Have you ever had a shirt rip, shoes wear or maybe a purse break and you packed it away thinking “oh I will totally have this repaired and use it again like new”. Then you shuffle it away into the far recesses of your hiding spots and it's never seen again, until you move or decide to wade through your accumulations. I had things for arts and crafts, broken things, parts of things, things that weren't mine but I wasn't sure whose they were, the list goes on. I realized that the moment something gets "tidied up" it will never get used the way you might think it will. You might be someone who is super crafty and I'll bet you still have useless junk hiding somewhere. Out of sight out of mind.
When you take your inventory, be honest.
When you take your inventory, be honest. If you haven't used or worn something in more than a year, it's probably okay to let it go. There are always exceptions, but that's a good place to start. When you decide to file something away do you say “well I might wear this, or maybe I could use it for that.” Just throw it in your donation bag and see how much better you feel after lightening your load. Then go back in six months and get rid of anything you haven't thought about since you put it in. It turns out we live on a lot less than we think we need to. Your closet is probably filled, but you might only regularly wear a quarter of it.
I wasn't ready to face my own "stuff" until I began to pack my backpack for a year of travel.
I love you, just as you are, and always will. Be love and share love. Forget everything else the world has taught you, and choose to stop spreading fear.