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Stuff = Time

I've been on a bit of a decluttering kick lately. As part of this effort, a few weeks ago I decluttered my jewelry box. I came across a bit of gold jewelry from my high school days. You may know that high school wasn't exactly last month for me, or even last year. So, you get the picture-this jewelry was old.

I decided it was time to say farewell to some of it. So I made a pile to give to my niece and a pile to sell. With the price of gold over $1,400.00 an ounce, I thought it best to take advantage of the situation and sell my gold. I trekked my little baggie of gold to three jewelry stores in search of the best price. After getting the best price from the second store, I returned there, handed over my baggie of gold and received a nice little check. Although this experience was an education, the thing I was most aware of was how much time it took to get rid of my jewelry!

Going through my jewelry and deciding what to keep took time. Driving to the three stores took time. Cashing the check from the first jewelry store took even more time. Sure, I pocketed some cash for my time and decluttered my jewelry box too, but this didn't come for free. It came with an investment of my most precious commodity-my time.

The bottom line is this: stuff equals time.

Every item you bring into your home, whether it is food, clothing, jewelry, books, magazines or anything else, requires your time. Stuff takes time to put away. Stuff takes time to use and put away again when you're finished using it. And ultimately, when you don't want your stuff any more, it takes time to get rid of it-whether you donate it, sell it or simply pitch it in the recycle bin.

It's easy to make the connection between stuff and money. Stuff costs money. But, as you go about deciding which items to bring into your home, remember this: stuff equals time. Which items are worth your time?

Remember, clearing clutter is a two way street. It's a mix of deciding what to take out of your home, and then, becoming intentional about what you bring into your home. As you purchase new items, ask yourself this question: "Is this item worth my time?" If your answer is a resounding yes-bring it home. If your answer is "no," leave the item behind. Then, pat yourself on the back knowing that you've not only saved yourself some money, but you've saved yourself something even more important-your time. Take that time, and go enjoy it.

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