So how do you know that you have a household clutter problem? We’re not going to give you one of those self-scoring tests that you’re doomed to fail. But here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself in a benign manner.
- Do you save magazines indefinitely that may have articles you really “should” read because you might miss something?
- Do you need more than one “repair drawer” or “junk drawer”?
- Do you save things that seem just too good to throw away even though you have no particular plans for ever using them?
- Are you storing all sorts of things on behalf of your grown children?
- Do you save broken things for years, never repair them, and then realize you don’t like or need them anyway?
- Do you lose your keys or wallet or purse regularly?
- Do you buy things you already have, but didn’t know it because the cupboard is a rat’s nest?
- Do you have under your kitchen sink cleaning products – including numerous “miracle” cleaners – that you’ve never touched?
- Do you save spare parts to unknown things?
- Do you collect empty boxes?
- Do you know what bills are coming due this week or this month?
- Have you lost a chunk of change because you’re late with payments and get zapped with late charges and interest because there’s no time to write the checks?
- Has your collection of porcelain ducks, frogs, penguins, elephants, etc., begun to seem like it’s just something else to clean – without the interest or fun it once had?
- Are some drawers or shelves stuffed so full that you can use only the items on top?
- Do you keep putting things in places that you know aren’t right and then tell yourself you are just putting them there “for now”?
- Do you live in a house with more storage space than ever before, but every spare space fills up immediately and you still don’t have enough?
- Do you feel guilty and depressed about the state of your home?
- Would you entertain more often (if at all) if you could only get things under control?
Aren’t you glad that wasn’t a test? So . . . if you’ve determined that you have a clutter problem, check out previous Speed Cleaning blog posts for help and Jeff Campbell’s Clutter Control ebook. Let’s get organized!