Hello, Downsizers! Have you ever felt that the pain of holding on has become stronger than the pain of letting go? It happens to all of us at some point. And it’s a sign that you may need to let some or all of your wonderful accumulations go. You may be ready for the benefits of decluttering.
You’re probably reading this because you recognize the burden of too much stuff — from family heirlooms to collectables and memorabilia. It all takes up too much space in your home, your heart and your wallet. When the benefits of decluttering outweigh the benefits of storing, it’s time to reconsider your options.
Keeping material possessions and physical memories all in one place may be beginning to look more like disarray than a lifetime of love. Your life may change from year to year, but your things continue to pile up. If you’re spending your most precious resource — time — cleaning, finding lost items or moving your memories from place to place, consider:
The Actual Costs of Too Much Stuff
Time is money, for sure. But let’s leave that out of the equation for now. The monetary — and emotional — expense of keeping everything still piles up. Some costs are obvious, but others may lurk under your radar:
- If you use your garage for storage, your car accumulates more wear and tear from leaving it out in the elements, even if you live in a moderate climate like Asheville’s.
- If you rent a storage unit, even a very small one could cost you close to $700 per year. A large unit can run as high as $2,500.
- If you rely on a spare bedroom for storage, you may have to pay for hotel rooms when family and friends come to visit. Or you could squeeze them in between the unopened boxes and bags of things you know you need to go through.
- If you trip over the mounting mementos, you could face a rather embarrassing hospital bill. Meanwhile, the dust and mold that accumulates can lead to mounting medical costs when allergies kick in.
- Even if you don’t consider yourself a hoarder, you can reap the benefits of decluttering. Too many things can have costly consequences. And while you consider the costs of your own collections, talk to your aging parents or struggling siblings. Chances are this is a generational habit, so take the lead in tackling these issues together.
The Benefits of Decluttering
Take advantage of the numerous benefits of simplifying your space. Positive outcomes you’ll notice immediately include:
- Reduced stress
- Sense of peacefulness
- Room to breathe
- Easier cleaning
- Space to maneuver around your home and find the things you’re looking for
- $avings and rewards, because you can cash in on items you know you can let go of
As you probably know, starting is often the hardest part, but the benefits of decluttering await you. To get a sense of clarity about which possessions are important for you and your family and which ones you can let go, ask for help. Allow the team at the Art of Downsizing to help you begin that freeing journey to rid your home of too much stuff. You don’t have to give it away; let it create new memories for others.