Therapy in LA
Therapy in L.A.


  psych bytes
December 2003
By Sandy Plone, Ph.D.

In Clutter Control, Jeff Campbell has pointed out some of the psychological landmarks indicating clutter may be interfering with a happy and productive life:

  • It is creating feelings of depression, anxiety or desperation.
  • The need for more or newer stuff seems insatiable.
  • You feel like you are not the master of your own life anymore: It feels like you are being controlled by your possessions.
  • The disorder of your living space prevents you from feeling comfortable or creative or happy when you are there.
  • You deride yourself for not being more organized.
  • Youíre in chronic conflict with other household members over this issue.
  • Youíre ashamed to have friends or relatives over to the house because itís such a mess and youíre feeling more and more isolated or eccentric as a result.
There is a 12 Step organization for those people who feel their difficulties with clutter are unmanageable, Clutterers Anonymous. You can visit their website at

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