SLOPPY IN­SIGHTS

What clut­ter says about you

Ottawa Citizen - - HOMES -

Where you store your clut­ter says a lot about you.

As Mail On­line points out, a new book — What Your Clut­ter Is Try­ing To Tell You by Kerri Richard­son — of­fers some in­sight on the link be­tween where peo­ple stow away their hoards and their per­son­al­ity traits.

Even if your clut­ter sit­u­a­tion is not as ex­treme as those fea­tured on TV shows such as A&E’s Hoard­ers or the old TLC series Hoard­ing: Buried Alive, clut­ter can still re­flect strong emo­tional is­sues that act as men­tal ob­sta­cles.

Here’s what stor­ing your clut­ter in your closet, desk, garage or at­tic says about your per­son­al­ity, ac­cord­ing to the au­thor.

1. Your closet — nos­tal­gia.

Richard­son be­lieves closet clut­ters can be linked to nos­tal­gic fan­tasy, a re­minder of a hap­pier, youth­ful time — and not want­ing to part with those feel­ings.

2. Your desk — pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Richard­son, desk clut­ter might af­firm fear of mov­ing for­ward — a stub­born­ness to­ward deal­ing with dif­fi­cult life is­sues.

3. Your garage — avoid­ance.

Boxes stacked up in the garage? Wor­ry­ing about not know­ing where to start the de­clut­ter­ing process and avoid­ing the task can leave you feel­ing de­mo­ti­vated. The au­thor notes it’s best to tackle it head on.

4. Your at­tic — guilt.

Many old heir­looms, keep­sakes or me­men­toes stacked away in boxes in this room may not be of much use to you any­more. Still, peo­ple with emo­tional bag­gage carry a sense of guilt which pre­vents them from clear­ing out such items. Richard­son says in­di­vid­u­als need to ask them­selves whether they re­ally need these boxed items. Post­media News

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Hold­ing on to closet (or even shoe) clut­ters can be linked to nos­tal­gic fan­tasy.

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