When a person believes that everything in their cluttered home is important and absolutely necessary, there is usually a problem. In reality, nothing is really that important to them. For any variety of reasons, emotions get in the way and it becomes quite easy to get caught up in a relentless game of trivial pursuits.
Every item that you own has a story and many have memories attached to them. Choose your stories wisely. At the end of the day, an old worn-out chair is still just an old worn-out chair.
Be prepared to take care of your belongings. If time or energy is an issue, then let some of it go. Think of it as earning the right to keep all of these things and by doing so, giving them justified importance in your life.
Take this another step and avoid burying the treasure. The treasure has the real value and the key to the stories and memories worth holding. All too often, family history is lost when its significance is not shared by family members. Hang on to the riches and forget about the fool's gold.
Keep emotions in check and things in perspective. A person can only handle so much before they get buried themselves. Like your stories, choose your possessions wisely as well so that you do not become a prisoner to your own emotional clutter.
For more information on the topic, visit The Emotional Toll of Clutter by Jessie Sholl.