The Cost of Clutter: Money and Relationships

The Cost of Clutter - Money and Relationships

In late 2017, Choosi delivered the Choosi Clutter Report; the first report delivering real data about Australia's Clutter situation.

When it comes to the status of Aussies and their clutter, the statistics I was most interested in centred around the cost to Aussie families financially and within family relationships:

Financial: The average estimated financial value of household clutter is a whopping $6,623; and there is an estimated $59.36 BILLION worth of clutter Australia-wide. 

Relationships: More than 1 in 2 Australians report clutter causes tension between people living together, with more than 2 in 5 arguing over clutter and 1 in 9 experiencing long term negative effects to their relationship.

Finding yourself in the data: 
You might be tempted to think that these stats don't apply to you. But take a moment to consider the 5 different Archetypes described in the report. Do you recognise yourself in one or more?

  • The Recycler: Keeps things which might be useful one day; worry you'll need it as soon as you discard it

  • The Over Sentimentalist: Gifts, cards, photos - anything reminiscent of a loved one must be kept for eternity

  • The Minimalist: Embraces the idea of less is more, and monitors clutter closely

  • The Hobbyist: Loves collections, creating and kits, their passions can consume the home

  • The Shopaholic: Embraces retail therapy and can't pass up a bargain but they have more than they need

What's holding people back? Is it holding you back too?
The report identified that whilst 1 in 3 Aussies had a strong or extreme desire to de-clutter, and a further 2 in 5 had a reasonable desire, 1 in 2 didn't know how to make de-clutter decisions, 2 in 5 struggle to find the time and 1 in 3 just feel too lazy. Is this you?

Ready to change?
Sometimes we can see stats like these and whilst interesting, they don't really have an affect on us. Other times, we see for the first time that we have an issue and an opportunity, and feel a spark of excitement to create positive changes, albeit with some trepidation. To explore this further, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. What does my clutter do for me? Consider both the positive and negative results and outcomes of having clutter. Where might it be helping me to hide in my life? Where does it help me feel connected? What else does it do for me?

  2. Which of these outcomes do I wish to keep, and which is it time to let go?

  3. Of the outcomes I wish to keep, what other ways can I achieve them without needing clutter?

You may have an amazing opportunity for improvement just waiting for you to grab with both hands!

Is it your time now, but don't know how?
If you have identified that ditching the clutter will create space for positive changes and growth for you and your family, but you are feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start, it's ok. You don't have to do it alone.

The help you need is right here
Through Online/Phone Coaching, you can access personalised, tailored support to:

  • Understand your personal clutter drivers

  • Set your de-clutter/home life goals

  • Prioritise where to focus your time and attention

  • Get the do-able steps to fit in with your life

  • Move through in-action to action

  • Know how to tackle each area of the home using proper methodoligies

  • Have an unbiased accountability partner and cheer squad (That's me!)

And through this Coaching process you will create the home space you've always desired whist saving you and your family space, time and money.

Watch the Choosi Clutter Report below for even more interesting facts about clutter:

The Choosi Clutter Report looks at Australian's habits and attitudes towards clutter. The report is the sixth instalment in a research series that aims to explore the key barriers and drivers behind the financial and social behaviours in today's modern society.