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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.

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
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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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5:01AM PDT on Apr 17, 2015

Thanks

7:27PM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

A mix of good suggestions and not so good. But the basic message is sound. Clutter should go.

6:07PM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Thanks Beth.

7:41AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Agree with about 7 of the points the rest are there to merely bump up numbers.
Besides this nice article thanks for sharing.

5:15AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

don't collect clutter... my daughter does...

3:19AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Good article. I usually have a lot of clutter and I have to do a spring cleaning. Thanks for sharing this !

3:19AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Half of these reasons on the infographic are completely bogus, but the other half make sense. I am currently trying to sort through stuff and tidy up to free up some space. Thanks :)

2:59AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

How does it cost you $10 per square foot to store items in your house?

1:30AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Less is better.........for you, and the environment.

12:41AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

thank you for sharing this

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