How can I break the habit of leaving clothes everywhere?

Through the reading I have found that there are psychological explanations behind clutter. According to an article in “The Denver Post” there are four types of clutter: technical,behavioral, a result of life changes and the cause of poor time management. I also read an article from the New York Times by Jan Hoffman called “Bedroom as a Battleground”. This article focused on the reasoning behind teenagers being notorious for dirty rooms. One of the reasons that stuck out to me is that their rooms are an outlet for their exhaustion where they throw organization to the wind and become a slob. I related to this because I have a messy room, but maintain organization in all other aspects of my life. It also ties in with the time management theory from the Denver Post article. I get good grades, I have my work schedule and I am involved in activities. When I have time to spend in my room the last thing I think of is cleaning.


The psychology of clutter


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  1. Gina 1 year ago

    Dear Allie,
    I am fascinated by your post “The Psychology of Clutter” because even though I am no longer a teen, I have never figured out how to manage my tendency to clutter. My living space always is cluttered, but I don’t ever want to get to the point that I am actually a hoarder.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is where you said, “there are four types of clutter: technical,behavioral, a result of life changes and the cause of poor time management.” I think this is important because saying that poor time management is in fact a valid reason for clutter means that I’m not a hoarder, and that if I had more time I would be more organized.

    Another sentence that stood out to me is where you said that teenagers are notorious for dirty rooms. I actually think this is a human tendency and not just a teen thing, especially when you see it as a matter of time management. Sometimes what I need is not to think any more, and putting things away requires thinking so I procrastinate.

    Thanks for your writing. You made me think more deeply about this issue!

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