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Count the “clutter cost"

Count the “clutter cost"

It can be hard to get rid of things you spent a lot of money on

But keeping things you no longer wear, use or love also has a cost—every object carries a burden as well as a benefit. The burden or “clutter cost” is the money, time, energy, and space an object demands of you. 

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It’s the default resting place for small items that have no better place to be. Or for things we think might have some use but we can no longer remember what it is. 

Chances are good you can toss out most of what’s in there and never miss it.

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Just because a room is tidy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s uncluttered or serves its purpose. Well-organized clutter is still clutter. Never organize what you don’t even use and can easily donate to someone who will.

Take out old electronic components, cords you don’t need, and discs and games nobody uses. Get rid of them by recycling responsibly, arrange the devices you do use in an eye-pleasing display, and hide their cords as much as possible.

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