When it comes to the organization of your home, you might like to keep things in tip-top shape at all times. Or maybe you occupy the other end of the spectrum and couldn’t be bothered to pick up after yourself. Or like a lot of people, you might fall somewhere in between. But regardless of where you land, there’s a good chance that when excessive clutter starts to build up in your home, you can feel the effects. A lack of home organization can increase your level of stress, make you less focused and productive, and can even lead to bad eating habits.
It can also be a serious drain on your time and money. According to the 2017 Lost and Found Survey done by Pixie, Americans spend $2.7 billion every year just to replace items they’ve lost, and 2.5 days a year on average searching for those lost items. A disorganized home might also make it easier for you to start misplacing important bills and you may start to miss payments and start racking up late fees. And that’s just the start of it. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you may benefit from home organization.
Have you ever been looking for something in your pantry, thought you had run out, ran to the store to buy more, and discovered a few weeks later that what you had been looking for was hiding in a dark corner of a cupboard? And this isn’t just confined to your kitchen. Maybe you threw last year’s wrapping paper in a box somewhere in your garage and when the next holiday season rolls around, you have no memory of where you put it.
Creating a system to keep everything you own in a specific place so you know exactly where you’ll find it when the time comes can help you avoid spending money on things you already have. No more scrambling around to look for something just to go out and buy more of something you already have.
When you do decide to clean up a little, you might stumble on things that you thought you were out of and have already gone to replace that item. But you might also find that there are plenty of things you didn’t realize you had and haven’t been missing.
The act of de-cluttering and home organization can go a long way in helping you understand what you can live without. If you start to feel a sense of relief and happiness after you’ve organized your living space, it might be because you’ve started the process of letting go of the things in your life that have become excessive.
Being burdened by unnecessary things can start to weight you down without you even realizing it, and when you start to take note of the things you don’t really need, you can begin to have a better understanding of the things you should really be spending your money on.
When you decide to go through the home organization process, you may end up stumbling on some things that you can sell. While you probably won’t make back the full amount you initially paid to get the item – which is why it’s so important to figure out what you can live without and not buy unnecessary things in the first place! – you might be able to get back some of the money you’ve already sunk into it.
As long as it still has some value and isn’t falling apart, a lot of your excess things may have some re-sale value. This could be things like old clothing, electronics, furniture, and more. Here are some ways you may be able to off-load some of your unused things.
If you’re looking to sell some of that un-worn clothing that’s been gathering dust in your closet, you may want to look to an online consignment store like Poshmark or thredUp.
You can also research some nearby thrift stores and consignments stores if you’re trying to sell clothes that are still in wearable condition. Just remember that different stores have different standards when it comes to what clothes they’ll accept. While your clothes will have to be in relatively good condition regardless of where you bring them, some stores may have more strict guidelines than others. Make sure to do your research and shop them around.
When you’re selling furniture, it might be best to try to sell your items locally. Shipping a large item can be expensive and could cut into how much money you’d be earning back, and you also might have an easier time getting someone to buy your item if they don’t have to move it very far.
A great way to do this is through Facebook Marketplace, Facebook groups, and letgo. This app will provide you with a platform to snap a picture of your furniture with your phone and then instantly have it listed for sale in your area.
New phones, faster computers, and new models for all sorts of electronics come out every year, and if you’re trying to keep up, you may be left with a pile of slightly outdated but still fully functional hardware that you no longer need. Fortunately, there are plenty of places for you to sell your old electronics. One great place to do it is Decluttr. You start by providing them with the make, model, and condition of your device and they’ll give you an instant price. You then send them the item and you get paid. This is a fast and easy way to turn your unused electronics into cash.
You can also sell your electronics straight to a buyer through eBay, craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace. It might be a little more work than a shipping your things to a site light Decluttr, but you may be able to get a better price because you can set the cost yourself.
As we’ve already mentioned, Americans will spend two and a half days a year on average searching for lost items. Over the course of the year, this ends up being ten minutes a day. While it may not seem like much, it may have an impact in certain areas of your life. For example, if you spend ten extra minutes searching for your keys every day, this could make you late to work on a regular basis. And if you’re late every day, you could be losing wages and potentially even your job at some point.
By staying organized and spending less time searching for your things, you also may be opening yourself up to be able to spend more time on the things you actually want to spend your time doing.
When you’re trying to balance work, family, errands, and whatever else is taking up your busy schedule, no one would blame you for letting your home get a little messy. But if you’re living on a tight budget, you may not be able to afford the mess! Having a cluttered house may do more damage to your budget than you think, and it’s important to know exactly how it’s hurting your finances if you’re going to try to be aware of this problem in the future. Take a look at the things we’ve listed and see if you think your cluttered home is affecting you in any of these ways. If it is, it might be time to roll up your sleeves start the home organization process!
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