Getting your home organized really can save you money, plus you get the satisfaction of knowing where everything is when you need it, and a pleasant, neat-looking home. What’s not to love about getting organized?
But just how can it save you money? There are several areas in your home where getting organized and staying organized actually makes day-to-day living cheaper.
Do you need a bit of extra motivation to get you started? Let’s look at the real cash benefits of a well-organized home by looking at the areas where clutter could end up creating costs.
Before you go shopping, you usually check the refrigerator, freezer, and larder to see what you need to get. But if everything is packed any old how, you could end up getting items that go off; because you didn’t really need them, or end up with a larger packed with multiple doubles; because you couldn’t see what was going on when you took stock.
- Put produce that has to be used up fast where it’s easiest to spot. That way, you won’t forget to use it when you cook the next meal, and if it’s fruit, your family is more likely to snack on it if it’s staring them in the face looking temptingly ripe and juicy.
- Organize your spice rack, and create a simple restocking system. Empty containers could be placed on the windowsill. Keep the bottles if refills are cheaper, or else throw them away.
- Keep dry ingredients for baking in one designated place, pasta and rice in another, and so on. This will enable you to see at a glance what needs stocking up and what you still have enough of.
You know you had a nice, light summer jersey somewhere, but where could it be? In the end, you go out and buy another one, only for the missing item to reappear as if by magic the moment you “replaced” it. When it’s hard to find usable clothing in your closet, you know you have way too much stuff that you don’t use.
- Give away clothes you never wear because you don’t really like them.
- Organize clothes that need mending in a mending basket and make time to repair them.
- Give away clothes that don’t fit anymore.
- If smaller children inherit clothes your older kids have outgrown, pack them away on hard-to-reach shelves for future reference.
- Store out of season clothes separately so that you can easily find the current season’s clothes in your closet.
Once you have done away with things you don’t use, you may be surprised to find just how many usable things you have left over. Without going shopping for new outfits, you suddenly find that you have more than enough clothing to wear.
Toys and Games
Like anything else, toys and games don’t get used when they are difficult to find. Have your children organize their toys so that they know where to find them all.
If your kids have way too many toys, consider implementing a rotation system in which toys they don’t often play with are packed away for a few months. When they are unpacked again, they seem new and exciting, and the toys they’re a little bored with by now are packed away for the next rotation.
This little system can save you from feeling you ought to buy new toys because your kids are bored with the ones they have. Plus, there’s less chance of toys getting broken and needing replacement when they are neatly stored.
Bills and Paperwork
Store all your current paperwork in an in-tray or drawer. Go through everything before the end of the month to make sure you know what bills you need to pay. Store paperwork that is a must for tax purposes in a file, and throw the rest away. Remember to file away receipts you may need for warranties.
By keeping your papers organized, you won’t as easily end up paying penalties because you forgot to settle a bill, and your filed warranties could make the difference between a paid repair or replacement and a free one.
HVAC technicians say that the vents are often blocked by stored items packed in front of them. If this is happening in your house, you could be paying more for utilities than you really need to. Keep boxes of stored stuff to an absolute minimum, and go through them every six months or so to see what you can do away with.
Broadly speaking, organizing your home has the following financial benefits:
- You won’t buy duplicates of things you already have.
- You’ll save time you can spend more productively because you won’t spend as much time hunting for things.
- You won’t end up buying storage containers for items you don’t need to store anyway.
- You’ll enjoy being in your neat, well-organized home, so you may not feel the need to “get away from it all” as often.
- You may find you don’t need that extra storage space you were considering buying.
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