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With Spring officially here most people are thinking about “Spring Cleaning.”

Spring Cleaning is largely about removing clutter. Webster’s Dictionary defines clutter as: “A number of things scattered in disorder.” My definition is: “A number of things out of place that cause chaos in your environment.”

Clutter is often caused by having too many things, but it is also caused by not having a specific place where you should put things away. Clutter can get EXPENSIVE because people usually end up buying duplicates of things that they already have, but just couldn’t find. Still others deal with clutter by paying to put things in storage!

Here are some interesting statistics related to clutter…

80% of the clutter in most homes is a result of disorganization, NOT A LACK OF SPACE.

Depending on the value of your home, it costs between $10 and $100/square foot to store things in your home.

Unnecessary expenditures related to disorganization and clutter can add up to hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars every year in otherwise unnecessary costs.

For example:

  • Last minute shopping at premium prices
  • Buying duplicates of misplaced items
  • Rush charges
  • Late fees
  • Finance charges

Do You Really Need to Pay for Storage?

1 in 11 American households rents a self-storage space (a multi-BILLION dollar industry), spending over $1,000 a year in rent. Believe it or not, I’ve helped people organize and declutter their storage rental units!

A lot of clutter is a result of being disorganized, “fuzzy” priorities, and being undisciplined. People think that they don’t have time to put things away, but they end up making time (and wasting time) looking for things. Do you know it only takes 2 minutes to make a bed, empty the dishwasher, and it takes less than a minute to hang up a coat or jacket!

We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.

25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside due to clutter and 32% only have room for one vehicle.

Visual clutter also is commonly associated with mental clutter.

Decluttering reduces stress, think: “Less Mess = Less Stress.”

If you’re ready to start your spring cleaning and suffer from disorganization and clutter PROFESSIONAL HELP is almost always a good first step.

Assessing your current situation and creating a plan to de-clutter your home is the best way to long-term success. Everyone I’ve worked with has followed up telling me how much more relaxed they are in an uncluttered home.