Clutter as Punishment? This is one of those ideas that I never thought about. How can things punish you. Living with clutter can be a way to punish yourself.
You bought that exercise bike and it sits idol in the corner of the house and you look at it every day and always say maybe on Friday, that day never comes. Your thoughts might go to the money spent on it, or that maybe someday you will use it because you spent the money on it. But again, those days might never come.
Its like carrying around the gifts or things of an old relationship. Those gifts remind you of a person that no longer is around. You might think it is just a thing, but things can cause problems. They can bring up old feeling and we try to relive the past, but the outcome will always be the same. I have kept a few pictures of past loves. But I am really not sure why. Just seems to be a part of my life. But I do notice those feelings seems to rise up. Some good some bad. I am trying to relive the past and change things I can’t. Those pictures have been thrown away now. The exercise bike will go to good will next week and I will start walking with the dog. Don’t punish your self with things. The past is the past. And money spent can never be returned. Take care of yourself.