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TERRI’S ORGANIZING VIGNETTE: APRIL 2018
The Psychology of Clutter
by Markham Heid, December 12, 2017
What Different Types of Crowded Closets Suggest About Their Owners
Readers, I’ll summarize this Wall Street Journal article in case you can’t read it in its entirety.
This is an older article that is fascinating and still relevant. I find it’s true for myself, my family (my Mom especially whom I’ve helped organize) and clients that we hold onto items based on our particular makeup. Perhaps you’re a depression-era person (or had a parent who was) and grew up not wasting anything so even though you might be successful now, you still keep old sweaters, socks, pants, cookware, every single gift bag you’ve ever received to reuse. BUT, you might be drowning in clutter because you have new items as well which you prefer and don’t have unlimited space to store everything. (Nor the ability to wear/use everything you own.)
I have many clients who are “information junkies” and keep newspapers/magazines in paper format as well as e-newsletters/blogs/etc. online. Yet, they don’t have the time to get to all the information. And the clutter piles up. They’re afraid to get rid of the info in case they need it “someday.” That’s an issue which isn’t always rationale since they’ve gone through life thus far without the info; it can be found on the internet; it will probably be reproduced under a slightly different heading in another magazine article; someone they know might have the answers to their questions.
Your Professional Organizer can help you get your space decluttered and organized. But please seek professional help with a therapist if you suspect ADD, ADHD, OCD, hoarder tendencies to get additional support with dealing with the items you feel you need to hold onto even though they no longer serve your lifestyle.
Check monthly for Terri’s advice on residential professional organizing!
- February 1, 2017: Helping a Busy Working Mom
- January 1, 2017: Simple Living
- Dec. 26, 16: After Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza tip
- December 19, 2016: Under Bed Storage
- December 12, 2016: Cooking Tip
- December 5, 2016: Keep Travel Items Up-to-Date
- November 21, 2016: Time Management
- November 14, 2016: Errand Efficiency
- November 7, 2016: Proper Disposal of Medications
- October 31, '16: Don’t Buy in Bulk
- September 19, 2016: Use up Consumables
- September 12, 2016: Small toiletries
- Sep 5, 2016: Organize for 10-15 minutes every day
- August 29, 2016: Kitchen Clutter
- August 22, 2016: Dealing with Memorabilia
- August 15, 2016: Desk Top File Sorter