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True Horror Stories From The Disorganized


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True Horror Stories From The Disorganized

What is the real cost of clutter? Other than the uneasy
feeling of being consumed by your surroundings, is there a
higher price to pay? When I meet with others in the
organization industry the subject invariably will turn to
some poor soul whose life was ruined by clutter. Here are
some of the actual stories. The names have been changed to
protect the guilty.

Case A:
John has a son “Greg” who was an all-star pitcher on his
little league team. Greg, like most ballplayers was a bit
superstitious and had to have his favorite glove in order
to pitch. His team had made the state tournament and Greg
was scheduled to pitch the big game that day. When it came
time to leave, Greg’s glove was nowhere to be found!
Although the whole family searched high and low through the
cluttered garage and house the lucky mitt could not be
located. Greg refused to leave without his glove and after
another 30 minutes of searching, it was finally found
underneath a pile of clutter. By the time they arrived at
the
game, it was the third inning and the substitute pitcher
started in Greg’s place had already given up eight runs.
Although Greg got to pitch the rest of the game, the
deficit was too much to overcome and Greg’s team was
eliminated from the tournament. Not exactly the end of the
world but who knows; Perhaps a major league scout was at
the state finals and never got to see Greg pitch.

Case B:
Sally and Bob have a dining room table just off to the side
of the main entrance to their house. Since they have never
really used this table, it became a depository for all the
days’ mail. The intention was to go through the mail
properly but unfortunately, that task wouldn’t actually
take place until weeks later. The pile would grow larger
and larger until finally the sheer size of it would force
the couple into action. Some of the mail lost in the
shuffle contained bills which went unpaid until well past
the due date. These late payments eventually found their
way onto the couple’s credit report. When they finally
found the dream house they had always wanted they could not
receive a loan approval due to their poor payment record.
The kicker is they always had plenty of money in the bank
to pay these bills but clutter had cost them a shot at
their dream home.

Case C: This story is told repeatedly and some variation
of it has happened to more than one individual.
Jim is chronically late. His boss had told him that one
more time of showing up after 9:00 AM would be his last.
He rushes out the door at the last minute but when he gets
to the car his keys are nowhere to be found. He remembers
putting them on the kitchen table the night before but they
are certainly gone now. His spare set cannot be located
either although he searched through all the couch cushions
and coat pockets. Jim was late for work that day and was
let go from his job. He found another job a few months
later but the pay was not nearly as good as he had received
at his old job. His keys were eventually found in his
three year old daughter’s toy box. It seems when the tot
was told to clean up her toys she decided the keys belonged
to her and tossed them in the bin as well.

Case D:

This story appeared in the newspaper. An elderly couple
lived in a house that was piled from floor to ceiling with
old newspapers, dishes, boxes, etc. It seems they were a
bit eccentric and could not bear to throw anything away.
Eventually each room become completely full of this
material with only a small shoulder width path left clear
for moving about. Over the years the old man’s health
deteriorated and he became bedridden. His wife would bring
his meals and medications to his bed. One day his wife did
not show up and the man became alarmed. He eventually made
it to the phone and called 911 for help. When the
authorities arrived they could barely reach the man. They
then went looking for the wife and eventually found her
after 10 hours of searching buried underneath a huge pile
of debris. It seems while passing through a room she
accidentally set off an avalanche which had completely
buried her underneath. Unfortunately she died from
suffocation during the trauma and the husband had to be
relocated to a nursing home.

As you can see from these four cases clutter can greatly
change the outcome in our lives. Be it something as simple
as a misplaced key or a whole house completely filled with
junk. In order to live the most productive and satisfying
lives we must gain control or our environments and put
clutter in it’s rightly place! Don’t pay a steep price
like the individuals above and start now to make your life
clutter free!

Mark Pierson

(Mark Pierson is the Founder of Wall To Wall Storage
, a company that sells and installs storage
and organizational products. For further information visit
www.walltowallstorage.com or you can email Mr. Pierson at
Mark@walltowallstorage.com .)

Note: This article may be republished without prior
approval from the author provided it is not altered in any
way and is published in it’s entirety including the
author’s information.

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