The Clutter Monster

Last September, I had a booth at Arlington, MA’s Town Day festival. I have noticed that many businesses’ fair/expo booths tend to be pretty dull and corporate-looking, so I wanted something amusing and eye-catching that would draw people in. I thought about how so many of my organizing clients are intimidated by their clutter, to the point where it almost seems to have a threatening personality. So I decided to make a monster, entirely out of my clients’ clutter. And I would show that I had captured it, and that they had nothing to fear.

cluttmonst1-m.jpgI had an inordinate amount of fun making this. I used coat hangers for the body frame, and discarded socks for the skin. Much hot glue was also employed.

You’ll see that the box is labeled “contents,” and that I added “Stress, guilt, chaos” on this side. On other sides, I said “Too much,” “Delayed decisions,” and “Who knows? Stuff we never unpacked from our last move.” Here’s a better close-up of the face, and a cameo of my cat Jasper in the background.

cluttmonst2-m.jpgThe monster was a big hit. Children especially loved it, and declared that they were going to make their own clutter monsters when they got home. I only got one new client from Town Day, so professionally it was a big ol’ waste of time and money, but I was gratified that so many people enjoyed my recycled art.


Here's the monster with its nest of wires and other junk.

Now I don’t know what to do with the clutter monster. I guess I’ll keep it around as long as I feel like it and then give it away. You don’t think anyone would pay money for it, do you? Maybe an environmental nonprofit would like to have it.

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Jen Hunter is a professional organizer and loves finding weird stuff.
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3 Responses to The Clutter Monster

  1. Sue Wolfson says:

    If you keep the clutter monster, it’ll turn into clutter!!!

    • I know! I tend to have a soft spot for original works of art, especially if they’re by me or mine. I still have a paper-mache penguin I made with Ilana for a report probably three years ago.

  2. Laetitia in Australia says:

    Oh, dear – it’s just as well I don’t live near you – your clutter monster is quite cute! đŸ™‚

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