The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Your stuff might be clutter if ...

Let’s be clear: stuff isn’t inherently bad. But it becomes problematic when it takes on too much prominence in your life. If you have more stuff than you can use, especially if it includes things you don’t like, want or can reasonably consume, it’s a good bet that you have clutter.

A few hallmarks of clutter are:

  • Your things make you feel depressed, overwhelmed or frustrated.
  • Your possessions make you feel as if you can’t invite guests to your home.
  • You’re losing full use of rooms in your house, such as a garage or guest bedroom, due to an over-flow of possessions.
  • Items remain in shopping bags for weeks after they’re purchased.


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