Clutter Image Rating. A Tool to get an accurate sense of a clutter problem.

 

People have very different ideas about what it means to have a cluttered home. For some, a small pile of things in the corner of an otherwise well-ordered room constitutes serious clutter. For others, only when the narrow pathways make it hard to get through a room does the clutter register.

 

To make sure we get an accurate sense of a clutter problem, The International OCD Foundation has created a series of pictures of rooms in various stages of clutter – from completely clutter-free to very severely cluttered. People can just pick out the picture in each sequence comes closest to the clutter in their own living room, kitchen, and bedroom.

 

This requires some degree of judgment because no two homes look exactly alike, and clutter can be higher in some parts of the room than others. Still, this rating works pretty well as a measure of clutter. In general, clutter that reaches the level of picture # 4 or higher impinges enough on people’s lives that we would encourage them to get help for their clutter problem.

 

Clutter Image Rating: Kitchen

(Please select the photo below that most accurately reflects the amount of clutter in your room)

 

 

Clutter Image Rating: Bedroom

(Please select the photo below that most accurately reflects the amount of clutter in your room)

 

 

Clutter Image Rating: Living Room

(Please select the photo below that most accurately reflects the amount of clutter in your room)

 

 

Download the Clutter Image Rating.

 

For more severe cases visit the Clutter-Hoarding Scale created by The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).

 

What did you think of this article? Do you find this tool helpful?  Feel free to leave a comment below. 

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Emilio provides personal, home and business organization solutions for individuals who are ready for change. He is a Co-Founder of KW Professional Organizers, a sought after public speaker and blogger.