The real cost of having too much

At this time of year, many of us spend time decluttering to get ready for the year ahead. Getting organised is a classic New Year’s Resolution. You only have to try and find an empty charity bin in January to see this. But do we ever stop to consider the cost of all of this excess? I am not just talking about the financial cost, although that’s definitely part of it. But also the time, emotional and environmental cost of all of these purchases.How much time did you spend finding the “perfect” something, only to add it to the charity pile 6 months down the track? How many hours of trawling through the shops – physical and online – goes into some of these purchases? When we get caught up in the instant gratification of purchasing something we don’t really need, we disregard the cost of time and money that we are actually spending. Sometimes it is only when we do the big clean out that we realise how much we have actually spent on items that we don’t keep for long in our homes.Don’t get me wrong – I am not suggesting you don’t donate what you no longer love or use. It is really important to find homes for our unwanted items as there are so many people who can make use of them today. But what if we could stop the clutter from coming into our homes in the first place? Is it possible to view our possessions and shopping habits in a different way?

Next time you are about to buy something new, think of how long this item is going to last in your home, and then reconsider if you actually need to buy it. Do you already own something that could do the job? Could you borrow it from someone else? Will you even remember that you bought it next month?I love helping people get organised, obviously, but the easiest way to stay organised is to have less stuff. If being organised is an uphill battle in your home, try and stop new things coming in and then tackle what you already have.