Clutter. It’s terrible for the soul, and terrible for all other life aspects as well. Clutter not only drags you down mentally, but it is also a huge waste of your financial resources.
How exactly does clutter waste money, and how does getting rid of it help you save financially?
You Will Find Items You Forgot You Had
When you declutter, it can be like going shopping. As you clean, you will likely come across many things that you forgot you had. You may always be trying to find a working pen and find dozens of them in various drawers. I found Easter grass and plastic eggs in the clutter in my closet. You just never know what you are going to find when you declutter. The rescued items can be organized from this point on, and used as needed.
You Won’t Have to Buy New Items Because You Can’t Find the Old One
We’ve all been there. You have an item you need and you are sure you bought it already. You know that you have it somewhere, but you have so much clutter lying around that you may never find the item. You inevitably end up buying a new one, only to find the original several months down the road. Case in point – last summer I bought a new fly swatter, only to find 3 of them in the garage later on.
With piles and piles of seemingly random things being stored in your home, it can be near impossible to find what you are looking for when you need it the most. Decluttering can make your home more organized, so that you never have to waste time looking for things you bought and misplaced, or buy a duplicate item.
It Encourages You to Buy Less
When you have spent a large amount of time decluttering your home, you realize what a time-waster it is to have too many items. It can be a most effective way of convincing yourself to buy less. You will save a large amount of money if you take the simple step of curbing your spending patterns. Buy less, and your life will instantly go in a positive direction.
You Can Downsize
The amount of real estate that clutter takes up is amazing. When you declutter, it makes you feel good and you will want to keep going. When you have gotten to a point where you are closer to being a minimalist, you will find that you truly do not need a lot of space to enjoy the home you live in. You may even find yourself seriously considering downsizing your home in order to save money and prepare for the future.
You Can Create Income Selling Old Items
Decluttering leaves you with not only a lot of junk, but also with many perfectly good items that you simply do not need. By selling these old items, you are not just saving money, but making some. This can be an added incentive to your decluttering efforts. Whether it be through a garage sale, word of mouth or an online ad, sell your old items and make some extra cash.
Decluttering is good for the mind, body and soul. It is also good for the wallet. If you are hoping to save money and be more responsible with what you have, take these thoughts into consideration. Decluttering can and does save you money, and in a big way.