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Monday, July 18, 2011

Cost of Clutter

Not only is there an emotional cost of clutter, but there is a monetary expense to living with more than we can manage – whether it’s in our homes or schedule. Consider these interesting facts about the cost of clutter:

• “National studies have shown that the typical executive spends four and one-half hours a week looking for lost papers. At a salary of $30,000, the cost of searching for important papers, measured in lost time, is $3,376 per year.

• According to management engineers, misfiled documents cost between $61 and $122 to be retrieved.

• Workers lose 280 hours per year, or seven weeks, seeking clarification because of poor communication due to disorganization.

• If you ate one meal out a week because your kitchen was disorganized, it would cost approximately $25 for two, times 52 weeks, equals $1,300 a year in additional expenses. And that’s a conservative estimate.

We don’t need experts to tell us clutter costs. Any woman who has three bottles of pumpkin pie spice sitting next to five cans of poultry seasoning knows it can add up. We can’t put a monetary value on time and energy, but looking for things around the home is clearly a waste of both.

Need some tips for managing clutter?  I'll be posting more in the coming weeks.

Grace & Peace,

My book will soon be available!   You can pre-order at Proverbs 31 Ministries or Amazon.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Glynnis,

    I know that as a full-time working mom that I need to work on the clutter in my life. I have a whole office that needs de-cluttering. I hope to be able to get a hold of your book here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


    Lorlie Williams-Marschall