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Time to Declutter the Excess!

September 29th, 2015 at 04:02 pm

I'm getting ready to write quite a few blog posts for Organized Friends, my other blog. I'm using it as a lesson to keep writing more and to inspire others to declutter their excess stuff. It doesn't seem related to finances, but it is. Going through the process of decluttering really helps one realize how much excess we as Americans have. If you are the one tossing all the excess you generally find that next time you are in the store looking for that next 'thing' to purchase, you might actually stop and think will this become clutter or something I won't use in 6 months or a year?

Clutter and excess cost us time in acquiring the item, cleaning and maintaining the item, moving the item out of our way to find other things. The excess purchases cost us money too. We buy the item on credit and pay interest (maybe not all of us here, but it is common for many Americans). We later can't find the item lost in our other clutter so we buy another one. Some of us forget that we even bought an item. We fail to use the item that we found valuable enough to spend our hard earned money on. If we find it again in our closets, we learn that it has been damaged because we stuffed it with other things to put it out of the way for now.

I have plans to post inspiration for decluttering primarily for all 31 days of October. I may have a few organizing ideas tossed as well. I don't really expect that anyone will follow all the suggestions everyday, but I hope that by the end of the month those reading find they were inspired to declutter the excess in their homes. Those of us here might even find we spend a little less this month as a result.

We are about 85 days away from Christmas, a holiday that can be quite draining on the pocket book and full of excess. You might find the exercise in decluttering has some side benefits to your holiday as well. I will start posting on October 1! Please join me and pardon my plug if I link to the posts on my blog here.


9 Responses to “Time to Declutter the Excess!”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    This is a great, great post, CCF. Very succinct and smart. Mind if I share part of it on my Ordinary Savers page on Facebook? (I'll link to your other blog.)

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks, ceejay! Yes you can link to it.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Sounds good! I am on vacation but will be doing a major purge once we return. Any extra motivation will be great!

  4. Miz Pat Says:

    This is a great idea. Its getting cooler now in our desert home, so I think its time to plan a garage sale and to start sorting through what we need and what we don't need. I still have junk and books in the living room left over from having the nephews move in 2 and 3 years ago.

    I have been learning 5S at work, which is cleaning up the office. A lot of it is getting rid of stuff you don't need and then labeling everything so you can find stuff. Shadow boxes are ways to lay out tooling you use for specific tasks. I'm hoping to apply some of this at home. When we 5S'd at the office, we wasted a lot of materials but I hope to garage sale or ultimately give away items so they are recycled in the system without wasting more energy.

  5. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Sounds amazing. I should become more motivated but I find I can't.

  6. snafu Says:

    Terrific idea! Look forward to learning more. It's still my goal to have what is needed, where it's needed and when it's needed but it's so critical for me that it be as easy to put it away as it was to get from cabinet, drawer, shelf, desk or work bench. My silent secret is that I've never missed anything I've purged. If I don't use it and don't need it, I'd rather sell, re-gift, donate, offer it with a 'free' sign or re-cycle . In my view there is an important financial reminder to avoid impulse purchases because they rarely work out as imagined.

    I learned that those TV infomercial products are almost always available 16 months later at GW, nearly new, rarely used for half the price

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'll be interested to see your ideas! Smile

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    It's not just Americans who acquire clutter, we Australians are also guilty of it!

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Nice blog entry! I have found it true that if I post something, I am more apt to hold myself accountable.

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