Some people are just naturally prone to organization. They have lists of lists, and can tell you exactly where everything is at any given time. There’s no running around last second to get something done or misremembered dates because they actually wrote appointments and such down and planned ahead of time. Some people, in short, just always seem to have things at least mostly under control.
I have never been one of those people.
In fact, I used to be more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants sort of person. I didn’t make plans very far in advance because I knew I wouldn’t remember them anyway, and if you asked me where my my stapler was, I might be able to get you within a ten foot radius, but anything more precise than that and I’m just guessing.
As it turned out, my disorganization was actually one of the things that got me into trouble where finances and such were concerned. So, I spent some time becoming organized, and here’s what I found: being organized makes you more frugal. Yep, you read that right. Organization leads to frugality. Who knew?
Here are the benefits of being organized:
- It helps you avoid late fees because you’re budgeting and planning ahead.
- It prevents wasting food because you’ve got a menu and you know exactly what you’re going to be eating each night.
- It prevents wasting money because you can plan ahead and get a good bargain on everything since you don’t need it right now.
- It saves you gas money because you don’t have to make multiple trips for everything, and it cuts down on those emergency runs because you forgot about something last minute.
- It prevents making repeat purchases since you will be organized and hopefully know where things are to begin with, and know whether or not you actually have something.
- It reduces clutter because, let’s be honest, that’s probably half of your problem. Bonus, you can sell some of that extra stuff and get some more cash!
- It gives you more time so that you can spend it on other things since you’re not running around last second. This means you don’t have to do things the fastest (and most expensive) way all the time.
- It makes budgeting easier.
Do you have any great organization tips for frugal families? What organization thing has helped you the most? Share with me in the comments below!