Ten Inexpensive Things to Help you Get Organized

December 4, 2009

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You don’t have to spend lots of money just so that you can get organized. There are many inexpensive items you can use to help you organize your life. Save your hard earned money for something else more worth while. Here is a list of 10 inexpensive items you need to make life organized:

1.  Calendars – These are the number one item for keeping family and yourself organized. Mark down appointments and special dates.  These can easily be found in disocunt stores often for as little as $1.00.  If you want a particular calendar, like a Franklin Covey calendar, wait a week or so after the new year and you could get it at a discounted price. If you have a computer and printer, you can even print your own blank calendars from the internet.

2.  Timers – My timer is my best friend. It helps me not to waste time when I am doing things around the house. Set your timer for fifteen minutes and spend that time de-cluttering, cleaning, or organizing.  You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in a small amount of time if you work hard during that time. It keeps you focused cause you know you only have a set time to complete your task.

3.  File folders/Labels – You don’t have to have a large filing system for it to work for you; plan on having just enough files to store and be able to locate important papers for finances, insurances, health, utilities, credit cards, warranties, or anything else you can think of.

4.  Index cards – I love using index cards because you can use them for a variety of things like: shopping lists, goals, recipes, menu planning, frequently used telephone numbers. Also, they are small and easy to stick in your purse or put on your desk so you can always find and use them. I sometimes assign a color or index card to a specific purpose like: green for shopping lists, pink for recipes and white for to-do lists.

5.  Cork Board -  This is a great way to keep all your important notes in one place. You can use them for keeping up with to-do lists, shopping lists, and any number of other important notes and reminders.  They help corral papers, and keep notes where you can find them instead of being tucked away in a drawer some place in your house.

6.  3-Ring Binders – The 3-ring binder comes in different widths to be able to hold different amounts of paper.  This is a good alternative to a filing cabinet in your home. You could have 3-ring binders for each category and store everything on a shelf instead.  You can purchase these at a discount especially during Back-to-School sales.

7.  Totes and Bins – These come in all shapes and sizes and materials materials: like  wood, plastic, fabric, metal, or glass.  You can find some with lids and some that don’t have any lids.  Prices may vary but are these are great for storing and organizing. Try looking for them in discount stores or garage sales.

8.  Cereal boxes – An almost free item that you can easily transform into paper storage. Cut off one corner of the box, cover with contact or wrapping paper, and use them for storing magazines. You can keep your kids busy by having them decorate the cereal box. You can also use this to store your kid’s papers that they bring home from school. Each week or when the box gets full, you and your child can go through it and toss the papers that you no longer need. This teaches you kids how to be organized too.

9.  Baskets -  These are wonderful holders for so many different things.  Organize crafts that youre working on, wash cloths or towels in a bathroom, fruit, or any other number of things can be kept in baskets to help keep things neat and tidy.

10.  Boxes - If you are storing items in an area that won’t get wet, you may be able to save money organizing by using boxes that you can get in your local grocery store.  You really do not have to spend money on boxes when you can get them for free. Just make sure to label the outside so you know what is inside the box without having to open it up.

Why spend a great deal of money to get organized? There is no need for that. These ten inexpensive items will help you get organized and won’t break your budget.  Come to think of it, there maybe are other items around your home that you can repurpose for organizing.  Take a look-see and you may be surprised at what you find.

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3 Responses to “Ten Inexpensive Things to Help you Get Organized”

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  2. Mary Lutz on December 21st, 2009 11:11 pm

    Not only are these inexpensive they are also simple and easy to use! Nothing could be more efficient than that!

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