No matter how bad we might crave the benefits of a clean, clear, clutter-free home, it’s kind of hard not to pretend that it’s actually really difficult parting with our beloved things. Some of us might have a tougher time than others getting rid of things family heirlooms. Others might struggle with clinging to the past (AKA those size 0’s jeans you know won’t even fit leg anymore). No matter why type of stuff it might be, the truth of the matter is, we are clinging to something other than the item itself. While there is never a one-size-fits-all reason for why we struggle to eliminate clutter from our homes, here are some ideas based on what I have learned so far.