Sunday, August 10, 2014

Is Clutter Worth The Money? and MYHSM Linky Party

Making your home sing Mondays

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I haven't done a frugal post in awhile.  A long while.  A VERY long while.

It's because we won the lottery and no longer need to be frugal.


I was talking to someone recently who said that his dad had paid for two storage units for over 20 years.  My friend began to clean out the storage units and he said that most of the stuff in there was junk.  Just junk.  Not even usable - it had to go straight into the trash.

He was lamenting the fact that his dad spent thousands of dollars over 20 years time in order to store all that junk, when he could have been enjoying his senior years with his wife, going on trips, or just having more comforts at home.

But his dad was a "depression" baby and I do understand the desire to keep stuff and not throw it away, just in case you needed it.

On the other hand, I also understand the irony of paying over $100 a month to store stacks of old magazines that no one reads, a bunch of doorknobs that you'll never use, and tools and things that are broken, rusty or bent and unusable.

What if you are paying more for storage than the items are worth? 

I don't know.  I know that my sis stored some furniture and stuff temporarily when she moved from a home into a tiny apartment, and for her, the storage unit was a great idea and a good investment.  I myself once stored some stuff of sentimental value (and some necessary stuff) when I moved back in with my parents for a few months when I was single.  To me - it was temporary and it was worth it.

Probably most of us don't pay for a storage unit.  But what about the "real estate" in your home?

Do you have one room that you can't use because there's too much junk in it?  Do you have a garage that you can't get your car into because there's too much stuff in there?

After we first moved into our current home, I managed to get most every room unpacked and livable.  Except for one room.  We called it the "junk" room, but it was really our Room of Doom.

I had a four year old and a new baby and once I got all our "necessary" stuff unpacked and most of our other things unpacked, I just gave up on unpacking for awhile.  I stuck everything in that room where it stayed for awhile, and I closed the door and walked away.

The problem with doing stuff like that is that you are paying for a room that you aren't using.  You are paying for a three bedroom house when you actually only have a TWO bedroom house, because one bedroom is filled with stuff and you can't use it.

You are paying for a two car garage when you actually have a no-car garage because it's filled with stuff. Or you are paying for a walk-in pantry that you can't walk into, because there's just no room.

You have a bedroom or family room that you don't like to be in for very long because it's just too cluttered and is not comfortable or restful to be in.

Your child has so many toys that you are tripping and falling all over them.  He doesn't have space in his room to play with them as it is crammed full of toys, so they are taking over your house.  You have boxes of old toys in the garage that your children outgrew but you can't bear to get rid of.

You have to move your stuff off your bed to sleep, and move stuff off your table to eat.  Then you put it back again when you're done.  You have a hard time finding anything to wear because you have to fight your closet every time you need to get in there.

You get the idea.

When this happens your clutter is costing you MONEY because you are paying more money for space that you can't use.

Let's say you rent a 2 bedroom apartment and pay $1200 a month, but you're only using one of the bedrooms.  The other bedroom is full of what you call "junk."  You recently discovered a one bedroom apartment in the same building for $1,000, but you're not sure you can squeeze all your clutter into a smaller place.  Is all that clutter worth an extra $200 a month?

Most of us don't think this way.  We aren't paying for the clutter we have around the house so we don't think it's costing us money.  But it's taking up space, costing us time and money and ENERGY to maintain, and maybe even a little STRESS.  Maybe a lot of stress........

Is YOUR clutter causing you stress?  Is it costing you money?  Is it causing arguments with your spouse or causing you to get annoyed or angry with your children?

Take back the control today.  Control your clutter - don't let it control you.  The four box method is a great way to begin to get that clutter under control, simplify your life and make your home sing!

