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.

Organizational design expert and TV personality Peter Walsh divides clutter into two types: lazy clutter and memory clutter. The former is the stuff we’re too lazy to throw away and the latter is 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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139 comments

Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara4 months ago

Read Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke for help and inspiration with decluttering.

Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara4 months ago

Love the stats and tips, thanks! Please Recycle and Donate goods, folks!

Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan7 months ago

Laurie is so right - Easy to say ...very hard to do !!!

cynthia B.
cynthia b.8 months ago

okay so you de-clutter and find your bed to improve your sex life WOW

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti9 months ago

I did two huge purges this year. I found a pair of dress slacks I didn't even know I owned! My closets look so nice and I can find what I need to get dressed really quickly. found that two of my backpacks are big enough for my laptop if I don't want to use the briefcase. I just tried on some jeans today to see if any of them are ready to go. None are but I have a tiny bundle to take to the second hand shop that makes income for HIV research.

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo9 months ago

Easy to say ...very hard to do !!!

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo9 months ago

Easy to say ...very hard to do !!!

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo9 months ago

Easy to say ...very hard to do !!!

Lawrence Dsouza
Lawrence D.9 months ago

Thanks.

Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan9 months ago

I wish I had never let the clutter creep up on me.