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3 Steps to Start Organizing Your Home on a Budget

Posted by MoneyKey on July 13, 2019
organizing your home

As we’ve discussed previously on our blog, when you’re trying to balance work, family, your social life, and whatever else fills your busy schedule, things can sometimes get a little messy around the house. Mail gets tossed unceremoniously on a table, you have to dig through your pantry to find what you’re looking for, and you can’t find your favorite pair of socks anywhere. And after a long and hectic week, do you really want to come and start organizing your home? 

The problem is, having a disorganized home can slowly start to drain your time and resources. Americans spend $2.7 billion dollars every year to replace lost items, and 2.5 days a year on average looking for these items. So if you feel like you’re wasting time searching for lost things, and wasting money trying to replace then when you finally give up your search, it might be time to start looking at ways to get organized. 

There are plenty of different ways that you could go about organizing your home, but in the end, one of the simplest way of going about it is to break it down into a few simple steps. Purge what you don’t need, sort through what you’re left with, and find ways to store your items. We’re going to break down each of these steps so you can get organized and break out of some of the bad spending habits that may stem from a lack of home organization!

Step 1: Purge what you don’t need

The process of organizing your home may just be kept to a specific area of the house. For example, maybe you’re setting up a filing system for your bills and paperwork, or maybe you’re completely reorganizing your kitchen. Regardless of what area of your house you’re planning to reorganize, you’ll need to start by emptying that space to see what you’re working with. As you do this, mark down everything that you’d like to get rid of. 

purge to start organizing your home

Before throwing something out, try to think of other ways to use them. Maybe you can sell them, or maybe there’s an organization you can donate them to. To help you with this, you might want to set up some sort of storing station where you separate things that are meant to be sold, donated, or tossed. 

How to decide what to keep and what to lose

When you’re sifting through the items you’ve put aside, it might not be immediately clear what you want to do with each one. If you’re having a hard time trying to determine whether you should keep something or not, hold onto it for a bit. There are some items that you may have an emotional tie to or are somehow connected to your identity, and you might need some time to grieve their loss before you wave goodbye. 

So, if you think you’re going to have a hard time letting go of some of these items, designate an area for the things you’re not sure about. This can be a storage room in your house, a simple cardboard box you throw in the garage, or create some sort of system that’ll help point out when you’re not really using something. For example, if you’re trying to decide on whether to keep certain items in your closet, you can turn your hangers around so that the hooks will be pointed forward. If after a certain period of time you haven’t touched that item – and you’ll be able to tell by the direction of the hanger – then you know it’s time to donate or sell that item. 

Step 2: Sort your remaining things

Now that you’ve gone through your things and gotten rid of what you don’t need, it’s time to start getting organized. This is the stage where you’ll go through everything you’re keeping and figure out where to put it. You’ll need to make sure that every item has a specific place. This way, you won’t need to go fumbling around next time you need a particular item. Remember those two and a half days you spent searching for lost things? Let’s put an end to that!

sort through your things to start organizing your home

If you’re going to do this properly, you’re going to have to put some thought into the ways in which you use certain items. For example, maybe you’ve always kept your bathroom towels in a closet down the hall. But maybe one day you exit the shower only to find that you’ve forgotten to grab one in advance. Now you have to make your way through the house dripping wet. To avoid this, it might be smarter to find space in your bathroom for your towels. 

Spend some time mapping out where everything should go based on its function in your house. This may make things easier for you, and also might make it easier for you to keep up with this new arrangement you’ve put together. 

Step 3: Store your items

Now, the last step to organizing your home. This involves finding creative ways to store your items. For example, take the issue of the bathroom towels we spoke about earlier. It might make more sense to keep your towels in your bathroom, but if you have a small space, you might not have anywhere to put them. But maybe you can fashion (or buy) some sort of hanging wall display that works perfectly for your needs.

It’s important to be careful when working through the task of finding smart ways to store your items. You don’t want to spend all your savings on cute and interesting storage ideas. If you walk into a homeware store looking for ways to store your things, you could spend days looking at bins, label makers, and any number of other storage-related accessories.  Sure, your bedroom would probably look great with an elaborate chest at the foot of your bed to store your sheets, but draining your bank account to find ways to store your things defeats the purpose of organizing your home and saving money. Using, basic, clear plastic bins is often the cheapest and smartest route to go. It also helps when you can actually see what’s inside the bin without opening it. 

find storage containers to start organizing your home

 Sifting through the aisles at a well known retailer for bins might set you back more than you’d like, so to avoid breaking the bank on this process, start by seeing what you can find at the dollar store first. 

But before you go shopping for bins, see if you can re-purpose anything you have lying around the house to make storage containers. For example, you could:

  • Use boxes you have lying around from past purchases, like a diaper box. cover them with fabric if you want them to look nicer. 
  • Use a glass bowl to keep your jewelry on your nightstand.
  • Use a mug to hold pens and pencils on your desk. 
  • Cut the top part of a cereal box off and use it to store important paperwork.

Start organizing your home to save money

The process or organizing your home – whether it’s a single room or your entire house – can be a lot of work and isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do. After all, it may be tough to gather up the will to start sorting through your house after you’ve put in a long day at work. But in the end, if you can manage to save money, time, and a little bit of your sanity, it may be worth all that work. 

Just remember that things tend to look more overwhelming when you view them holistically, but if you can mange to break them down into smaller steps, things may become a lot more manageable. Once you start to tackle each stage, those little victories might be just what you need to keep working your way through the entire process. We hope the three steps that we’ve outlined will be just what you need to get you on the path to organizing your home and saving some money!

Do you have any tips for organizing your home? Share below!


Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and does not constitute financial, legal or other professional advice. For full details, see MoneyKey's Terms of Use.

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