It can be difficult to quantify the true cost of living in a cluttered home. You may know what you paid for each item, but how do you calculate the ongoing costs of owning those items? Donna Smallin Kuper of Uncluttered.com gives it a shot in her latest blog post, The Cost of Clutter.
She starts out with some of the non-monetary costs, which I think are easier to identify with.
- Space that could be put to better use
- Time and energy lost in looking for misplaced things
- Stress and overwhelm – maybe even strained relationships
Then she moves on to some of the monetary costs. Some are directly related to the amount of clutter you have, like: “How often have you ended up paying a bill late because you misplaced the bill?” or “Are you paying for a storage unit? For how long now? And for how much longer?”
Others have do do with why you bought that stuff in the first place, like: “How much credit card debt are you carrying on items purchased but no longer loved or used?”
It is helpful for some to look at the financial benefits rather than the emotional benefits. If you are one of those people, then read through Donna’s blog post and see if her list helps motivate you.