Issue of attaching all sorts of other mental stuff to the clutter
For me a real PIA is that I attach so many other values to each individual piece of clutter in my world. For example - I use magazine images for inspiration and some collage. It is very valuable to me and my business, and when I clip the few images and articles, I file the clippings neatly and recycle the magazines. The system works.
A few weeks ago I got some wonderfully boxed, clean stacks of high-quality magazines off of freecycle. I then put them on the shelf under the coffee table in the screened-porch. This is a perfect place, neat, and easy to reach. THEN - I realized that they will get wrinkled out on the porch from all the humidity. If they are wrinkled will I be able to freecycle them to others? New Issue One - should I freecycle them to others? New Issue Two - will others want them if they are wrinkled? New Issue Three - should I move them into the house? ARGH!
So all at once a system that works for me and feels right - keep them handy, neat, and out of the way on the porch, clip and then recycle to paper as per usual - becomes all attached with STUFF. I had seriously thought about moving them indoors which would add to the clutter. The reality is - if I decide to freecycle them and advertise them as slightly clipped - someone will probably take them.
What I'm trying to say is that EVERYTHING I do relating to objects and clutter becomes attached with issues that makes it harder to deal with. Good feelings become muddied. Know what I mean?