Save Money by Being Organized

06, Dec 2005

Do you walk into a room, intent on looking for something and feel like you want to slam the door shut and run? There’s that welling sensation at the base of your throat or the tell-tale anxiety that you feel in your chest. We often dread having to look for something, because of the piles and overflowing drawers and cupboards that you have to shift through.

Many people find it easier to just go out and buy what they are looking for, rather than face the daunting task of actually looking for it. It’s less stressful to just buy another package of post-it notes, batteries, or flat of tomato paste. Not surprisingly, many of my clients eventually all admit to this.

When we dive into the piles and into the disorganized drawers and cupboards, you will not be surprised (nor are they…) to find there are duplicates and triplicates of everything. Enough tomato paste to feed an army. Batteries to light up and operate every electrical device you have and then some.

Stop for a minute and think about how much money you have wasted on duplicate/triplicate purchases. Where else could this money have been spent? Not to mention, how much time would you have saved by not having to make that extra shopping trip?

Being disorganized has its rippling effects through your papers as well. Think about all the late payments and resulting interest charges you incurred because you have misplaced your bills.

Save money by being organized. Yes, I know — where to start, right?

As a professional organizer, I recommend the quick sort. Do not belabour over your piles and end up wasting your whole day over one item. Set your alarm or watch at 15 minutes. You may not have 7 hours or even 4, but we all have 15 minutes. Start small, be consistent and develop a habit.

Use the F.A.T. system. Ask yourself only 3 questions:

  • File it?
  • Act on it?
  • Toss it?

If you want to keep it — put it aside and file it / keep it somewhere.
If you have to do something to this item — put it aside in an action pile.
If you find obvious outdated and unwanted information and possessions — toss it!

Creating your piles is just the storm before the calm. Following through on your action piles is critical to getting yourself organized. Streamlining and developing personal systems will keep you organized.

Remember that the biggest barrier to working through your disorganized piles is your emotional attachment you have to everything and your inability to focus on one task. If you have procrastinated long enough, call in the experts — contact a Professional Organizer.