The Clutter Image Rating in the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation website is a wonderful visual tool that gives my potential clients an easy method to describe what their home or office looks like over the phone. Since a general comment saying ‘my house is cluttered’ can mean different things to different people, this series of 9 photos (in a kitchen, bedroom and living room) can be very useful. Below is a sample of one series (living room) and a description about why the OCD Foundation designed this scale.
“In our work on hoarding, we’ve found that people have very different ideas about what it means to have a cluttered home. For some, a small pile of things in the corner of an otherwise well-ordered room constitutes serious clutter. For others, only when the narrow pathways make it hard to get through a room does the clutter register.
To make sure we get an accurate sense of a clutter problem, we created a series of pictures of rooms in various stages of clutter – from completely clutter-free to very severely cluttered. People can just pick out the picture in each sequence comes closest to the clutter in their own living room, kitchen, and bedroom.”