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cluttered-home-02Do you have a problem with clutter?

Be honest now!

As clutter increases in homes and offices, people often fear that they are becoming hoarders. This problem has gained wider visibility in recent years, thanks in part to several hoarding-related television programs.

The Mayo Clinic defines hoarding (also called compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome) as the excessive collection of items that seem to have limited or no value, such as newspapers or trash, along with the inability to discard them.

The author of Buried in Treasures, psychologist, David Tolin, PhD, a hoarding specialist, says only 2 to 5 percent of Americans may meet the criteria for being hoarders.

With over 30 years of experience in the professional organizing industry, I have watched as materialism in the United States has increased dramatically. Many people are not disposing of things that they no longer like or need. The majority of people just have too much stuff!

Take this simple quiz to see your clutter score!

1. Do you feel overwhelmed when thinking about your clutter?

2. Have you tried to “clean up” or “organize” yourself repeatedly, with no lasting results?

3. Are you ashamed to have anyone come to your home?

4. Do you find yourself buying more of everything because, “you never know when you will run out?”

5. Do you have multiple copies of books, software, clothing or any other items because you couldn’t find what you already owned when you needed it?

6. Do you feel like, “What’s the use, it will just get messed up again,” when you begin to declutter?

7. Do you hold onto broken items because “they might come in handy someday,” or “I’m going to fix them someday?”

8. Do you find it hard to decide what is worth keeping and what is not?

9. Do you obsess about saving food? Do you have enough canned goods to feed the neighborhood?

10. Do you save garbage-fast food boxes and wrappers, obvious trash, things that smell bad, etc?

If you answered YES to 4 of questions 1-8 you have a clutter problem.

If you answered YES to questions 9 and 10 you have a serious problem and probably should consider consulting a professional hoarding specialist.

Clutter creates stress and anxiety. If you need help getting organized or removing clutter from your home or office I can help you. Call me today at (978) 922-6136.