Tuesday, May 27, 2014

De-Cluttering Your Life Benefits You and the Environment

Do you wonder whether it is worth the time and energy to de-clutter your life? Consider the costs of not reducing your clutter intake:

  • Spending money to store items you do not use
  • Investing constant time and money to maintain all you own, whether it is useful and loved or not
  • Clutter increases daily stress level and lowers self esteem
  • You cannot take it with you. Those who are left to inherit and deal with your clutter will be grateful to you for dealing with it now.
  • When you eliminate the unnecessary, you open the door for new things that can enrich your life in new ways. 
  • Having less increases your ability to enjoy the here and now.

Some sobering statistics:
  • The average American gets over 50,000 pieces of mail in a lifetime, one-third of it junk.
  • The average American consumes more than 700 pounds of paper a year.
  • 80 percent of filed papers are never referenced again; 50 percent of filed materials are duplicates or expired information.
  • 60 percent of materials going to storage have no retention value and should have been destroyed.
  • If the United States cut office paper use by just 10% it would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road.
  • Cleaning would be reduced by 40 percent if clutter were eliminated.

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