I think I can, I know I can. That's what you should say before you even attempt to de-clutter your home. Fortunately, everyone can do it by following certain simple steps. Take this quiz and see whether you qualify as a clutterer, a hoarder or none of the above.
Why were Homer and Langley Collyer in the news in the 1940s?
because they were both found buried under heaps of clutter
because they were both outlaws
because they were both de-cluttering experts
How does "clutter" mean different things to different people?
Some people see it as negative while others see it as positive.
There are different opinions as to the linguistic source of the word.
It's all relative.
What's the fundamental basis for de-cluttering?
You have to need to do it.
You have to want to do it.
You have to ask someone to help you do it.
Environment, _____ and _____ play a role in how clutter accumulates and is controlled.
socioeconomic status, profession
work style, personality
If getting things under control is the first half of de-cluttering, what is the second half?
training your family members
What is the first step in the de-cluttering process?
sorting out the kitchen area
throwing out what you don't need
identifying your goal
How can a table or floor be of help to you in the de-cluttering process?
You can use them to stand on: the floor, for low places and the table, for high ones.
They provide a surface to spread out and work on.
They can't. Only the table is helpful for writing your reorganization list.
When you sort out, you need to make three piles or categories of items. What are they?
for weekdays, for weekends, for vacations
play with, work with, live with
keep, donate, toss
When deciding what to keep, what should you ask yourself?
"Does it warrant making space to keep it?"
"What will my friends think of me if I keep it?"
"What will it cost me to replace?"
Each item you keep must have:
a clear label on it somewhere
a logical, convenient place to store it
A person who hoards everything and has poor time-management skills is said to be:
prone to clutter
What would you use garbage bags for when you organize your clutter?
trash and donations
How often should you sort out the mail?
every weekend, if you have time
once a day, as you bring it into the house
as often as needed so that it doesn't build up
When is a good time to purchase storage bins and shelves?
at the start of the sorting process
in the middle of the sorting process
at the end of the sorting process
Is there a place for hiring professional help to sort out your home?
Yes, it is actually preferable to doing it yourself.
Yes. Sometimes the professional is objective and wise enough to help you in a way that you and your family cannot.
No, it is never a good idea.
Who can help you de-clutter your home in a professional manner?
the International Organization of Home Organizers (IOHO)
the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)
Professional Organizers Anonymous (POA)
How can clutter impact on your health?
It can lead to heart disease.
It can cause arthritis or rheumatism.
It can be a fire hazard or a breeding ground for rodents and bugs.
What are common psychological factors that lead to cluttering?
hallucinations or delusions
feelings of low self-esteem or fear of failure
feelings of guilt or post-traumatic stress syndrome
Which of these is incapable of deciding what to keep and what to throw away?
the hoarder and the clutterer
How much debris and waste was recovered from the Collyer house in the 1940s?