Value of your home ÷ Square footage of your home = Value of each square footSo, if you live in a $250,000 home and it's 2,500 square feet, then each square foot is worth $100.
_______________ ÷_______________ = _______________
The value of each square foot of my home is: _______________Now let's calculate how much of your home's space is occupied by things you don't use. Walk around your home and make a rough calculation of how many square feet are unusable because of the clutter. Don't forget the basement, closets, and garage!
The number of square feet in my home that are occupied by things I don't use: _______________Now let's find out how much that wasted square footage is worth:
Value of square footage × Square feet occupied by things you don't use = Value of unusable space
_______________ x_______________ = _______________
But money is also something that gets wasted in the midst of clutter. You all know of my poor track record with flash drives. I have purchased 3 of them in the last 4 months, and have already "lost" one of them. I know that it will turn up eventually in a coat pocket, or under a stack of papers, but it is missing when I need it, so I buy another one for $12. The cost of replacing the Robo-Grip Pliers, $17.94 for a set of similar tools at Lowes. I've bought 3 vitamin capsule-sized microphones for my iPod Touch because I simply knew I wouldn't be able to keep track of them (at about $1.50 each) and already 2 of them are missing. 2 sets of iPod headphones (another $12). I bought a second copy of one of my favorite books on time management: Getting Things Done by David Allen, because I either lent it to someone and forgot who, or lost it altogether ($15). And close to $50 in lost or damaged library books this year alone.
So as you can see... clutter indeed has a cost. Think of all of the items and hours lost, and spring cleaning is a great time to clear out that clutter.