Spark Joy co-hosts and KonMari Consultants, Karin and Kristyn, talk about 17 obvious and hidden costs associated with living with clutter that is slowly stealing your joy.
In this episode, we attempt to uncover and put a price tag on the hidden costs associated with delaying your KonMari tidying event. Like many common lifestyle challenges (losing weight, getting out of debt, finding a new job) the longer you wait to get started, the more the issue compounds and slowly steals your joy. So it’s time to get real and talk about the physical and emotional costs associated with keeping clutter around.
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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:
- Joy Checks: Karin surprises her mom in Kansas City and Kristyn finds joy on the 606 running trail in Chicago.
We breakdown 17 costs associated with clutter:
The cost of storing your clutter outside of your home
The cost of not using everything that you've purchased
The cost of having unutilized space within your home
Clutter Cost Formula
The cost of buying/renting a bigger home to accommodate things that don't spark joy
The cost of the clutter damaging your home over time
Calendar clutter: time and energy
Refer to Ep 30 | Simply B Organized with Laurie Palau
The cost of clutter getting in the way of you finding what you need
The cost of clutter getting in the way of things you truly need to do
Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Refer to Episode 16 | Stress Free Holiday Joy with Amanda Jefferson
The cost of negative thinking or self talk
The cost of ignoring your own reality
The cost of using shopping to cope
Refer to Episode 31 | Shopaholic No More with Dr. April Benson
The cost of linking your self worth to a certain type of collection of things or a particular lifestyle
The cost of clutter that blocks your ability to execute certain physical activities
The cost of clutter that limits your ability to make healthy choices
Refer to Episode 3 Face Your Stuff with Dorothy The Organizer
The cost of clutter that limits relationships and your quality of life with your friends and family
The cost of clutter that prevents you from accessing information critical to uncovering the reality of your finances, preventing you from reaching true wealth/abundance
Refer to Episode 6 Declutter Your Path to Wealth with Tess Wicks
The cost of clutter that locks you into consumption patterns that lead you to having no choice in the type of job situation or career choice - even if it’s not ideal
Refer to the the ChooseFI community
The cost of clutter that prevents you from pursuing your life purpose/feeling fulfilled, understanding what true joy means to you
Don't worry, we end this episode on a joyful note! We discuss the many ways decluttering can pay you back to counter some of the clutter costs.
"Having a storage locker is like going to visit your past mistakes."
"Your space itself is way more valuable than your stuff."
"Is this space honoring what's being stored within it?"
"Is this space supporting the ideal lifestyle that I desire?"