I have noticed one of the things I am most drawn to on Pinterest is organization pins. I love the pretty pictures of the perfectly organized closets, pantries, and cabinets. When I go to Ikea I could spend hours (and thousands of dollars) in their closet and organizing section. Over the years I have tried to find frugal ways to organize our different closets and pantries. Not just because I like them to look pretty, but because I have realized that being organized can save you money.
Whether I am working on my meal planning list, returning library books on time, or keeping an organized and well-stocked pantry it all helps me save money. Check out these 5 ways being organized can save you money.
I think we have all had that overdue library book or Redbox movie that we returned later than what we meant to. All those $.10 a day for books or $1 for movies can really add up. I try to make notes in my calendar for when things are due or lay out things like books or movies by my car keys. By being organized and on top of things you can avoid late fees on everything from books to electric bills.
Planning meals ahead of time around your schedule can be one of the biggest ways being organized can help you save. You can make sure you only buy what you need at the store with an organized list. You can have a meal plan that you organize each week. If you know you are going to have a busy night then plan an easy meal or freezer meal. Keeping an organized pantry will help you use food before their expiration date and keep food waste to a minimum.
When my son was little I would also plan ahead with the next size up in clothes. If I saw a good deal on larger clothes at a yard sale I would buy them. I had bins for each of the next couple of sizes up. By purchasing clothes ahead of time for $.25-$.50 instead of going to the store and buying full price I saved $100's of dollars. When you are organized you can plan ahead on anything you may need like clothes, school supplies, and even gifts. By purchasing things when they are on sale or clearance you can save $100's a year.
No one wants to spend their time running around the house looking for things. Not only does it waste your time, but it can also be extremely frustrating. By keeping things in your house well organized you can save yourself time. Plus, if you have things decluttered they can be so much easier to find. No more wasted time looking for the car keys or shoes.
You Can Make Money
By organizing closets and drawers you can find things you no longer use. If you have everything organized you tend to know what you use and what you don't use. You can get rid of those things you don't use for some extra cash. We often have way more things than we actually need or hang onto things we don't use. You can organize and then sell what you don't need to make some extra money.
You don't need to have expensive closets and pantries to stay organized. A few bins from the dollar store and making lists can help you stay organized and save more money. What ways does being organized save you money?