To Guest (above)
That was a wonderful post. Thank you. I knew this had broader implications than just untidiness. I suppose when I cling to stuff (physical and mental) I feel that these things are part of my concept of who I am. But of course, they actually aren’t part of me.
“Letting go” is a nice way putting it. Maybe I could even say it is making a choice: ease back gently from some things, and make some new fresh choices about the things that mean something to me and which I would like to have as part of my mental landscape in the future.
If certain objects bring a particular mental comfort or reassurance, (but still manage to irritate another part of our heads with their shabbiness or untidiness), maybe there is a better more elegant way of obtaining the same comfort from new thinking patterns or activities. The key thing is to firstly find out precisely what these things mean to us.
I came across a book on Amazon some time ago which apparently gives great insights into the psychology of clutter and attachment – can’t remember the name ‘though.
(Sudden thought: if certain small things have special memories, perhaps a more positive approach would be to create a small shelf to hold them – well presented items should not block energy in the way that clutter does.)