How disorganization can cost you

Submitted by Susan Stewart of Perfectly Placed

What you can't afford in this economy is to be disorganized. Here's why:

Buying duplicate items because you couldn't find what you needed or you didn't remember you had it in the first place wastes money. Before buying a duplicate, ask yourself:

  • Do you have more than three bags of pasta or spaghetti sauce in your pantry?
  • If your entire house were searched, would more than three staplers turn up?
  • When it comes time to get out the holiday decorations, are you unable to find them all and end up purchasing new ones each year?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be wasting money by purchasing things you do not need.

Food uses a bigger portion of the budget than is needed. Before your next shopping trip, ask yourself:

  • Does your lack of meal planning lead to eating out more than twice a week?
  • Do you often go out to eat simply because the kitchen is so cluttered that the thought of cooking is completely overwhelming?
  • When you grocery shop, do you shop without a list?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be spending more money on food than is necessary.

Many adults say they pay bills late (thus incurring late fees) because they lose them. Think about your own bill paying routine and ask yourself:

  • When a bill comes in the mail, do you have a consistent place to put it?
  • Do you have a schedule you follow for paying your bills?
  • Do you feel in control of the mail and have a system for dealing with it?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may be wasting money on late fees.

The holidays are coming. Most people spend more time baking in November and December than the rest of the year. Friends and family will be bustling around the kitchen for holiday parties and get-togethers. Get your kitchen under control with organization to save time, money and frustration.

Stewart is the owner and founder of Perfectly Placed, which was established in 2004. Perfectly Placed is passionate about bringing women balance in their home, work and lives through organization.

As of Nov. 11, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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