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In my recent piece 'Confessions of Chaos', I revealed hitting a low point with my own CHAOS = Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. Digging deep into the experience illuminated how much shame and isolation the experience of having clutter can bring, and since we here at Massive Phobia are all about recycling our more difficult experiences into art, Creators of Chaos Unite was born.

Are you someone who battles with disaster?
Is your relationship to clutter causing you some mental anguish or stressing your relationships?
Maybe you're a pretty tidy person, but there is one place you just can’t master. That junk drawer you hope no-one will ever see, perhaps?

Or are you at the complete opposite end of the spectrum?
Can just one crumb make you cringe? A stray item might mean Armageddon?
You just can’t sleep unless you know every corner is tidy and right?

For many of us, our physical spaces both can reveal and affect our mental space. The more out of whack I feel, the crazier my spaces become, the more out of whack I start to feel, and it can cycle like that on and on. I am personally more prone to the cluttered end of the proverbial stick, but my inner perfectionist can absolutely empathize with the other more OCD side, even if it isn’t so much my affliction.

For me, I know my self-esteem and my ability to feel able and competent, suffer when my mess hits peak pandemonium. I am pretty much guaranteed to slip another few rings down the ladder when I can't put order to the anarchy of my belongings. The Hidden Danger of Clutter is a great article to read if you want to delve deeper.

We aren’t trying to glorify messy living or to put it down and shame you into change. We just want to take the sting of indignity and embarrassment out of the clutter conundrum.

Sooooooo how are we going to play with this one you ask? :)


Take a look at your space and find the place that's got you bothered.

1. Get out your camera and capture it (or make an artistic rendering of the mess if that's more your jam).

2. Now let your inner poet find some inspiration in the image. Any kind of prose will do, though it seems like Haiku or Limerick lend themselves especially well to our project.

3. Superimpose your poetry over the image.

4. Contemplate your situation and write about a paragraph's worth of words. You can describe how your mess manifests, how it makes you feel, really just what ever comes up when you reflect on the matter.

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Hard when I don’t have the mental clarity I would like.
Hard when I barely have enough gas in the tank to make it through what I absolutely need to get to in a day.
Hard when I feel like I do this over and over again. Get it to the place where it feels like I can actually get to the roots of the clutter problem and then some tidal wave swoops into my life and I am left in the wreckage and the debris.
Feeling like a victim of hurricane ME!!!


We are looking forward to seeing your junk drawers, hidden closets, and colossal messes!

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