Can you really afford not to get organized this year?

There’s a common misperception that organizing is really expensive. People who happily pay for massages, oil changes, tutoring and all kinds of other services that make life easier, balk at the idea of paying someone else to help them create an organized home.

Part of it is shame – we feel like we should be able to do this ourselves, and so just as women a generation ago would hire a cleaner but feel guilty about not doing it themselves, or two generations ago would never admit going to a therapist, we don’t like people to know we need help.

Meanwhile the costs of disorganization pile up.

Storage units aren’t free

If you rent a mid-sized storage space in the Boulder & Longmont area, expect to pay around $250 a month. That’s $3,000 a year. And most people who rent storage space keep paying year after year, often adding more units over time as the clutter in their homes accumulates. This temporary fix can end up costing thousands and thousands of dollars without doing anything to address the underlying problem.

Buying duplicates is expensive

Many people who hire me tell me they were initially put off by the cost of getting organized, only to quickly realize they were actually paying far more by staying disorganized. As if the ongoing storage unit fees weren’t enough, they were spending good money to replace things they knew they already had but couldn’t find.

Eating out can really add up

They were eating out because the kitchen was too cluttered to easily cook in. When your pantry is full of food you don’t eat, it’s easy to feel like you have nothing to eat. Chipotle to the rescue! Again.

Shopping to relieve stress is a budget killer

Are you practicing “retail therapy” to relieve the stress of an out of control home? So often, I see people who buy more and more stuff to cheer themselves up, and the clutter spirals out of control along with the credit card bills.

Ignoring paperwork is expensive

Tax returns still waiting to be filed. Unpaid bills accumulating late fees and ruining your credit. Checks that languish uncashed. Gift cards quietly expiring on the window sill in the bathroom. How much did it cost you this year to leave your desk and paperwork a creative mess?

Living in a bigger house than you need is costly

If you were to calculate the percentage of things you love, want and need compared to everything else in your house, you’d see the eye-opening reality that you may be living in a bigger space than you need or want or can afford. That extra stuff you never use is living there rent-free and you’re picking up the tab. Same goes for the basement full of things you’re storing for other people. Clearing clutter and getting organized can make you realize you don’t need a bigger house after all! Which will save you all the expenses (and considerable headaches) of moving.

The bottom line

Hiring help to get organized is an investment that pays for itself many times over. If you don’t know where to start, the guidance is invaluable. If you just never seem to get around to it, the accountability is key. Either way, the sooner you get organized, the sooner you stop wasting money.

How much is disorganization costing you? When you’re ready to start saving money, I can help!

Do you feel like you missed the day they taught Organizing 101?

Call Lucy Kelly at (720) 526-2114. I’ll help you get organized and stay organized!

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