Can you believe we are already halfway through our year of small habits? This month, we will add another small habit that will have a big impact: use what you have.
One of the most helpful things about using what you already have is you will instantly be on your way to a more organized household. By taking that first step of not purchasing something new to bring into your home, you are starting the decluttering process without even lifting a finger.
- Repurpose rather than purchase.
In previous columns, I mention the importance of baskets in your entryway and on the kitchen counter. They are great at collecting all the papers, keys, and miscellaneous things that come into our homes every day. Instead of buying a new basket for this purpose, look around your home first.
- Use up what you already have.
If you have a lot of cereal boxes in your pantry or anything else in too much supply, refuse to purchase more until those items are completely gone. You will have a less cluttered pantry and waste less as well.
- Try a clothing swap with friends.
Whether for yourself or your children, swapping clothes with a few families can be a great way to put this tip into practice, and it can be fun, too. Kids especially love this one because they get something new to them that also belonged to their friends.
Once you get in the mindset of making swaps, repurposing, and “shopping” your home first, you will be more prepared for further organizing. It really is a game-changer!
Johnna Masterson is the owner of Inspired and Organized and a Central Park resident.