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Comfort Clutterholic

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A Comfort Clutterholic can often be mistaken for a Secret or Mild Clutterholic.

 

The name comes from people who give the appearance of being comfortable in their homes (while there are actually one or two areas that they struggle to control), and the fact that they take comfort either through frequent shopping, or by holding onto sentimental items from the past.

You are likely to see:

  • They suffer from compulsive obsessive buying. This is not limited to people who spend beyond their means, it also includes 'people who spend an inordinate amount of time shopping or who chronically think about buying things but never purchase them' (www.wikipedia.org definition). e.g. looking through catalogues, magazines, online for things to buy and/or storage solutions for their clutter, even if they don't actually buy them. Both buying and thinking about buying acts as a 'mood enhancer'.

  • They suffer from compulsive obsessive buying. This is not limited to people who spend beyond their means, it also includes 'people who spend an inordinate amount of time shopping or who chronically think about buying things but never purchase them' (www.wikipedia.org definition). e.g. looking through catalogues, magazines, online for things to buy and/or storage solutions for their clutter, even if they don't actually buy them. Both buying and thinking about buying acts as a 'mood enhancer'.

  • A 'Comfort Clutterholic' avoids having to make decisions about their existing clutter by focusing on storage solutions (more shopping) and focusing on things that they believe will make their home look nice (looks comfortable). All this is done to make them feel good or better about themselves and take them 'out' of their homes, either literally or mentally, distracting them from the reality of what is.

  • They have a significant amount of things coming into their home on a daily or weekly basis, AND an equally significant amount of things going out.

  • Clothes to make them look and feel better is a common type of new clutter.

  • Holding on to sentimental clutter from the past is a common type of old clutter that is often stored in attics or off-site self storage facilities, therefore it's out of sight.

  • They can often keep several/most rooms in their home almost or completely free from visible or hidden clutter, to make sure they appear 'comfortable' and uncluttered.

  • They will change their mind and return what they buy relatively quickly - either daily or weekly - due to guilt, financial worry or not wanting those they live with to suspect they are acquiring more. This uses a lot of mental and physical energy and time.

  • Their visible clutter that stays in their home will accumulate slowly because the significant amount coming in is only slightly more than the amount going out of the home, hence giving the appearance of a Secret or Mild Clutterholic.

  • A Comfort Clutterholic will, given the opportunity, bring potential new clutter into the home on a regular basis, usually through shopping.

  • They will procrastinate with dealing with the root cause of their accumulation because it doesn't look like they're a clutterholic.

  • They get easily distracted by special offers and 'nice looking things'. They see an offer then work out how they can justify buying that item, rather than deciding what they NEED and seeing what can fulfill that need.

  • They are almost certainly a procrastinator who allows other things to 'interrupt' any time they set aside for doing their clutter clearing.

  • They often dislike being in their homes, get bored with domestic or mundane routines and shop to take themselves mentally or physically out of their home so they can get some 'comfort' from new, shiny things that represent new starts/new opportunities, a change from their everyday lives.

  • A Comfort Clutterholic is usually in denial about the extent of their problem, believing they are 'just a bit cluttered' because there isn't a significant amount of visible clutter, or because it's confined to just one room or area.​

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