Saturday, 7 January 2012

New Years Resolution: Get my House Organized One Week at a Time

One of my New Years resolutions this year is to get my house organized.  I am a fairly organized person but after the kids getting so many gifts at Christmas, I realized we have a lot of things that we don't need.  The plan is to assign a room of the house to each week starting this week until the house is all organized.  The way I figure it we will have our entire house in order by the end of March!
It may sound daunting but if you do only tackle one room or space a week it really isn't that much. This way by spring time we will be done and can have a garage sale to purge what we don't need.

All items that we don't want will go into 1 of 3 piles- Sell, Donate, Garbage
The point is to keep only things that we use and need. 

The Schedule:

Week 1- Organize the master bathroom and closet
  • go through closet and only keep clothes that fit me now and that I wear
  • organize linen closet in bathroom
  • organize kids bath toys and baby products better (use containers)
  • Make room in closet for craft supplies
  • Do any paint touch ups that need to be done if I have time

    Wednesday, 4 January 2012

    Seasonal/Monthly Sale Cycles and When to buy Items: January

    It is a start to a new year and our wallets are empty form spending over the holidays. Time to start stocking up and using coupons at the right times for that extra savings. Every month has predictable items that will go on sale.  We call these sale cycles.  I try to stock up on these items when they are at their cheapest to save money in the long run.

    Here is what to look out for in the month of January to get the best savings. 

    Bananas, Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemons, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Pomegranate,  Potato, Rhubarb, Squash, Sweet potato, Tangerine, diet foods, diet drinks, hot beverages, tv dinners, oatmeal, soups, chilli's

    Clearance Items:
    Christmas and New Years items, red/green/silver/gold items(dinning ware and house hold items), calendars, candles, day timers and organizers, wrapping paper, cards

    A lot of store have "white sales" in January so the best things to get are coats, boots, hats, mitts, scarves, sweaters

    Household Items:
    Many New Years resolutions call ofr organization so any type of organizing containers usually go on sale, lable makers, linens (white sales), towels and sheets

    Personal Care:
    Cold medications,cough drops, flu medication, nicotine related products (for those who want to quit for the new year), diet products and any weight loss or diet  food products

    Gym memberships discounts, bicycles, electronics, houses, home gym equipment

    If you are a couponer as well you will get some really great deals in January.  Save your coupons (as long as they don't expire first) for the right monthly sales to get the best bang for your buck!