5 Types of Clutter

5 Types of Clutter

We thought it may be helpful to quickly define 5 Types of Clutter. That’s right, not all clutter is the same! When aiming to declutter and organise, it’s helpful to know the differences between each type of clutter. 

First, it will assist you in making decisions about how to handle the clutter. Some types of clutter simply require some organisation. Some types may require you to part with them through donation. Some types may motivate you to finally do something you’ve always wanted to do. And some types may require a lot of patience as you work through the emotional challenges. 

Second, it will assist you in seeing what type/s of clutter you’re more inclined towards. This can be helpful in understanding your behaviours or weak spots. Perhaps you love a shoe sale (though you have too many shoes already). Perhaps you phase between hobbies (accumulating equipment and stock along the way). Hopefully this knowledge will equip you to make better decisions in the future. 


Defined as: Items that have use.

    • Tools you no longer use
    • Free items with a magazine (i.e. lipstick or wool)
    • Empty notepads
    • Craft items
    • “I might need it one day” items

Defined as: Multiples of one item.

    • More books than you can read in your lifetime
    • Extra stationery that you’ll never get to use
    • An overflow of clothing
    • Food that will expire before you can eat it all

Tip: Read our post on The Magic Number of items. 


Defined as: Items that have no home.

    • Unopened mail on the bench
    • Batteries rolling around in the junk drawer
    • Large toys that don’t fit back in the toy cupboard
    • Items that can’t be put away because their “home” is too cluttered

Defined as: Items with potential.

    • Water skis (for when you get around to taking those lessons)
    • An exercise bike (in case you get motivated)
    • Cookbooks (for those dinner parties you’ve always wanted to host)
    • Fabric and quilting magazines (for the quilt you’ve never learned to make)

Defined as: Items with memories.

    • Photographs
    • Baby Booties/Blanket
    • Travel Souvenirs
    • Wedding Dress
    • Grandmother’s China

Stay tuned for our upcoming post on Sentimental Clutter. There’s a lot to be said on this particular type! 

If you’d like to talk with one of our Professional Organisers about dealing with your type/s of clutter, then contact us today. We’d love to work through this with you.  

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