The Economics of Home Organizing

The most fundamental principle of economic theory is supply versus demand. Apply the same concept in terms of your home.

Clutter issues arise when supply outweighs demand by a substantial margin. We shop until we drop with no real game plan. This causes a lot of waste in time, money and space… not to mention an overwhelming mess.

Bargains are never bargains until they are utilized. Throwing away cash and receiving no benefit makes little economic sense. It does not matter if it is clothes that are never worn or a can of soup that sits on a shelf well past its expiration date. The outcome is the same.

Take the concept a step further and consider the law of diminishing returns. Every time that a similar item is purchased, it reduces the overall value of all of those things. For example, if you only owned one shirt, then it would be golden with infinite value. A second shirt would be pretty priceless too but it would lessen the value of both. If the cycle continues unchecked, they eventually become a liability in the form of clutter.

Occasional splurges are healthy and fun but should lean more towards the exception rather than the rule. It can be a bit like walking on a tightrope. Balance is everything.

Pause and think before spending. Purchase what you need and use what you have in order to keep the flow of a household running smoothly.

A reasonable balance between supply and demand is one of the keys to a sound economy and a more manageable home as well. Realistic demand on a daily basis will lead to a healthier supply of peace and sense of well-being down the road.

 

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Home Organizing: Attention Shoppers

Let’s face it. Shopping is one of America’s favorite pastimes and for many, an Olympic sport. We thrive on the high when we score a perfect ten or jump on the bargain of a lifetime.

It matters little if it is needed or not and maybe more importantly, if there happens to be room for it once it crosses the threshold of your home. The treasures soon become an issue when they are crammed into the dark recesses of a closet and soon forgotten. This happens over and over again until we know longer know what we own.

Unfortunately, the thrill of the hunt is temporary and before long, we crave for more. One solution would be to better arm ourselves. Know what is in you closets, cabinets and whatever before you venture out to the mall or onto the world wide web.

Organize your belongings and there will be a much better understanding of what you have and what you really need. By putting things in categories and assigning like things to their own space, it becomes much easier to remember as well as visualize the remaining space. It literally pays to put a check on your spending habits before you get to the checkout counter.

Shopping is fun and can be perfectly harmless when done it moderation. But when it snowballs into out-of-control spending, it may be time to find a new hobby. Take a breath, jump the hurdle and win the race. If successful, you will have truly scored the perfect ten.

 

 

The Clutter-Free Diet Challenge

Organizing and maintaining a home is comparable to going on a diet. If successful, a lot of excess weight will be lifted off of your shoulders and just maybe, a little bit off of you hips as well.

Clutter rears its ugly head on a daily basis in the form of guilt and shame. It not only drains us of our energy and focus, but in general, we feel bad about ourselves.

By taking back control of your house and your life, a new day will dawn with a whole new you. A brighter attitude can yield to more time for productive and enjoyable activities and less time for more questionable ones wrought out of guilt.

When we feel better about ourselves, good things happen. Increased energy, improved self-esteem and a healthier outlook open up new possibilities. With one tiny step, the ball starts rolling and positive effects take root.

Take the challenge. Shed the clutter and lose the weight. In the end, the gains that you realize will put you on top of your game… and the world.

 

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Follow the Path to an Organized Home

If you are like most people, the first and biggest stumbling block to overcome is where to start when organizing a home. The options seem endless.

Storage areas of any kind usually make the most sense to begin the project. Choosing big or small spaces depends on you and what you want to accomplish first. This eventually allows for an easier course down the line.

Everything in your house requires a designated home. Things get haphazardly thrown around when they do not have a place to call their own. It takes too much time, energy and brainpower to manage on a daily basis without it.

Focus on one problematic area at a time. For instance, the dining room table is often a popular dumping ground for all ages and for all things. Toss what you can and begin to work on the rest. The remaining items will lead you to the next step. If coats lying around, for example, take you to the hall closet then clear it out entirely before trying to put anything more in it. This will make way for other belongings as you go through the process.

Once completed, return you focus to the table and begin again. Before too long, progress will be noticeable and the effects will snowball as more and more space becomes available. The key is getting rid of the clutter before compounding the issue with more clutter. After all, lack of space started the ball rolling and caused the trouble in the first place.

Tiny steps can make a big impact. By following the path,  you may just find yourself on the road to recovery with a little more peace of mind as your reward.

Home Organizing: The Bathroom Dilemma

The bathroom holds the honor of being one of the most important and busiest rooms in the house… and yet it tends to be the smallest. It is all the more reason to streamline and make it as efficient as possible.

Search and high and low for places that can be utilized for additional storage. It helps to think vertically and start the creative juices flowing. Shelves and cabinets in strategic places not only have practical uses but they can add character to a room as well. The same can be said about decorative touches such as bins, jars and baskets.

Our love of lotions and potions is virtually limitless. However, they can accumulate over the years to the point of insanity. Sort through and weed out the ones that have not been used in ages, and be honest, will most likely never be used in the future. Going forward, by knowing what you have and keeping a rein on the allure of overindulging, the results will be satisfying and long-lasting.

Work within the space and aim to designate just the essentials to the actual bathroom. Items such as extra towels and supplies might work better in a nearby area which is still convenient but less intrusive. Finding the balance is the key to success.

With a little ingenuity, any bathroom can work more efficiently. By making the effort, you will be showered again and again with rewarding benefits on a daily basis… and the bathroom dilemma can finally be put to rest.

