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The Hidden Cost of Clutter And How To Fix It

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Cost Of Clutter And Disorganization

The cost of clutter can actually be quite staggering. Not because it is some obscene amount of money you are wasting (though you do waste money). But because of the hidden costs related to your clutter. Find out how the cost of clutter and disorganization is really affecting your life.

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Clutter Price As A Mom

As a stay at home mom living on one income, I try to save money wherever I can. So when I realized the cost of clutter in my home, it was the first thing to go. What I found out was that clutter was costing me much more than just money.

How Much Does Clutter Cost?

When it comes to the cost of something, most people’s minds immediately move to the concept of money. But as bad as it is to be wasting money, clutter costs you in other ways too. Try your stress levels, your sleep, your productivity, and even your space.

But you can change how much clutter is costing you by getting rid of it…and getting organized.

But first, let’s dive into exactly how clutter is costing you…

The Cost Of Clutter

1// Money

We will start off with the most obvious way that clutter effects us. Money. When you have too much clutter in your home, it normally means you are buying too much. Which means you are spending more money than you need too.

But because you are bringing so much into your home, and not taking enough out, you start losing things…so you have to buy more…which causes you to spend money and add even more clutter to your home. It becomes a vicious cycle.

2// Space

Our homes are only so big. And if you are bringing too much into your home without getting rid of anything, then your home will start to feel smaller and smaller because of all the clutter.

That is when we start doing things like buying larger homes…instead of just getting rid of things we don’t need.

Or we buy storage spaces to keep all of our clutter…instead of just getting rid of the things we don’t need.

Renting storage space is a very pricey cost to keeping clutter. Why not just get rid of some things? This decluttering checklist may be able to help you.

3// Stress

Clutter can cause stress. It is a fact. [Source]

Mental clutter causes us to not be able to prioritize tasks and become overwhelmed.

Physical clutter causes your body to stay in a constant state of alert. Why? Because constantly seeing things around you in heaps and piles forces your body to always feel like the job unfinished.

A cluttered house can actually cause stress and anxiety. Therefore, never allowing you to relax.

Related Post: 8 Reasons Clutter Causes Way More Stress In Your Life

4// Sleep

Sleep is the another way that clutter can affect you in a devastating way. The stress of the clutter around you, forces your body to feel like it has not finished whatever job it is supposed to have done.

Not to mention, losing sleep over money.

Are your finances keeping you awake at night? Get them under control by losing the clutter and becoming a more organized person.

Related Post: Going To Bed With A Messy House Can Completely Ruin Your Sleep

5// Productivity

Your productivity can be completely lost if you have too much clutter.

As a mom, trying to get out the door with kids is already a huge challenge. But when you can’t find what you need in a reasonable amount of time, that challenge becomes even more challenging.

Having too many shoes, hats, or gloves to dig through, not being able to find your keys under the mess on the countertop, and losing your phone in the mess too will all make you less productive.

Less clutter can help you be more organized and find things easier.

How about distractions from clutter? They stop your productivity too.

Did you know that if you are trying to do work in a cluttered space, odds are that you will be distracted by all the other things around you. So the cost of clutter here is your productivity.

It is taking you twice as long to get things finished than it would if your home were clean and organized.

Related Post: 12 Best Planners For Moms Who Want To Be More Organized

clutter free room without the cost of clutter

Benefits of Being Clutter Free

Creating inventory sheets for your home, labeling where items go, and getting rid of all the extra stuff in your home may not sound like fun, but it is completely necessary if you want to cut the cost of clutter in your life. Here are some ways that becoming organized can help you save.

1.  You Will Stop Buying Extra Of Things

Getting rid of clutter and becoming organized will allow you to find the things that you know you already have in your house.

If everything has a designated spot, you will never lose it…and never have to buy a new one…only to find the original a few weeks later.

2.  You Will Stop Missing Appointments

I don’t know about your doctor’s office, but all of mine now charge me if I miss an appointment or don’t cancel within the 24-hour cancellation window.  And it is not some miniscule amount.  It is like $50-$100 !!!!

Think of what you could do with that amount of money!

Being disorganized with your time can cost you great amounts of money.  Not to mention, some offices will eventually just kick you out if you miss too many appointments.  So you could be stuck looking for a new pediatrician when your child is sick and really needs to see someone.

Don’t take that risk.  Get organized.

3.  You Will Stop Making Last Minute Purchases

By clearing the clutter in your home and getting organized, you will always know what you are about to run out of. Therefore allowing you to plan purchases for when they are on sale versus just running to the store and buying items when you are totally out.

4.  You Can Have Less Time Drains

Believe it or not, there are so many time sucks in everyone’s day.  But some are avoidable and some are not.

Things that are avoidable are:

  • running around the house looking for shoes, gloves, coats, keys, phone, etc.
  • rescheduling appointments again and again because they were missed or you were late to them
  • having to drive to a rescheduled appointment because you were late to the first one and they wouldn’t see you.
  • running extra last minute errands because you didn’t plan the trip well or didn’t have a complete list of what was needed for the week.

When you get organized, you actually free up the time drains in your life.  Time drains are all of the activities that you do throughout a day or week that just waste time.

Time you spend searching, driving, on the phone rescheduling…these all just waste your time.

But guess what, by getting rid of clutter and getting organized you can gain that time back.  And it is time you didn’t even know you had.

So one day, after getting organized, you may actually have a day when you are sitting there wondering what to do with all of your FREE TIME! 

5. You Will Have Less Stress

Create a relaxing sanctuary in your home by removing the stress of clutter and becoming more organized. You can use this checklist to help you declutter and to get you started.

6. You Will Need Less Space

If you were thinking about spending the money to buy a bigger home or some storage space, it is not the answer. Just get rid of some clutter to make more room for you and your family.

You don’t need more space, you need less things.

So how much money am I wasting?

In the end, I don’t know exactly how much money you are wasting because it is going to be a little different for everyone.

But the one thing you need to know is that you can save money by getting organized.

Stop letting the clutter and disorganization run your life!  Take back control with this…Bring It All Together Home Management Binder!

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I look forward to getting organized with you!