6 Types of Clutter and How to Address Them

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You may not realize that the stuff piling up in your home is actually clutter. That's not surprising, though, because clutter comes in different categories.

Some clutter needs to be removed; some should be kept in home organisers, and some can be sold or given away. Even so, it may be hard to determine what every single item is.

Accumulated clutter doesn’t just make your home look bad; it can affect your life, too. Here are six common types of clutter and tips on how to deal with them:

1. The misplaced

The items that fall into this category are paperwork, digital files, or other household items that have a particular spot for storage but for some reason, have been put away in the wrong place.

The solution: If you can’t find the misplaced items, try to be more organized from now on so you won't lose track of things.

2. The outdated

These are things that you have used but no longer need. It could be a book you enjoyed reading, a dress you wore to a party last year, a gadget you purchased even though it’s not compatible with your computer system, or a toy you’ve already given to your younger sibling.

The solution: Donate the items to an organization where you know they can be put to good use.

3. The redundant

These are things that you keep in large quantities and will never use. For example, if you have lots of extra pens lying around, you have a redundant pen problem.

The solution: Since pens are small, you can have them collected, recycled, and used to make recycled paper.

4. The burdensome

These are items that are heavy, bulky, or just completely useless. For example, if you have a microwave oven given to you but you don’t use it because you don’t like the food cooked in it, that's clutter.

The solution: If you don’t like your microwave oven but don’t want to dispose of it, give it to a relative or a friend as a gift. If you can’t find anybody who would want it, then you can sell, give or donate it.

5. The unrepairable

Things that fall into this category are broken electrical appliances, leaky pipes, frayed clothes, or anything else you have that cannot be repaired.

The solution: If you can’t repair an item, you should dispose of it properly. However, if you think you can repair it, then hold on to it.

6. The Disorganised

Items that are considered disorganised are things that are scattered, misplaced, or piled up in your home. You have no control over things because they belong to somebody else, such as the family pet or your child’s toys.

The solution: If you can’t help your child or spouse keep their things in order, then it’s time for you to set some ground rules and stick to them. If your family member doesn't comply, you can hold a family meeting to address the issue and agree on a plan of action. Or, if you can’t stand it anymore, then you should take your family member out for a coffee date so you can talk about your problem and come up with a solution.


Getting rid of clutter may seem like a daunting task, but you can make it easier by working on one category of clutter at a time. In the end, though, you will be glad to see the clutter-free life you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Of course, after decluttering your home, it’s wise to have a home organisation system in place so you won’t have to deal with clutter ever again!

MYLE can provide you with the best home organisers in Australia that you can use to keep your home organised and clutter-free! Check out our organisers today and have the ones suitable to your needs delivered to your doorstep!

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