The world of 2017 seems to be all about paring down. From the tiny home phenomenon to the meteoric rise of the KonMari Method, our culture is all about the disciplined pursuit of less (a tagline I borrowed, incidentally, from another less-is-more philosophy, Essentialism). But for many of us, the idea of ridding ourselves of clutter is more anxiety-inducing than exhilarating. And it turns out that's a pretty common feeling.
So, what's the difference between people who can't wait to get their spring clean on and people whose idea of "spring cleaning" is finding excuses to keep all of their belongings? Well, like most of our other idiosyncrasies, it's rooted in childhood trauma. And it might make you feel better to know it's something Princess Diana dealt with her whole life.
Andrew Morton's seminal biography of the Princess of Wales suggests that Diana's attachment style and many of her insecurities could be traced back to her childhood. Diana: Her True Story sheds light on one particular quirk of the People's Princess that makes her even more sympathetic and relatable. She had a really hard time getting rid of stuff.