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How Serious Is Your Clutter Problem? Quiz

How Serious Is Your Clutter Problem? Quiz

Some of us collect things, some of us clutter, and a few of us may hoard. Cluttering is self-diagnosed, but more extreme forms of cluttering can sometimes be tied to to diagnosable conditions such as hoarding and ADHD (attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity). If your cluttering falls into these realms, you can look into treatment, remedies and support groups that address these specific conditions.

The Mayo Clinic defines hoarding (also called compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome) as the excessive collection of items that seem to have limited or no value, such as newspapers or trash, along with the inability to discard them. Meanwhile, ADHD has traditionally been associated with children, but it is now known that the symptoms continue into adulthood for 60 percent of children with ADHD. According to the Mayo Clinic, clutter-related symptoms of ADHD include difficulty following through on instructions and often failing to finish chores or other tasks, problems organizing tasks or activities, the dislike of tasks that require sustained mental effort, and frequently lost needed items.

The non-profit Clutterless Recovery Groups has this quiz to help determine how seriously cluttering may be disrupting your life. This is not intended to be a diagnostic tool, but if you find that your answers lean toward ADHD or hoarding, it’s might be very helpful to visit one of the websites below for more information and support.

1. Do you feel overwhelmed when thinking about your clutter?

2. Have you tried to “clean up” or “organize” yourself repeatedly, with no lasting results?

3. Are you ashamed to have anyone come to your home?

4. Do you feel more confused in your home than in the outside world?

5. Do you find yourself buying more of everything because, “you never know when you will run out?”

6. Do you have multiple copies of books, software, clothing or any other items because you couldn’t find what you already owned when you needed it?

7. Has your spouse or partner expressed dismay about the way you live?

8. Do you flit from one task to another, feeling like you never get anything done?

9. Do you find that you concentrate better in noisy situations?

10. Do you find yourself getting distracted easily?

11. Do you feel like, “What’s the use, it will just get messed up again,” when you begin to declutter?

12. Do you hold onto broken items because “they might come in handy someday,” or “I’m going to fix them someday”?

13. Do you hold onto relationships that do not serve you because, “This is the best I can do”?

14. Do you feel like there will never be enough for you? Do you believe that you do not deserve any better than what you have?

15. Do you feel more “lack” than prosperity in your life?

16. Do you find it hard to decide what is worth keeping and what is not?

17. Do you obsess about saving food? Do you have enough canned goods to feed the neighborhood?

18. Do you save garbage–fast food boxes and wrappers, obvious trash, things that smell bad, etc?

Four or fewer “yes” answers:
You probably are not a clutterer–unless you feel so overwhelmed that you are paralyzed.

Five or more “yes” answers:
You may be chronically disorganized: a clutterer. Visit Clutterless Recovery Groups for more information and support.

“Yes” to numbers 8, 9 and 10:
These are more typical of ADHD tendencies–although many clutterers have some ADHD without being diagnosed with ADHD, it’s worth looking into further. Visit the Attention Deficit Disorder Association website for more information.

“Yes” to numbers 17 and 18:
These are symptoms of hoarding. Visit the the Compulsive Hoarding Website of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation for more information.

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By Melissa Breyer

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6:54AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Ok, I feel better about myself! I'm somewhere in the middle. Now I need to wade through the burn box...and organize the bookshelf...and get all the knitting projects in one basket...and...

4:12PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Great test.

7:51AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Excellent to send to my clients; thanks.

3:30PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Thank you for info.

3:28PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Thank you for info.

5:52AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Thanks

1:50AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

I don't need to take this quiz as I know I got to much clutter

7:36AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

I scored high, no surprises there! I also scored in the no-no section..... I think the first thing is admitting you have a problem!

Maybe I should look out for 'Clutters Anonymous'! lol.

3:40PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

4 or less means great success! Two years ago, our home was a severely cluttered mess. But, an intervening move & determination to change toward organization on my part has resulted in a better style of living for our family. Now, some of the questions are truly a "making progress" status rather than complete yes; and there are always areas that need further work; but I believe I can proudly say that we are now "uncluttered" @ our house. This is an excellent quiz that I can refer to periodically to help me monitor current conditions & therefore curtail backsliding into hoarder tendencies. Thank you for this article; we needed this & will most likely use it in the future.

7:37PM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Thanks!

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