Organize + Energize: 4 Ways Getting Organized Will Save You Money
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Here are 4 ways to save money just by being organized:
Organize your kitchen
There is a great sale at the market for buy two get two free. You get home and there isn’t enough room on one shelf for the items. You store them all over the closet or they get pushed to the back of the closet. You now have 4 of the same item floating in different areas. Six months later, you clean out and organize your closet and find those bottles and they have expired. Initially, you thought you were saving money on this great deal but you have just wasted money and thrown it into the garbage.
When going to the market, make meal plans ahead of time and then make your food shopping list from your organized food pantry. You will avoid purchasing duplicate items and wasting money on things you already have. Keep like items categorized and stored together so it is easy to find things.
Don’t forget about paper products, dishes and utensils you keep stocked for casual events or outdoor parties. Keep all these items grouped together. When you are planning your party, you will know exactly what you need to purchase and you won’t be purchasing duplicate items and wasting money.
Create a system for any money that enters the home
It could be in the form of cash, checks, gift cards and reward certificates. Develop a system to contain your gift cards. Keep them contained to one area. Do not throw them in random drawers throughout the home. It can be as simple as containing them in a labeled envelope or container and placing them in a secure place. If you have an abundance of them and you have a big family, you can organize them in a small accordion file, index box, or a small binder. There are many options out there. Get creative.
Develop a system to keep track of your bills. The interest rates, late fees, and collection agencies alone will cost you hundreds of dollars that could be spent on more important things. Don’t forget, your credit score will also drop when you pay bills late.
Everything should have a home
Never again purchase a duplicate item because you forgot you had it or you couldn’t remember where you placed it. Keep items grouped and categorized together. Don’t scatter items all over the home. When items are categorized together, you will know immediately where to find something and you won’t waste money purchasing duplicate items.
Avoid impulse purchases
How often do you take everything out of your clothes closets? Do you take everything out every time the season changes or do you just shift items around? How many of the same shirt do you have hanging in the closet? Did you buy another because you couldn’t find the one you were looking for? Was it stuffed in the back of the closet?
When you go clothes shopping, make a list ahead of time of all the items you need to purchase. This will avoid purchasing duplicate items. You will avoid making those impulse purchases.
If you are making the leap to get organized, you have to create working organized systems that work for you and your family. The systems have to be simple. The more complex the system, the more difficult it will be to follow.
I’ve never heard anybody say they wished they had less money. Get organized and save money! What are you going to do with all the money you are going to save? The options are endless!
Related Slideshow: Organizing Products For Your Closet
Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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