How to Use Decluttering as a Personal Therapy Session

It might be easy to assume that decluttering is a straightforward task: You're just going through your stuff and purging everything you don't need, right? But this mindset might be the reason we end up holding onto too many things. Instead, it's important to acknowledge that the act of letting go is as emotional as it is physical—even if that seems a bit melodramatic. (My rebuttal is this: If the items hiding under your bed are really that inconsequential, why are they still there?)

The best part of this approach isn't just that it allows you to be more thoughtful (and in turn, more thorough) when you're going through your things. By surrendering to the catharsis of experiencing any feelings and memories you have tied to these objects, you're opening yourself up to healing—and in turn, your space will feel completely charged with that energy; as emotionally cleansed and renewed as you are. But where to begin? To find out, we turned to Lili Pettit, organising expert and energy healer. Here's her advice.