Time to Spring Clean and Save Money
Spring Cleaning to Save Money
You may be wondering why I am talking about organization and spring cleaning now. Well, if you are Jewish then you know EXACLTY why cleaning is on my mind. One word: Pesach. Now is the time when I start cleaning for Pesach. I usually try to combine it with a bit of spring cleaning as well.
Now some of you may be wondering why I am talking about spring cleaning when I am not a lifestyle blog or a cleaning blog but a personal finance blog. (Maybe I should pivot though? Anyone? No?)
Clean and Save Money
It all started with an eyeliner.
I noticed that I was going through eyeliners at an amazing rate. This is particularly funny since I very rarely wear makeup. I also buy my eyeliners in packs of 2 so it seemed excessive that I was going through so many pens. But so it was, every time I opened my makeup case there was just that one almost finished eyeliner even though I could have sworn that I had JUST bought more eyeliners. My cognitive energy being what it is however (aka I can’t remember if I ate breakfast let alone if I completed my shopping list) I assumed that I had just never bought more eyeliner pens. So I went and bought new ones. This repeated itself a few times.
Fast forward to Pesach time when I engaged on a “cleaning out” of my closet and lo and behold- in a basket on my shelf I found numerous eyeliner pens. Some still in their packages. I HAD purchased them but since I just threw them willy-nilly into my closet I could never find them when I needed them. What I should have done was put a new pen into my makeup case and then put the rest in a designated area so that I would check before going shopping. That means that I would have to have a fairly clean designated area to put them in.
All this is to say: being messy and disorganized costs you money. Sometimes a lot of money. So being organized is in my wheel-house as it DIRECTLY related to personal finance.
Be Organized and Save Money
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Maintaining a organized physical abode usually correlates to an organized mind. You can’t compare the feeling you get when you walk into a clean, organized home and the feeling that you get when you walk into a messy home. Living in messy surroundings cause us to lose time and money. When you are busy finding your shoes and keys then you can’t focus on other things in your life. When you lose your keys and have to replace them then that hits your wallet directly. And if you lose your actual wallet? Forget about it. (That can be a story for another time).
Everyone has different definitions of clutter and organization. Some people like stuff. They are comforted it. It makes them feel at home. Some people like the minimalist look. Blank and empty spaces. Other people find that cold and unwelcoming. Both ascetics are fine and not really what I am talking about. I am talking about the ability to find what you need in your house. The ability to have a place for all your stuff. the ability to live happily in your space
How much does your stuff cost?
Excess clutter and stuff is a problem though. Besides for the fact that stuff costs money. After all, when you have stuff you have to buy things to our your stuff in. and more things to store stuff that you don;t use and more stuff to replace the stuff you can;t find because you stuck it into a box labeled “boys winter clothes” but you honestly can’t find it and even if you know where it is you certainly can;t reach it without emptying all the other boxes from the crawl space so you just buy the darn coat even though it is possible you already have one or even worse, already bought one on clearance last year. You get my drift?
And remember that feeling that you get when you come into a house that is messy? How likely are you to cook a delicious meal in a messy kitchen with dishes oiled in a sink? especially after a long day. Its too overwhelming. So take-out it is. And honestly no-one could blame you because if you make a whole dinner then you probably will want to actually sit at the table and eat it but then you would have to fold the laundry that’s piled there. So its better to just buy something so you can eat it on the couch.
Please understand that I am in no way preaching here- the only preaching I am doing is to myself. So Spring Clean. Save Money.
Make it a Habit
Fancy organizing systems don’t work for me. Neither do whole intense de-cluttering systems like Marie Kondo. I can’t take a week off work and empty every closet in my home. It just doesn’t work for me. Not only that but I give myself maybe until after Pesach until my house slowly starts accumulating junk.
so… systems that are simple and easy.
I don;t need my house to be perfectly clean but I do need easy systems that I can keep up all the time. Small behavioral changes work much better than trying to do a complete overhaul of my lifestyle in a week or a month.
Get Rid of Stuff
So this month, I am working of GETTING RID OF STUFF. No more buying containers for all my stuff and clothes. No more reworking my closets to fitting things in.
And if I regret throwing or getting rid of something? Then I will buy it again. After all, I’d rather make one shirt purchase that I love and appreciate than having 10 shirts that don’t really fit and that I hate wearing.
That’s the last thing that I love about cleaning and organizing. That I get to reevaluate my things- my clothes, my kids toys etc and I can keep what we like and use and either sell or donate or throw out the rest. I also like putting away toys that we’ve outgrown or gotten bored of to make it easier for the kids to play with the toys they like. Too many toys makes it overwhelming for them to actually play. We can always take down the toys when they want them and its like they got something new all over again. (Frugal hack! New playing fun with old toys).Is anyone planning on doing a spring cleaning this year? When do you start? Click To Tweet
Is anyone planning on doing a spring cleaning this year? Whether its combined with your Passover cleaning or not? Let me know!