A home with 8 inhabitants is a clutter-magnet. Kid stuff, mom stuff, papa stuff – we’ve got it all. And need I mention all the things that I think I should keep? What if we go to the snow? I should keep all 20 sizes of children’s cold weather gear. What if someone wants to play soccer next year? I should keep those size 4 cleats. And on and on. The rationale for holding on to stuff is to save us money. But, it doesn’t always work that way.
In fact, excess stuff can weigh us down in life. It can get in the way, both physically and mentally. Studies have shown that tidy surroundings can help your thought processes. And help you get your bills paid on time.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a foodie, not a cleanie. But, I know that regular dejunking, cleaning, and organizing can save me money or in some cases, make me money. Oh, let me count the ways…
Dejunk and sell your unwanted stuff in a garage sale, on ebay, or on craigslist. I finally unloaded a diaper changing table for $15. I didn’t get a changing table until Baby #5 and by that time, my habits of changing baby on the floor were already ingrained. It was taking up space, first in the girls’ room and then in our garage and now someone else benefits from a great price on something they really do need.
Organize your stuff and you’ll find that the office supplies on your “To Buy” list are already in your possession. I call this “shopping in my garage.” I regularly find all sorts of great stuff when I go through the storage areas. Often it’s something that I was going to go buy because I wasn’t sure if I already had that item. Silly me. Yes, yes, I did.
Get your paperwork in order and you’re less likely to have late bills, missed deposits, and other paper pushing snafus. Thankfully, this hasn’t happened too often around here, but it does happen. I stuff mail in a drawer, thinking I’ll get to it tomorrow, but tomorrow becomes next week and then I’m sweating it to get things taken care of.
Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list of reasons why it’s good to be organized. Personally, I need these gentle reminders from time to time. Currently, I’m in the process of troubleshooting some problem areas at my home: my office files, my closets, my school room. These are places that drift toward disorder. I know that getting them ship-shape will save us time, money, and stress. And I’m all for that! If you’re interested in cleaning along with me, check out my Spring Cleaning series.