Physical Clutter = Financial Clutter
Being uninterested in buying things, thus having a clutter-free home, has been personally great for my bank account. Apparently, decluttering, is suddenly the latest craze due to the best-selling author, Marie Kondo. She even stars in a Netflix series called Tidying Up.
Understanding how decluttering will save you money might be the motivation your need. This article will discuss financial benefits of decluttering and offer a few suggestions as to how to keep your home clutter-free.
Financial Benefits When You Declutter
When you declutter you save money because:
- You know what you own and avoid buying duplicates. Has this happened to you? You don’t remember where you store the batteries for the remote. You buy more at the store. Then when you go to put them away, you find a whole stash of batteries?
- You would avoid late payment fees because the credit card bills and other statements would be filed and not in a stack on the dining room table.
- You forget to return items because they are in a pile somewhere or squished in your closet along with too many clothes that you are not wearing. Return these items for a refund. Even if it costs to ship them back.
- Save on storage rental fees. This only applies if you are renting a storage unit because you have run out of room at home. Paying to store items for long-term is not a money-saver.
- You may be able to move into a smaller home. It’s expensive maintaining a home. Each square foot costs you money to maintain, pay taxes and insurance, clean, cool and heat.
- Decluttering your home will calm your mind. Visually, clutter is similar to constant noise. It can wear you out and cause you to make unwise decisions. It can also stress your personal relationships.
What Can You Do Today?
Start decluttering with your desk or wherever you are placing your bills and other mail. Begin by setting up a simple filing system. It is important to have a clear area where you can productively pay your bills, check your bank statements, make and follow up with any phone calls related to your money management.
Don’t fill the Empty Space
Once you declutter an area, resist the temptation to fill the empty space. Make space between your tchotchkes. Giving each one its own space offers you an opportunity to thoroughly enjoy each one. If you have room on your bookcase, make a special display of the books you love by showing the cover and not the spine.
Never buy more than one of anything only because it is on sale. You are not really saving money, if you only need one.
Improve your surroundings by decluttering. It will bring you many benefits. You will be saving money and having less possessions will lighten your load. You will find that a decluttering your home will not only put money in your pocket, but will help you in other areas of your life.
How did you declutter your home? What suggestions do you have for anyone trying it for the first time?