This parable about a raft can show us a lot about why we hold on to clutter.

“A person traveling along a path came to a great expanse of water. As she stood on the shore, she realized there were dangers and discomforts all about. But the other shore appeared safe and inviting.
The person looked for a boat or a bridge and found neither. With great effort she gathered twigs, logs, and branches and tied them all together to make a simple raft. Relying on the raft to keep herself afloat, the person paddled with her hands and feet and reached the safety of the other shore. She could now continue her journey on dry land.
This brought up a question, What would she do with her makeshift raft? Would she drag it along with her or leave it behind?”