That’s why it can be hard to start to de-clutter.
Sure, it’s uncomfortable to live with clutter. But that discomfort can seem easier to live with than the unknown: “What will happen to me when I let go of what’s no longer serving me?”
What helps is to notice the discomfort you’re feeling now with the presence of the clutter in your life. “How is the clutter effecting me today?” That’s all you can know, what’s happening to you at this moment.
“How is the clutter keeping me from enjoying what I love?”
“How do I feel when I think about going home? How do I feel when I come in the door?”
“How do I feel before, during and after a particular activity that is not serving me?”
“What hurting me in this moment?”
What matters is what’s hurting you now. There’s something powerful about being honest about the pain that you are experiencing in this moment. By being aware, you create an openness in yourself. In that openness is an opportunity to do something to relieve what hurts. That’s the compassionate place with which to begin the letting go process.
When you do this, the future suddenly becomes knowable as relief.