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What Is a DOOM Pile?

A pile of papers and documents sits on a table.

One of the most amazing things about social media is its ability to bring people together in the most surprising ways. People share their interests, goals, and even flaws. That’s how the DOOM pile was born.

If you aren’t sure about what a DOOM pile is it’s a lot like what it sounds like it would be.

The DOOM pile isn’t just your average mess. It’s the pinnacle of clutter and the Everest of disarray. It stands for “Didn’t Organize, Only Moved.” It’s that stack of papers, unopened mail, and other miscellaneous items that have been haunting your desk, counter, or any other available surface.

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Maybe your pile came into existence during a real attempt at cleaning and organization, but then you ran out of time, lost interest, or got distracted by something else. While DOOM piles can be helpful during periods of overwhelm—getting things out of the way to focus on bigger issues—conquering them is the ideal solution for long-term sanity.

The best way to defeat your DOOM pile is to limit it to a single pile—not a shelf, table, or even room. Then you want to assess what’s inside that DOOM pile so you can hopefully narrow down the source of the overwhelm (is it a lot of unopened mail? Old items you no longer need?).

Once you have this information, you can begin trimming down your DOOM pile, putting things in their home, and creating systems for yourself to avoid future DOOM piles from growing out of nowhere. You can take things slow and steady, but steadiness is key.

Once your DOOM pile is decluttered, there’s a good chance you’ll feel better because as it turns out, our environments impact our mental health. So set aside some time and deal with that mess.

Abbey Ryan Abbey Ryan
Abbey Ryan is a storyteller, preferably of stories in written form. Across the 5 years of her professional writing career, her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Amazon, The Medical News Today, and more. When she's not writing (which is rare), she's likely traveling, painting, or on the hunt for a good snack. Read Full Bio »
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