Here I go again… I love talking about space and money. That is because space is money, folks. You know that box of clothes that might fit or come back in style someday? Well, first of all, saving these items is costing us at least several hundred dollars every year! In my case, when you factor in two UHaul trucks for a move, a storage unit at $65/month, we are looking at several thousand dollars. Secondly, if it comes back in style, we can always buy back used clothes from the local second-hand/consignment store. Makes sense to me. Donate, get a tax right-off, save on storage, and purchase at charity-supporting thrift stores to support a good cause?
Oh, yeah. Ditch the stuff that is collecting dust. I don’t like dusting. My mother-in-law has allergies, anyway.
Todays tip is truly dynamite… read to the end 🙂
The results will include:
- Reduced stress. Too much stuff creates over-stimulation on the brain. We should only require our brains to encompass the things we actively need and enjoy. Examples of such might include the coffeemaker and a collection of soothing artwork on the walls. Not included in this category might be a heart-shaped cake pan (really?) and Barbie collection from preteen days (If it’s worth money, then sell it already!). Be your own judge if you can. If you can’t, invite a ruthless friend over to help you make a large donation to the GoodWill. Above all, don’t steal brainpower from the things that really matter due to material distractions.
- Safety first. A clean floor is a safe floor. The same goes for all areas of the house. I have had scars and bruises all over my body thanks to clutter that got the better of me. Stuff on the wall, on a shelf, in a storage unit… it’s all clutter, and it can and does cause injuries to a lot of people every year!
- Shorter getting-ready time: A generous assumption is that we use as much as half of our wardrobe. Give yourself a break, bless someone in need of new-used clothes, and don’t waste time sorting through clothes you never wear every morning.
- Extra cash for that bucket-list item! We lots of money every month on housing and storage. Why not lose the storage unit and get something you want? (Rather than blow it on stuff that you don’t want–hey, if it’s in storage you clearly don’t want it badly enough to see it even on a monthly basis.) If you don’t have a storage unit, some extra space to set up the sewing machine (or whatever your craft is) would be a much better use of your creativity.
How am I doing? One more trip to deliver a queen-size bed to someone who can actually use it, one trip to the dump to drop off a broken washing machine (yes, it is in the storage unit…) and a few odds and ends placed in the garage and there will be no more storage unit for us! Uh-huh. $65/month will be put to good use.
Organizing tip of the day: Whatever would not be packed for a one-month trip goes into off-season storage, or it just goes bye-bye! Space is money 🙂
As you organize, donate, and trash, don’t forget to smell the flowers and drink your coffee.
Cheers! To the best readers in the world. I love you all, and I know you can do it!