What is Clutter?

According to Clutterers Anonymous, “Clutter is anything we don’t need, want, or use that takes our time, energy, or space, and destroys our serenity.  It can be outgrown clothes or obsolete paper.  We may be selective in some areas, but not in others.  Objects may be strewn about or wedged into drawers; neatly stacked or stowed in storage.”

Do you agree?  Or perhaps you have a different definition?  If so, I’d love to hear it.

1 Comment
  1. Julie Bestry 10 years ago

    Great question. I have always thought this is an apt, if lengthy, description. But in my own head, I tend to think of clutter “…as anything we don’t need or want THERE”, meaning wherever it is. Our clients tend to mix what they do want and need with things they either don’t want or need, or haven’t yet made a decision about. The one common thread to me, even before the important point of whether the item is desired at all, is whether it’s desired to be wherever it’s been put.

    Of course, that’s reverse logic – we should decide WHETHER we want something before we decide WHERE we want it. However, most people seem to have this pre-existing assumption that if they do have it, they should have it. Making the first question “Can we let go of this?” can overwhelm them. Changing it to “Is this where you use this?” is a nice non-confrontational approach to the clutter for people overwhelmed by the idea of letting go.

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