The Ultimate Clutter Control Quiz

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Why were Homer and Langley Collyer in the news in the 1940s?

The Collyer brothers were so entrenched in clutter that it took days till the second brother was also found buried under the piles.

How does "clutter" mean different things to different people?

For one person, clutter is his jumble of papers on the table. For another, it is his inability to even find the table at all. It's all relative.

What's the fundamental basis for de-cluttering?

It has to come from within you. If you want to de-clutter, then you can achieve it. Otherwise, no action will help.

Environment, _____ and _____ play a role in how clutter accumulates and is controlled.

There are three factors that play a part here: environment, work style and personality.

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

The second half is maintaining it. Think of it like this: Getting things under control is a short-term action, whereas maintaining the mess is a long-term one.

What is the first step in the de-cluttering process?

You start at the very beginning -- identifying your goal.

How can a table or floor be of help to you in the de-cluttering process?

They are both surfaces for spreading things out as you sort them.

When you sort out, you need to make three piles or categories of items. What are they?

1)Keep the things you want; 2)donate what is useful for others; and 3)toss what is not salvageable at all.

When deciding what to keep, what should you ask yourself?

Ask yourself if it's worth making the space to put it in.

Each item you keep must have:

Whatever you choose to keep must have a logical and convenient place to store it.

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

Such a person is prone to clutter. That being said, he can still learn the skills of de-cluttering if he is willing.

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

You would use them for dual purposes: for holding trash that's going to be tossed and for holding donations that are going to be donated as soon as you can take them somewhere suitable.

How often should you sort out the mail?

You should do it daily. As you empty the mail box, sort out the mail immediately, making sure to toss the junk mail.

When is a good time to purchase storage bins and shelves?

The best time is when you know what's going to go in them, and this can only be established at the end of the sorting process.

Is there a place for hiring professional help to sort out your home?

In some instances, a professional is better equipped at helping you than your family members or you yourself.

Who can help you de-clutter your home in a professional manner?

Try the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). They're highly capable.

How can clutter impact on your health?

For one thing, it can be a fire hazard or even a breeding ground for unwelcome pests. For another, it can generate dust, which triggers allergies.

What are common psychological factors that lead to cluttering?

Feelings of low self-esteem and fear of failure are both common factors. Another one is attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Which of these is incapable of deciding what to keep and what to throw away?

The hoarder can't decide. Thankfully, the clutterer can, although he or she may need a certain push to do so.

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

A whopping 100 tons of debris and waste was found there. No wonder the brothers got buried by it!

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About This Quiz

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.

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