The Cost of Clutter

June 10, 2016

This is the first in a series of guest posts.  I invite you to enjoy them all and let me know how you like the material.




Everyone struggles with clutter at one point or another. After all, there are so many excuses to avoid organizing, “it can be done later”,”I’ve just worked all day, it’s time to relax” or, “I just don’t have time.” Allowing these excuses to deter you from clearing clutter can lead to more than just a messy room. Clutter not only affects our space, but our mental health and budget as well.


Clutter is Paralyzing: According to Psychology Today, clutter overwhelms us because it “bombards our minds.” Think about it, when you walk into a cluttered room how do you feel? It’s hard to know where to look, what to do first or where to go. That overwhelming feeling discourages us from even making an effort. Instead we are content to sit down and ignore the ever-growing clutter.


While we are paralyzed by the clutter in our homes, our brains processes that into feeling as though the job is never done. This makes it nearly impossible to fully relax in our own homes. Have you ever avoided going home because it is so full of clutter?


Clutter Steals Time: Do you frequently spend more than 10 minutes looking for something in a cluttered room? Newsweek reports that “the average American wastes 55 minutes a day looking for things they own but can’t find.” That equates “roughly 12 days a year.” Giving your items a designated space allows you to find exactly what you need in a fraction of the time. Time otherwise spent looking for lost items could be spent on a hobby instead!


Clutter Wastes Money: This problem is especially prevalent in the kitchen. Homeowners often buy duplicates because items are overlooked in a cluttered or disorganized pantry. When an appropriate organization system is in place, it’s easy to know what you already have before a trip to the store.


If not kept in check, clutter can creep up on a household, almost springing into existence overnight. It’s important to set aside time each day to declutter and keep everything straight. After all, it’s harder to do the whole organization process again than it is to maintain an organized space.


Bri Lords works for Monkey Bar Storage, helping individuals clear the clutter in the garage and reclaim lost space. When she is not at work, Bri spends her time making memories with her husband and German Shepherd:







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