My husband’s favorite show is Hoarders on A&E. I refuse to watch it because it’s so sad and extreme — and I definitely can't handle the animal carcasses. Almost 100 percent of the time, it’s not just because they “didn’t clean,” but these people have usually had some sort of trauma and/or have a mental disorder that causes extreme hoarding circumstances, and their homes are well beyond “cluttered.” Your home may not be Hoarders-level cluttered, but if you notice there is constantly “stuff” accumulating everywhere it could be one of these nine surprising causes of clutter.
Paloma Baillie, a certified coach and organizing expert from 5Miles, tells Romper that many of us live in what can be called "toxic accumulation" in our homes. "As tribal beings, we tend to be creatures of habit, with learned behaviors that we inherit from — and impart to — our family and friends," she says. "While this can be habitual, it also may be psychological. Change can be scary, and getting rid of clutter is a form of it — a daunting task."
I personally kind of enjoy some clutter. It makes our house feel homier to me and much less sterile, in my opinion. I like the "lived in look," I guess. Also it's not hard to clutter our house since it's about 1,200 square feet and we have a 9-month-old baby, two beagles, two cats, and my husband and I all living under one roof. We like to live dangerously. My husband and I are also a sentimental couple and like to keep things for memories and sentiments sake. So I guess we've hit two out of the nine reasons so far on this list.