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The Time Cost of Our Stuff

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You’ve probably thought about the cost of various knickknacks, doodads and gadgets around your home — at least for a minute or two — but have you ever stopped to think about the time cost of these same items?

How much time do you spend moving things? Cleaning them? Thinking about them?

According to Julie Morgenstern, “Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home.”

40 percent!

The fact is that while stuff has an impact on our budget and our bottom line, we often forget that it also uses up one of our most precious commodities — time.

Have you ever noticed that organization and time management often go hand in hand? The reason is simple. Physical clutter and disorganization affect your ability to be productive and creative.

It’s no secret that there are only so many hours in a day and that once they’re gone, they’re gone. Clutter doesn’t just impact your productivity by making it harder to find what you need when you need it; it also robs you of your time.

Tsh from Simple Mom lives by this mantra: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” (from 19th century architect William Morris).

If every item in your home has a time cost, then it’s important to evaluate which items you’re willing to spend your time on and, quite frankly, get rid of the rest.

Special artwork from your children, a family heirloom that reminds you of time with your grandmother, a beautiful sculpture that makes you smile or a kitchen gadget that makes preparing meals for your family easier — these things are worth the time that you spend on them.

On the other hand, every picture your child’s ever scribbled or colored, cheap trinkets from a family vacation, stacks of old magazines and even unused kitchen tools that take up space within your drawers and cabinets simply don’t stand up to the test.

Take time over the next week to consider how much time the things in your home are costing you. Only you can decide which items are worth that cost!

How much time do you spend on stuff? Would decluttering save you time or make you more productive?