Enneagram & Clutter

It’s not about the bins.

I’ve always said that disorganization goes deeper than piles of paper on the counter, dishes in the sink or an overflowing closet. Clutter is merely a symptom of a bigger issue– resulting in feelings of shame, anxiety, stress, and an overall lack of control.

The longer I worked with people, the more I recognized that it wasn’t enough to tell people what to buy, or how to do something, because what works for one person may not work for someone else.  To take things a step further, I began researching WHY certain people struggle with clutter, while others are naturally organized.

Motivation and behavior became recurring themes in my work, so I began taking a deeper dive into the link between clutter and the Enneagram.

Organized Pantry

What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is a 4,000 year old assessment which categorizes people into 9 distinct types. Unlike traditional personality assessments, the Enneagram measures motivation vs behavior. The deeper I studied this assessment, the more apparent it became that there’s a connection between people’s Enneagram number and their relationship with clutter.  For the past 3 years I have immersed myself in learning more about the Enneagram so I could apply its principles to my work.

An Enneagram Approach to Organizing

My methodology unpacks the WHY behind your behavior.

Understanding your Enneagram number is the first step to connecting the dots between the core clutter principles that I document in my book HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized.

They are: 3 types of clutter (Physical, Emotional, Calendar) and the 5 clutter pitfalls (Procrastination, Indecision, Guilt, Overwhelm & Time).

By incorporating both teachings,  I’m able to build a custom solution that incorporates maximizing your Enneagram strengths, and provide strategies to build up areas of weaknesses.

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