Healthy Beginnings

Conquering Clutter

Clutter is a big problem for a growing number of people. We’ve been programmed by the culture, as well as by corporations and the media, to buy, buy, then buy some more. We’ve been conditioned to believe that the more things we have, the happier we’ll be. Therefore many of us engage in compulsive shopping, becoming involved in the constant search for something interesting to buy. In addition to the regular shopping opportunities, there are bargain sales, flea markets, garage sales, online auctions and more. Some of us love information, so we also collect articles, books and magazines.

Unless these items are organized in some way, and therefore serve as a source of comfort and peace for us in that we know where certain items are—the clutter becomes an energy drain. So even if you want to start organizing it or tossing some of it, you don’t have the energy. You are stopped in your tracks every time you try. There is a big possibility that the reason is in your subconscious mind.

Studies have shown that there are two types of cluttered people: those who have been chronically cluttered since childhood and those who have become cluttered since a life-changing event. Some of the examples are heartbreaking. One woman told the story of her father throwing away all her toys every time the family moved. He didn’t want to pay the fee for the extra packaging or shipping. When she got out on her own, she found that she couldn’t even discard a candy wrapper. Her hoarding drove her husband and grown children away. She didn’t know that she could get help for those repeated traumas of seeing her most beloved toys tossed out or left behind.

Most cluttered people have high creativity and a high intelligence quotient. It goes without saying that most have a spending compulsion or they find other methods of obtaining things. Many have an attitude of lack and limitation, fearing that if they don’t save that item they won’t be able to afford to buy it later. For most,there’s usually an inability to discard items for fear that they, or someone else, will need it sometime.

Most clutterers have dysfunctional time management issues such as procrastination or being chronically late, or committing to more things than they can possibly do. Some cluttererbugs may have money management problems such as habitually paying bills late. Some are loners because of the embarrassment of the clutter.

Clutterers may be overweight or have compulsive eating habits. Many are heavy recyclers, but don’t take the time to fix the articles or take them to the appropriate distribution center, so they just pile up. And for some plagued by clutter, OCD or ADHD may be a problem.

As you can see, being a cluttered person is not usually an isolated issue. It either causes or exists along with other personal challenges. If your parents grew up during the Depression, they were conditioned to save everything and use it till it was just a rag, and then use it some more. Every thought and emotion has a vibrational frequency, so as you were growing up, you were bombarded constantly with those frequencies of fear of having nothing and therefore the need to “save” what you DO have and to recycle it. Some people are so deeply programmed with these ideas that they find it actually physically painful to throw anything away.

So what’s the solution? If someone really wants to become organized and move on toward their goals and dreams, it’s possible to remove the negative emotions from scenes and memories which may be causing this “hoarding” behavior. Hypnosis is an effective way to address this issue, as change occurs in the subconscious mind; but as in anything else, you must WANT to change. Hypnosis is totally useless if you don’t want to change; your subconscious mind will NOT accept directions or suggestions toward anything we don’t really want to do. If you DO want to change your clutter habits and move ahead without that old baggage, hypnosis is a great assist.

If you don’t care about whether you’re cluttered or not, stop worrying about what anyone else thinks. What they think of you is none of your business. You can’t stand on your head in enough ways to please even one person, much less a whole group of friends or family, mainly because they keep changing their minds about what you should do, be and have. So just please yourself.

If you DO want to change, and think you could be living a happier more productive, more satisfying life without the clutter, there are things you can do.

Clutter management has become a real business, and there are people who specialize in helping you get physically organized. There are dozens of books on this subject, some of which are listed below. We know that a chaotic environment creates achaotic mind. The reverse is also true. A chaotic mind almost always creates a chaotic environment. So this turns into a vicious cycle. If you are suffering from clutter, take your power back now and choose to control your environment instead of letting it control you.


1. Chandra, Sheila. Banish Clutter Forever: How the Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life. Random House UK. 2010

2. Palmer, Brooks. Clutter Busting – Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back. New World Library. 2009

3. Tolin, PhD, David F. Buried in Treasures – Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding. Oxford University Press USA. 2007

For more info, contact June Milligan, specializing in hypnosis, acupressure, trauma therapy, and helping people let go of dysfunctional thinking, at (775) 786-9111, or visit online at