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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, 2nd Edition by Michelle Tullier

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Where Your Attachment to Stuff Comes From

To stop making excuses for a clutter habit, you have to know why you make them in the first place. I can’t just tell you to stop saying something like “This is too valuable to throw out.” You’ll come up with 10 more arguments to make sure you don’t have to get rid of that allegedly valuable item. The only way you’re going to stop making these excuses is to understand the psychology behind them or the circumstances that have led to them. Your reasons for keeping things probably fall into several basic categories.

The following sections detail the categories and provide examples of each of these reasons along with solutions for dealing with your rationalizations.

Guilt

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