Wanna learn something about yourself? Plop down on the sofa and look around. What kind of clutter do you see? The things you choose to keep say a lot about your personality. So, here’s what your mess means, courtesy of psychologist Michelle Maidenberg, and Woman’s World magazine:
- If garage sales make you giddy, and you have a passion for stamps or figurines, you’re a Collector. Having a collection makes you feel special - and smart for snapping up what other people missed - so you’re always on the lookout for more. To painlessly de-clutter, rotate your collection! For example, display only 3 of your enamel vases at a time, and store the rest. Every time you switch them out, it’ll be like redecorating.
- If your clutter is mostly old bills and receipts, and you’re afraid to toss anything out, you’re a Maintainer. The quick fix: Cancel your snail mail! Almost every company offers online bill paying, and many banks let you manage your money online. Also, get an accordion file with a slot for each month. Slip your receipts into the appropriate slot every time you clean out your wallet.
- Then, if you MUST HAVE the latest gadgets, or your closet’s overflowing, and a trip to the mall boosts your mood, you’re a Born Shopper. The fix: Unearth the forgotten stuff! Check the backs of closets and the bottoms of drawers - where unworn clothes tend to migrate – and donate them to charity. You can also turn “gently worn” clothing into cash by taking them to a consignment store. You can find a nearby store on the website ConsignmentShops.com.
- Finally, if most of your clutter is photos and kid’s art, and you attach great meaning to things, you’re a Sentimentalist. The fix: Scan the photos and artwork, and store them on your computer. Trn favorites into mugs or mouse pads at Shutterfly.com. Finally, when you ponder each piece of paper, ask yourself this question: “Do I need this item to remember this moment or person?” If the answer is “no,” tossing it won’t be hard – because the meaning is already stored in your head and heart.