How is the Clutter Created in Your Home?

Have you ever sat back and wondered, “Where on earth did all of this clutter from?” If you often find yourself doing extensive organizing and cleaning on a weekly basis you probably repeat this thought quite often. Depending on your personality the clutter in your home can come from numerous places. Maybe you always shop sales because the prices are so low, or maybe you feel guilty throwing out your child’s artwork from 5 years ago, you may even keep every little thing that has been passed down to you. Today we are going to share with you some funny ways clutter is created that we found shared on the national Closet Factory Facebook page.

  1. Whenever you stay at a hotel, take the tiny shampoos and soaps home with you. Don’t use them, though. Hoard them in your bathroom for the coming zombie apocalypse.
  2. Treat your home like a museum. Be sentimental about everything, from your first-grade report card to family heirlooms.
  3. Agree to store things indefinitely for other people.
  4. If someone offers to give you something you don’t really need, like an extra set of dishes, say yes.
  5. Combining households with your sweetie? This is the perfect opportunity to bask in the thrill of double ladles, DVD players and litter boxes. Don’t be tempted to get rid of a single object; you never know when you might need those extra dining room chairs.
  6. On to your wardrobe. Don’t weed out old things when you buy new ones, and keep clothing in a wide range of sizes in case you shrink or expand like Alice in Wonderland.
  7. Solve all of your organizational issues in one fell swoop with a quick trip to The Container Store. Buy loads of stuff, but don’t measure spaces beforehand or create a clear plan for how you’re going to use them.
  8. Deal with every stray emotion by going shopping. Spend more than you planned to so you can get the free gift at the cosmetics counter, even if you never use eye shadow or flavored lip gloss and already own enough toiletry bags to last a lifetime.
  9. Take your “miscellaneous” pile of papers, sort papers according to category/subject/urgency, label each pile as such with a sticky note, paperclip each pile together, file under “miscellaneous” in your filing cabinet, voila!
  10. Instead of appreciating what you have, dwell on the nagging feeling that you’re missing something important.
  11. There’s nothing in a “free pile” that can’t become your new best friend. Broken TV’s become objects d’art, and rain-soaked couches transform into guest bedding for the in-laws!
  12. Buy sale items because they are such an amazing deal and not because you actually need them.
  13. If you can’t sell your old things for what you think they’re worth, keep them instead of donating them.
  14. Take up a hobby or activity that requires lots of specialized gear or supplies, like ice hockey or scrapbooking. Oh, sure, it seems innocent now. Just wait until an entire room in your house has been devoted to your spouse’s model-train collection.
  15. Out of sight, out of mind. If it’s tucked in a container or hidden away in a cupboard, it’s not clutter.
  16. Speed up your impulse shopping by signing up for “flash sale” sites like Groupon.
  17. Value quantity over quality.
  18. Subscribe to half a dozen weekly magazines and a couple of newspapers, and refuse to get rid of anything until you’ve read all of them. Stack them until you can get there, ideally on tables that are slightly too small for them, enhancing the likelihood of landslides.
  19. If you have a yard sale, put everything you can’t sell back in the basement until next year’s yard sale. Repeat annually.
  20. When in doubt, box it up and put it into paid storage!
  21. (Information from timesunion.com)

Anything sound familiar? Leave a comment and let us know which clutter vice describes you.

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