Our physical possessions can represent our hopes, dreams, and aspirations—so yes, letting go is hard. It can be emotionally and physically draining, so finding the right motivation to declutter is essential.
Your “why” for decluttering needs to be powerful to motivate you. You need something that speaks to your soul—a big-picture reason for doing all the hard work.
Next, decide where to start decluttering. Choose a project that creates momentum—keeping in mind that your starting point will depend a lot on your personality.
Research shows that the more connected we are with our future self, the more motivated we’ll be to do things that best serve this vision.
It might sound a bit daunting, but honestly, knowledge is power. Understanding why it’s hard to let go is the first step towards cutting the ties (and doing so in an empowering way).