- Do you have more possessions than you can comfortably handle?
you embarrassed to invite family, friends, health care providers, or
maintenance workers into your home because it is not presentable?
you find it easier to drop something instead of putting it away, or to
wedge it into an overcrowded drawer or closet rather than finding space
- Is your home, or any part of it,
unusable for its intended purpose, with a bed you can't sleep in, a
garage you can't park in, a kitchen you can't cook in, or a table you
can't use for dining?
- Is clutter causing problems at home, at work, or in your relationships?
- Do you hesitate sharing about this problem because you feel embarrassment, guilt, or shame about it?
- Do you have a weakness for discarded objects, bargain items, freebies, reading materials, or yard sales?
- Do you use avoidance, distraction, or procrastination to escape dealing with your clutter?
- Does your clutter create a risk of falling, fire, infestation, or eviction?
you avoid starting assignments, miss deadlines, or abandon projects
because you can't find the paperwork or material you need?
- Do you have difficulty making decisions about what to do with your possessions, daily living, or life in general?
- Do you rent storage space to house possessions that you rarely use?
cleaning, organizing, follow through, upkeep, and maintenance all
become daunting tasks, making the simplest of chores insurmountable?
- Do you bring an item into your home without designating a place for it and releasing an equivalent one?
you believe that there is all the time in the world to clean your
house, finish those projects, and read all those piles of old magazines
- Are you easily sidetracked, moving from one project to another, without finishing any of them?
- Are you constantly doing things for others while your own home is out of order?
- Do you often replace possessions rather than find or clean those you already have?
- Does perfectionism keep you from doing anything at all?
- Does clutter cause you to have late charges added to your monthly financial obligations?
- Do you feel a strong sense of emotional attachment towards your possessions, which makes it difficult to release them?
you consider all your possessions to be of equal worth, whether or not
the objects have financial, functional or sentimental value?
- Do you waste your valuable time and talents by constantly rescuing yourself from clutter?
- Does clutter keep you from enjoying quality leisure time?
- Is the clutter problem growing?
you have answered yes to some of these questions, CLA is here for you.
Many of us have answered yes to most of these questions, while some of
us have identified with only a few. However, the actual number of
positive responses is not as important as how you feel inside about your
these questions may have shown you that your life is unmanageable or
out of control. Rest assured that you are not alone! Millions of people
around the world have trouble with cluttering.
may manifest in both blatant and subtle ways. The symptoms and patterns
of our compulsion are as numerous as there are clutterers. The amount
of clutter in our lives is not as important as the desire to stop
cluttering. If you want help, you can find it in the Clutterers
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