13. Literature: What CLA literature exists and how can I get it?
CLA does not have a book yet. In the meantime, we use Alcoholics Anonymous® (The Big Book®) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions as guides. About CLA use of A.A.® Literature.
14. Tips & Tools: What can CLA do to help me declutter?
CLA has our Tools of Recovery that help us achieve and maintain physical, emotional, and spiritual sobriety. We also have a leaflet called “Spiritual Timing” that deals with time clutter. CLA does not promote any particular decluttering plan or organizing skills.
15. Basic Four: I’ve heard of a “basic four.” Does CLA advocate using it?
No. The “basic four” is from an outside source. According to Tradition 6, CLA cannot endorse it.
16. Online CLA: Is there a CLA online group, bulletin board, or a chat room?
No, at this time, CLA offers face-to-face meetings, phone and Skype® meetings, and phone activity sessions. This is the only CLA WSO website. Other local meetings and Intergroups may have their own web locations.
17. Active Help: How can CLA help me while I declutter?
We have Phone Activity Sessions that allow participants to make decluttering commitments, focus actions, report victories, and find buddies. Depending on the individuals, some buddies may help each other with physical clutter.
18. Sponsors: Do you have 12-Step sponsors?
Yes. "Sponsors are CLA members who are committed to recovery through the 12 Steps and the 12 Traditions." A Step Sponsor leads us through the 12 Steps of recovery. Tools of Recovery states, "Choosing a sponsor involves going to several meetings to find someone with whom we can identify–someone who has the type of recovery that we want." We also have Buddies. Tools of Recovery states, "Buddies are CLA members and helpmates in recovery. We may call them with our daily plan or ask them for help with a project."
19. Outsiders: Do you allow outside speakers and non-CLA literature?
No. Speakers must be CLA members. They share how they used the CLA program to recover and their experience, strength, and hope. Subject to Tradition 6, there is no promotion of personal enterprises, businesses, or affiliations outside CLA. With the exception of A.A.® literature, only CLA-approved literature is to be used at CLA meetings.
20. Professional Help: Does CLA have a referral network of professionals that can help clutterers with their clutter?
No. Tradition 6 states, “A CLA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Clutterers Anonymous℠ name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.” We do not mention any non-CLA-approved literature or outside enterprises, which include books, tapes, workshops, websites, authors, public speakers, consultants, broadcasts, trademarked products or systems, and the like.
21. Events: Does CLA hold any regional, national, or international events?
CLA offers the following face-to-face events:
CLA convention: two-day recovery event that consists of CLA speakers, panels, workshops, recovery meetings, fellowship, some meals, and entertainment
CLA-East Intergroup's Clutter-Free Day: day-long, regional recovery event that consists of CLA speakers, workshops, and fellowship
Other Clutter-Free Days: when possible at other locations
CLA also offers Declutterthons℠, holiday-weekend, phone-based events that consist of qualification speakers and activity sessions.