I have a friend who wants to be a stay-at-home mom.Â She and her husband have been working to figure out how they can make it possible.Â My mother has always said she wishes we had another bedroom for the guests that never visit.Â These are just two examples of how you need to consider the cost.
What do I mean by â€œconsider the cost?â€Â It means considering the cost of having what you have and how to afford what you want.Â In the case of Momâ€™s wish for another bedroom you have to consider the cost of heating/cooling that room, the cost of additional time to clean it, the cost of a larger payment for the home, the cost of the increased taxes, and numerous other costs.Â Is having that extra room worth the cost?
Consider my friendâ€™s dilemma.Â What can they do to make it possible for her to stay home with their children?Â We all know that owning a home (even paying a mortgage) is cheaper than renting.Â At least that is the case here in the US right now.Â Like in the case above there are many costs to maintaining a home.Â We know that the bigger it is the more costly it is to own and run. Along with the cost we have mentioned in the first example there are also the costs to owning and maintaining items like cars, lawn mowers, and other items.Â They all have maintenance and replacement costs.Â If you add up these costs and divide the total by your hourly pay (including taxes) you will come up with the number of hours you have to work to pay for these items.Â
What does this have to do with decluttering you ask?Â Consider the cost–the cost of maintaining the room, the maintenance and the necessity of everything you have.Â Iâ€™m sure that Colleen can tell you that the home they have now costs much less than their previous home.Â Society has lulled us into thinking we need much more that we really do in order to â€œget a life.â€Â Does your family really need the size of your present home?Â Do you need that extra bedroom, that office, that bonus room, that third garage bay, etc? Â Do you need those 4 TVâ€™s, that extra car, that room full of craft supplies, that garage full of â€œtoysâ€ (or junk), those skis when you only get used twice a year, etc?Â Life is always in flux and needs change.Â
Letâ€™s go back to my friendâ€™s dilemma.Â How did they resolve it?Â They downsized.Â Here in this area of Arizona the eco-friendly landscape is one that has rock, cactus and a few other low-moisture plants/trees.Â It means minimal maintenance.Â So they downsized to a home just the size for their family with an eco-friendly landscape.Â They traded his truck for an economy model.Â The huge kitchen was traded for one that contained just what they needed and used.Â For everything they had they considered the cost and over half of what they owned made the cut.Â
Are you considering the cost of everything you own?Â How can that help you make decisions that will make things easier and less costly for you?
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something cold to the touch.
Eco Tip for the Day
Deb post today is a good example of thinking about the cost of things. The more you save on things you don’t need is of benefit to the environment as well. Everything we consume hasÂ someÂ sort of effect on the environment. So don’t think about what you are giving up for the sake of the environment, instead think what both you and the environment have to gain.
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It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow