Declutter Your Life!
As a bit of a self-proclaimed minimalist, clutter is one word that I just don’t get along with. With 2 toddlers and a teenager it’s not always the easiest to stand by, but the burden of accumulating “stuff” does not appeal to me one bit. That’s why you know I was just thrilled to get my hands on Robin Konie’s How to Finally Escape The Clutter Trap. (scroll down for an exclusive coupon code!)
What is it about “stuff” and our accumulation of it over time? Sure we all have a few sentimental items, but you’d be in the minority if you didn’t have an attic, a basement or a garage full of your stuff. A garage full of sentiments? It’s really just stuff.
Have you seen George Carlin’s take on stuff? It is hilarious. (Note: contains language, which makes it even more hilarious IMO).
Reasons to Declutter Your Life!
A clutter-free environment is one of those simple joys we often take for granted. We’d all love to always be organized and know where everything belongs, but it doesn’t take much and we can easily slip into a bit of a funk and get trapped in the clutter. You’re not alone. It happens to the best of us.
Check out these INSANE statistics.
The Clutter Trap explains that in a recent survey that:
- 65% of respondents admitted that their household was at least moderately disorganized.
- 75% said their quality of life would improve if they were better organized.
- 96% indicated that they could save time every day by becoming more organized.
- 50% said that disorganization caused them to work late 2-3 times a week.
Bottom Line: Our clutter is costing us precious time and money.
The Cost of Clutter
That’s some pretty alarming numbers, but it gets worse. What happens when there isn’t enough room to store everything in your house? That is when we continue to spend our hard-earned money on storage facilities. The Clutter Trap reports that the Self-Storage Association has seen a growth of 81% since 2000, and earning more than $22 BILLION in revenue in 2006 alone! I found it really interesting that we start to feel burdened with clutter our instinct is to go buy products to organize and store it (god forbid we get rid of it!). The home organization products industry is projecting $8.9 BILLION in revenue this year! Holy closets batman!
It’s time we take a look at this clutter thing a little more seriously…
Why Does It Happen?
Wouldn’t we all love a stress-free environment to live in, and a beautiful, clean home to come to? We all want the freedom that comes when our lives are in order, but there is no one reason why clutter happens in the first place. Maybe it’s the consumerist and prosperous society we live in, our constant need to be mobile, technological changes, or our fear of letting go. Whatever the reason(s) may be, it doesn’t mean we have to be trapped by our stuff.
What about the Environmental Impact
This little video I came across years ago really put things into perspective. This time of year especially I urge you to take few minutes to watch it or bookmark it for later.
Time to Declutter
It may be time to start saying “NO” to too much stuff. The Clutter Trap reminds us that if we cut back a little we may just be able to see some great benefits. You know if you don’t have so much stuff then you’ll eliminate the amount of housework needed to be done, which means you’ll have more time to spend with family and friends. The book also indicates that it’ll cost on average $209 to de-clutter a home, though that will on average add $1,190 to the sale price of your place!
If you need a bit of motivation to get started on your decluttering journey or want to learn some tips on how to break free of your stuff and stay organized, then this book is a must read! If you have just 5 minutes a day, you can declutter your life.
It’s like finding money (and time) under the couch cushions. Give it a try!