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Have you ever seen the movie Along Came Polly? Jennifer Aniston plays a woman that is a bit disorganized, to say the least. Her apartment is so cluttered she is given a key fob beeper to find her keys for her—and she didn’t even know where that was.
I have been this way my entire life. Not that I wanted to be or like it for that matter, but it was just the way I was. I come from a long line of hoarders. I’m not really a hoarder anymore, but everything is still out of sorts.
I realized most of my life has been chaotic and surrounded by clutter. If it’s not my clutter, it’s my husband’s or my mom’s clutter. Clutter causes chaos. You usually waste time trying to find things, you waste money buying things because you can’t find them, your bills are often late, and appointments are missed. You’d be surprised how much clutter causes chaos and stress.
Clutter is a Time Sucker
How much time do you waste every day looking for something? This article by Apartment Therapy says that according to Pixie’s Study, the average American spends 2.5 days per year looking for misplaced items! That’s insane! We could have had a weekend getaway but were all too busy searching for our phones, keys, wallets, etc.
The study also showed that 22% of people had missed travel arrangements such as flights and trains, 49% have missed appointments, and a whopping 60% have been late to school or work. All because we can’t find our stuff. Clutter is a true time sucker!
Clutter Causes Stress & Anxiety
I noticed something recently about my home and surroundings that made me decide I needed to make a change and get organized. When I’m home, I feel tense and frustrated because I feel like there is stuff everywhere. It really bothers me.
If you feel anxious when you are home or stressed out, it may be due to clutter. Clutter may trigger stress and anxiety. Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. discusses this topic in her article “Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies”.
She brings out points such as clutter bombards our minds causing overstimulation. Clutter may make it difficult to relax, and you may feel like your work will never get done. Clutter may create feelings of guilt and embarrassment. What I hate the most is when it takes up space that I could be utilizing to do something creative.
Clutter Causes Overspending
It’s ironic that saving too much stuff and having too much clutter can actually cost you money. Have you ever had to buy something you knew you had but just couldn’t find it? Let’s say you do this once a month for even only $10 a pop that’s $120 a year you’re spending.
I hate to admit how many late fees I’ve paid because of overdue bills. I will be sorting a stack of papers and come across 2 or 3 that completely slipped my mind. At $30-35 bucks a pop that adds up fast. A complete waste of money simply because I am disorganized.
Do you have a storage unit you are paying for? I was shocked at the amount of this author’s friend spent on storing her items. After crunching the numbers, he had found out she spent over $48,000 in just five years storing her unused clutter! YIKES! Most of the stuff we store is because we don’t use it anyway-so save yourself some cold hard cash or turn that clutter into cash and sell it.
Getting Organized Can Save You Time, Money, and Stress
These are just a few examples of how simply getting organized can save you time, money and help you destress. When you have a tidy & organized home, you will feel relaxed and happy in your living space.
By being organized, it can help you pay your bills on time because they aren’t lost in some giant stack of papers on your desk. It can save you money by reducing clutter and giving up that costly storage unit you’ve been paying on for umpteen years.
You will have an average of 2.5 days of additional time per year because you aren’t looking for misplaced items. I am stoked about not being stressed out on trying to find things that I should know exactly where they are.
Are you ready to take the Organization Challenge with me? Let’s get Tidy & Organized together over the next 31 Days!