Except in cases of compulsive hoarding, the word “clutter” is associated more with annoyance than with addiction. Yet as with all dependencies, the piling up of possessions, obligations or worries creates a powerful comfort zone. It also brings pain at any thought of major change.
There can be an emotional tug-of-war between the longing for better things and the dread of climbing out of our rut to walk forward. It’s hard to make progress when you’re weighed down by and emotionally attached to clutter:
- You never have time to write that book.
- You can’t take that vacation because impulse purchases eat your budget.
- You’re getting nowhere losing weight because you run back to comfort food at every frustration.