Although 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:
- 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.
- You can decrease stress. In a Huffington Post poll, for 84% of the respondents, clutter = stress
- You can clear your mind. Clutter can affect your ability to focus.
- You can turn back the clock. The average American spends a year of his or her life looking for lost or misplaced items.
- You can breathe easier. Clutter attracts dust.
- You can find more time for fun. Getting rid of clutter can mean 40% less housework.
- 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.
- You can improve your kids’ friendships. Parents also don’t let their kids have friends over because of the clutter in the house.
- 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.
- You can cut household expenses. It costs an average of $10 per square foot to store items in your home.
- 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).
- 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.
- You can find money. Professional organizers often find un-cashed checks, cash or gift cards that have been lost and forgotten in clutter.
- 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.
- 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.