Clutter costs time. Time is the most precious resource you have. You can get more money and more stuff, but we will never get more time. Is clutter robbing you of this absolutely non-renewable asset?
The most obvious time cost is the time you spend looking for your keys, sunglasses, cell phone, and ID for work. If you’re constantly late for work because of the time spent looking for things, clutter may even cost you your job. A cluttered workspace causes you to waste time on the job as well. If you have to spend time looking for paperwork or a specific tool you will not be as productive. A lot of time is wasted looking for files on a cluttered computer.
Clutter steals time you could be spending with friends and family. Do you have CHAOS, Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome? Time spent moving clutter around without letting go of anything takes away time from building relationships. Some people spend their time gathering stuff instead of friends. There will always be more stuff, but a neglected relationship may never grow into something better.
Getting control of your clutter will take time and work, but ultimately it will allow you time for the important things in life.
“Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin
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