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Arts & Entertainment - January 4, 2008

Removing the clutter

ClutterLess self-help group focuses on the psychological reason behind the mess

by Emily Atwood

A neglected pile of mail may seem harmless, but to the many who suffer from chronic clutter, the growing stacks of paper and stuff can turn a home into a personal prison brooding with shame.

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Posted by Eva, a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2008 at 8:45 am

I know I have a psychological problem. Within the last year (2008), I have lost all interest in life. I buy newspapers, magazines, et cetera and I have a very difficult time disposing of them. Quite often, I don't even read them. I obtain the same items from neighbors and friends. (By the way, I am 58 and my two sons and their families live thousands of miles from me.) I try to purge my apartment, but it is harder than going to my place of employment. I do so much better on the job than I do at home. At work, I keep everything organized and occasionally rid the area of unused or unnecessary items. At work, I am a "rules and regulations" person. This has caused me to not be the "preferred person" with which to work or spend time.
I have read several books, magazines and articles and listened to audio selfhelp media to aid me in my problem.
Are there any suggestions? Should I try hypnosis? Please tell me if I have a chance with not being ashamed?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 28, 2008 at 11:54 am

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly staff . Doesn’t make sense)

Posted by ClutterLessPleasanton, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm

ClutterLess is a Self Help Group support group for people who want to change their cluttering behavior on a deeper level than learning how to organize.

Clutterers have difficulty making decisions about what to toss because every “thing” has an emotional string. Decluttering isn’t about organizing. It’s about changing our behavior and attitudes about our “stuff.”

You can always find more information by searching the Pleasanton Weekly Calender, under Clutter.

We meet EVERY MONDAY 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the St Mary & St John Coptic Orthodox Church. (Formerly the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church)*, Rm 7, 4300 Mirador Drive, Pleasanton., except when Monday falls on a holiday.
just come, or call our one of our volunteers: 925-297-9246, or

Or see

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2008 at 6:38 pm

How long has this group been around? I had a childhood friend who's mother horded everything little thing. She constantly bought things from QVC and the boxes would sit around for ever amongst piles of mail, newspapers and plain ol crap. I remember opening up their oven once and it was stuffed full of papers. I wonder whatever happened to her.

Posted by ClutterLess has moved, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Regular Monday Evening 7PM
CL Meeting

Meetings now at:
100 Valley Ave.
Cross Street Sunol
2nd Floor Activity Rm. Pleasanton, CA 7PM (except Holidays)

NOTE: No meeting Dec 28, 2015
If your New Years Resolution is to do something about your clutter, or should be,
please come to the first meeting of the year, Mon Jan 4, 2016