From outdated electronics to weird holiday gifts you do not have a use for, we’re all guilty of hoarding possessions. It’s time to get past the mindset of someday finding a use for them! Keep in mind that clinging onto these items can result in incurring costs that you didn’t think about before.
Paying for space to store your stuff
If you’re renting a storage space to keep your things, you may want to sift through everything and get rid of the items you absolutely do not have a use for. If the objects in the storage aren’t worth at least twice of what you’re paying for the space, you’ll end up paying more to store the items than you would to replace them.
Clutter everywhere = mental clutter
Living with clutter can take a toll on your mental well being. An abundance of objects piled in your home or storage spaces can leave you unsettled, anxious, and distracted. Knowing that you have “unfinished business” with your disorganized belongings can weigh you down.
Important items get lost in the crowd
With so many clothing options, individual pieces get jammed in overstuffed closets and dressers. This makes it difficult to see what you have and forget about some outfits entirely. Sorting clothes and giving away pieces that you’ll never catch yourself wearing is a good start. Sometimes less is more – you can apply the same principle to packed kitchen cabinets and pantries and bookshelves.
Wasted time spent on finding misplaced objects
With surfaces piled with a litter of random things, it’s easy to lose essential items like your phone, keys, and wallet. In addition, important bills that need to be paid could also get lost in the mix. Spending several minutes each time could turn your days upside down. If you’re scavenging for something right before you were about to head out the door, it gets frustrating. All that time searching adds up!
Give items to those who will happily use them
Do good to feel good. Think about how to maximize the remaining value an item has left. Be honest with yourself and let go of the weight. If something is likely going to sit and collect dust in the future, sell it or give it to someone who will appreciate it.
What are some things that are costly to keep? Let us know in the comments!