There are plenty of people who are great at folding bath towels, but are not so good at eliminating old, unused linens. By this I mean, organizing is more than just a neatly folded towel, or a stack of papers, or shopping for containers. Understanding why you accumulate will help you wipe out the problem of clutter.
People are prone to clutter because it’s easier to pile up items instead of taking the time to make a decision to retain or discard.
In our busy work-every-minute world, mass consumption society we live in, people do not realize the amount of time lost to simply locating paperwork, tools, gadgets, addresses, DVDs, flashlights, keys or photographs. Just think about the last time you looked for that warranty or receipt in order to repair or return something? Or how many tape-measures you purchased brand new to replace the one(s) you can’t find?
According to a recent article from Newsweek Magazine, the average American spends 55 minutes a day – roughly 12 weeks a year—looking for things they know they own but can’t find.