Breaking The Cycle of Clutter with @Clutterbug | Chad & Steve Have a Podcast Ep. 109

Breaking The Cycle of Clutter with @Clutterbug

Chad & Steve Have a Podcast Ep. 109

The Clutterbug Philosophy

Clutterbug is a popular decluttering and organizing expert known for her unique approach to tackling clutter. She believes that people fall into one of four organizing styles: Butterflies, Ladybugs, Crickets, and Bees. Each style has its own set of characteristics and needs when it comes to decluttering and organizing.

The Cycle of Clutter

Clutterbug often talks about the cycle of clutter that many people find themselves trapped in. It starts with accumulating too many possessions, which leads to a disorganized and cluttered living space. This clutter then causes stress and anxiety, which can lead to emotional shopping or hoarding, thus perpetuating the cycle.

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the cycle of clutter requires a conscious effort to change habits and mindset. Clutterbug promotes the idea of decluttering and organizing in a way that aligns with your unique organizing style. This can help prevent the cycle from repeating and create a more sustainable, clutter-free environment.

Practical Tips for Decluttering

  • Start small: Tackling an entire house or apartment can be overwhelming. Start with one room or even one area of a room to build momentum.
  • Set achievable goals: Break down the decluttering process into smaller tasks and set realistic goals for each session.
  • Use the Four-Box Method: Have four boxes or bags labeled as “Keep”, “Donate”, “Trash”, and “Relocate”. This can help streamline the decision-making process.
  • Get rid of duplicates: In many households, there are often multiple items that serve the same purpose. Keeping only the best or most useful ones can help reduce clutter.
  • Establish a maintenance routine: Once the initial decluttering is done, create a schedule for regular maintenance to prevent clutter from piling up again.

Embracing Your Organizing Style

Understanding your organizing style can be key to maintaining a clutter-free space. Clutterbug emphasizes the importance of embracing your unique preferences and tendencies when it comes to organizing. This can make the process more enjoyable and sustainable in the long run.

Creating Functional Systems

Once the clutter is cleared, it’s important to establish functional systems to keep the space organized. This could involve using storage solutions, labeling items, and creating designated spaces for specific categories of items. Having systems in place can help prevent clutter from building up again.

Mindful Consumption

Clutterbug encourages mindful consumption as a way to prevent future clutter. This involves being more intentional about what items are brought into the home and considering their long-term impact on the living space. It’s about quality over quantity and only bringing in items that truly add value.


Breaking the cycle of clutter is possible with the right mindset and approach. By understanding your organizing style, implementing practical decluttering strategies, and creating sustainable systems, it’s possible to maintain a clutter-free living space. By following Clutterbug‘s philosophy, you can create lasting change and break free from the cycle of clutter for good.

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