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Clutterer & Hoarder Psychological Profile, Clutterer & Hoarder Statistics

(Based on Clutterless Recovery Groups support meeting attendance, personal interviews and an online survey of more than 1,000 respondents who identified themselves as clutterers).

Obviously this survey included more clutterers than hoarders. Within the universe of cluttering, some of us are truly hoarders. Since hoarders comprise less than one percent of the population, and we estimate that 30% of people are clutterers, there are just more clutterers.

This survey of clutterers and hoarders reveals some interesting cluttering and hoarding statistics and may be useful as a psychological profile of clutterers (much less so of hoarders). Frankly, attendees of Clutterless Recovery Groups support meetings admit to having some Adult ADD or AD/HD (attention deficit disorder) tendencies, some OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) traits, depression and anxiety. Relax. Most people have some of these psychological traits at some time in their lives. It's when they get in the way or our living our lives that we need to deal with these psychological issues. Just because you have self-diagnosed these traits doesn't mean you have them. Only your psychologist or psychiatrist can tell for sure.

Instead of calling yourself messie, slob, packrat, clutterbug or some other derogatory word, find out who we clutterers really are. There are psychological reasons for our cluttering, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit disorder (ADD or AD/HD) and just plain fear and procrastination.

Psychological Profile

Are, or have been in therapy

46%

Felt therapy helped understand & change cluttering behavior.

74%

Referred by therapist to support meetings (where applicable)

38%

Have anxiety, especially when dealing with clutter

37%

Consider themselves depressed much of the time

24%

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (While Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the correct diagnosis, few clutterers exhibit the hyperactivity aspect).

Self-diagnosis of tendencies

Diagnosed

22%

4%

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

5%

1%

In 12-Step Group

18%

Changes After Attending 6 months or more of Clutterless Support Groups

(Obviously, this was based on a much smaller universe, since there are few meetings nationwide. Not all attendees stick it out, expecting some miracle cure, or they find out they don't want to do the inner work necessary to change their behavior. For those who have attended meetings on a regular basis (and we have about 60 who do), the results are significant. We have a core of about 20 who have attended meetings for two or more years. Some have been able to move into new houses, and keep them decluttered. One even had an open house, with dozens of friends invited.

Began or continued therapy

23%

Feel the combination of therapy & meetings helps

Very much

Somewhat

No opinion

73%

19%

8%

Feel more in control of their lives

81%

16%

3%

Feel their depression and anxiety bouts less severe

63%

30%

7%

Demographic Profile

Female

78%

Male

22%

In a relationship

37%

Personality Profile

Procrastinate

90%

Battle vague fears when facing clutter.

63%

Feel cluttering has affected ability to have relationship with another person

64%

Indecisive

51%

Feel cluttering has affected them professionally

34%

Clutterless Recovery Groups Inc. has no affiliation with any church, denomination or sect. We have no opinion on therapy or medications. For some of us, they are solutions that work. Others of us may not feel like we need them. We respect therapists and work with them when asked.

We are officially a nonprofit corporation, incorporated in Texas, founded in 2000. There are no dues or fees for attendance at meetings. We have meetings where members may interact with other clutterers and learn ways to deal with the limitations their own clutter is causing in their lives. Anyone with the desire to change and overcome their clutter can be a member. Our only tradition is that of anonymity. What someone says in a meeting stays there. We offer a safe place to hear and be heard.

Are You One of Us?

Not everyone who is a little messy is a clutterer. The quiz make can help you decide if you are a real clutterer, a hoarder, or just a normal person who needs to improve your organizational skills.