How Clutter Costs You Money: Closet Edition

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Not bad, but not great either.

Continuing with our topic of how clutter costs you money, we now move to the closet. Look at your closet the same way you look at your pantry: do you know what is in there? Are clothes neatly folded or tossed into piles? Do you know what is clean and what is dirty? Does everything fit? Does anything fit? Do you wear the same things over and over again and skip over other items consistently?

Taking care of the clothes that you have will save you money by not having to replace items constantly. A suit, for example, doesn’t need to be cleaned very often but aired out after wearing. If you leave it on the floor or in a pile it’s going to have to be sent to the cleaners prior to wearing again because it will be wrinkled and smelly.  Going to the cleaners costs money in terms of time and the actual expense plus you don’t have that suit for a few days. Frequently people pull something out of their closet to wear only to realize that it needs to be repaired. It goes into a pile or back in the closet thereby remaining un-wearable. They buy another one instead of repairing and add to the general clothing inventory. Wouldn’t it have been better to repair the item? Yes, it would have cost less money and you wouldn’t have multiples of the same item, confusing you as to what is wearable and what isn’t.

Do your clothes fit? Do you save multiple sizes of clothes “just in case…?” Staying a consistent size will save you money by not, again, having multiples of items in different sizes. I’d suggest a size larger and a size smaller is the maximum range you want to hang on to and even then pay attention to what you wear consistently.

Can you see your clothes? Do you have to go through piles to find a particular item? Keeping shirts, trousers, skirts, jackets, etc. on hangers will help keep your clothes not only in order so you can see them but wrinkle free, too. Sweaters, tee shirts, and other knits should be neatly folded so you can see them easily and, again, kept wrinkle free. Shoes should be paired together

Knowing what you have,  keeping it wearable, and organized saves you time, the non renewable resource we all want more of, by not having to stress over what to wear each time you get dressed. I know a lot of parents teach their kids to lay out their clothes the night before school so they know what they are going to wear the next day and don’t have to fuss with it in the morning. Adults should take this advice for themselves to eliminate the morning rush, time-wasting-cycle of trying things on, realizing they don’t fit/ are dirty/ need to be fixed/ let’s try something else. The time spent on this cycle of decision-making can be easily eliminated by clearing and organizing your closet. Eliminating situations that can cause anxiety will greatly reduce your (and anyone else’s living in the same home) daily stress level, which means more time for enjoying activities that you want to do, less money and time spent shopping for things you already have, and less time on wasteful, circuitous activities like figuring out what to wear. You have better and more important things to do!

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Everything in its place
Clutter free closet
Clutter free closet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have to go in your closet every day and how you start your day sets the tone for how it is going to progress. Start it on a positive, clear, and confident step so that they rest of your day is productive, enjoyable, and fulfilling. Remember: neat really is smart.

Happy organizing!

Hidden Benefits of Organization

We all know that having an organized home and work area looks great but what about the additional, hidden benefits of organization? Once you’ve gone through the process of clearing the clutter and putting your space together in a cohesive, constructive manner, you’ll discover additional advantages that increase your return on investment. It tastes great and it’s less filling? Well sign me up!

  1. Increased inspiration: Your muse is calling and would like for you to listen. Now that you have an ordered environment to work in, you don’t have to worry yourself with finding the tools to work your creative magic. Your pens, papers, tools, bowl, or whatever is in place and waiting for you to exercise your genius.
  2. More time: Ah, the one resource none of us can buy and all of us want more of. I don’t even have to explain how wonderful it is to not have to run around the house looking for a cell phone, car keys, calculator, or clean shirt. That is time that is now yours to claim for your own.
  3. Less stress: Have you ever gotten into an argument with someone in your house about the condition of his or her or your things? Show them and yourself how much you love them by keeping the clutter under control and your home and office in order. This applies to children as well. With help, they can learn how to best organize their toys, clothes, and school stuff so that they’ll want to keep it in order. You can help build their esteem by showing they can handle the responsibility of ownership of their things. Happy kids=happy parents.
  4. More energy: When you can master a small organization task, you’ll be amazed at how that sense of accomplishment spreads to other parts of your life. You’ve conquered something that seemed like impossibility and now you can move on to a larger goal. That positive energy spreads to your work, relationships with family and friends, and overall view of the world. Your productivity increases, you are happier, and thus you attract more positive energy because you were able to master a difficult task. Remember, like attracts like so positive energy attracts more positive energy.

So in the beginning you may think you are just clearing out a drawer or closet but the aftereffects are numerous and extensive. Your investment of time and energy to get this task done will save your sanity in the long run because you have invested in yourself.

Plus, Neatsmart is always here to help you through this process ;-).
Happy organizing!