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The Meaning of Clutter

by Victoria Brewster, MSW

Clutter; a word that takes over some people’s lives in thinking, behavior and life style. Some people do not know where to start. Some people hire professionals to come into their home and de-clutter it.

What is the basis of this disorganization? Lack of time? Lack of motivation? Lack of clarity? Lack of ideas? Too much ‘stuff?”

There always has to be a beginning point- a room in the house or an area in the house that perhaps is the messiest, the most disorganized? For some this could be the entry way or vestibule of the house, the livingroom, the kitchen, a bedroom or a closet.

For others, the clutter carries over into all areas of their lives-their car….their work environment…

I have to wonder if there is a reason for this disorganization. Are we born that way? Is it a learned behavior? Is the disorganization a reflection of what is going on inside our minds?

Perhaps if we quiet our minds, the clutter outside will lessen. Do you have thought on this topic?