Author cluttering Rutger Wilhelm

How “cluttering” changed my life

When you clutter you may know how it feels. To finally bump into the “holy grail” that I’d been looking for since ages: speech therapy that was finally helpful to me; the ultimate cluttering experience, so to speak. A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with cluttering. The news blew me away. It took me some years to find out more about this “new thing” called cluttering, about the way I talked in particular and what could be done about it. The more I got into this subject, the more I began to understand what cluttering meant. And the better I was able to control my speech. It made me even write a book about it.

Cluttering Podcast

After my book was published I was interviewed by Daniele Rossi, owner of stutteringiscool.com and a passionate podcast producer who has thrown over 250 podcasts in the air on stuttering. Now cluttering is part of that, too. Daniele and I talked about how I discovered that I cluttered, how on earth it came about that cluttering was overlooked for decades, and how one can cope with it. Listen to this excellent “podcast too fast for words” to learn more about my cluttering experience. Note that I just let the cluttering ‘flow’ and am not doing any efforts to control it.

Our cluttering experience

Each clutterer is unique and has his own experiences with cluttering: different people who clutter have their own personal stories to tell. About what cluttering means to them, how it impacts their lives and how they are coping with this sometimes difficult speech impediment. Watch the full video interviews here: Joseph Dewey, Manny Gonzalez and James and Mary about their cluttering experience.

Manny Gonzalez

Being a person who clutters, Manny Gonzalez in this video elaborates on how he discovered that he cluttered, what the diagnosis cluttering meant to him and how cluttering has impacted his life. Manny has learned to deal with the speech disorder in his own way. He explains what has helped him to better manage the cluttering, but also goes into more detail on the difficult parts of that and the way other people have responded to him cluttering. Finally, he shares his tips for people who clutter based on his own cluttering experience.

Joseph Dewey

Joseph Dewey has been cluttering all of his life, but only got to know this when he was in twenties. He tells about this revealing experience and what he has done after he find out that he cluttered. Joseph has an interesting view on his cluttering and the symptoms that occur in his speech. In his own words he describes what cluttering means to him, how he sees the differences with stuttering and how he is coping with his speech impediment. Last but not least he likes to share his advice with every other clutterer out there.

Mary and James

James is a 19-year old boy who clutters. His mother Mary and he talk about how the cluttering has impacted their lives. Not only for James the cluttering is sometimes frustrating, it also has had its effects on his family. Mary describes what seeking a cluttering therapist has looked like. She goes into more detail on what difficulty they encountered at James’ public school and how she explains the concept of cluttering to other people. James outlines what kind of cluttering therapy he went through, what happens inside of him when he clutters and how other people respond to him cluttering.

Saujanya Timalsena

Meet Saujanya. He is a person who clutters and lives in Nepal. Since there’s little known about cluttering in his country, Saujanya got his information about this specific speech-language disorder on the internet. He explains what he tries to do in his communication with others to better control his speech, like mindful speaking. This helps him in slowing down. Also he talks about how he gained more empathy for listeners and tells about his worst and best experiences with cluttering, and shows that you can still be grateful despite having a speech impediment.