Self-Assessment Quiz*

    Clothes/Accessories

  1. Do you hang on to clothes that haven't fit in years?

  2.  yes
     no
     
  3. Do you have an Imelda Marcos situation breeding on your closet floor (i.e., piles of shoes dating back several years)?

  4.  yes
     no
     
  5. Do you have a collection of hats you rarely, if ever, wear?

  6.  yes
     no
     
  7. Do you own more than two pairs of eyeglasses dating back several prescriptions?

  8.  yes
     no
     
  9. Do you own enough jewelry to rival a pirate's treasure, the bulk of which you never wear?

  10.  yes
     no
     
  11. Do you own enough cosmetics to supply the cast of the floor show at Caesar's Palace for a month?

  12.  yes
     no  
    Paper

  13. Do you have piles of books, newspapers and/or magazines you haven't read?

  14.  yes
     no
     
  15. Do you keep junk mail for weeks or even months at a time?

  16.  yes
     no
     
  17. Do you have mail-order catalogs dating back several seasons?

  18.  yes
     no
     
  19. Is the top of your desk so cluttered with piles of paper that you don't have any space left to do your work?

  20.  yes
     no
     
  21. Have you ever filed something and been unable to find it again a few days later?

  22.  yes
     no
     
  23. Do you have a bulletin board with more than one layer of papers on it?

  24.  yes
     no  
    Kitchen

  25. Do you own appliances, gadgets, or gizmos that you never use?

  26.  yes
     no
     
  27. Do you have more paper and/or plastic bags than you could ever use?

  28.  yes
     no
     
  29. Did the pots and pans stage an outright revolt the last time you opened the kitchen cupboard?

  30.  yes
     no
     
  31. Do you have enough plastic containers to store an entire month of leftovers, and then some?

  32.  yes
     no
     
  33. Do you own more than two sets of dishes?

  34.  yes
     no
     
  35. Do you have more than one can opener or spatula?  Do you have other duplicate kitchen utensils?

  36.  yes
     no  
    Kid's Stuff

  37. Do your kids own enough toys, games, and stuffed animals to outfit a toy store?

  38.  yes
     no
     
  39. Are you still saving baby clothes and toys that your children outgrew years ago?

  40.  yes
     no
     
  41. Do you have two tons of papers that your child dragged home from kindergarten through high school?

  42.  yes
     no  
    Arts and Crafts/Recreation

  43. Do you have arts and crafts supplies and half-finished projects stashed all over your house?

  44.  yes
     no
     
  45. Do you have sewing material and patterns you haven't used in years?

  46.  yes
     no
     
  47. Do you have hundreds of photos that still haven't been put in albums?

  48.  yes
     no
     
  49. Is sports equipment stashed all over your home, from the hall closet to the basement to your bedroom?

  50.  yes
     no  
    Outside

  51. Do you save odd scraps of lumber because they're perfectly good, even though you have no immediate use for them?

  52.  yes
     no
     
  53.  Is your garage so full of stuff that there's no room for the car?

  54.  yes
     no  
    Etceteras

  55. Do you have such a large collection of figurines, matchbooks, dolls, hats, bottle caps, etc. that you are running out of room to display/store it?

  56.  yes
     no
     
  57. Do you have old prescriptions or outdated over-the-counter remedies in your medicine chest?

  58.  yes
     no
     
  59. Does your hall closet burst at the seams with clutter?

  60.  yes
     no
     
  61. Is the furniture slowly staging a hostile takeover of your home?  Do you feel like you can't turn around without bumping into something?

  62.  yes
     no
     
  63. Do you have things that have needed to be repaired, mended, or cleaned for months?

  64.  yes
     no
     
  65. Do you have more than one "junk drawer"?

  66.  yes
     no
     
  67. Is your attic or basement full of spare bed parts, broken lamps, old yearbooks, suitcases, uniforms, trophies, heirlooms -- and what else you aren't sure?

  68.  yes
     no
     
  69. Do you have piles of things in your home?  Are things stuffed under the bed, stacked in boxes or bags, all waiting until you have time to sort everything and decide where to put them?

  70.  yes
     no
     
  71. Do you routinely lose or misplace things amongst your clutter?

  72.  yes
     no
     
  73. Have you ever bought a new version of something you already own, simply because you couldn't find it?

  74.  yes
     no
     
  75. Do you hold on to gifts that you don't actually like?

  76.  yes
     no
     
  77. Do you have so many possessions that you must rent additional storage space to store them all?

  78.  yes
     no
     
  79. Is the clutter in your life so overwhelming that you don't know where to begin?

  80.  yes
     no

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*Adaptation of Clutter Quiz, © Stephanie Culp, from How to Conquer Clutter (Cincinnati, Writer's Digest Books, 1990), pgs. 11-16, by Stephanie Culp.