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10+ Surprising Reasons To De-Clutter Your House

10+ Surprising Reasons To De-Clutter Your House

Got clutter? I know I sure do. Despite consciously avoiding the acquisition of new material possessions (books don’t count–they’re precious), I look around my small, two-bedroom apartment and am amazed by the stacks of stuff that have crept in.

My worst enemy is the “I’ll deal with this later” pile. Ok piles. They’re made up of mail, magazines I want to read, birthday cards I feel weird throwing away and other stuff I just don’t want to bother putting away just now. Other culprits include clothes I don’t feel like folding and miscellaneous cords to technological devices.

According to organizational design expert and TV personality Peter Walsh divides clutter into two types: lazy clutter and memory clutter: the stuff we’re too lazy to throw away and the stuff we feel bad throwing away. Apparently I’ve got both types.

Besides not being embarrassed to let friends in the house, however, there are compelling reasons to tackle that clutter today rather than tomorrow–even if it’s just one pile at a time. Cluttered homes can take a huge toll on us, emotionally and financially.

Scroll through the infographic below for over 10 more reasons to de-clutter your home. Then follow our 12 Tips To End Clutter and 10 Tips For Controlling Clutter to clean it up once and for all!

Clutter Infographic
Graphic produced by SpareFoot. Copyright 2013.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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5:24AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

I'm going to do some cleaning to see if I can find some money (LOL)!!

6:15PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Clear the house = clearing the mind....a breath of fresh air, wonderful!

8:26AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

7:37AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Not useful to me, but I sure wish some of my relatives would read this. !!!

7:29AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013


7:10AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

My husband is the saver......mounds of Mother Earth mags, papers, papers and more papers. Our bed has underneath it several large plastic boxes of his photos, momentos, papers, and such. He also has more clothes than I do!!! He has half the small walkin in the br and it is very packed. Stuff stuff and more stuff. My 24 year old son is the same, with games, trading cards, anime stuff, dvds, cds, figures.

6:36AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

4:22AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013


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Great information, thanks. I have always had a lot of plants in the house.

err - that's 'both MALE and female'. (i do wish this site had an 'edit' facility.)


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