Being disorganized costs you BIG.
Surprise! Being disorganized carries a big price tag, in both time and money. (Thanks to my fellow professional organizers for contributing to these lists):
- Lost valuables, important paperwork misplaced, cash gone forever
- Finance charges, late fees and interest, and negative impact on your credit score
- Missed tax deductions because you can’t find necessary receipts and other back-up paperwork
- Interest and penalties due to missed tax deadlines
- Misplaced or “stale” checks, missing gift cards or store credits
- Duplicate purchases (including the cost, time, and energy spent purchasing things over again)
- Unread magazines or other unused subscriptions
- Items ruined due to improper storage
- Purchases you can’t return (or get free replacement or refund for) because you can’t find the receipt
- Time lost searching for: keys, mail, receipts, lists, appointment cards, invitations, coupons, phone, and more
- Less peace of mind: the emotional cost of aggravation, stress, and distraction caused by clutter
Being disorganized also comes with opportunity costs.
- Missed social opportunities because of embarrassment over a messy house
- Less time to spend on what is really important and enjoyable to you
One parting suggestion: Complete this sentence, “If I were better organized, I could spend more time or money on ______________ [fill in the blank].”
Ready to invest in reducing, organizing, finding homes for, and learning how to live comfortably with your paperwork and other possessions? A professional organizer can do the job for you or set up a system and get you launched. How much could you save by investing in getting organized?
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