10 Steps to Getting Organized on a Budget

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Getting organized is one of people’s top New Year’s resolutions, which is why the National Association of Professional Organizers declares January Get Organized Month.

It’s true: Organizing your life can get expensive. But it doesn’t have to. There are ways to get your home and life organized on a budget. Here are a few tips covering each part of your home and office that will help you get organized without spending a lot of money:

1. Start with a manageable project. Most people end up with clutter in their home or home office because they see it as a whole, rather than in manageable parts. Melissa Michaels, a blogger who gives organizing advice at Unclebobs.com, says the first step is to break projects down into manageable parts so you don’t become overwhelmed.

2. Take inventory. Even before you start on your small, manageable projects, take an inventory of the bins, containers, boxes and other items you have that will help you organize. “When you find you need a container to organize small parts, you can shop from what you own instead of going out and buying something new,” says MaryJo Monroe, a professional organizer and owner of the reSPACEd organization store.

3. Shop the circulars. Since you’ve taken an inventory of the project, you know if you need some type of bins or boxes or other organizational tools. Monroe says you should look for them in your local store’s circulars and check online for sales. “Big box stores often put their organizing products on sale in January, because they are trying to capitalize on the fact that so many people make New Year resolutions to get organized,” Monroe says. “It’s a great time of year to look for discounted closet systems too, which can be very expensive when they are not on sale.”