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Quiz: Are You An Organizer Or A Hoarder?

Would you believe that there's a fine, fine line between organizing and hoarding? Take this quick quiz to find out!

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

For some people, it’s pretty clear how they acquire and store their random, everyday things at home. There are the self-confessed accumulators who function best with “organized chaos” and swear to know exactly where to find a particular thing in a pinch. And then there are the Marie Kondos of this world who are organized to the core, and find joy in minimalist living.

For others, the distinction isn’t too clear. They’re not quite sure if what they do can be classified as organizing or hoarding. Are you one of them? Here’s a simple guide that may help you differentiate between the two, and help you sort things out better next time:

1. How often do you shop for organizing paraphernalia (storage boxes, tabletop organizers, acrylic cases, etc.)?


a. Whenever I see a cute one in the mall!

b. When my current containers need replacement

2. What do you do with those ubiquitous plastic takeout boxes?



a. Wash and store every single one of them out of sight for future use

b. Reuse it for a number of times before I throw them out (I’ve read reusing them too much is harmful to the body!)

3. How do you deal with unwanted presents and outgrown clothes/kids’ stuff?  


a. I keep these in a designated portion in my cabinet (or under the bed, in the bodega)

b. I re-gift (oops) or donate as soon as I think of appropriate recipients

4. What’s your system for filing bills and paper trail?


a. Keep them in my drawer for three months or more (unless it’s an important document), or until the copy has faded

b. Neatly file them in folders, one for each year or month for the last 10 years

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5. When there’s a “buy one, take one” kind of promo in the grocery for products near expiry, you…


a. Snap it up mindlessly. You’re not known to pass up on a good deal! 

b. Check the expiry date. Would you be able to consume it before then?

6. When de-cluttering, the decision to either keep or throw an item strongly hinges on:


a. Sentimental or emotional reasons (or if it sparks joy)

b. Practical reasons


IF YOU ANSWER...

MOSTLY As: You’re a HOARDER

You have the intention to keep things filed or stored away, and it’s evident in buying storage boxes (having too many could be counterproductive, though) and designating areas for storage. You have also set up a system for keeping and filing stuff. However, you haven’t established a timeline for until when you’re storing these things and when to actually use or dispose them.

You may not be an all-out pack rat but your tendency to have emotional attachment on items that have sentimental value or to keep things indefinitely or “for future use” taint your good intentions.

Mostly Bs: You’re an ORGANIZER

You know how to organize and keep things organized, and you’re in it not just for the sake of getting rid of clutter but in making the important things accessible when you need them. It’s clear to you that stored things need to be disposed of at some point even if they seem organized inside neat little drawers and cabinets.

You may not have the austerity of pure minimalists, but you’re practical and in control of your belongings instead of the other way around.

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