Clutterers Anonymous Suggested Meeting Format
Meeting starts promptly at and ends promptly .
Welcome to the Tuesday 10:00 AM Meeting of Clutterers Anonymous at Unity of
God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Note: This is a “scent free” meeting. Please refrain from wearing perfumes, lighting candles, or bringing animals.
Passing around 3 things: We are passing around a contact sheet, business notes and speaker calendar.
Contact Sheet: Please add your name, phone and email address if you wish and take other’s info to make contact in between meetings.
Business Meeting notes: Please review notes from the last business meeting and add items to be discussed at the next business meeting.
Calendar: Please sign up on the calendar to speak at a meeting the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Introduction: We will now go around the room and introduce ourselves by first name only.
Structure: We follow a structured format at our meetings that does not allow for interruptions or side conversations. If you have any questions, please hold them until after the meeting when there is time to respond directly to your concerns.
Read the appropriate week:
1. On the FIRST Tuesday of the Month: BUSINESS MEETING.
We will now have a Business Meeting.
2. On the SECOND Tuesday of the Month: SPEAKER MEETING
Today is a speaker meeting. Our speaker will share for 10-15 minutes about their experience, strength and hope regarding their recovery from compulsive cluttering. After the extended share, the remainder of the meeting will be devoted to shorter shares by attendees, as time permits.
3rd, 4th, 5th Tuesdays of the Month:
WHAT IS CLUTTER?
12 STEPS OF CLA
TRADITION OF THE MONTH
5. TOOLS OF RECOVERY – Please ONLY read each title. CHOOSE ONE TOOL TO READ IN ITS ENTIRETY.
6. HOW IT WORKS
Literature: We will now read from CLA literature for up to 15 minutes, followed by the 7th tradition and then the meeting will be open for sharing. (Secretary chooses literature, as well as discussion theme, if warranted.)
CHOICES: HOW DO I KNOW? A brief guide (blue)
DECLUTTER YOUR MIND (green)
HOME: OUR SACRED PLACE (purple)
SPIRITUAL TIMING (light yellow)
FINDING YOUR LIFE PURPOSE (orange)
WORKING THE STEPS: RECOVERY FROM CLUTTERING (bright yellow)
DECLUTTERING RESENTMENT (pink)
7TH Tradition: It is now time for the 7th Tradition which states that “Every Clutterers Anonymous group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” Suggested donation is $2. The money collected is used to cover the cost of our rent, literature and support of Clutterers Anonymous World Service Organization (CLA WSO). Are there any CLA related announcements?
2ND Tuesday of the Month: report of the business meeting notes from last week
Sharing: It is now time for sharing and pitching. We follow the CLA Meeting Code of Conduct, to protect the safety, respect and anonymity of all present. The words you hear today are spoken in confidence and should be treated as confidential. This is a place to share our feelings, experience and recovery without fear of gossip, retaliation, or our anonymity being broken. If you don’t get a chance to share, please talk with someone after the meeting.
Timing: We time shares (at 3 or 4 minutes depending on attendance) to give everyone equal opportunity to share if they choose.
Content: We open with “My name is _________ and I am a compulsive clutterer.
My recovery action last week was to ___________
My commitment for next week is ____________
We keep the focus on ourselves using “I” statements rather than “you” or “they” statements.
We encourage “positive pitches” which are about an experience that has helped you to grow, given you a new level of awareness, and a sense of recovery rather than your backstory or history.
We do NOT cross-talk which we define as speaking during another’s share, asking questions, interrupting, side conversations, criticisms, giving advice or referencing another person’s share. Please refrain from promoting or discussing any other approaches to the problems of cluttering during the meeting to keep the focus on YOUR experience, strength and hope.
THE MEETING IS NOW OPEN FOR SHARING. Sharing is voluntary and optional. Please let the secretary know when you are moved to share.
Thank you for sharing: That is all the time we have for sharing at this CLA meeting. If you need to talk and did not have the opportunity to do so, please talk with any of us after the meeting or use the phone list to contact us.
Acknowledgements: Thank you for the privilege of being secretary today. Let’s thank everyone who helped with the meeting (details on cleaning up and identifying helpers).
CLOSING: Read PROMISES CLOSING followed by the Serenity Prayer.