Because of the popular A&E TV show, Hoarders, people often confuse clutterers with hoarders. Peter wanted to quickly clear up that misconception. He said, “Hoarders represent about 1.5% of the population. It’s a very small group and usually there’s a huge mental health issue.” He added that 80% of couples argue about the clutter in their house and that’s who he deals with.
In the March 2012 issue of O Magazine, Peter Walsh defines the 4 types of Clutterers:
1) The Behind-Closed-Doors Clutterer – You know the one – she has an immaculately neat and “organized” home, until you open up a closet door, or the door of the “guest room”.
2) The Knowledge Clutterer – This person hoards information in magazines, books, journals, etc. and can’t throw any of it away because there might be something important in it.
3) The Techie Clutterer – This person keeps every cord, cable and wire known to man. I see this in almost every home where a male resides.
4) The Sentimental Clutterer– The extreme cases include people who keep every school paper their child brings home, every gift they’ve been given since childhood, and is unable to part with anything that has been inherited. They also believe their children will want all their stuff when they leave home (or die), so can’t get rid of any type of memorabilia.
Peter also said, “People worry that if they lose the object, they’ll use the memory” He says to “display and frame it“. Examples of this may include: taking a photo of your children’s artwork, creating photo books etc. It’s so easy and affordable to create photo books today. Try it at an online website like Snapfish and Shutterfly,
To learn more about the 4 types of clutterers, pick up the latest issue of O Magazine, and go to page 151 to read the article, “What Kind of Clutterer Are You”. Also, look at the bottom of page 154, and you’ll see my name mentioned as a source in the footnote titled “Jeepers Creepers!”
So, what type of Clutterer are you?