Clutter Quiz

So often people let their imaginations run away with them. They think that they are the only people EVER that have had a clutter problem. I am often asked, “Is this the worst you have ever seen?” and it never is as bad as they think. But it is so hard to measure yourself against others since the degree of clutter is relative to your situation and your space.

I developed a list of questions to help people indentify themselves and their clutter challenges. Answer each question honestly to see if clutter presents a big challenge to you.

  1. Have you ever bought something you already owned because you could not find it?
  2. Do you have more than one junk drawer?
  3. Are you saving the box your newest small appliance can in?
  4. Do you store books in boxes?
  5. Do you use more than one calendar?
  6. Can you see the top of your desk?
  7. Do you have trouble figuring out what to wear even though your closet is full of clothes?
  8. Do you rent a storage unit?
  9. Do you have craft supplies in more than one room of your house?
  10. Can you easily find an extension cord in your home?
  11. Do you store sports equipment in more than one area in your home?
  12. Do you keep junk mail for weeks or even months at a time?
  13. Have you had services of any kind cut off because you lost the bill?
  14. Do you own more plastic containers than would fit into your refrigerator/freezer at one time?
  15. Are you saving baby clothes and toys that your children outgrew years ago?
  16. Do you keep things that you do not like, just because they were a gift?
  17. Do you own shoes that hurt your feet?
  18. Do you have mail order catalogs dating back several seasons?
  19. Have you missed an important event because you misplaced the invitation?
  20. Do you store tools in more than one area of your home?
  21. Do you have old prescriptions or outdated over-the-counter remedies in your medicine cabinet?
  22. Have you ever washed clean clothes because they got mixed with dirty clothes?
  23. Do you replace your holiday decorations each year because it is too difficult to locate last years?
  24. Do you have a pile of things that need mending, cleaned or repairs?
  25. Is your garage so full that there is no room for the car?
  26. Do you store things in shopping bags on the floor?
  27. Is the clutter in your life so overwhelming that you do not know where to begin?

If you answered “yes” to less than 5 questions you are keeping clutter at bay.

If you answered “yes” to between 5 and 13 questions, clutter may have become an issue in your life.

If you answered “yes” to more than 13 questions, you are living in the chaos that clutter creates.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Basic Organization on November 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    You are right. I need to reword number 6. Thanks. Glad to hear that you are OK!

  2. Juli Monroe on November 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I answered “yes” to 3, so I’m okay. 🙂

    But I wasn’t sure about question 6. I think a “yes” answer might be a good thing. I can see the top of my desk, which I think means its uncluttered.

    Good quiz. I’ll bookmark this for some of my clients to look at. Easy tool for me to use to refer you.

    • Basic Organization on November 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      Oh, thank you Juli. I think number 6 should be reworded. I’ll get to that asap. That’s one of the blog posts I am working on today –

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