The Cost of Clutter

On March 15th, 2013, posted in: Accounting, Productivity by 0 Comment

As a virtual accountant, I’m interested in an aspect of clutter that you might not have thought of: the cost of clutter. National studies show that a typical executive wastes 4 ½ hours a week looking for lost papers. At a salary of $60,000 per year, that is $6,752 of lost productivity. At $100,000 a year salary, the cost escalates to $11,250! That doesn’t even factor in the possible late fees, penalties and interest on late payments because bills are misplaced.

The true test of order is:

  • Can you find anything you need in 30 seconds?
  • While you’re away, can someone else find it?

Albert Einstein said it well: “Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

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