Thursday, June 25, 2009

save money by getting organized

So many people I talk to have made the comment that they can’t afford to be organized. They view organization as an expensive luxury that only TV programs and the wealthy can afford.


The way that I look at it is quite different…I look at organization as a way to SAVE money. Here’s why…


The organizing process involves decluttering—letting go of items you no longer use, need, or love. One side effect of the “letting go” process is that you become aware of what’s leaving your home and what remains with you. This awareness inevitably turns you into a more intentional shopper. You become aware of and intentional about what you bring into your home. For example; when you know you just donated fifteen shirts which had never been worn, the next time you see t-shirts on sale, you’ll let them sit on the store shelves. Intentional shopping saves money.

In addition to filtering out impulse purchases, when you have organizing systems in place, you no longer buy extra items because you can’t find the one you know you already have somewhere. Additionally, when your home is organized, you’re more likely to use shopping lists, both because you have the time to create them, and because you have systems in place that make it simple to do so. Shopping lists help save money. When you stick to your list you buy only that which you need. Plus, lists preclude the need for last-minute trips to the store. The less often you shop, the fewer chances you have to make impulse purchases. With shopping lists, and freed-up storage space in your home, you can also stock up on household necessities when they go on sale.

So if you are looking for a way to save a little extra money (and who isn't) make the time to get a little more organized. You may have to spend a little money up front but the savings that come from it will far outweigh the costs!

For more organizing tips, visit my website: www.andreadekker.com

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