Financial Benefits of Decluttering

It pays off to unload items you no longer need (or never really needed at all).

I have been in a decluttering mode lately. It was sparked by moving my mom from her three-bedroom home to a one-bedroom apartment in my house -- and having to pare down her belongings. Spending weeks going through all her stuff to figure out what she did and didn't need (then selling and donating the unneccesary items) made me want to remove all the clutter from my life, too. A few articles I recently read fueled this desire even more.

My husband and I usually go through our closet once a year to clear out clothes we no longer wear. But an article in the New York Times about people who decided to wear only six items for a month made me aware that there still is a lot in my closet that I don't need.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.