I’ve recently had some peers read my blog and comment how they recognize hoarding tendencies in themselves. It’s easy to think that hoarding is something only common in seniors, but the road to compulsion can be long and gradual. Perhaps it started with a junk drawer in the kitchen. And then maybe a closet stuffed so full it the door barely closed. And suddenly, here you are with piles past the windows and goat paths from room to room.
Peter Walsh, the organizing expert from TLC’s Clean Sweep, posted this article the other day. What’s Your Clutter Style? It’s an interesting read, and you just might find yourself reflected in his definitions. I know I certainly did. Is it possible to have 5 different clutter styles? If I have so many clutter styles, does that mean I’m “hoarding” clutter styles?
According to Peter, the 5 different styles of clutter are:
- The Behind-Closed-Doors Clutterer
- The Knowledge Clutterer
- The Techie Clutterer
- The Sentimental Clutterer/Family Historian
- The Bargain Shopper/Coupon Clutterer
I’m looking around my office, which serves as my craft room, too. I’ve got a closet full of fabric and computer parts. A few drawers of patterns and more pattern books on the shelves. USB keys and random cords in various bins and baskets. Several thousand photos I’ve taken of my family (in print and digital formats). I’m not necessarily a coupon clutterer, but I appreciate a good bargain when I see one…that might be why I have a stack of empty picture frames under the desk.
It’s a slippery slope, I think. By starting this blog, I’m really going to have to take a closer look at my own “saving” habits. I have many interests, but can’t really fulfill them because I don’t have an organized space. I’m feeling a hard core purge coming on. Spring Fever might have something to do with it. It’s only early March, and the weather is so mild here I’ve already spotted robins and crocuses this week. It’s a good time to open the windows, open some trash bags, and open my doors to having visitors.
So, what do you think? Do you see yourself in Peter’s descriptions? I’d love your feedback and comments.