Spring Cleaning

New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on weight loss and saving money.  However, many people look at spring as a good time for making new commitments to change their lifelong patterns of clutter and disorganization.  Getting organized can make positive impacts to your financial health as well as your physical health.

Here’s a short list of the positives to an organized home:

  • Fewer injuries related to tripping over items in your path
  • Fewer injuries related to running into furniture and walls when dodging clutter
  • Fewer allergy attacks because there are not as many dust bunnies forming on things scattered everywhere
  • Less stress because you know exactly where everything is stored – including bank statements, receipts, product manuals, warranties, tax forms, etc.
  • You may spend less on money on things you don’t need because you don’t want to bring more stuff into you neat and organized home
  • You can reduce your entertainment budget by renting a movie, popping some microwave popcorn and inviting friends over to hang out in your clutter free home

You may even be able to make some money from all that stuff sitting around that no one ever uses anymore.  Get the kids involved too.  Tell them you are having a yard sale or garage sale the first Saturday in April or May and they can keep all the money they make selling their old clothes, sporting equipment and toys.  The only catch is that they have to agree to donate any items remaining at the end of the sale to Goodwill, church or some other local charity.  Once an item goes in the sale box it is banned from the house forever.

If there are any high dollar tools or collectibles in the sale box, you might get a higher price for them on Craigslist.com or eaby.com.  Check it out.  You can always refer to these sites to get a better idea on how to price items for your sale as well.

A little organization can go a long way in reducing stress and headaches come tax season next year.  Make folders for each of your banks, phone bills, charitable donations, gas receipts, mileage logs, etc.  Store them in a desk drawer or storage box.  Spend ten minutes each Monday evening sorting all the previous week’s mail, receipts, and other paperwork into your folders and everything you need for tax season will be at your finger tips next year.

Remember, it is NEVER TOO LATE to get started and even one small change turned into a good habit will have payoffs.  Please email your ideas for getting organized to boyonabudget@yahoo.com.


About boyonabudget

Did you graduate from high school or college and wonder why you never took a class on balancing your checkbook, building a household budget or stretching your paycheck from one week to the next? I bet most of us asked ourselves that at some point soon after getting out in the real world on our own. Well we can’t go back and ask for a do-over. But we can help our kids avoid that question. Let’s teach them now while they are still living at home and have the Mom and/or Dad safety net to catch them when they fall. I have eighteen years of marketing (print, web and broker) experience with the number one health insurer in America. That is how I pay the bills. Being a mom, writing a book and blogging is how I feed my creativity. I’m writing a guide for teaching kids to manage money wisely. If the adults learn a thing or two along the way, that’s all the better. Join me on a journey to financial freedom!
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3 Responses to Spring Cleaning

  1. Hi Kathleen,
    Yes, this is great advice. We kind of renovated and spring cleaned all at the same time this last Christmas (summer time for us) holidays. The impact or effect of having a decluttered living and work area is quite uplifting.
    BTW Your book sounds great – hope you are making great progress with it!!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog, also. Keep writing!

  2. I am with you a 100%, I think we all need to down-size from the stuff-itis we suffer from. We need to stop paying those high-end prices, and kids definitely need to learn that the bank of Ma & Pa is closed when they leave home. Schools do not provide the necessary tools for our kids to make it in this tough financial world we live in. As parents we must give them the proper tools, although we also as adults have to take the steps ourselves. Kudos to the post!

  3. Love the tip about folders for receipts to make tax time easier. This said by someone who spends hours sorting receipts kept in a shoe box at tax time.

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