|View Poll Results: What level is your clutter?|
|Cleaner than Level 1||52||14.25%|
|Higher than Level 9||2||0.55%|
|Voters: 365. You may not vote on this poll|
I was cracking up. We're less than picture #1 because I would never allow newspapers to be nicely folded on an end table. That'd drive me crazy lol.
More clutter than 1. It seems like there should be something between 1 and 2. There is trash on the floor in photo 2. I have clothes hanging off my bedpost and stuff piled up on my dresser, so I'm definitely not a 1.
My room was at a 5 or 6 for a while ... we were having guests and to make the rest of my house all at level 1, I tossed EVERYTHING into my not-that-big bedroom. And one of my friends opened the door and saw it! I was mortified. It's at 4 right now... with any illness or trouble, I could easily see it growing into a bigger problem. Fortunately I'm healthy and happy... but not everyone is. Adding any illness (mental or physical) to an existing clutter issue is just a recipe for this sort of living situation.
For people who are used to living with clutter... it's different than if you just walk in someone's house and their place is a wreck. Because it's YOUR clutter. It's your mess. It grew gradually, and you just get used to each subsequent level. You get used to not using furniture - or that chair's job becomes to hold stuff. You get used to pushing stuff over, moving piles around, or sitting on the pile. You get used to stepping over or walking on things, and knowing the best path through/over the stuff. When I was a teen, my bed was often unusable due to the clothes on it (I was probably at 4-5 all the time then) and I would sleep in a pile on the floor. It wasn't a big deal to me. The stuff stops registering after a while. Which doesn't mean there isn't an underlying and all-pervasive sense of guilt, dread, and shame... just that if you're used to a pile of clothes being in that chair, you don't notice it anymore - unless someone from the outside (friends, neighbors, anyone) might see it.
Did anyone else notice that the #1 pictures didn't all seem to go together? In the living room, they had really big stacks of newspapers. Yes, they were neatly stacked, but still, that's at least a couple weeks' worth of papers just sitting there! The kitchen was neat, but it had the cereal boxes out. And then there was the bedroom, which was downright spartan, even by my standards. My bedroom is very, very neat, but it doesn't look like it belongs to a monk who's taken a vow of poverty! There's a phone, a clock, a lamp, a couple of books I'm reading, a photo, and a couple of candles. The bedroom one was almost excessively spartan, for my taste.
I picked 2 because I have a couple rooms that are 1's, one room that's a 3, and the rest of the rooms are 2's. BUT, I also agree that I don't have empty soda bottles strewn about, and no clothing piles in the kitchen either, so it's more of the level of clutter in those pictures than stuff being in the really wrong room or empty food/drink containers being left out.
The examples confuse me. The bedroom example show a #1 having nothing on the floor, it looks very sparse and organized. No clothes, trash not even a dirty clothes hamper.
The living room #1 has trash on the floor.
There should be a 1.5 where the dirty laundry for the week hasn't been done and clean is waiting to be put away and possibly just more "stuff" in there but not to the point where the use of the room is impeded. Rather than to go from basically nothing in the room to trash on the floor, which is a big leap IMO.
My family: me , dh , ds (11), dd1 (9), and dd2 (3).
Tout va s'arranger à la fin. Si elle ne fonctionne pas; ce n'est pas la fin.
Nicole - )0( unschooling mama to Lilah (12/21/05) and Cian (9/21/07) as well as 3 2 , 4 rats, and ducks
Normally cleaner than #1, now #1 because we're packing for a month-long trip.
I'm a neat freak (most of the time) AND a minimalist. So much of a minimalist, that my moving estimate (for a single person whose main furniture is a couch and a double bed) came in at $460 (only moving about 20 miles) - 2 guys and a truck for 3 hours.
Midwifery student , Mama to my 4 amazing kids.
Part of the problem with those pics, is that they are staged, not real clutter.
The pictures at this site have a much more real feel to them
click on the people's names to get stories and pics.
Wow, that was insane. The person "Suedonym", their 'after' pictures were filthy. Sadly, DH says he's seen houses like that (the before pics).
My house is less than a 1 on the scale, even my garage is probably at a 1, maybe 1.5.
Gone but not fogotten.
We definitely don't have trash on the floor, though. Most of our messiness is leaving dirty dishes on the counter and clothes on the floor in the bedroom. Also, the table by the front door is the collection spot for everything set down.
Mama to Julian Matthew, born 5/10/2011
Hopeful for the next!
DS always tears the pillows of the couch so they are on the floor along with his toys. Today is a laundry catch up day so there is a load of towels on one of our 13 chairs that needs to be folded.
The dining room table always has something on it like my purse, MIL's purse, that days mail and right now my new sewing machine- yay for the new machine:
The kitchen is always a little messy, dishes in the sink, cutting board out, and some recyclables that haven't made their way to the bin yet.
The only rooms that have anything on the floor is the living room and DS's room and definitely no trash on the floor.
My room was a total disaster, probably about a 3.5 but again no trash, just clothes. I'm going through the things that still fit me and stuff that will have to wait about a year!!LOL!! Plus, we are hoping to move soon so I kind of have the cleaning bug and I'm going through EVERYTHING.
Those pics are kind of funny though, it's quite a drastic change from one level to the next and what's with all the trash?
What were those pictures from? Does anyone really have a house like 6 or above? I understand that one's house can get pretty cluttered, like to a 4 or so, but when it's stacked to the ceiling with crap, no one can get in, so how can a person's whole house be like that?
Rachel, massage therapist and single mom :to Keanu 7/29/04 and Juniper 11/18/11! Loving
I couldn't tolerate anything level 2 or above in those pics. The floor is always the first thing picked up in my home. If I can't walk unhindered, we will have problems.
I can't tolerate clutter. When I go to my friend's house, I start picking stuff up automatically. It's about comfort, really.
Yes, yes. I'm fabulous. Moving on...
Yes, yes. I'm fabulous. Moving on...
Half-marathon running Mommy to 3 spunky girls and 1 sweet boy. Spending my days and nights where my kids need me most- at home with them!!
Definitely a 1 but mostly because there is a huge difference between 1 and 2! My house isn't always as neat as #1 (although living room #1 was really cluttered) but it's always definitely way neater than #2.
Just looked at the living room - definitely neater than that level 1.
Now, what I want to know is, who voted a 9?