 

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Home Organizing: Do the Math

Look around your surroundings and do some simple math: 1 + 1  = Too Much. Clutter will multiply and grow when the underlying causes for it go unchecked. While the list of reasons may be endless, the solutions are pretty finite.

Start with the basic premise that everything in your home needs a home. It is important to keep this in mind as you begin to clear out the clutter. Things of use and those that hold high personal value should be kept. However, this can prove to be a slippery slope in your decision-making process.

For example, one can argue that an old toaster has value in case the new one breaks. However, it will take up twice the room and the chances of it ever being dragged out of a dusty basement are slim to none. This same principle applies to clothes, books and virtually every other item in the house. The space saved will continue to multiply as the process continues.

When placing a value on personal items, sentimentality plays a major role. If everything is considered to be important, then in reality, nothing is important. We end up burying our treasures so choose wisely.

Clutter places a burden on our time, space and money. In order to win the battle, we must divide and conquer our fears. In the end, it will all add up to a calmer and less chaotic lifestyle.

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Lifestyle: The Relentless Pursuit of Material Things

When the pursuit of happiness gets jumbled up with the pursuit of material things, the outcome will never be a good one. A change of attitude can change your world.

Keeping up with the Joneses can be exhausting, and frankly, they probably do not even notice, or more importantly, even care. In the end, you wind up in debt and with the unavoidable added stress as a reward.

When something is brought into a home, it decreases the perceived value of everything else in that home. We eventually forget what we have and, more often than not, create one big chaotic mess for ourselves. It takes time and energy away from more important things.

Clutter leads to guilt which will never lead to happiness. It all brings us down so we go out and buy more to make us feel better. New stuff has a way of doing that but the high does not last for long. Breaking the cycle is the ultimate cure.

Appreciate what you have and surround yourself with only the things that bring joy into your life. By clearing your home of clutter, you will be clearing your mind of it as well. Only then, will you be able to focus and pursue what really brings you happiness and chance are, it will have nothing to do with the Joneses or burning a bigger hole in your pocket.

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Lifestyle: Redefining the American Dream

The American Dream as we know it has taken a beating. For many, a good secure job and the hope for a big beautiful house equipped with all of the trimmings has all but been left in the dust. While a more promising future may be on the horizon, there are lessons to be learned today.

Hard work, commitment and an intense drive to get ahead are all key ingredients to success but sometimes fall short. Living large now will not lead to a carefree future and retirement.

Despite the obstacles, we all have some say as to our destiny. By living within our means and appreciating what we do have, we can create a fulfilling lifestyle. It may take a little ingenuity but is well within our grasp.

For the vast majority, a house will by far be the largest investment of a lifetime. The old adage that “less is more” certainly applies. By simply cleaning out the clutter, a home will suddenly feel less crowded. Go a step further by using smart storage solutions to organize the remaining contents and that same house will feel even more spacious. Perhaps the answer has never been bigger and better.

By simplifying the home front, more time can be devoted to more worthwhile pursuits. Shackled by debt and worry will never put anyone on the road to the Promised Land. The freedom to become all we can be may have been the American Dream all along but we just got a little lost in all of the material stuff to realize that we were already in reach of grabbing the brass ring.

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Downsizing: The Kids Don’t Want the Stuff

When the time for downsizing arrives, our children are likely candidates to be the benefactors of our boundless generosity. However, for the most part, they do not want it. With few exceptions, our kids love us but our stuff, not so much.

Through the generations, the times have changed. When many of us were young, we married early, bought a modest home and started a family. While money may have been tight, the American Dream was alive and well.

Hand-me-downs were a welcome tradition to any home. Perhaps the mindset was a remnant of the Great Depression but it worked well, and could again if, and only if, all parties are willing.

As time went by, more women entered the workforce, married later in life and had fewer children. They realized a new independence both financially and in their thinking. It trickled down to the appearance of their home and choices in lifestyle, as well.

With this in mind, begin the downsizing journey with an open heart. Ask the kids first but avoid straddling them with guilt. Giving to charity or selling things outright are all viable options. Any proceeds could be used to create meaningful and special experiences for all of your loved ones. In the end, it is cherished memories that are the true treasures that help define the fabric of a family.

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Home Organizing: To Binge or not to Binge on Storage Bins

Storage bins can be a useful tool when organizing a home. However, they are not the foolproof answer to solving clutter issues. Tossing all of your worldly belongings in containers and then calling it a day will not get you closer to the promised land. At best, it only delays the day of reckoning.

Chaos from clutter does not happen overnight. It usually sneaks up and overwhelms without much warning. An investment in time and an attitude adjustment go a long way toward the cure. Before taking any action, consider how much simpler life could be without the burden of all of the stuff weighing you down. Be honest and really take a hard look at all of the things lying around that are contributing to the problem.

The next phase is to take a deep breath and dive in. Start by sorting into categories. Once all of the like items are gathered and without fail, you will own more than you realize. Smarter purging decisions will result.

Everything in a home needs a home. Take a critical eye to closets and other storage areas and then decide on a logical place to put all of the the pieces back together. At this point, it would be wise to consider the use of storage bins. Go one step further and choose the right size and shape to fit your needs.

As the process continues, decisions become easier. Experience is gained as well as momentum. The answer to binging or not on storage bins will become more evident as they are used more as a tool than a crutch. Before long, you will be sprinting rather than hobbling across the finish line to the promised land.

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