Array
Organizing

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!

Shares
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.)?


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

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!)

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

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?

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


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

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

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


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:


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

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.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

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.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

This 28sqm Studio Unit in Bacolod is Perfect for Staycations

The design team created a compact yet inviting small home with a warmth that matches the vibe of the City of Smiles

7 Plants That Can Help You Keep Dengue Away

You need to do more than just plant them outside your home

Make Your Home Smell Like a Fancy Hotel for Less Than P700!

Shop for scented candles, room sprays, and more essentials while maintaining your budget

10 Things You Need to Clean to Avoid a Stinky Home

We tend to overlook how scent contributes to the first impression our house makes on guests �" or on us!

5 Organizing Ideas We Can Learn from this Family Home in San Juan

This home doesn't just have picture-perfect rooms. Let it inspire you to get organized.

Amoy Kulob at Mabaho? Here Are Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

Because a beautiful house needs to smell good, too

These Are The Reasons Why You Have a Messy Home

Manage the clutter in your house with these tips from an interior designer

9 Affordable Ways to Give Your Kitchen Cabinets a Makeover

Updating the look of your cabinets can greatly improve the overall ambiance of your kitchen

Is Your House Making You Sick?

Household pollutants may cause respiratory diseases and other health problems

These Cozy Laundromats Offer Good Food and Coffee, Too

These well-thought-out spaces are making us look forward to laundry day!

How to Avoid Bad Luck in the Year of the Pig

They say you shouldn't wear black or white on Chinese New Year. Are you familiar with such taboos?

12 Decluttering Tips We Can Learn from Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Achieving a clean, organized, and welcoming home can be easy
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!