You mention in your book that clearing your closet of clutter can boost your clarity and self-esteem - how so?
We have a relationship with everything we own, otherwise we wouldn't recognize it as ours. And you might envision this relationship as a cord of energy linking you with any given item. Some items give us energy: they give us a boost because they're useful and we love them. Other items drain us of energy because we don't love them or they're not useful. When it comes to our clothes, this energy exchange has a lot to do with how we see ourselves and how we feel about our relationship to the world around us. So when you let go of the things that don't support your positive feelings about yourself, you'll open your closet every day to see a wardrobe full of energy-boosting, self-esteem enhancing items. Plus, you'll feel less overwhelmed by all the junk that weighs you down, so getting dressed will feel ten times easier and breezier.
Do you believe that people hold onto pieces of clothing as a safety net?
Yes, you might say that. External clutter always represents, mirrors, and holds in place internal clutter, and vice versa. So sometimes, people will hold onto items not because they love them, but because of some form of mental or emotional challenge. This could be any number of things, such as a fear of feeling one's feelings, negative feelings about one's appearance, or worry about lack.