Why you want to hold on to something?

“No matter how much you try to hold on to something, it will all be gone.”   Taoist proverb

Humans are peculiar 

You are unique.

No surprise, Emotions are part of your life and you have feelings towards certain things and chances are that you hesitate to be separated from your belongings.

You may argue that they have sentimental values.

The things you hold on can be from teddy bears, souvenirs, old clothes, kitchen items, plastic silverware, old and damaged photos, old radios, gramophones, office stuff, the clutter in your backyard, basement and things in your closet ( Clothes from the sales, newspapers, expired goods, furniture, toys, old cell phones etc….the list is too long).

Even with the computer, you are not willing to delete things which you no longer need.

Photographers hesitate to delete the photos though they red mark it for deletion.

Oh….the thought of clutter made me dive into this a topic a bit deeper.

At one stage we hold on to things we no longer need.

By holding on to these things are we becoming hoarders?

Do you remember ‘Toilet paper saga’ during early Covid days? Everybody was hoarding and adding to the clutter.

As time passes your clutter can become your junk.

Are clutter & Junk the same?

No, my friend.

Clutter is a disordered jumble of things. There is no discipline here.

Junk is a discarded or waste material. Also known by the terms rubbish and trash.

To be frank with you, I think your clutter is preventing you from leading a good life.

The longer you keep your stuff, the more attached you become.

What best you can do to declutter?

First, you prevent the accumulation of clutter from being built up.

Label the items as toss, give or donate.

  • In tossing, you can simply throw the items in the dust bin.
  • In giving- Here the items you don’t use any more can be given to those who love to use it.
  • Donate the items that are still good and you don’t need them anymore…

So far I have been talking about ‘clutter’ in terms of physical form

What about our own clutter?

“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self”  Eleanor Brown

Take home message

“What I know for sure is that when you declutter, whether it’s on your home, your head or your heart-it’s astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life and your family”  Peter Walsh

Please share your views.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

Image by C.M. Zijderveld from Pixabay

  16 comments for “Why you want to hold on to something?

  1. DiosRaw
    February 10, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Cleansing, brining order to chaos in this dualistic world. Brilliant. Minimalism is something is a philosophy I follow, frees up the mind. 🖤🙏

    Liked by 2 people

  2. February 10, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Always to have a declutter every so often

    Liked by 4 people

  3. February 10, 2021 at 6:48 pm


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  4. February 10, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    got it.
    Thank you Alison

    Liked by 1 person

  5. February 10, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Well spoken, and clutter can also be grudges we hold on to, we are even proud to say ; “What he/she did to me, I will never forget.”

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    • February 11, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you The Seb.
      True what you said.
      Even if one is willing to forgive the hut one gets ….but one finds difficult to forget the hurt.
      Our, Brain is overcrowded with clutter

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  6. February 10, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I admit to being a clutterbug, but clutter equals some good memories!

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  7. February 12, 2021 at 5:11 am

    I live pretty minimalist except for my computer. I tried to declutter that once and it wasn’t a week later that one of the old things was needed again. two more things were wanted after that. Now I’m afraid to delete anything Silly? Yes but it’s my silly

    Laughing is fun Try It soon

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  8. February 22, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Funny you post this as I still have to go through my storage, thanks for reminding me the damage I’m doing to myself😅 love this one, keep going + stay rad

    Liked by 1 person

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