Organizational design expert and TV personality Peter Walsh divides clutter into two types: lazy clutter and memory clutter.
Lazy clutter, he says, “is all the stuff that accumulates out of negligence over time.” That stuff includes unopened junk mail, old magazines and unwanted gifts. Bottom line: It’s trash.
Meanwhile, Walsh says, memory clutter “reminds us of some important person or event or achievement in the past—it’s sentimental and often hardest to part with.” Perhaps it’s your grandma’s well-worn quilt or your teenage daughter’s no-longer-played-with dolls.
Walsh advises that if you haven’t used an item in the past year, you’re not likely to ever need it. “Take the plunge and get rid of it!” he recommends on Oprah.com.
In this infographic, SpareFoot presents 15 reasons to heed Walsh’s advice and cut out the clutter at home.