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  1. Wow, you brought back memories, Nan! We bought my husband's house that he grew up in about 20 years ago when his parents built a new house. We wanted that seven acres, a pond, woods, and 4,000 sq feet to raise our three boys. The kicker? My FIL was ill at the time and was not able to clean out his clutter. He had a 2,000 sq ft garage that was literally packed...front to back and side to side and even top to bottom with STUFF. THings he collected from his years as a masonry contractor and hobby farmer. He would go and buy out hardware stores that went out of business, bring home twenty shovels, just because they were there! If something went bad in the house, refrigerator, fan, microwave, or a tire on the car, it didn't matter, it went to the garage. It took us months to get rid of all of it. :) He is gone now and we would take his clutter back in a heartbeat if it meant he was here.

    I could go on, lol, about when we sold our home to move overseas. I think I could be an expert on stuff and downsizing, ha. Great post, friend!

    1. Oh it sounds like a lovely place! My husband and I bought HIS parent's home that he grew up in too! It was our first home, and we inherited stuff from his parents, siblings, and even his grandparents and great-grandparents

      His parents took the stuff they wanted and then seemed to be content to let us dispose of the rest of it! Lotta work! ;)

  2. Thank you for hosting each week! Love the post! Funny you should talk about this today, as I was coming home today, we passed a house that apparently had a garage full of stuff. All I could see was boxes and the garage couldn't even shut all the way. Yes, it could be broken, but it really looked like it was so stuffed with stuff, the door couldn't close! My mom keeps everything because she didn't have anything when she was a kid. This is a tough problem today! Enjoyed it, and I think I will go find something to throw away!!

    1. My mom used to say the same thing as for her reason for "keeping everything." At one point she had 11 mixing bowls. 11!!!!!!! Who needs 11 mixing bowls? ;)

  3. I love this topic! And you are so right. Here's what I've written on it:

    1. Great minds think alike, don't they? Lol! But clutter really CAN cost us in stress and money, etc.

  4. Thanks for the party! And the post was great to read. My hubs is a pack rat. He even keeps boxes, just in case. I think I've turned him a little my way, cuz I absolutely hate clutter. But do understand saving some things.

    Have a great week!

    1. I think our husbands can benefit a bit by living with someone who can't stand clutter, and so I do think that we can "turn" them a bit just by constant exposure to our habits, lol!

  5. How are you doing, Nan? I hope your health is doing much better. I am going to start decluttering my attic some. It isn't too bad but I can only work on it in the summer before it gets too hot. Thanks for a great post and the motivation to do what I was thinking of doing tomorrow.

    1. I don't have an attic that I can put stuff in, but I have some friends who do and yes, it can get really hot. I am feeling much better, thank you! It's been a long couple of months but am definitely improving!

  6. I love this post! So much along the lines of what mine says too, about getting rid of the garbage. You are so right about the energy it takes to have too much stuff. I will have a new outlook this week, as we have our garage sale, because of your post! Thanks!!!

    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you and I hope you had a great garage sale! :)

  7. Love this…more is not always better! One thing that I have realized as I have learned about this is that the management of stuff also takes time. time to organize, keep up with and use. Often the more stuff… the more wasted time.

    1. I love how you put that, and it's so true. Managing our stuff can just waste SO much time and we have to determine whether it's worth it or not.

  8. I definitely believe that it truly costs money just to own stuff! My husband and I are endeavoring to live without a ton of extra stuff just lying around (we moved from the USA to China a few weeks ago with only a few suitcases, so that has helped us de-clutter for sure!)

    1. Oh wow. I just met someone today who moved from China to the U.S., lol!

      A friend of ours recently got married and moved to Ireland, and she pretty much sold just about everything she owned. You really set priorities when you have to pay to ship everything, haha!

  9. Just last week I told my kids that I'd just bought 3 cubic feet of real estate and indicated the 3 bags I dropped off at the thrift store!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Oh I love that! What a great way to look at it! It's also a great object lesson for kids. My youngest still struggles when it comes to letting go of things. His room is clean but very cluttered with "stuff."


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