Organizing on a Budget?

Organizing on a Budget? - Organizing with a Side of Fabulous blog  

Redheaded rant alert. Sassy pants officially on.

Today I want to talk about a pet peeve of mine. I see articles, advertising and all sorts of whatnot about organizing on a budget. How do I get organized on a budget? This cheap item will help you get organized. That cheap item will help you get organized.

Guess what, Sunshines? It's all B.S.

You know why?

ORGANIZING IS FREE!

(Obviously not if you hire a professional, but that's because we're professionals. You're paying for years of experience, research, and ideas as well as motivation, coaching, accountability, and focus.)

I've said it before and I will continue to say it until I'm blue in the face, run out of air, steam and/or cocktails.

Organizing has NOTHING TO DO with bins, baskets, shelves, labels, and any other tool out there that someone is trying to get you to purchase.

Organizing is ALL ABOUT LETTING GO of things you don't need. First physically and the mental/emotional clutter will almost ALWAYS follows suit. After all, where there is physical clutter there is almost always emotional and mental ties wrapped up in it. So the beauty is that it doesn't cost you one lovely dime to let go of the things you don't need anymore. As a matter of fact, it can even make you money in the forms of:

  • selling your good items
  • tax write-offs for donations
  • savings from prevention of duplicate/multiple purchases
  • savings from monthly storage unit costs
  • found checks and gift cards

That last one perk your ears up? Almost every single one of my clients have found missing checks, cash and gift cards in their clutter.

Impromptu free dinner out for ditching the clutter? Yes please!

Now will you want to purchase a few things to keep your organizational systems their most pretty and functional? Perhaps. You may also unearth some gems in your clutter that can be repurposed to do that job too. But all of this is just gravy after removing the clutter.

We all would love a quick, easy, and cheap fix to the clutter. Well...I can't give you quick (especially if you have a lot of clutter) and it may not be easy (if you've got a ton of negative juju lurking in the clutter) but letting go and getting rid of the clutter is freeFreeFREE baby!

So look around the house and find five things to let go of. Share what you ditched in the comments!