The Ultimate Clutter Control Quiz
by Staff
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
  • gender, age

If getting things under control is the first half of de-cluttering, what is the second half?

  • not hoarding
  • training your family members
  • maintaining it

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
  • intrinsic value

A person who hoards everything and has poor time-management skills is said to be:

  • unlucky
  • unfortunate
  • prone to clutter

What would you use garbage bags for when you organize your clutter?

  • trash and donations
  • trash only
  • donations only

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
  • the clutterer
  • the hoarder

How much debris and waste was recovered from the Collyer house in the 1940s?

  • a mere 100 pounds (45 kilos)
  • an unbelievable 1,000 pounds (454 kilos)
  • a whopping 100 tons