If you want to get organized, you might have spent time looking at organizational tools such as totes, baskets, shelving, and even elaborate systems. Maybe you’ve even toyed with the idea of hiring a professional organizer to come in and do it all for you. But before you spend an arm and a leg on tools and services, think about this: should it really cost a bunch of money to simply organize stuff you already have? No! In fact, isn’t it more likely that at least part of your problem is that you already have too much stuff? Why buy more? Here are some frugal ways to get organized and control clutter.
1. Declutter First
And when I say organize, I mean a couple of different things. For one, I mean go through that pile of magazines, or clothes, or office supplies, or holiday decorations that you need organized. This is what many people refer to as decluttering. Take it one category at a time. Say you need to organize your clothes. First, go through everything piece by piece and decide what to get rid of. Successful organizers get rid of a lot!
After you’ve thrown out or donated a bunch, then you can sort through and categorize your piles into smaller categories: sweaters, jeans, blouses, socks, etc.