Economics of Clutter

Being cluttered and disorganized costs time and money.  The more you have the more you have to take care of.

How do we know something has value?

How much we paid for it…

Who gave it to you…

What would it cost to replace it…

Or how much could we sell it for…


How about where we store it?

In a moldy closet…

In a smashed box…

Out of sight and out of mind…

Or in plain view but covered in dust and surrounded by clutter…


Is the value we place on items real or imaged?

I think back to the hundreds of Beanie Babies that were purchased for my daughter more than a decade ago.  At the time, they were a hot commodity.  Most could be purchased for about $5 each, others were worth much more, especially if these TOYS were never played with and kept in mint condition.  Now I see eBay awash with the same “collectables” for $.99 a piece.

Then there was the box of moldy baby heirlooms we just found at the back of a client’s basement. I would say these items have real sentimental value, but sadly they are now mostly ruined.  A hard way to have to part with something.

Sometimes we find paperwork of cash value, two $500 saving bonds to be exact… more frequently, loose change, dollar bills and unredeemed checks.

And don’t forget eBay or Amazon or Craigslist… an item worth selling is only really worth what someone else is willing to pay for it.  You do not have to sign up to log in to check the value of items on most of these sites.


I love some of the definitions I found for the word value…

  • relative worth, merit, or importance
  • equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc.
  • estimated or assigned worth; valuation: based on current desirability
  • to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness, or importance
  •  prize. See appreciate

I myself have many photographs, that long for books.  Even a small collection of souvenirs from Ireland that have yet to see the outside of a box. So what to do?

Little by little, I carve the time to get it done.  Finished or complete, no…but a little further down the road.


As always MAS Movement LLC is here to help you, whether a small closet or an entire house.


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4 thoughts on “Economics of Clutter

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