How much is your stress costing you? Have you given this any thought lately? Stress caused by clutter and disorganization costs more than just wasted time, it can also cost a lot of money. So how do you know when it is more beneficial to bring in a professional to help around your house? The three determining factors I like to use are:
- Is my time more valuable than it costs to hire someone (unless, of course, I get joy from the activity).
- I don’t know how to do it.
- I don’t like to do it.
Let’s take the stressful cluttered and disorganized clothes closet as an example. If you have a closet that has not been organized or purged of unused items in a while, then you are wasting time and money in that closet. By hiring a professional to organize the closet, not only will the project get completed more quickly, you may actually make up the cost of paying the organizer with what you save. How you ask? Consider this:
- You will find clothes that don’t get used anymore. These clothes can be sold, consigned, or donated. That’s money in your pocket.
- You may have clothes that you didn’t realize you had and maybe needed now or recently. Finding them again keeps you from repurchasing. Again, money in your pocket.
- You may wear more of a variety of your clothes if you can see and compare them. This wears your clothes more evenly and helps them to last longer. After all, if you aren’t wearing them, why keep them? See #1 above.
- You will save time by going immediately to the place where something is kept. This keeps you from having to go through your entire closet everytime you want a particular item.
- You will be less stressed when you look at your space. You would be amazed at how at-ease you become when you look at a closet with extra space for new things or ample space to move freely. Even though this is a feeling and not necessarily a time/money saving reason it definitely has merit.
When you are deciding about taking care of a stressor in your life, weigh the option of having someone help you. Figure out how much the extra stress from the undone activity is causing you and possibly your family (directly or indirectly through your dissatisfaction) in time, money, or grief. And remember, it may be cheaper in the end than what the price tag reads in the beginning.