If you are reading this, you probably acknowledge that physical clutter can negatively impact mental well-being. When we remedy physical chaos around us, we care for our mental health, mood, or sense of peace. We also may improve relationships and finances. There is a scale to measure the effects of clutter on your life available through ICD, The Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The CLUTTER QUALITY OF LIFE SCALE or the CQLS  is a FREE resource available on ICD’s website under the RESOURCE Tab.

As an aside, I am a proud and active member of  ICD, NAPO, and ICF. You can learn more about them by clicking on any of their names. Professional Organizers can use the Clutter Quality of Life Scale during an assessment to gauge the impact of clutter on the client and also throughout the organizing process to measure success. However, you don’t need to be a Professional Organizer to use this scale or benefit from learning how clutter impacts your life!

If you, or someone you love, is struggling with clutter, taking the Clutter Quality of Life Scale will shed light on which areas of your life are being affected by the clutter. The four areas of life that may be negatively affected by clutter are the livability of space, emotional well-being, social interactions, and finances. Remember, the CQLS is FREE and available for anyone to access and use.

The CQLS consists of 18 questions and is available in 8 languages. Directions for administering and scoring are easy to follow. Of course, if you would like help scoring or improving your clutter situation, I am just a phone call or email away. I believe in you.

*ICD offers several valuable, free materials under the RESOURCE tab on its website.


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