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 firstname.lastname@example.org.