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Everyone has a different relationship to organization; for some it comes naturally and is even an ongoing process. For most people, it’s a chore or a challenge you keep telling yourself you’ll get to when you have the time. However, getting your home organized can do more than just improve the feel of your space–it can save you money. Here experts weigh in with nine tips for organizing your home and saving money in the process.
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Organize Your Pantry and Kitchen
A common area for waste is in the kitchen, says Sarah Jameson, marketing director for Green Building Elements. “You may help prevent some of this waste by organizing your kitchen, especially your refrigerator and pantry.” She suggests that by making everything visible and accessible, whether through clear bins or labels, you’ll know what you have, so as not to overbuy, and be less inclined to let food expire. “Any money you save on groceries helps you stretch your monthly budget.”
Additionally, “Keep track of product expiration dates and make meal preparations appropriately,” adds Susan Smith, manager at Velden Engineering.
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When your house is cluttered and things are difficult to find, not only does this make life more challenging and uncomfortable in general, it can lead to over purchasing. “By having [places] for every category, you can eliminate buying things you already have,” says Ben Soreff, professional organizer. “Paper towels and laundry detergent aren’t that big a deal…but flashlights, entertaining supplies, and even bins themselves add up. If you live in your space for many years, the annual cost of repurchasing items adds up.”
Once you begin to declutter, you’ll have a number of things that can be donated to places such as The Goodwill or Salvation Army, where you can receive a tax deduction for your donations, says professional home organizer, Amy Bloomer, founder of Let Your Space BLOOM, LLC. Donating can be more effective even than selling, Bloom says. “Generally speaking, most of my clients find the opportunity cost of time involved in selling items outweighs the amount they might get from the sale. Donations are usually the least time consuming and most economical.”
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