We all want to be able to organize our schedules and maintain them on a day-to-day basis, but life doesn’t always allow us to. However, organization is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organized in your everyday life actually saves you time and money. Here are a few of the reasons why.
Efficient and Stress-Free
If you keep your belongings organized, you don’t need to spend time looking for them when needed. We’ve all experienced a time in the morning where we are running late and rushing around looking for something we can’t find. Keeping your belongings organized helps in times like these, especially in the case of important yet rarely used items, such as insurance or tax information.
The key to keeping things organized is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. As my mother always says, “everything has a place”. If you want to keep important mail in a desk drawer, make sure you keep all of your important mail in that drawer. Don’t be afraid of sorting your things too much. The more categories of things you come up with, the easier it will be to find exactly what you need when you need it.
Saves You from Buying New
Being organized keeps you from buying items you already have, but you’ve forgotten about or lost in your household or workplace. If you laughed after reading that sentence, it’s because you’ve probably done this before.
You’re more likely to forget about a pack of rubber-bands you bought several months ago and never opened, than your car keys or your wallet. Combined, these types of purchases can end up costing you a significant amount of money for items that you already have.
Fortunately, this is a very fixable problem. By cleaning and organizing the designated “junk” drawers in your home or office and making a list of all the items, you will easily find the item you’re looking for the next time you go searching. This avoids unnecessary purchases and impulsive buys at the store in the future.
It’s a very flexible habit that can be applied to many aspects of your daily routine.
Helps You Remember Important Details
It can be hard to keep track of every detail when you have a lot going on in your life. Sometimes, bills can get lost in the shuffle and go unpaid, or household maintenance gets overlooked.
By keeping all of your activities organized, you can get them done in a more efficient manner and you make sure that every detail is taken care of.
Saves Money on Shopping
If you plan out a menu for each month, you can buy many of your groceries in bulk, saving you time and frequent trips to the store. If you prepare a list ahead of time, you can also look for coupons that offer savings on the things you plan to buy.
The same applies to non-food items, which can be bought in bulk and stored for later use. Staying organized and keeping essentials stocked up saves you the stress of running out to make a special trip for more. You can also plan out birthday or holiday gifts well ahead of time so that you can keep an eye out for a good deal.
While it may take a bit of effort, organizing your life allows you to use your time more efficiently and to take full advantage of your finances. Not only that, but the more thought-out your budget or schedule is, the less you will worry about them.
There are many tools designed to help keep you organized, including all kinds of helpful apps for mobile devices. I’ll be sharing some of those helpful apps next week and the 30-days of Home Organization tips start Tuesday, January 30, so be sure to sign up below.