I am so sorry that I haven't been able to come here - I had lots of thoughts and congratulations but my dear old brain shut down for a couple days.
d harmony, I felt the same way with marie Kondo's book. I did watch the Netflix videos that she was in and I could see how she advised the clients but they did the work. One program, with the widow, touched my heart and I could see what a difference in her life that Marie had on her. \
I don't see things in the spiritual light. After dd older work with some hoarding type people that thanking the item might help them let go. I also think by seeing what is current, in their lives, is a journey that is different for everyone. I have become a big advocate for those who have so much stuff to have professional (therapy) support to see why one keeps things and sees it as an extension of events and people.
I am not sure the timetable these individuals are given. I also wonder if some individuals didn't finish the process as it may be too overwhelming.
The idea of taking everything out and working hours and hours would burn me out. Its usefulness to me is gone... but I am grateful for what it once meant. ---- People that hold on to things I feel (and the author also said) are holding onto the past and/or afraid of the future. I think we all must be sure of our ability to manage whatever the future holds and survive and thrive in spite of uncomfortable changes. We must trust ourselves. Holding onto everything from the past does nothing to aid in this. It keeps us stuck in the past, both good things and bad. Our memories of all that remain in spite of where the items end up. If the memory fades, it was not that important to begin with. this is truly amazing and wise!