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15 Good Reasons to De-Clutter Your Home

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de-clutter_mind_map-copy1Although you would think at this point we would be done here at Casa Aloha with de-cluttering and downsizing our possessions, we’re still getting rid of stuff. I continue to find myself walking through the house to see if there is something else we can let go of, or that we don’t need any more.

We really are living large these days though with less stuff. The house is easy to keep clean and we use and enjoy everything we have left. I’m especially impressed with the girls and their rooms – they have done a fantastic job of keeping them clean and clutter free (I learned yesterday evening though that’s because our agent will give them each $50 when the house sells IF they keep their rooms picture perfect. So far the incentive is working).

Anyway, this morning I found this great list in my Pinterest feed, of 15 reasons for not only de-cluttering your home, but for keeping it that way as well. Obviously not everything will apply to everyone, but the list gives plenty of room for thought:

  1. You can sell your home for more money (particularly pertinent for us right now!). The easiest and most cost-effective home improvement you can do is de-cluttering and cleaning your home.
  2. You can decrease stress. In a Huffington Post poll, for 84% of the respondents, clutter = stress
  3. You can clear your mind. Clutter can affect your ability to focus.
  4. You can turn back the clock. The average American spends a year of his or her life looking for lost or misplaced items.
  5. You can breathe easier. Clutter attracts dust.
  6. You can find more time for fun. Getting rid of clutter can mean 40% less housework.
  7. You can improve your friendships. In a survey done by Rubbermaid, nearly half said they wouldn’t invite friends to their house because of the clutter.
  8. You can improve your kids’ friendships. Parents also don’t let their kids have friends over because of the clutter in the house.
  9. You can make room for your car. In a UCLA study of home clutter, only 25% (!) of the garages could be used for cars because of the stuff stored in the garage.
  10. You can cut household expenses. It costs an average of $10 per square foot to store items in your home.
  11. You can save money on food. In the UCLA study, nearly half the families had a second refrigerator and/or freezer to stockpile food items (a result of shopping at big box or warehouse stores).
  12. You can reduce your toy-buying budget. Most of the homes in the UCLA had 100 toys, and some had as many as 250, often tucked away in closets or left under the bed.
  13. You can find money. Professional organizers often find un-cashed checks, cash or gift cards that have been lost and forgotten in clutter.
  14. You can bump up your credit score. In a Harris survey, 23% of the adults said they paid bills late and were assessed fees because they couldn’t find the bills.
  15. You can improve your sex life. A strained relationship caused by clutter and its effects can affect a couple’s sex life.

 

The entire list, with more facts and figures as well as a nifty graphic, can be found at: 15 Reasons to Clear Out the Clutter at Your Home.

Author: Laura

A thinner and wiser woman who has lost the extra weight and the debt, and is heading on to her next adventure: Retirement and a new life in Hawaii!

4 thoughts on “15 Good Reasons to De-Clutter Your Home

  1. Funny list! Clutter definitely equals stress for me, but it’s sometimes hard to be mindful about what we’re bringing in to the house.

  2. Just discovered your blog! It is wonderful. My husband and I are working on our 10 year plan to retire in Kauai as well. We will be moving there in April 2023. I am thankful that I found your blog while researching our retirement plan. Many of the topics you have addressed we have been researching as well (healthcare resources, cost of living, care for the elderly.) I did find out that we may not want to bring our VW Golf with us because they are hard to get parts for and few mechanics know how to work on them in Kauai. Too bad because it gets 50 mpg. The most popular cars there seem to be Ford’s & Toyota’s so you may want to keep that in mind when you trade your mini van in. Do you plan to rent only or eventually buy a home? We have already been going room to room deciding what we would bring and what we would get rid of. I am praying your Oregon home sells quickly and for full asking price. Please keep writing & updating your progress with the move to Kauai. I will be taking notes for our future move. We will be on Kauai in May 2014 celebrating our 25th anniversary. Thank you so much for letting us share in your dream. Mahalo Nui Loa!

    • So happy you found me and hope that you will stick around!

      Once this darn house gets sold and we pay off the minivan, we plan to exchange it for a Toyota Prius and will ship that to Kauai. Second choice would be a Ford Escape hybrid.

      We plan to rent indefinitely on Kaua’i – it’s not the mortgage that bothers us (although house prices are creeping up again), but the constant maintenance that would be required.

      We started downsizing a couple of years ago. It’s been an interesting process too because the longer it takes, the less we find we want or need to keep certain things. What we plan to move keeps getting less and less!

      We may be there in May next year as well. My husband and i are hoping to go for a week to see if we can find something to rent that would be available in June or the first of July. Of course, we will need to sell the house first (can you tell that I hate having everything come to a halt while we wait for the house to sell?).

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