Crown Financial Ministries has some thoughts on the high cost of clutter. Some highlights:
National studies have shown that the typical executive spends four and one-half hours a week looking for lost papers. At a salary of $30,000, the cost of searching for important papers, measured in lost time, is $3,376 per year. At $60,000, the cost is $6,752 per year. At $100,000, the annual cost jumps to $11,250.
As staggering as these costs are, the majority of managers and business owners with whom I've worked report that they lose even more. I have found that the cost often jumps to 15 percent of their yearly income.
Just think—at this rate, nearly two years of each life is lost looking through clutter.
Oh no, I think she's talking to me.
My desk is always a mess at work, though I don't spend a lot of time looking for lost papers (or at least I don't think I do.) I have a fairly firm grasp on what's under each pile. ;-)
That said, I'm sure I do lose some time because I have a messy desk. And lost time means lost productivity -- which can lead to a lower job performance, income, etc. In fact, Penelope Trunk thinks that simply having a messy desk alone can undermine your career.
What are your thoughts on the issue? Is a messy desk costing you? Or maybe it's at-home clutter?
Perhaps we all should make some extra money by selling our old stuff and de-cluttering our lives!