No one is perfect and the home reflects that fact. In general, there’s bound to be an odd bit of mess floating around the house. It adds character. However, cluttered chaos is a completely different prospect. Not only is it hard to look at but it’s expensive. Yep, you didn’t realize it until now but mess gets in the way and it also reduces your ability to make money. As a fellow thrift goddess, the idea should make you sick to your stomach. Don’t worry, though, because it’s treatable as long as you understand the why and the how.
Here’s what to keep in mind.
Do you have books which you never plan on reading again? What about games, DVDs or general electronics which are out of date? The usual answer is yes because everyone reads, plays games or watches the boob tube. As benign as they look, sitting there in the corner of the garage, they are idle checks just waiting to be cashed. All you have to do is sell your movies by trading them in for a discounted price. The same goes for video games and pieces of dead tree. The amount may not be staggering, but it adds up when you consider the average person has hundreds of each.
Renting a unit is commonplace these days, and the excuse is a lack of space. It’s true that people own more and that modern houses are somewhat smaller. However, there’s a lack of organization too. Hoarders simply store things anywhere they can and don’t get around to sorting out the mess. If this applies to you, it almost certainly means you’ll need a storage unit to fit more stuff. Sadly, they don’t come cheap and it may set you back $75 to $100 a month. Throwing things away, then, can save up to $1,200 a year.
“Damn it – where is that bill?!” Plenty of homeowners misplace things and can’t find them again. For the most part, keys and cell phones always find their way back to their owner. Household bills are different. Firstly, you can’t ring a piece of paper and track the noise. Secondly, they aren’t useful in everyday life. Leaving the house without a phone is unthinkable, whereas lots of people glance at a bill and put it down. Then, through the clutter, they can’t reference it again and end up missing the deadline. Signing up for electronic alerts can help with late payments.
Food never seems like clutter, but it is when you take a look at a regular fridge. Refrigerators are packed to the rafters with items which the majority of homes throw in the trash. How many times have you left bread to go stale? The answer is probably too many times! Of course, the staples are too important to go without, so it forces you to go out and buy more and the cycle continues. As drastic as it sounds, you should only buy what you need or will eat to avoid waste.
How do these tips make you think differently, if at all, about household clutter?