That’s pretty ridiculous, isn’t it? But even if you stretched it out to a year, what percentage of your “stuff” do you think you would actually use? Probably between twenty and fifty percent – that’s what the clutter experts say. This means that there is a BUNCH of stuff in your house that is just taking up your space.
When you think about it, that is how possessions earn their keep, by providing us with comfort and convenience and by serving some useful purpose. But if you’ve got a whole house full of “freeloaders” who aren’t pulling their weight, they are costing you money.
You have to own a larger house to store them. Some people even rent additional storage spaces because they’ve outgrown their houses. Shoot, if we only kept the stuff we “really” needed, we could probably live in a camper. Instead, our houses just get larger and larger, along with the corresponding mortgage payments.
To me, it’s hard to maintain your pace of mind with too much clutter around. You and your family deserve a comfortable, uncluttered space where you can relax. Too much stuff is just overwhelming and makes you feel guilty. Focus on the stuff that brings you joy instead.
How much time do you waste messing around with it? Sometimes you end up spending a whole Saturday cleaning the house or doing the “stash and dash” for company? That’s a lot of time and effort this excess stuff is costing you.
For me, it can be a big shame issue too. You feel so embarrassed when someone drops by and your house is all messy from your “freeloaders” taking up every spare inch. I hate that one. You just want to sink into the carpet and die. Not to mention the conflicts with your children, spouse, or mother! More than one marriage has ended because of conflicts over messy homes.
Wow, I’ll bet you’re really looking at your freeloaders with new eyes, aren’t you?
Let’s do one more game. Mentally estimate what percentage of your house is filled with your freeloaders – everything from old broken toys, clothes that don’t fit, stuff hiding out in the garage, books you aren’t ever going to read, etc. Be honest about it. Now mentally pack it in boxes and stack it up in one (or two) rooms of your home. Estimate what percentage of your square footage that would represent.
Let’s say it’s 10%. If your house payment is $1500, you are paying $150 a month to keep all that clutter! If you’re not getting $150 worth of joy out of it, I suggest you start sending that stuff out into the world to go freeload off of someone else!