14 Feb Clutter: If you have it, are you interested in helping yourself and others?
Clutter: If you have it, are you interested in helping yourself and others?
I recently received an email from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). They are embarking upon a fascinating study – one that could help people around the world.
Development of the Clutter Quality of Life (CQLS) Scale
ICD Project led by Dr. Catherine A. Roster
ICD Research Director
The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) wishes to create a scientifically validated self-assessment tool individuals can use to assess the impact of clutter and disorganization on their life. Most individuals experience negative consequences to their quality of life as a result of clutter and disorganization. It is people’s “felt experience” with these consequences that determines their cumulative impact on quality of life. For all questions in this survey, clutter is defined as “an overabundance of possessions.” The intended purpose of this assessment tool is to help individuals assess for themselves the degree to which clutter and disorganization is affecting their quality of life. ICD offers educational and organization resources designed to help people take control over clutter and make their lives more productive and happy.The CQLS is designed to measure inward evidence of the effects of clutter from an individual’s perspective. This self-assessment tool can be used alongside ICD’s Clutter Hoarding Scale, which is a widely recognized observational instrument, to create a more complete picture of the consequences of clutter in an individual’s life. The CQLS can be used by professional organizers and related professionals to help them assess clients, engage the client in addressing problems in their lives, pinpoint key problem areas in their lives, and assess progress in making improvements within priority life domains.ICD appreciates your voluntary participation in the development and validation of this self-assessment tool! This survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Please respond honestly to all questions. Your responses are completely anonymous. All responses will be collectively tabulated in summary format for the purposes of developing this scale and for that purpose only. You will not be asked to divulge any personal information and you will not be forced to answer any question(s) that you do not wish to answer. If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact ICD’s Research Director at research@