An organized home not only saves you time that is wasted looking for misplaced items, it also can save you money as you readily identify items that can be sold or donated for a tax write-off.
Purge Possessions for Prosperity
Frugal shoppers often find such a good deal on sale items that they buy duplicates. While one is being used, the others are hidden away to be used in the future. Often these items, once out of sight are quickly forgotten as clutter builds up around them.
As long as you’re going through the clutter in an attempt to find value items, use the opportunity to get rid of items that are just in your way. Don’t just throw everything that isn’t of value to you in the garbage. Make a separate pile for items to be recycled, sold, donated and kept.
The hardest decision seems to be trying to decide what to keep. Make an instant decision and stick to it. If you can’t decide, there is no reason to keep it.
Rummage or Rubbish
A rummage or garage sale is a good way to bring additional cash into the budget. As you purge your items set aside the things that can be sold.
Be realistic. A rummage sale involves a lot of work. Items must be priced and displayed. Then there is the time spent working the rummage sale itself. After the long day of the sale is over, any items not sold must be collected and disposed of.
If you think rummage sales involves more time and work than you are prepared to give, put the idea out of your head immediately and consider donating the items to charity instead.
Confusing Clutter of the Closet
Most people find that closets are never large enough to hold everything they want them to hold. Possessions are crammed into corners to mingle unseen with the disarray of clothing that has fallen to the floor as more and more hangers are forced onto the rods.
As the clothing is sorted and boxes are inspected, items with price tags still attached are often found. These new items can often be welcome additions to the running of the household, introduced into the current wardrobe, used as gifts or even be sold.
Defeat Disorder with Donations
Items found during the purge process can be donated to charity if they are still in good condition. Many local charity organizations accept used items to be given out to the needy or to be sold in thrift shops to earn money to help their cause. A lot of these charitable organizations will even pick up your no longer needed items, saving you the cost and time of transporting them.
Remember to ask the organization for a receipt as these donations can be used as a tax write-off.
Retrieve, Repair and Reuse
As time goes by, people pick up experience and knowledge. As you sort through the damaged goods you have hidden away and forgotten about, chances are that you’ll realize that you now know how to fix the item, or that you know someone who can.
Take advantage of this and add the item to your growing list of junk that has value by immediately having the repairs made and either use the item, sell it or donate it.