Money, Time, Values Saved By Decluttering


By: Cheryl Adelman Special to the Boca and Delray Newspapers
You can “Make Money” as you declutter. That is, because, as you clean out your closets, drawers, cabinets, home office, and garage, you’ll find things you have purchased that are still packaged, or doubles of items you already own, most of which can usually be returned for cash or credit. You may find unused gift cards, un-cashed checks, cash and coins. Also, other things turn up, like the missing piece to an outfit or game, the other earring, the 12th dish, gifts that were never given. You may even find a collection, painting or vase that has significant value.
You get the idea…“There’s money in them there hills!”
One thing is for certain; we feel there is not enough time in our day. We don’t put things away where they belong, or know where to look for what we already own it before we shop.
Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items…research found we lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list.
Say to yourself, “I have all the time in the world!”
Do a specific organizing task and time yourself. You’ll probably find that it takes less time than you thought. This may encourage you to be more willing to take the time in the future and help you stay organized.
Now what?
To save time and money, you resolve to get organized.
You are actually doing a personal cost/benefit analysis of your time, money and what you value.
Do the work of the one big clean up to;
1-Discover all that you have,
2-Decide what you do or don’t need or want,
3-Determine where to keep it all, and
4-Commit to new behaviors for keeping things in their place.
If you sincerely change some habits you’ll be able to keep your home beautiful, financially stable, and functional.
You’ll be finding things that can “make you money” in the process of decluttering. You’ll also be reminded about what has value and meaning to you as you organize. And with a little effort, you will see you are finding more time for fun with hobbies, to relax, volunteer, or enjoy activities with people you love.
Then, shopping can become stress free, purposeful, and will add value to your life.
Your happiness and well being are worth the effort.
Cheryl Adelman, owner of Organize In A Day™ loves helping people get organized, writing about it, and giving entertaining talks about organizing!