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Your Clutter Problem Might Not Be What You Think It Is
In order to maintain a clutter-free home, you need to get to the root of why things pile up in the first place. The NEAT founders believe that most people fall into the following clutter personalities:

Too Busy = Too Many Extras: You buy items you already own because you don't have a system in place for where to store them or the time to search through all possible storage spots.

Constant Worrier = Must Save Everything: You're concerned that you "might" need something in the future, so you save everything, "just in case."

Overwhelmed in Life = Overwhelmed at Home: You don't know where to begin—so you just live with the chaos.

By identifying which category you fit into, you can avoid your weak spots. If you think you don't have time, start by carving out just 15 minutes a day to complete a small task like going through the mail (try using this coffee mug for inspiration). If you're a constant worrier, take inventory of your stuff to remind yourself that you have everything you need—for right now. And if you're overwhelmed in life, empty just one drawer, clean just one shelf; when a small task is completed successfully, that will inspire you to do more.