Are you guilty of hanging on to things that you don’t use because of the belief that you “might need it someday?” It’s a common problem that leaves people dealing with a bunch of clutter.
This is especially a problem for people who are trying to save money because they believe that as soon as they get rid of the item they’re going to need it and they’ll have to go out and pay cash to replace it. The truth is that you rarely ever need this stuff and you may be losing money by keeping it.
Here are five good reasons that it just doesn’t make sense to save stuff for “someday”:
1. It takes up room. You have to find a place for every extra item that you have. Many people have storage rooms, garages, attics, extra bedrooms and even full storage lockers filled with stuff. If you didn’t have stuff in here, you could make use of those areas and maybe even make some money off of them. You could rent out the extra bedroom or the added parking space to people who would use them. You could use those spaces as an office and get a tax break when you’re working from home or give up your art studio and work from the attic. Instead you’re just filling that space up with stuff.
2. It takes up time. Imagine how much time you’d have if you added up all of the time that you spend sorting through your junk to find what you need, organizing it, moving it around the house (or from an old house to a new one) and cleaning it off when it gets filthy. That’s leisure time that you’re wasting right now.
3. You end up with doubles. People think that they’ll save things for that one day when they need them but what ends up happening with people who have too much stuff is that they don’t even remember what they have. When they need something, they go out and buy another anyway because they’ve forgotten that they already have what they need (or they know they have it but can’t remember where it is). Then you have twice the junk!
4. You can get cash for it now. A lot of the stuff that you never use could be turned into cash that you can use today. Sell it. If you really need it again later then you can always buy a replacement and consider yourself financially even.
5. Reducing clutter reduces stress. Don’t you feel better when there’s less clutter around you? When your desk is all cleared off and your inbox is empty, your mind feels clearer. Imagine taking all of the things that you don’t need and just getting rid of them. You’re de-cluttering your life and it feels good!
This was a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo. Kathryn is a writer for Promotionalcodes.org.uk which gives away free promotion code deals (like this hotels.com discount code) and also publishes a frugal blog.