Being a mother of 3 little kids, I have been challenging myself for years to lower my expenditure when it comes to our household budget. It is always a challenge, but I love to be creative with it. Creativity is an important key, however, I believe organisation is even more important in this area.
When there is organisation in a household, you will have systems in place that work like a well oiled machine. Good systems will save you money. For example, in the laundry room, there needs to be a system in place that prevents the over-accumulation of dirty laundry. If after a week there is a pile of laundry the size of Mount Everest, than you simply said, own to many clothes, or you only wear your clothes once, which also means you have too many clothes. So, really, the organising part starts in your wardrobe!
In my house, you wear your clothes more than once before chucking it on the laundry pile. Unless there is dirty stain, of course 😉
Sort out your wardrobe at least twice a year and donate unwanted items to a local charity. No, you really don’t need 36 jumpers and 38 pairs of jeans……sorry.
In your wardrobe you should always invest in a few GOOD quality basic items, such as a few nice jackets a lovely pair of pants or skirts, perhaps some tops to go underneath other items. Other than that, I shop at less inexpensive shops to acquire the majority of my clothes and accessories.
I sort out my wardrobe in summer and winter. In winter I will bag all my good-to-keep summer clothes and store them in the top of my wardrobe. I do the same in summer, with my winter clothes. I am able to oversee what I own with a clearer view.
Make sure you wash when the basket is full! I know, not rocket science, but some of us might need to be reminded of this concept once in a while. (pointing the finger at myself). Basket full=washing machine on. This is so much easier when it comes to managing all these clean clothes that now need to be hung on the line. Yes…..dryer=$$.
If you have kids, involve them!! They are very handy around the house, you know…..If you teach them how to put away their clean clothes and where to put there dirty clothes, it will be a much easier job to manage.
All these rules!! How does that save me money, you might ask?
Simple, when we are organised and know what we have in our wardrobes, we don’t go out buying clothes we already own, that are hiding in our dirty laundry pile. Trust me, been there and done that, until I saw the solution and changed my ways. It really is so simple, yet so effective. This principle, btw, also works in your kitchen. I will share with you in my next blog how I manage my pantry and food supply.