I might regret some things I’ll part with. In fact, I already do. So, I gently acknowledge the regret, I don’t beat myself up about it, and I move forward.
There are probably more fears than this, but these are the ones that came to my mind the first time I thought about it. I’d actually never thought about ways that fears could potentially interfere with success with clearing clutter.