29 Days Of Frugal Living: Day 25 – Get Organized

Confession time – I am not a “born organized” person. I’m the person with the perpetually messy desk. Yes, that’s me. But I’m working on it.

Being disorganized isn’t very frugal because it can cost you money. You may end up buying things you don’t need because you can’t find something you already have.

Last year I took some time to organize my gift wrapping supplies which has kept me from purchasing unnecessary supplies. It has also me helped work toward my goal of reusing items for gift wrap and presentation.
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Then in January I organized my pantry. It’s easier to see what I have on hand now which keeps me from buying things I don’t need as well as using up items before they go to waste.
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If you struggle with organization as well, then you’re probably aware that it has cost you money at some point.

If you’re not a naturally organized person, getting organized can feel overwhelming if you try to tackle everything at once. The key is to break it down into manageable projects.

For example, I keep my gift wrap supplies in my closet. I could have said. “I need to organize this whole closet” but instead I focused on the gift wrap supplies. I do still need to organize other parts of the closet but that’s a project for another day.

In January, instead of organizing my whole kitchen I organized my pantry. And I took almost 4 weeks to do it because I took the time to see how I used the items in the pantry, came up with a workable plan and then organized certain sections at a time.

If you need to get organized:
  1. Make a list of you areas that need the most attention. For example, your bathroom cabinets, your refrigerator, your pantry, your pots & pans, your gift wrap supplies, etc.
  2. Pick a project to start with. There are a couple of ways to go. Pick the area that needs the most attention or pick the project you can do the fastest. Both will give you a great sense of accomplishment and inspire you to keep going.
  3. Come up with a plan. Think about how you can make that area the most workable for you. Remember your organization won’t look just like someone else’s.
  4. Set a time limit. For smaller projects, you can just set aside some time one afternoon. Bigger projects could take a week or a month. Just set a time in which you’d like to accomplish the project and work towards that goal.
  5. Work the plan. You know what you need to do, how you plan to do it and the time frame in which you want to do it. Now you just do it.
  6. Enjoy the results.
Taking the time to get organized helps you know what you have so you don’t waste money on things you don’t need and you use the things you have.

Are you “born organized”? If not, what area in your house needs the most attention?

Thanks for joining me for 29 Days of Frugal Living. Stop by tomorrow for another idea as we learn to make the most of what we’ve been given.

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Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.