Do you have a clutter problem?

I’m not the creator of this quiz, but I do want to pass it along for you to take. This was an assignment I did. You can grade your answers at the end to see if you’re clutter bug or an organized individual.

Do You Have A Clutter Problem? How Bad Is It?

Take this quiz to find out.

1. Could you have a party without cleaning up first?

A.   Guests could eat off the floor. Bring em in!

B.   Maybe tomorrow. The living room’s a mess, but I can hide it away in a few hours.

C.   Um, I don’t have parties here. Can we go bowling instead?

2. Do your clothes fit in your closet?

A.   Of course. They’re hung in order by color and season.

B.   They fit, I guess, but I have no idea what’s on the top shelf.

C.   They fall on my head when I open the door. Is that so wrong?

3. Without looking, do you know where to find your car keys, your unpaid bills, and your home or renter’s insurance policy?

A.   Absolutely…want me to get them right now?

B.   All except the insurance. It must be somewhere in my husband’s/wife’s/partner’s office.

C.   Sure—just give me 10 minutes to find them. Or an hour.

4. What is on your dining room table right now?

A.   Wood polish and a rag –I was just wiping it.

B.   A few piles of bills…and my child’s art collection.

C.   So much stuff that I can’t see the table.

5. How many magazines are in your house right now?

A.   Three–the current issue of each magazine I get.

B.   Oh, a lot, But I need for my job.

C.   I have every issue of National Geographic ever published. It’s an outstanding collection.

6. How many paper and shopping bags are you saving?

A.    A handful –we use them to recycle newspapers.

B.     An overstuffed milk crate plus a few extra. You never know that size bag you’ll need.

C.   Every single bag that enters the house.

7. Answer the following questions with a Yes or No:

A.   If you had to change a light bulb, could you find one?

B.   Are all your DVDs and CDs in their sleeves?

C.   Are kid’s toys anywhere except in their rooms or designated play areas?

D.   Are there dirty dishes in the sink?

E.   Are dirty clothes anywhere but in the hamper?

F.    Are out-of-date medications in your medicine chest?

G. Are all bills paid and papers filed?

H.   Does every item of clothing in your closet fit you now?

Score Yourself:

Questions 1-6: Give yourself zero points for every A’ one point for every B’ two points for every C.

Questions 7: Give yourself a point if you answered: a) no, b) no, c) yes, d) no e) yes, f) yes, g) no, h) no.

Add all your points together.

If You Scored:

10-20 points: Uh-oh! Looks like you’re a HARD-CORE HOARDER. It’s amazing that you found a pen to take this quiz. But don’t take it too hard or feel overwhelmed: the first step is admitting the problem.

Do remember that sometimes a first round of de-cluttering isn’t enough. A few months after your first purge, you’ll look at the same stuff you thought you couldn’t throw out and realize you haven’t touched it since your cleanup. It takes a while to get used to the idea that if you don’t use it, if it’s not part of your life, it doesn’t serve your goals, then it’s just a waste of space.

3-9 Points: Good news. You’re a CLUTTER VICTIM. This may not sound like good news, but it means that you, like so many others, have fallen victim to the clutter build-up that’s hard to avoid when you have a busy life, diverse interests, disposable income, family memorabilia and a steady influx of purchases and junk mail. Not to worry. With a reasonable amount of effort you’ll be able to get your clutter issues under control and keep them that way.

0-2 Points: Congratulations! You’re CLUTTER-FREE. Give yourself a pat on the back, but don’t get lazy. Staying clutter-free takes work.

(Excerpted from It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh)


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gabriella
    Feb 18, 2011 @ 15:01:35

    Clutter victim on the cusp of clutter-free. But, now that it appears that spring has sprung I’m itching to de-clutter!


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