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.
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.
The 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.
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.