Create a List
- First, you’ll want to purge items you do not use or need. Make sure these items ultimately leave the premises so they don’t re-assimilate into your household. Bring items such as clothing to a resale shop, put items aside for a garage sale or donate them to a local charity. Make sure to get a receipt for your taxes for large donations.
- Once you’ve purged, organize what is left by grouping like items together and be certain everything has a place. As you are organizing, you may find even more items to purge as you refine your space.
- Now that you have an organized space it will be quite simple to take inventory of what you have.
- The last step is to keep a master list of items needed. That way you have a handle on what you have in your home so that you’re not purchasing items simply because you don’t know what you already have. When you make a list, keep a list of things you need soon and things you would like to purchase should you find a good deal in the future. This method adapts well to most any area of your home: the pantry, the closets, the toy area, the book collection, or your stockpile of household products.