5 awesome benefits of owning less stuff
America owns a lot of stuff.
According to professional organizer Regina Lark, the average US household contains 300,000 items. Three. Hundred. Thousand!
We’re spending a lot on that stuff too. A 2011 study found that Americans spend $1.2 trillion on goods and services they don’t need every year. To put that into perspective, the US government deficit is currently running at around $500 billion.
Unsurprisingly, we’re running out of space to keep all of this stuff too – even though the average US home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years. As a result, the personal storage industry makes over $22 billion a year.
It’s pretty clear that we, as a nation, need to own less. But there are a lot of awesome personal benefits to decluttering too. Here are five of them!
You’ll spend less
After you’ve spent hours carefully deciding what you don’t need any more and finding a new home for it, the last thing you’ll want to do is fill your home up with even more stuff.
Consequently, you should spend less and have more money to put into savings (as long you don’t end up spending all the money you save on ice cream or something).
Do you ever get home from a hard day’s work, see loads of stuff lying around and feel even more stressed than before?
Owning loads of stuff is hard work. You have to keep it organized, dust it off, maintain it, put it away; it’s exhausting just writing it out. And, naturally, sometimes you just cannot be bothered to deal with it.
When you own less stuff, there’s less organising, less cleaning and less stress. And your home will look nicer too!
Imagine what you could do with that time you’re not spending organizing your stuff! So many activities!
Seriously, though, decluttering will give you more free time in the long run, which means you can finally write that novel you’ve been talking about for the past 10 years.
In the short term, you’ll make money from the stuff you sell. If you sell DVDs, CDs, Games or Electronics to us, you’ll get paid the day after we receive your stuff, which means you’ll be making bank within days of decluttering!
In the long term, resisting the urge to pile up stuff you don’t need will save you hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars, which you can use for a vacation or a college fund!
It’s easier to move
You never truly realize how much stuff you own until you’ve thrown your back out trying to drag it all into a new house.
When you reduce your possessions to just the stuff you need, moving becomes much easier. You won’t need as many moving trucks either, so it’s cheaper too.
If you’re ready to start decluttering, try Decluttr. You can sell Books, Cell Phones, DVDs, old CDs, sell Games, Electronics and a whole bunch more – and it’s super easy too! Check out this video to see just how it works.