You have already read about the kinds of clutter that may exist in your life. You know that clutter has to be cleared. However, you also know how hard it is to start. Therefore, I have decided to describe you the costs you will pay and are paying while not taking action.

Read these articles:

Take a notebook. While reading these two articles, list all the clutter which is relevant to you. I can assure you if you do this exercise for the first time, the list will be very long.

Writing about costs I do not only mean money although it IS one of the seven kinds. Most categories are immaterial so the real costs are seen when things are really bad and then lots of work is needed to clear the clutter.

The Seven Kinds of Cost You Have To Pay Because Of Clutter

Now when you have your list in front of you we can start calculating the cost. Just pick up each item and put it to the right category of costs. The item may even belong to ALL of them.

Time


People often think of clutter as an energy drain, but it also drains us of our time. How? You spend extra time, virtually every day, looking for lost items, such as keys, money, shoes, tools, etc. Even when you are looking right at the lost item, it becomes difficult to see it when surrounded by clutter.

Money


When you do do not have financial papers organized, bills can get lost, causing you to accrue late fees. Replacing lost items and buying duplicates of those we didn’t realize we already had can also carry a cost that adds up quickly. You can also lose money because of hiring a professional archivist who will tidy your documentation. And as time is money, so searching for lost documents means less time to actually make money.

Stress


The most obvious toll that clutter takes is added stress on one’s life. For example, when you expect guest and your house is cluttered, it costs you a day to clean it. Moreover, each room carries visual reminders of all the work that needs to be done in the way of cleaning.

According to the principles of feng shui, clutter drains you of your positive energy—you can actually feel it! A cluttered home, rather than a haven from stress, is a big stressor in itself and intensifies the frustration and exhaustion that an already-stressed person feels.

Problems In Relationships With people

If you are living together with your partner, a cluttered house can be a big challenge and the source of numerous arguments. Each item can cause irritation and break peace between you and your partner. Moreover, things are getting worse when your mother-in-law visits the house and starts to criticise you or him. And the worst case is when you are a neat person and your partner is a slob or opposite.

Problems At Work

Cluttered office or garage lead to stress, reproval from your boss. You find yourself even under bigger pressure running a business and gaining bad reputation among the customers who come to your office. Don’t forget that the first impression is usually indelible and if negative – very hard to efface. If you are prone go generate clutter, it will be harder to be promoted or less customers will buy your goods/services.

Health

A cluttered house of office means less fresh air and more dust. Things are worse when you are allergic to dust. also, there is a bigger risk of a fire, an injury (spraining a joint, breaking a leg or arm, e.g. while looking for a lost item). As described above, stress adds additional load to strain your health. Lack of proper rest because of the cluttered bedroom is also very common and we all know how sleep deprivation affects health.

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Spiritual Distress

I do not mean “a disruption in the life principle that pervades a person’s entire being and that integrates and transcends one’s biological and psychological nature” here. It is rather about having less opportunities for your soul to radiate with the Light. Spiritual clutter leads to stress and attracting negative energy. However, physical clutter is also harmful. For example, you cannot concentrate on your meditation or prayer.

In a Nutshell

Today you have met the seven kind of costs you are paying tolerating clutter in your life. All of them are interdependent and can exist at the same time. Apart from money, time and stress, our relationships at home and work soar and our health is impaired. In many cases, clutter can also elongate your way to total happiness while living in the Light.

Vicky

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