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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.

    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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