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Cassandra Aarssen

How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do

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The Clutter Connection by Cassandra Aarssen is a self-help book that explores the different ways people perceive and deal with clutter. It provides practical tips for organizing and maintaining a tidy home, tailored to individual personality types.

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    The Clutterbug Classification System

    When you think of an organized home, what are the first things that come to mind? Maybe dozens of color-coordinated boxes tucked inside cabinets, or meticulously arranged file drawers. Maybe a minimalist visual with not one thing out of place.

    Growing up, that’s exactly how an organized space was described to you. Everything needs to follow a cookie-cutter standard of cleanliness. If you stray from that norm, you’ll be labeled as unorganized – or, even worse, messy. 

    But here’s a shocking eye-opener: that isn’t the only method for organizing a space. There are many ways, and they all depend on the type of organizing personality style that comes naturally to you. According to Cassandra Aarssen’s Clutterbug Classification System, there are actually four different organizing styles: Butterfly, Bee, Ladybug, and Cricket. Each one has a distinct approach to placing and sorting things. 

    To figure out your Clutterbug type, the easiest test is to take note of your current surroundings and the way you naturally organize things. Look at your room, drawer, or even your computer. 

    If you want your things out in the open and without using a detailed system, you’re a Butterfly. 

    If you want your things out in the open but follow a detailed system, you’re a Bee. 

    If you want your things hidden away but without using a detailed system, you’re a Ladybug.

    If you want your things hidden away and follow a detailed system, you’re a Cricket. 

    It’s important to know exactly what kind of Clutterbug you are to help you identify the kind of organizing style to employ in your home. When your space isn’t in constant chaos, you’ll feel more in control of your life, and this, in turn, can lead to a happier, more productive you. 

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    What is The Clutter Connection about?

    The Clutter Connection (2019) explains the root cause behind your cluttered space. It delves into the four different organizing personality styles and offers easy-to-follow, tailored suggestions for organizing your home based on your distinct style.

    The Clutter Connection Review

    The Clutter Connection (2019) by Cassandra Aarssen is an insightful book that explores the four different clutter tendencies people have and provides practical strategies for creating an organized home. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • With its well-researched insights and relatable examples, it helps readers understand their clutter tendencies and offers tailored solutions for their specific needs.
    • It provides a step-by-step guide to decluttering and organizing, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to create a more harmonious living environment.
    • The book includes practical tips and tricks that can be implemented immediately, keeping readers engaged and motivated throughout their decluttering journey.

    Who should read The Clutter Connection?

    • Messy people wanting to organize their spaces
    • Moms looking to declutter their homes
    • Anyone drowning in clutter

    About the Author

    Cassandra Aarssen is a professional organizer. She’s the founder of the home-organizing business Clutterbug and helps individuals get organized with her YouTube and Podcast channels. Cassandra is also the author of The Declutter Challenge, Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook, and Real Life Organizing.   

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    The Clutter Connection FAQs 

    What is the main message of The Clutter Connection?

    Discover your clutter personality and learn how to create an organized and clutter-free life.

    How long does it take to read The Clutter Connection?

    The reading time for The Clutter Connection varies depending on the reader's speed, but it typically takes several hours. However, the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is The Clutter Connection a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Clutter Connection is a practical guide to understanding and managing your clutter. Worthwhile for anyone seeking a more organized and stress-free life.

    Who is the author of The Clutter Connection?

    Cassandra Aarssen

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